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    I just went to order a new power adapter as the one that came with my MacBook has frayed at the connection and gets dangerously hot. Why does a power adapter that is made so poorly COST SO MUCH! Most Mac users are very devoted to their Mac way of life and this is, as stated in other reviews, a real disappointment and betrayal. Do the Apple public relations people read these negative reviews.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design -Poor quality

    I look after my cables, they never fray but the Power Adapter just dies for no apparent reason. It is not repairable and is expensive, very expensive in relative terms in many countries.
    The connector is brilliant, the design is great but the innards are below acceptable standards. They just don't live up to being "Apple".
    If it was a $10 throwaway then it would be OK, but US$170 for it where I live is suspect ethically.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great overall design, pros and cons vs previous version

    I've always thought this overall design is really excellent, the best power brick design out there in all the details. All the way down to making the cable that goes to the computer as thin as possible to save space and letting you plug the adapter straight into the wall if you choose, it seems as if Apple made every millimeter count. And I've never had any reliability problems with mine-- you just have to take some reasonable care not to abuse it, in my experience (though others' experiences may differ).

    This latest version, though it has the 60 watts needed for the Macbook and Macbook Pro 13", uses the horizontal connector needed to properly fit the Macbook Air, and maybe that connector style is less prone to damage too. It also looks nice when plugged into the Macbook Pro, kind of a tiny design triumph. The previous version, though it did work with the Macbook Air, had a connector that wouldn't let the Air sit flat (you would need to prop it up on a book or something). I like that I can keep this adapter in the kitchen and use it with either my Air or with my Pro when I bring it home from the office. (Of course, if you only have a Macbook Air, you may as well get the 45 watt adapter which is smaller than this one.)

    However, this latest version for some reason uses a somewhat less flexible cable from the power adapter to the computer compared to the previous version, which is a little regrettable. Hopefully they did it to improve durability not to cut costs.

    3 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A great and bad product

    After using it for about a year and a half my adapter died. It's not too bad but there's a lot of room for improvement. For instance the adapter will overheat when heavily used. I am willing to pay the price IF the product performs.. But sadly this did not perform to my expectation.

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    I just bought my third in four years

    The fact that these adapters are so expensive and of such poor quality is truly frustrating.

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    MacBook Charger overheating

    Im now reluctantly having to buy my next overpriced charger(considering the unreliability of them) . My last one was changed under warranty. I can't believe how hot the second charger got and I'm really not happy about the safety aspect of these items. I would have expected a safety recall because of this. If it wasn't for the fact the macbook was very expensive I would now be looking for an alternative. I love the Apple stuff but this particular worry does let the company down.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

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    I've gone through three in three years

    I just bought a third power adapter for my MacBook, didn't even have it for a week and it stopped charging my laptop. the second one i bought a bit over a year ago still works but the rubber around the cord is stripped and the wires are now open, this is why i bought the new one as i was afraid it might burn out on me at any moment and as i am middle of exams i wanted to be prepared. worked great for three days went to use it today and no sign of power going to my MacBook. This product does not last long at all and does not seem to be able to handle regular use.

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    I've had my MacBook for barely a year--- machine is great but I now have no power supply, all I can do is hope my sister's holds out to keep two laptops charged until I can get the money for an $80.00 power cord! Just stopped working, no matter what outlet I use, whether I use the long cord or the short attachment, no amount of jiggling will get the darn thing to charge my machine and I really don't need the grief at the start of a new school term. I'm wondering why something with such a low rating hasn't been fixed yet? Has anyone found a comparable power adapter for less money that'll actually work for an extended period of time?

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Please fix this!

    This is by far apples biggest fault of their whole product range... This will be my 4th Macbook charger in 1 3/4 years and its so frustrating to have to spend £ 150 for an item to charge my macbook... please apple fix this faulty device! Please!

    25 of 27 people found this useful

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    The new proved no better than the old...

    I have had a long relationship with Apple - dating back to 1981 (with the Apple 2+). I've had all the major models between, and we currently have 5 books in our family. I love Apple, I love OSX, the hardware design and the quality. The MagSafe Power Adapter has, however, been a great disappointment!

    I was very hopeful with the redesign of the distal cord-connector. The durability of the new, however, has proven to be even worse than the one it replaced. In contrast with the old version, this one looks intact externally. It appears the cord is able to rotate inside the external terminal sleeve that connects to the magnetic terminal and allowing the internal wires to be stressed. May be the fix would be to weld the terminal components to avoid this kind of stress to develop. The current design is a disgrace and I hope Apple notes the feedback and redesigns this important component.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

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    I love my MacBook Pro but the power adapter for it is horrible. I've had to replace it twice because it just stops working after only a couple of months of use.

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    Next time make a functional charger, not a fashionable one!

    I only purchased my Macbook white at the end of September and already the charger has died. As many other reviewers have mentioned, the head of the charger was overheating, becoming too hot to touch. Another thing I've noticed is when I tried to move the plug and cable around to get it working, there were crackling noises coming from the head of the charger. Its seems I'm another addition to the list of Apple consumers who are worried about their house being burned down by their products. My charger is rarely if ever moved from my desk so I think if the fault is to be blamed on "wear and tear" then Apple should focus on making a more durable, functional product than a fashionable one. I never wrap the cable up either as I know from previous experience that its not a durable cable. At this stage I'd rather have a working charger than a broken fashion accessory. I had the same problem with the charger of my old Macbook as well. Luckily I forked out for the 3 year warranty with that one so I was covered when they had to replace the charger, battery and keyboard! I'm back to using my old Macbook charger for now as there is plenty of Apple retailers near me but no repair centres. I would consider myself a lover of all things Apple. However I think I'll have to switch to a different brand for my laptop as it seems as if design faults (which were already identified with previous Macbooks) are still being made in the newer products.

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    2nd one broken in last 2 months...

    I love apple and all, but After breaking my first charger after about 8 months, and then getting a new one with the warrenty only to have it just break after a month is a bit frustraiting....especially because its $80 bucks for a new one, and I don't feel like spending that much money, only to have it break a week later

    20 of 21 people found this useful

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    This is horrible quality

    The cord's connection to the magnetic piece is very cheaply made and this is my 7th adapter in 2 years. I am going to outsource and search for something made of heavy stuff. I mostly use my computer at the desk and rarely take the cord with me when I go out and yet they don't last and always break at the magnetic piece or the fuse in the power block goes out.

    I am disappointed in Apple. They should have fixed this by now. I just get a "that's the way it is" answer from Apple whenever I brooch the subject of workmanship!

    32 of 34 people found this useful

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    Great idea - if it had only worked...

    The design of these is innovative and convenient, but they clearly have a design fault. I've had to buy three in a little over a year - the latest (less than one month in use) became "temperamental" several days ago and completely ceased to function yesterday (leading me to wonder if the problem may actually lie with the SOCKET rather than the power adapter itself, given that the life expectancy has been significantly shorter with each subsequent adapter! I'd be quite interested to know if other people having problems are also finding them progressively worse with each new power cord).

    I had been about to add the new MacBook Air to my inventory when this third cord failed and I realised there was more at play here than coincidence and "bad luck"! The computer has been great, but without power, it's worthless... Seeing so many similar reviews (and not confined to the MacBook particularly, but across other models also) I am amazed and disappointed that Apple have not moved decisively to rectify this situation - if only to minimise the negative impact which must be inevitable as this becomes more widely known amongst the "pro-mac" community.

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    poor quality ! doesn't last long

    this is my third adapter. just broke by itself. i can not believe it. why it happens all the time?

    38 of 41 people found this useful

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    4 chargers stopped working in 1 month

    This is sad. 6 month old 13 inch macbook. Now allow me to describe The issues iv had over the past 1 month.
    1- This charger came with the computer it lasted a good few months but than began to flicker then while adjusting the head of the charger it actually fell off.
    2- This charger was one that had been borrowed from the school district (my moms a teacher) The chord got frayed and stopped working although it gave me a good shock when i was unplugging it.
    3- This is ANOTHER charger borrowed from the school district just like the first one The head of the charger was the issue although the head did not fall off it just flickered unless positioned right but it stopped working in a week. I now have to return 2 broken chargers to the school
    4- I went back to the apple store with my first charger to get it replaced. They replaced it and I was using it but it just stopped charging my computer for no reason. I have taken good care of all these chargers and they are extremely poorly made. I would expect more from apple

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    The only Apple product I'm dissatisfied with

    This is my second charger in four years. I treated the second one with particular care because I had to fork out £60 to replace the first one that broke, and now this one has broken too. I'm a student and can't afford to pay out for a charger that shouldn't have broken in the first place.

    I've not wrapped the cable round the pop out bits because I knew that would cause it to break. I've not exposed it to water or excessive heat, and I've curled the wire up gently when travelling. I've only used this cable the way one would expect to be able to use a portable item, and now it's broken! This is a useless charger. It is a hindrance to a perfectly good laptop. I'm otherwise a huge fan of Apple and this has really let me down.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe not perfect but the best there is for now.

    I'm a PC technician and have had my macbook for almost 4 years. 3 months ago I replaced my power adapter because I wore out the cable with years of use. It still works, but the light doesn't and you can see the metal in the wire at the block. I taped the heck out of it and it's the permanent hookup at the desk. The new one was not cheap but well worth the money spent on it. Much better than the dozens of computers that we have had to rewire or cobb up because the power adapter was broken off the motherboard or case. I will take this any day vs the alternative. Not to mention that most of my colleagues with PCs are on their 2nd or 3rd machine since I've owned this one. I've never seen a situation where Apple didn't replace a unit that was legitimately a problem, within and sometimes out of warranty.

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