• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple over-engineering at its worst

    I have bought 5 of these in my lifetime, only 2 are still safely operating. They don't stand up to normal life usage. There is a computer inside this power supply that adjusts the voltage upwards to increase the power output when it detects certain models of Apple of laptop and downwards for others. Looks to be about 16V-18V adjustment range. This is just stupid. Make a fixed output supply (like every other device maker on the planet) and sell it for $15 (like every other device maker). It would actually work, be easy to replace in remote parts of the world (if you happen to be on vacation or work trip), and withstand normal wear-and-tear. We've all already bought the computer, do you have to gouge us here too?

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time for a design change

    Its obvious this Apple product is not up to standard. So many negative reviews can't be wrong. The whole thing defeats the point of a notebook because its too heavy, runs too hot, its too big & the cable & winder clips poor quality.

    Come on Apple - change it.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad product

    My Macbook Pro is five years old. I have just bought my FOURTH charger. The rubber sheathing on the other three frayed until wires were left exposed, leaving the product a fire hazard.

    HORRIBLE quality.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A necessary evil

    While this is probably the only viable option for a charger, Apple has done a really terrible job with this one. The cord near the end that gets plugged into the computer is unbelievably weak. I am very gentle with these cables and have frayed two of them so far. The exposed metal means there is a risk of shock if your cable ever gets to this state (and with any normal use, it will).

    Also, because the cable extends perpendicular to the natural angle it should (as opposed to the much better design of the previous adapters where the cable just goes straight to the back of the laptop) you are forced to bend the cable under most scenarios. It's almost as if Apple wanted them to break with normal use.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adaptor is a danger to my family

    So I am on my second charger in two years and am preparing to buy a third one. The first one overheated to the point of melting the wire. On the second one, it still heats up a lot and the wire has deteriorated at the connections on the adaptor side as well as the magnetic connection side. I have put electric tape on both ends but now it is starting to spark when connected to laptop. With the amount that my Macbook Pro cost, I would think that there would be a lifetime guarantee. Thank goodness that the first one went out before the first year warrantee was up. Please Apple, make a connector that lasts as long as the laptop.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing.

    I bought my Macbook pro 13 inch retina display late august and today the charger cable split which revealed the inner wiring giving me a couple of shocks. It still charges the macbook but I'm not sure how safe it is given the exposure of the wires. The price is ridiculous considering how poor it seems to be. This is evident in all the other complaints on this forum, sort it out Apple.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for 6 months only

    My charger just stopped working after six months. Terrible quality.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Last

    After about 2 years of use, the cord broke. At the point where the thin part attaches to the box, the rubber part ripped and the inside frayed. It works sometimes at very odd angles, but usually not at all. Problems began after the first year; the charge would be spotty, coming in and out. For costing $79.00, this is a horrible product. I did not expect to have to replace my charger so soon.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad product

    Unfortunately, there isn't really a choice, but I've had bad luck with the MagSafe2 interface. I have had 2 of the little adapters that allow you to use a MagSafe1 power adapter on a newer MagSafe2 Mac. Each went out in about 6 months of use. They just become very picky about exactly how they are oriented in the MagSafe 2 port on the Mac, and eventually, no matter how you start wiggling them, they don't charge your Mac.

    Now, my MagSafe2 adapter itself is flaky, and will intermittently not charge the computer. The cord itself is not damaged. It just gets so you have to align it just right in the port. Sometimes it charges, sometimes not.

    I know it isn't my Mac, because you switch to a different power cord, and it works 100% of the time.

    Something about the MagSafe magnetic connector goes bad. Whether it is corrosion, or little aluminum particles, or what I don't know. I have tried cleaning both the adapter and the port with alcohol-based wipes and compressed air.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overheating in less than 2 months

    In less than 2 months I notice it is overheating or fraying. I could not thought it at the first time. After I google it I was surprised that so many people are facing the same issue. We really need an action from apple.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubber sheathing comes off

    The rubber sheathing around the smaller diameter cord is deteriorating and coming off. It is like some alien micro-organism is eating away at the rubber sheathing exposing wire shield around the cord. I fear it may only be time before nearly instantaneous disseminated intravascular coagulation sets in... or it could be horribly bad QA on the part of Apple on the material used as this is the second adapter I have had problems with.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I have to drop money on a new one every few months

    It's not that they don't stay in, or that they stay in when they shouldn't. It's that they fray. They always fray. I wrap electrical tape, but it only lasts so long. Really, it may even last longer than the original sheathing. And it's awfully expensive to be so predictably lousy!

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a piece of junk!!!

    Why the heck did you change the design Apple? The magsafe 1 was such an innovative and perfect design. Just redesigning for the sake of it makes no sense. This new magsafe 2 keeps coming off the laptop with the slightest pull... and really. Why the f&^* do we need a new charger. Now I can't borrow my friends and vice versa. Ridiculous. Do I have to give it one star?

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    cable and design totally stinks

    Apple must have some motivation why they lead in innovation and design on all fronts except the charger of their macs. Makes zero sense. I'm on my 2nd cord due to rubber splitting and wires fracturing.
    The magnet connector is just poorly designed. Only able to charge if mac is left alone flat on a table. I'd like to see tim cook keep the charger connected while seated at an airport waiting to board a flight..heck even just sitting on the couch. I love apple but this charging fail is pure garbage. They know millions of customers have this problem everyday but they ignore it but release a larger iPad I assume 4 or 5 guys who work at Pixar care about.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst charger ever!

    I bought my MacBook in March 2014. So the charger is less than two years old. And already it doesn't charge up properly. This is a personal laptop so it's not the slightest bit overworked. I don't use my charger daily yet it doesn't allow me to charge my laptop without many attempts at fiddling with the magnetic connection and praying that it would magically start to charge. I tried cleaning the dust, resetting the SMC. WTF? Why do I even have to do all that? My PC laptops have NEVER required this!!! And they cost less too!!!!

    Now it looks like I'll have to fork out SGD108 for a new charger if this continues because I can't live with the chance that it would suddenly fail.

    This is my last Mac for sure.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    broken cable...

    After only a year of normal use, the protective rubber of the cable broke, exposing the wires and quickly screwing up the charger... This charger, and many chargers Apple makes, slam right in the face of their quality values.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    i'm on my third one in 3 years

    The first lasted nearly 2 years and the the cable out the brick started to go... it had a good innings but I was insulted by the price when I had to stump up for a new one.

    The second... well I made sure I was going to look after this. 5 months in it just stopped working... i pulled it out the wall socket... tested the socket.... all good... I switched to the extended wire plug bit and slide that on... BANG the fuse went straight away with a big spark from inside the brick.... So thats 2x fuses gone and no damage to the exterior of the product. Must be poor quality wiring inside.

    I'm going to return the product and insist they have it sent to be inspected. I expect more for a product of this price.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad adapter

    The first adapter that damaged before the lifetime of the computer. This is my first and probably my last APPLE product. The computer is good, but after the quality of this adapter I do not have many expectations for its lifetime. Same problem as the most of the readers, the thin cable damaged at the extremities and stop working.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I could read all these reviews

    I agree with all these diasapointed customers: Feel like am stuck with a very expensive laptop, which I am okay with. However, even the replacement power adapter is not working any more. Does apple really expects their loyal customer to stick around if they keep handing them such a bad power adapters?

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe 2: Two Time Loser

    I can't put into words how badly I hate this MagSafe 2 Power Adapter. the MagSafe 1 was great: it hugged the body of my MacBook Pro 13...never got in the way...was always attached to the laptop...was only a ¼ inch footprint...I forgot it was even there except for the occasional glance to check its status by the LED.

    Bought a new MacBook Pro 15 this summer, and the first time I sat in my chair...put the laptop on my lap...the adapter popped off. If I have to itch my foot? Off. Reach for my water? Off. Cat jumps up for some love? Off. Sneeze? Off. I'd LOVE to shove this thing in the designing engineer's ear, and all the bureaucrats following that put their hands on this and approved it. Not all of us use laptops on desks...we use them on LAPS! If I want this power supply to stay put I have to sit uncomfortably in my chair like I've got on a mini-skirt...and I'm not a mini-skirt kinda guy.

    So nobody thought about the possible negative ramifications from having a sleek ¼ inch device that hugs the machine to this growth that sticks out an inch at least...with the leverage of a stiff cord on top of that? Apple designers make sure you have to charge your phone 2 times a day because of tiny batteries...so you have an 'elegant' looking device...but they thought this mutant Lego thing hanging off the side of the machine was alright?

    You're slipping, Apple. The wonderful momentum Jobs left us with is rolling to a stop. I've had more software issues the last year than in the 10 years before that. I would rather stick screwdrivers in my eyes than deal with the bloated iTunes. Music? Give me a break: sudden WARP volume...waiting for music to load from the cloud...songs ending prematurely...icons reduced to sesame seed size. Playing games with accessing my ripped music...like if I can't find it I'm going to buy it again. Meticulously tagging photos just to search for them at a later date, and they're nowhere to be found. Updates that magically reset EVERY SETTING ON THE DEVICE! You aren't smart enough to make that -not- happen? All the things that led up to me leaving other non-Apple OS's are happening now. We don't want the latest and greatest you push out to satisfy your shareholders. We want something that WORKS!

    16 of 19 people found this useful