Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (for 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro)

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  • Overview

    The 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter features a magnetic DC connector that ensures your power cable will disconnect if it experiences undue strain and helps prevent fraying or weakening of the cables over time. In addition, the magnetic DC helps guide the plug into the system for a quick and secure connection.

    When the connection is secure, an LED located at the head of the DC connector will light up; an amber light lets you know that your portable is charging, while a green light tells you that you have a full charge. An AC lead is provided with the adapter for maximum lead length, while the AC wall adapter (also provided) gives users an even easier and more compact way to travel.

    Designed to be the perfect travelling companion, the adapter has a clever design that allows the DC cable to be wound neatly around itself for easy cable storage.

    This power adapter recharges the lithium polymer battery while the system is off, on, or in sleep mode. It also powers the system if you choose to operate without a battery.

    Compatible with 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pro.

    Not sure if this is the right power adapter for your Mac?

    See this article for more details about choosing the right one.

    Knowing which specific Mac model you have is important. If you are running OS X Lion (10.7) or later, go to the “” menu at the top left of your screen, choose “About this Mac” then click the “More Info...” button. Your Mac model and generation will be displayed.

    If you are running an earlier version of OS X, you can enter your serial number here to find out which model you have.

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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Dear Apple

      Dear Apple - stop being stupid. For such a great engineering company, why can't you get the obvious things fixed. These cords fray at the connector. ALL of them Dear Apple - stop being stupid. For such a great engineering company, why can't you get the obvious things fixed. These cords fray at the connector. ALL of them do. Sometimes at the power brick, sometimes at the Mac end. Then I have to go spend 80 bucks for another adapter - when all I really need is the cord. So do the right thing, and put a MagSafe connector on BOTH ends of the cord, and a MagSafe jack on the side of the power brick just like the one on the side of the computer. Then, I could (1) disconnect the cord completely from the adapter when it's in my bag, and not have to worry about the cord getting bent and broken where it connects to the power brick, (2) could have my choice of cord lenghts - maybe a short one for my desk and a long one when I travel, and (3) I could replace JUST THE CORD if it got damaged or worn, for something like 5 or 6 bucks instead of 80. What do you think? Would it be so hard to do?

      • Written by Brad F from Lawrence

      5004 of 5104 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Dear Apple

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Yes for Unibody, No for older MBP's

      Own Early 2008 MBP and Late 2009 MBP. Works on the unibody, does not on my early 2008. The port on the new MacBooks are smaller and more shallow, this charger Own Early 2008 MBP and Late 2009 MBP. Works on the unibody, does not on my early 2008. The port on the new MacBooks are smaller and more shallow, this charger reflects this change and will not make contact with older ports found on non-unibody. Buyer beware, save yourself the hassle and find an 'I" MagSafe charger if you have a non-unibody.

      • Written by Steven R from Whitby

      1685 of 2185 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Yes for Unibody, No for older MBP's

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      They kinda fixed teh second most important problem...wow great job

      While its fine and dandy that they changed one end of the cord, its the other end that is most likely to malfunction. I love my macs no doubt about it - but the While its fine and dandy that they changed one end of the cord, its the other end that is most likely to malfunction. I love my macs no doubt about it - but the magsafe adapters make me hate apple. The magsafe is such an expensive devise and at the same time the cord is so prone to braking off where it is connected to the charger. And then you cant just buy a new cord...you HAVE to buy a whole new charger...this is both very bad for the consumer and also for the environment. I really hope apple will soon realise that this way of milking costumers is not viable in the 21th century. So I beg you Apple: please fix the real problem and make a magsafe with a detachable cord.

      • Written by Hakim Jonas G from København N

      674 of 706 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?They kinda fixed teh second most important problem...wow great job

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      85W MagSafe Power Adaptor

      Dangerous - everyone I know with a MacBook Pro has a frayed cord at either or both ends of the slimmer cord part that goes between the 'box' and the laptop. The Dangerous - everyone I know with a MacBook Pro has a frayed cord at either or both ends of the slimmer cord part that goes between the 'box' and the laptop. The wire overheats, burns through the plastic, the plastic splits...even if you wrap it in electrical tape, it eventually burns through that, then the wires burn up and disintegrate! This is the first time I've written a review anywhere...just have to warn people about the danger and ridiculous design. I've read reviews of the same problem in the review section of this website from the present going back 6-7 years. I'm surprised there hasn't been a recall on this in favor of all the Apple users who have purchased the product, rather than the experience I had of walking in an Apple distributor store and being told it was my fault for not winding the cord correctly (me using computers for 30+ years (PC and Apple) having this problem only with this Apple cord)!

      • Written by holliday H from Bozeman

      Is this review useful?85W MagSafe Power Adaptor

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Works great when not broken...

      For most of the year, this charger is excessively reliable and quickly charges my MacBook. However, like most others, I am buying my 3rd power adapter in 5 year For most of the year, this charger is excessively reliable and quickly charges my MacBook. However, like most others, I am buying my 3rd power adapter in 5 years because they are fraying at the connection points that cannot be individually replaced. The cost of the charger for my MacBook is high, but I depend on this laptop for my work and cannot avoid getting a new charger when they break. It would be ideal for Apple to redesign this charger or lower the price for a cheap product.

      • Written by Logan K from Martintown

      Is this review useful?Works great when not broken...

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Not sure what all the fuss is about

      I have a 4.5 year old MBP and have 3 of these power adapters/cables. 2 for in the house and one on the road. I've NEVER had an issue with the cord fraying near I have a 4.5 year old MBP and have 3 of these power adapters/cables. 2 for in the house and one on the road. I've NEVER had an issue with the cord fraying near the magentic connector. It's been hit, and kicked at the coffee house numerous times. The rubber collar is in great shape. What are you folks doing to yours that I am not??

      • Written by Richard P from Denver

      Is this review useful?Not sure what all the fuss is about

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