• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Second Adapter I've Had to Replace Myself

    I've had two adapters break on me, the wire somehow shorts out and melts near the "square". Really poor design, love the computers but the adapters are terrible.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Feed up with it

    Mac are great computer and I love the Mac OS. The 85w Power adapter is a great disappointment!
    I have already fried two, going through the 3rd one now. I never coil or bend the cable, but the cable always burn and fry. Once the outer protector layer is cracked and exposing the wiring. Don't use it. It starts to smoke and highly likely it will cause a fire.
    I am gonna have to try a generic one for my next purchase. Maybe it will be better and safer.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Same problem. Hate it but if I want to use the computer, I have to have it.

    Why bother posting a review that has been summed up by every other hundreds of 1 star reviews out there? I have the same problem. I think I'm at 5 years on the computer, and I need to buy a new one STAT because my 4th (including the original that came with) just burned out. That'll be 5 cords and will hopefully last into the 6th year.

    My first three were replaced while the computer was under apple care, but now I'm having to pay for it out of pocket. Genius Bar said it's super common, but obviously they couldn't do anything about it on a personal level.

    Very super angry that Apple as a brand hasn't helped solve this problem. Very disappointed in the level of quality that Apple has had in the most recent few years. :(

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful product

    The orientation of the charging end of this cable means that the cord keeps getting twisted around. Broke after a couple months use (whereas my old charger lasted 4 years). Very upset to have to fork out so much money for a new charger.

    Please replace, repair, or redesign these!

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Fails Miserably

    With so many Apple products being very good quality, it is amazing that they cannot make a cord that does not fray/wear out in such short time. I have already had 2 replaced under warranty because the little connector that fits into my laptop goes bad. Seriously Apple, get it together! Make a cord that can take normal wear and tear!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dangerous and flawed design

    I'm just about to reluctantly buy my third Magsafe charger. The two faulty ones have the same fault, in that the thin cable has frayed near the transformer and has become too hot to touch during use…..again.
    In fact the first one actually started smouldering.

    This is poor design at best, and just plain dangerous at worst.

    Is it going to take a negligence lawsuit before they'll change this clearly inferior design of charger?

    Thumbs down apple.

    36 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst chargers i have ever seen

    I have replaced more than two chargers in the past 2 years. This has never happen to me in my life with other laptops!
    I would give it zero star.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord Frays

    Waste of money!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor design? Or Laws of Physics.

    I have had my mac pro book now for 4 years, I use it everyday for work and travel in and out with it 5 6 to 7 times a day, so yes I bring the cord with me all the time. The cord is not poor quality and you have to realize that a rope and an electrical wire are not to be rolled or coiled the same way, the sercret is not to TWIST the wire, just look at an extension cord the one you use for the lawn mower, if you compare it to a new one there is no sign of twisting of the wires, if you have been using it for many years and look at it again, you will see lumps in it, that means the wires twist inside the cover have twisted. This is the same thing happening to your adaptor cable..its all in the way that you roll or coil it or loop it, its normal for it to break at the ends since the ends are not not swivel....... I have changed mine after 4 years and been rolling and unrolling it 6 to 7 times a day! Just remeber every time you plug it in if the wire was on the floor and you pick it up well it could of twisted if it twists in the middle not so bad but if it twists at the ends yes it will break. Every time you change the angle to plug it in to your Mac book you usually change the angle and rotaion of the wire...
    The is no flaw, its a question of Laws of Physics.!

    10 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too much money for an item that breaks so easily

    I have had my MBP for more than 5 years. However, I need to keep getting a new power cable because the cable that connects the power brick with the Mac Book keeps breaking internally. Please, apple - improve this product, or charge WAY less for it. A mag-safe on both sides, for example, would be a good idea.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Last straw on why I won't be buying Apple again

    These cords have been so infuriating! I'm about to have to buy my 4th one in 3 years (in addition to the one that came with my Macbook). At $80 each, that's ridiculous. I've had my irks with Apple's incompatibility with other things, but this is the last straw for me. It will be a long time before I intentionally buy an Apple product again.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nearly caused a fire

    These adapters are horrible. I take very good care of mine and over the course of 4 years I've gone through 4 of them. Two got frayed under the rubber and stopped working, one got frayed and the rubber cracked (I even wrapped the cables in a way I was taught at an Apple Genius Bar so as not to cause any strain on the cable) and the fourth actually melted(!) while plugged into a surge suppressor during the night. It was charred when I woke up and could easily have caused a fire. This is inexcusable.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    All Apple Proprietary Cables/Cords are Worthless

    This is the second time in 2 years that I have had to replace the adapter on my 17-in MBP. It's not just limited to the power adapter for the Macbooks but the headphones, power connectors for iPhone/iPad, iPod RGB cords etc. I have them all and they all are shabby and worthless, and all break apart at the connectors, it has become the signature of all Apple cords. I was lucky to find a power/usb cord for my iPhone by a company named Griffin for cheap and I haven't had to replace it since. For Apple's wiring to be so shabby and to continue to not address the issue is highly unacceptable. The only reason why there are higher than 1 star ratings is because the people rated the products prematurely. Eventually, if things do not change, they ALL will rate this product 1 star.

    Highly disappointed customer

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthless piece of junk, Pure robbery

    These things are worthless pieces of Junk, everyone i know who owns a modern mac has had to replace theirs at least once at the extortionate price of $100, this is a money making scam pure and simple and is totally eroding my trust in apple as a brand. I used to be willing to pay more for a quality product, now i realise i am getting the same poor quality c-r-a-p (or in this case, worse) as in PC land and if im going to buy throw away equipment i might as well pay half the price for it.

    problems: the rubber is of a very poor quality and basically cracks, crumbles and melts away after a few months of regular use. The warranty states the charger cannot be replaced if there is any physical damage to it, but the physical damage is caused by its poor quality not mistreatment.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If I could give it zero stars I would.

    Apple must know by now that they have a problem with their power cables. I have had to purchase two in the last 6 months because the cables have frayed (under very gentle usage). This is completely unacceptable. I am surprised they continue to make this style of adapter even for their newest model adapters. Apple, generally boast about the quality of your products, don't make me look like a fool. These power adapters absolutely do not meet those standards.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    engineered to fail

    It is disgraceful that apple should continue to produce these power cords that are irreparable when they weaken and break, as they inevitably do even with careful use. I've lost count of the number of these over-priced power cables that I've been forced to purchase because of built-in obsolescence.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My second for the same reason - frayed at the junction and now another $99

    These power adapters are devices that are not only problematic but a liability. I could not work out at first why the adapter was intermittedly charging and then I heard and saw the spark, smelt the burning and then it is dead. Luckily I was home and awake as I often charge my computer overnight and who knows if this spark was enough to cause a fire. The reports on these adapters are pretty bad and now I am really not sure what to do - buy yet a third or go generic?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please fix this!! MAJOR DESIGN FLAW!!

    Same as every other review on here: third power cord and counting.
    MAJOR DESIGN FLAW!!!
    The quality of rubber used to insulate the power cord is poor. This same shoddy rubber is used on all Apple power cables to get a matt rubbery feel; which frays under stress. The colour of the cable after 6 months of normal use, where it has been transported in a backpack, is disgusting and unhygienic!

    To make matters worse; when I have taken these cables into an Apple store to arrange a replacement, as on both occasions the product was within warranty, I am told that because I have made a repair to prevent any further damage to the cable it cannot be replaced. Armed with this knowledge; the second time around, where I haven't made a repair, I was told it cannot be replaced because it is too damaged.

    £160 I shouldn't of had to spend if the product didn't have a major design flaw! It is clear there is one; you only need to look at the number of low reviews with the same feedback: “Frayed cable”.

    The review system also doesn’t allow you to give products 0 stars as this and all other apple power cables deserve.

    WHAT WE WANT APPLE TO DO:
    - Apple must replace all power cables that are brought into the store with clear physical damage to the rubber insulation. This should include where the customer has tried to repair the rubber, as it was down to a design flaw that this was attempted in the first place.

    - Apple must go back to the drawing board and redesign the power cable with a higher focus on stress testing the rubber insulation. A rethink on how the cord is attached to the block should also be considered.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Laptops Worst Cords

    Why Apple is completely incapable of making a decent power cord, is a puzzle. They clearly have the worst cords imaginable and hey, why not charge extra?? I have looked at other companies just so I don't have to own a Macbook cord. One star is too much.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    On my third power supply in just over 2 years

    Cord frayed at the connector end after a year. I traveled with the power supply on no more than 10 occasions. 99% of the time it sat plugged in behind my desk. After 15 months, the adapter started sparking at the plug and not charging my MBP unless is was situated just so. Bought another one and the same things happened, only this time the fraying happened after 7 months and the sparking in less than a year. I've had this thing for a little more than 2 years and I will now need a third power adapter... at $80 a pop.

    Because this is Apple, there is no competitive market for these power supplies. It is a proprietary form plug. There's no manufacturer that can make this product with better materials and workmanship and there's no incentive for Apple to improve this thing. If I want to use my MBP, I have to keep buying this garbage component. I swear on my life, my MBP is the last Apple product I'll ever buy.

    14 of 14 people found this useful