• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Back to the Apple Store - One a Year

    The first time I had a problem, I thought I was simply mishandling the cord or twisting it the wrong way. A weak spot in the cord one day snapped and began fraying, about a month later there was nothing but exposed wire. Now I am on my fourth adapter because of this same exact problem. As a college student this is a huge inconvenience, I've already paid premium price for my computer, so having to continually buy overpriced and faulty adapters seems like an insult. Why have there been no upgrades over the past 4 years?

    The magnet connector would work great and the light indicator is always reliable. The three prong connector along with two prong adapter is very convenient. However the benefits of this cable mean nothing when it becomes un-functional.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So sick of these cords!

    I bought my MacBook Pro in 2009 and have had to replace the cord every year because it frays. It's getting beyond annoying. I love Macs but am considering going to a PC for my next laptop. :(

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Small Cable Mod saves you $$ and annoyance

    I agree with the design flaws. But I uprchased white electrical tape for $2-3 and wrapped the thinner cable that's built into the Power Adapter to strengthen it. It's the same cable that came w/ my MBP from 2011 and it's in mint condition. That small mod has saved me any issues with it fraying or bending/breaking, and with white tape you can't even notice it.

    That location is the weakest part of the cable design in my opinion. I'll wrap the Port connector end if it starts to show wear but it's still in great shape. Just figured i'd try to help instead of leaving the 1,000,000th "poor cable" review...

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced, poor craftsmanship

    The apple magsafe power adapter is very poorly constructed. Family members and friends of mine have all had the same problem: the cord tears around the base. If the cord is wrapped around the built-in pegs, it is likely to expedite the tearing. Very frustrating to have to spend additional money for faulty design.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate it

    I need to buy a new one because it constantly breaks. For a 1200 computer you'd think the cable wouldn't be so fragile. I'm tired of spending 160 a year on a new cable.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    total junk.

    have to buy my 3rd charger now in 3 years. i am very careful and never even leave the house with my laptop! the wires break and fray.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    please do something

    i know apple products are good on the grounds of use and the design of the software and user interface but if there is one thing that steve jobs should of implemented is a new charger design it was just this morning that my 85 watt charger for my macbook stopped working there is wire showing around the power pack and the pins on the plug have gone black from when they have burnt a little i for the money we pay for the devices we deserve quality it is ashamed we don't get that with the chargers.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    I have two macbooks. One I've owned since 2008. That one needs another new power adapter . . . and when I say "another I mean the 5th. The mabook I bought a year and a half ago needs its 3rd. At the price these guys charge for a new adapter, I could have bought a new lower-end laptop. If you're thinking about buying a macbook, think about the yearly tax you'll pay to Apple by way of replacing inferior parts. My yearly tax to them has been the price of a 60w adapter and an 85w adapter. Buy a brand that has good parts.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Smart

    Im a Dj and Music Producer, Ive had my macbook pro 15" for two years im also a student. My charger actually fooled me into thinking it was charging during a gig and my laptop died mid concert (BAD FOR ME) the top chord was fray i handled with care when wrapping it because i knew it would happen like when wrapping video game controllers but its still messed up on me i just refuse to pay $80 for a need piece of faulty equipment MagSafe is terrible Apple do better

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    unbelievable...

    I have a 2010 15in macbook pro. And in the 3 years I have had it, I have been through FOUR charging cords. All had the same problem: the wires that connect the charger head to the computer gets messed up so it stops charging. Also these are WAY over-priced! 80$? Really? UGH!!! If I could, I would give this a 0 and not a 1...

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Built to last... for a few months.

    I bought a 15" MBP to replace my previous one which I had for 5 years. During that time, I had to replace the charger twice. I bought my current one 13 months ago and had to replace the charger already this week. This one actually caught fire. As with all the others, the poor build quality of the cables results in the rubber just cracking or breaking apart caused by the heat of the charger itself and from being handled (wrapped up, put in a backpack, etc...). Knowing how abhorrent the quality is, you can guess that I handled it pretty gently and never wrapped it so that the cables were bending with any significant strain, but still, the rubber just melted and broke away, leaving exposed wire.

    Contrary to most Apple products, this one clearly was not built for longevity, but most likely for visual appeal, and the poor quality and constant replacements is just an added bonus in profit. Terrible device; Apple should be embarrassed to have their name on it.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great power adapter

    This power adapter has worked great for me. I've been using about two years now and it's in great condition. I carry it with me all the time and use it about every other day to charge my MBP. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Terrible Product

    This is probably the worst power cord in the industry. The end of the cord will fray no matter how to hand it. I have never broken any electronic device...always take care of everything I own and this cord frayed and currently has the inner wire exposed.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great... for 12 months.

    I've had my Mac Book Pro for a few days past a year and already my charger has torn and is fraying. It actually seems like everything on my macbook is beginning to default now that I've just passed the end of my one year warranty. This needs to be fixed. I have a pair of apple head phones that I've had for longer than a year and have treated with a lot less love than my charger and they are fine. Obviously Apple knows how to make cords that don't fray.. but just choose not to when they cost $100 to replace -.-

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2nd power cord failure

    It is very frustrating as I thought it was just me being rough on the power cord, but after reading the other 700 plus reviews that state the same thing and only giving one star Apple should do the right thing by replacing them. The cost of $80 bucks is just crazy for something that won't last!!! If it was $20 bucks I wouldn't be so irritated and I certainly would not be writing a review. I now need a third cord and I find myself looking at alternative MFG's and if they can sell them for so little, what is the problem with Apple? Please explain, someone!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Uncharacteristically terrible Apple product

    I am writing this review because I'm grudgingly buying my FOURTH $80 power adapter for the same MacBook Pro (I've owned the computer for 3 years now). The skinny (computer side of the) cord always frays in exactly the same place next to the brick and then eventually begins smoking. I've brought previous broken power adapters in to the Apple Store and been chastised for mistreating them. However, because I've gone through so many of these things, I've had the chance to try out all the different suggestions they give me to prevent this from happening (e.g., wrap the skinny cable around the little hooks when you travel with it; don't ever wrap the skinny cable around the little hooks when you travel with it; wrap the skinny cable around the hooks but leave some slack next to the brick when you travel with it; disconnect the fat cable on the other side when you travel with it so that the skinny cable side can gingerly sit upright in your bag and not feel mistreated).

    None of these suggestions works. The simple fact of the matter is that the adapter is completely incapable of traveling in a backpack, no matter how delicately you protect it. This is perplexing given Apple's marketing toward students. It is also perplexing that Apple refuses to fix this obvious design flaw despite its long history of making terrible power adapters. My previous PowerBook G4 had an equally flimsy power adapter and I went through two of those as well.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The final straw

    So I've never been super stoked about my MacBook. I have the MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) model. When I bought it (refurbished) I was looking forward to being able to project the screen onto my TV via Apple TV. BUT WHOA!!! Wait for it… Nope!! My model doesn't support that. Bad on me for not FULLY RESEARCHING this, but apple makes it very obscure to find out what features are available based on OS/hardware pairings. So the computer is adequate (at best) because mostly I use it for playing games and surfing the internet. But, I often have to shut down the browser or reboot the thing to get my memory back. (It just stops responding). But the FINAL STRAW is when I have to pay $79 for a SUBSTANDARD piece of equipment that is obviously a huge design flaw. YEP like everyone else is saying the power cord is completely frayed at the connector point into the laptop. APPLE, I love my iPhone, but I've bought my only and last laptop from you!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst power cord ever

    I have owned apple laptops since 2001. The round power connecters were basically glorified rca connectors and worked quite well. I never had a problem with those.

    But magsafe has been terrible since day one. Always coming unplugged, fraying, overheating. I would give zero stars if apple allowed. I always have to keep a spare charger and have had to replace the dc-in-board of my laptops repeatedly. Apple, your magsafe is an abject failure of a connector. Magsafe also fails the 'just works' test.

    Magsafe does not work! (Unless the purpose was to extract more $$ from your customers, then: mission accomplished.)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Good

    I absolutely hate you all for this dumb cord I've had my MacBook Pro for 2yrs and this is the second cord I have purchased, so including the cord that came with it this is 3rd one in 2yrs.... To be so brilliant you make stupid cords!!!!! Let's try to make a cord as good as your product

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Going for 3rd charger-junk

    I have had to replace the charger already now after 18 months it is fraying and failing. I was meticulous in how I removed charger plug from the computer. I never touched the cord and yet it decomposes after the 1 yr. warranty period. I asked at the apple store whether there was a recall but they said no. This charger is defective and should be recalled.

    5 of 5 people found this useful