• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor, extremely poor..

    I've just had my 3rd 85w MagSafe power adapter fail on me.

    My adapter is in the one location, they do not get moved from my office desk, yet the end keeps wearing out first the rubberised coating wears out at the "L" shaped end that connects to my MBP, then within months the charger stops charging.

    Not really good enough for the amount of money that you're paying each time. I adore all Apple products but have to say that I loathe the Magsafe Adapters. I really don't understand why Apple don't sell the connector unit on it's own as the adapter and wall plug section is still in perfect working order and it seems that this a waste of money and not that environmentally friendly as each time I've purchased a replacement I have a huge part of the adapter made redundant.

    I would think that with Apple's think tank and so many unhappy customers complaining for so many years that a solution could've been found by now. Or is it a case of finding ways of making perpetual income from Apple devotee's.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lousy engineering

    Simply put, the cords cannot stand-up to normal traveling use. If the notebook is used, basically, as a desktop, the adapter will have no issues and provide a long service life. If, however, the notebook is used as a portable machine, the cord will deteriorate and fray at either the brick or the magsafe connector end. Apple seems to not consider this an issue. Possibly because of the revenue generated by folks buying replacement adapters. I couldn't say. However, it's a safety concern and an annoying Achilles heel for a product which is otherwise brilliant.

    Apple is capable of making great products, elegantly designed. This, sadly, is not nearly one of them.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed cord, again

    Second adapter I've had now with a frayed cord at the same spot--right near the brick. I can't believe this has happened to so many people and nothing's been done about it.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Holy moly what a bad design!

    I like to work in clamshell mode with one single large desktop screen, and also have to go to meetings a lot. Coming back from a meeting, I have to go through a process of plugging in the power and then gingerly moving the machine into place without knocking the stupid thing out, whereupon clamshell doesn't work and the screen goes blank. Recently it's taken to not supplying any power at all for up to 20 mins after being plugged in before eventually deciding to do it. A colleague's recently burnt out (literally).

    It's the year 2013! If you can't build 100-year old transformer technology reliably by now you need to get out of the component business. This item is £65 with a value for money of nil.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible!

    Does not last more than a year....getting tired of spending $80 every year to get another charger....5th year in a row!! I am switching back to a Windows Laptop instead of a Mac!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One day it worked and the next it didn't

    I've had my computer for 14 months and haven't had a problem until today. Noticed my power supply was at 8% after charging overnight, and the amber or green indicator light was not on. Unplugged, re-plugged, changed outlets, tried to reboot the SMS - no luck. Never a problem until today. Reading the reviews, I have to agree...Apple get your stuff together and stop making such an inferior accessory.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely dissatisfied

    For the third time this year, I'm having to get a new charger due to fraying near the connector. The first time, I thought it stemmed from carelessness on my end. The second time, 8 months later, I was lucky to have caught the problem before the casing of the wire broke so I was able to get it replaced for free. Now, 3 MONTHS LATER, I am about to buy yet another charger because not only was this frayed, and extremely overheated, it was sparking and starting what I considered to be eensy teensy fires. I'm so fed up but I payed an ungodly amount of money for my macbook pro less than years ago and I love it so much. I just wish the charger was comparable......I'm confused about why Apple isn't doing more to address and solve this problem especially since so many people are having it.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another negative experience

    I have taken extremely good care of my cord/computer. I am on my third cord. This one is the flat magnetic bar that lays along the computer and I am noticing the difference in the material the cord is made from. Apple has changed the cords, thankfully, but to me that is an indication that there were problems with the previous design. Some compensation for this would seem appropriate considering the sheer number of repeated occurrences of this problem.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3 out of 3 have failed in 2 years

    I've purchased 3 of these power adapters. In the past 2 years they've all burned out. That's less than a year each!

    The really sad part is that the generic 3rd party adapter that I purchased at the same time as my MacBook Pro is the only one that's lasted all this time. It cost me $17 and it's the one that I've used most often. I could've had 12 generic adapters (that would probably still be working) for the money I spent on these genuine products.

    I still love Apple computers and would recommend them over any other but I can't in good conscience recommend this power supply to anyone. You're better off purchasing 4 generics for the same price. :-/

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pitiful

    I've never had good luck with Apple adaptors. They tend to last a few months before dying. I've been through a lot over the years. This was the first one to start smoking before dying. Given the high cost of these adaptors it is unacceptable to have such a high failure rate.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $80! No frayed cord just overheated and stopped working.

    Like how it connects and safely disconnects if you trip over the cord, but this is the second one I've had go bad in 4 years.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed product

    I have owned several MagSafe power adapters and they have generally failed because of fraying of the wire where it exits from the power unit. It is amazing that Apple has put on the market such a poor product and has not done anything about improving it.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless laptop; poorly constructed cable

    Even with careful usage, the cord has frayed at the charger base, thus leaving a live wire fully exposed. This is an electrical and fire hazard. I've had the same issue with iPhone cables, including the newer Lightening connector. Apple should extend its quality focus to its cables.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time for a change?

    Well as everybody said it frays at the connection point to the adaptor and that's really frustrating! I had a VAIO for four years and no problem with the power adaptor! But now after 1.5 years my adaptor is failing cause the cord is getting detached ! For God's sake it's Apple ! And I have to pay 80 dollars for a new one?
    Puff ! Not cool ! Apple should make a change in the design ! SERIOUSLY !

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly Designed

    The metallic piece of the charger that connects to my Macbook charging port has fallen apart. It's rather shocking, considering that the sheer force of connecting/disconnecting it by magnetic force was enough to make it come loose.
    Echoing previous comments - no matter how hard I try to avoid the bending and eventual fraying of the wire- it does anyway. Maybe it's time to revamp this product apple!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook is great. Cord is the worst.

    We are on our third charger in three years. Computer has been awesome but the cord always frays. Not cool, Apple. Not cool.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord frays

    I'd rate this 0 if I could. The cord frays and breaks open. Reading these reviews, I'm one of many with this problem. I guess Steve Jobs did not believe in strain reliefs. Or in user replaceable cords. Or maybe he believed in the recurring revenue from users like me who need to replace their power supplies.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very bad

    We had to change 3 power supplies in 2 years. Worst product i've bought from Apple. Please fix the issues with this.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Lesson in Planned Obsolescence

    This power cord is poorly designed and poorly manufactured. This morning, my fourth cord (in four years) decided to give up the proverbial ghost. The MagSafe connection frays, the insulation has melted...I'm surprised this isn't a fire hazard. Shame on you, Apple. The power cord issue alone is enough for me to reconsider purchasing another MacBook. This is your Achilles Heel, Apple. FIX IT.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously Apple?

    Why is it that I have Dell laptop adapters that have literally outlasted the computers they came with, but I have to replace this $80 hunk of junk. about once a year? My current adapter is not only frayed, but the wires are literally burning and turning brown, and whatever insulator Apple has opted to use on pretty much all of its cables is garbage. I can't think of a single Apple device I own that doesn't have a frayed cable, yet literally every other tech company on Earth seems to have overcome this issue. How hard is it to make a wire that doesn't fray and fall apart? It is just ridiculous that such an otherwise strong product can have such an obvious Achilles heel.

    6 of 6 people found this useful