• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works As Advertised

    I have 3 of the same power bricks. One for home, one at work and one for travelling. As i travel and move around quite a lot, the one for travelling is the one i abuse the most. Take it out, unwind and plug it in, wind it back and chuck it into my hand carry or backpack. Hotels, coffee joints and airports, i like seeing 100% battery status but that is just me so i always use it plugged in all the time. I like the fact that it allows me to wind the cable around the brick nicely and in a compact fashion. Yes i do use the removable cord that comes with it as well because if i do not, there is a certain amount of static charge on the laptop when it is plugged in direct.

    Contrary to what others have mentioned, for the last 3 years, i am still on the same set of power bricks. No fraying whatsoever. Perhaps i am lucky but since most of the time people write reviews only when they have a bad experience with a product, i thought i chip in with a good experience on my part.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Idea for Improvement

    Like most others here I have had issues with fraying of the cords, that connect to the computer. Since Apple has constructed the charger so that you can change out the cord that connects to the wall outlet, for different countries. Why not design the charger to have a similar quick change connecter for the cord that connects to the computer and then just sell replacement cords for $20 as they become worn? You have proven that you know how to do this. Just look at the cord that connects to the wall outlet.

    It would be nice if Apple would respond to the criticisms that have been made in the reviews for this product since there have been so many for the same issue. If nothing else at least acknowledge that you hear what customers are saying.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    about to by my THIRD in less than 3 years

    love the length... and that's it... the thicker wire (charge pack to wall) breaks/frays.... i get that i bend it every time i wrap it back up but c'mon - i'm about to drop another $79.00 and we're trapped because what's the alternative?

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality, high price

    Replaced my cable for the second time and it has split again after a few months.V dangerous. The product is expensive and really poor quality. There's been a few of these overpriced but poor products from Apple recently. My love affair with Apple may start to cool....

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Burn from broken power lead...

    Reading other reviews it seems there definitely is an issue with design of this unit.
    My son burned his thumb whilst handling this yesterday. I expect apple to replace this foc without argument but how do I know the new one won't do the same?

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fried on me.

    Ya Apple, I love your products but you really need to take another look at these chargers. They start to fray at the connection points and eventually just fry up. I thought I lost my whole mac too. For what we are paying, they should be better.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    So sick of these chargers overheating and breaking. I'm constantly worried it is going to catch fire!!! I have found burn marks on the side of mine. I'm on my 4th charger for a macbook pro I bought last year!!! My current one is making horrible wirring noises and is really hot whenever it is turned on. Really reluctant to waste £65 on something I know will only last a few months at most.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I tolerated the replacing, until I smelled the burning.

    Frederic M and Cynthia B - you guys must have the magic touch because I'm replacing my charger again for my 17" MacBook Pro. Note: I give a ton of r-e-s-p-e-c-t to my computer equipment because I am a p-o-o-r s-t-u-d-e-n-t and cannot afford to continually replace or mistreat these items. To address the possibility that the complaints are being orchestrated from one negative source, it is quite possible that these complaints are indeed from one negative source: a large group of customers that have to keep replacing their chargers.

    I don't take issue with having to replace the charger, as things do happen with wires over the years. The frequency with which I am having to replace this $79.00 charger within 3 years of purchasing my laptop is discouraging and makes me question the QC of these items. Maybe it's the frequency with which I use my laptop that makes the difference between the Frederics and Cynthias of the world and the Negative Nellys like me; however, my charger wire shouldn't fray and smell like burnt rubber with respectable treatment of my equipment in less than a year. Let's review the quality on these things, shall we Apple?

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Why the complaining?

    I don't know why people complain all the time but don't other laptop charger accessories heat up as well? I mean energy is heat, right? Also, I have had my mac book pro 17 for 3 years now and my charger is still up and running. Of course, this does not apply to everyone, perhaps I am the only person in the world who has the ultra-lasting apple charger.

    6 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can I give ZERO stars

    I paid close to $1800.00 for BOOK PRO and the cable is already out, in less than 24 months, this is UNACCEPTABLE. We expect better from you or we can just go and buy Dell for $700-$800 dollars and replace it every few years.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    On 3rd brick - previous 2 caught fire.

    If I could rate this overpriced garbage lower, I would.
    Just bought 3rd brick. Average life is about 1 year. They always go in the same place - right where the cable between the brick and the notebook connects to the brick. One caught fire in a hotel room in Chicago. Replaced. The other just went while I was playing a game on my bed. In both cases I was REALLY glad I was awake.
    Since it's a proprietary connector I have no option except to give Apple $90 for a replacement. It's salt in the wound that It's EXACTLY the same flawed design. I'm sure in about a year I'll be replacing the brick AGAIN.
    This will be the last Apple laptop I buy. I need reliability, and a power adapter that values style over engineering doesn't fit that bill.
    Grrrrrrrrr, Apple! GRRRRRR!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    POOR DESIGN ! (continually replacing power cords every year)

    POOR DESIGN ! I do continually replacing power cords every year.

    Why cant apple design a great sturdy power cord - or have a better warranty on them? The powercord ALWAYS heats up.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't last, overpriced.

    Apple, I give you so much money. SO MUCH. And where does it go? Into producing an 80 dollar charger for my 1500 dollar computer that doesn't even last 6 months? This is ridiculous. I swear to god if I have to buy another charger (this is my fourth since buying the computer last June), I'm buying a PC. Apple, get it together please.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent quality - I question the source of all the negativity

    Our family has had 3 MacBook Pros, the oldest being bought over 5 year ago. None of the power adapters have failed, nor been anything but durable and fully functional. I've had Dells, Toshiba, NEC, and Samsung laptops, over decades, and none of these units and associated accessories have come anywhere close to Apple quality, to say nothing of the Windows products to which they have been wedded from the very beginning. I'm a 74 yr. old techie, retired lawyer, experienced in analyzing alleged complaints, and my gut feel is that many of these negative submissions are being orchestrated from a common source. Lastly, I'm buying a new one solely to replace one that's been lost.

    7 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frays SO easily

    I treat my cords well. I keep one at my desk and one travels with me. BOTH frayed within a year. And I still have to order new ones (NOT cheap) because it's not like I can go without! I love apple products, but their adaptors are awful.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Circuit

    The reviews about the bad design of this chord are right on. Since the chord is fully attached to the power adapter core, it can become frayed over time (~ 1+ year) and in my case it actually started smoking out and then sparked at the frayed point and I almost thought I lost my MacBook Pro when the screen went black! I quickly disconnected the power, tested the battery meter and powered it on again. It came back alive...thank goodness. Nevertheless, this is a BAD design and it can even become dangerous! Apple, are you listening? I want a new chord, on your dime!

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook Pro Charger rip.

    I have had my MacBook Pro since november and the charger hardly leaves the house, when I do take it out I am very careful as I am a student and do not have the money to replace anything. My charger has a rip in the cover, leaving the wires on show, I'm going to put this down to the material being thin, but Apple should do something about this as its not practical and could eventually cost people a lot of money when they have already paid hundreds for the product in the first place.
    I hope the rip in my charger doesn't get worse because I can't afford £65 to replace it, I feel let down by apple as they charge so much for products that are what seems to be temporary.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I've had this charger for a few months (it's the 3rd charger I've had to buy for a computer that was purchased less than 3 years ago). The wire is BARELY frayed and it's not working. Now I'm going to buy 2 new chargers in case the first one fails as quickly and I'm left without a charger yet again. APPLE - FIX YOUR CHARGERS!!!!

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    i have bought 3 of these in the past year, i am not rough with the product at all i only use laptop in one room, the cables plastic sleeve is so thin! a fingernail easily pushes through it, i complained to apple and they gave me a £21 voucher IF i spent £70.. the charger is priced at £65, on top of that i was on the phone for a hour to them on a 0845 number when i was discussing this with them, and ive come away with nothing!
    im really disappointed!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just frayed. After 1year use.

    The joint of of adaptor was frayed even I used it very nicely. And it's only 1 year.

    20 of 22 people found this useful