• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective and Frays

    Just like its poorly designed predecessor, the new "L-style" MagSafe adapter is prone to fraying. At $89 a pop, these chargers are expensive to constantly replace.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sadness and Sorrow

    There is literally no reason for so vital a product to be so unreliable, especially when it comes attached to another product.
    The fraying is so bad I almost thought I had some insects or even a mouse gnawing on my power cord. Not little frays either - gnarly snarls of rubber that had reached its limit (apparently only about 6 months).
    Apple, if you're going to make that will warrant buying replacements, at least make it cost much less to replace it.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frays consistently

    The old Magsafe was wonderful, and Magsafe 2 may be great, but since one is not available and the adapter for the other goes the wrong way, I'm stuck buying these awful things. It doesn't even turn loose easily enough to protect the computer, which was supposed to be the point. NOBODY else has trouble making a simple cable not fall apart. If I buy a non-Mac for the first time in 20 years, this will be why.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad News

    This is a terrible product. I love Apple products but this charger in particular is horrible. I'm on my third one and it is an expensive thing to keep replacing. Apple: please do something. Your products are great normally because they last so long and I have an older laptop...but when I have to shell out 80 bucks so often it starts to sting.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    blech

    15" MacBook Pro less than two years old; on our third overpriced, easily broken Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (for 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro).

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple needs a lot of improvement.

    The computer itself is great, but the major problem is the charger. I have to buy a third overprice charger because my mac can't survive without it. The charger would work great for a few months and then after that it falls apart. Let's put it in simplest terms. The chargers are %^&*! Either it's a scam to have us continue buying chargers or that apple is screwing up with the design, I don't care but they need to start fixing the problem. These chargers aren't receiving bad reviews for nothing. Fix your problem apple or I'll switch back to PC.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    NEED CHANGES

    I am a die hard apple fan. I pay a premium for better quality. I consider my apple an investment. The charger - although better than my Windows Laptop counterpart - still has flaws:
    1. PLEASE make that thin cord that seems to wear out at the base on a regular basis - either A. replaceable or B. more durable.
    2. PLEASE may that removable wall socket attachment a slide away or some other solution that stays with the unit - to easily misplaced.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So angry and disappointed!

    If I could give this product 0 stars I would! extremely disappointed, I've had my 17" Macbook Pro for over 3 years and this is the THIRD time i've had to replace the charger and I've taken very good care of it. I believe apple should had a replacement policy for this product or lower the pricing because there's no way it's worth $80 if it won't even last throughout a year! Words cannot express how angry I am to have to replace this product AGAIN!

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Epic Fail on Apple's part

    I have been a Mac user for about 10 years and I have to say, for the Cadillac price they put on their machines, the power adapter is a Yugo. My first bad experience with the Mac was when I had one of the replaceable batteries and it nearly exploded from overheating.They had to recall them. Just now I felt my power adapter and it is scorching hot and not charging. There is a little split in the casing near the T hub. This has happened before with a previous Mac Pro. This Mac Pro is 2 years old and the adapter is shot. I depend on my computer and it is dying as we speak because I have no power source. Shame on you Apple!!! I thought the magnetic adapter was innovative but unfortunately it is a lemon. Its not worth spending at least $1000 over the cost of other brands, and then have shoddy accessories. I wonder if HP has one and DOES IT BETTER!!!! Or perhaps you should rethink having China manufacture everything now. Hey, but you're saving a buck! Roar!!!!

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    13 Months, Right outside of warranty

    Cord connection gone after 13 months of use. Need to have free replacement cords since the cord is not made as good as the Mac.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    13 Months and It's Over!

    So very convenient that my adapter has frayed just enough to be shot after 13 months. Sure I could of treated the cord better but I didn't abuse it. I agree with others when they say apple has a perfect plan; you get to replace the power adapter before you get to replace your computers. Bravo Apple!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed & dismayed

    My beef with this mac charger seems to be a common theme - frayed after less than 2 years. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that a cord will fray where it is least supported and most often bent (because the ever-intuitive apple designers have led us all too easily to the understanding that the cord should be twisted around these handy little cord arms).

    However, as opposed to many of the reviewers here, I'm tempted to believe this is, in fact, Apple's 'intelligent design' at its best. A life-giving (cough...power-supplying) cord that requires replacement before its machine does...genius. Well done Apple, well done. But you won't fool me again.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple don't care!

    After following all the instructions as to what to do and not to do for 15 months the adaptor stopped charging the battery. Returned to Apple under 3 year care package and told fault was with the adaptor (cable stress) and we had to buy a new one...

    Why have 3 year support on a £1600 MacBook Pro and then insist it's not a quality issue so we have to purchase a new one!

    Totally agree with other reviewers - Apple have designed something that is not fit for purpose!

    128 of 130 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    4 Frayed cords. One laptop. I'm really careful too.

    I wish I could write a better review because I like Apple products, just not their chargers. I love the magnetic feature, but I've had to replace my T shaped adapter. I had to file a warranty claim based on a replacement charger I bought. I bought a backup replacement L shaped adapter which has already frayed out, and the charger I'm currently using is about to fray out too.

    I make sure not to bend the cord tightly ever and have even tried to improvise and reinforce the parts of the cord that I know will fray and break. Nothing seems to work for these incredibly frail cords.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The Fray

    Disappointing. I came to the site to buy another power cord, then saw these reviews and now realize that the frayed cord seems to be a common problem. I haven't had my Mac but 15 months and I'm already forced to purchase a NEW $79 power cord. Truly disappointing Apple.

    With this many complaints Apple should really consider making an adjustment to this product.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very easy to be broken

    I used MBP for 2 years, and this power cord was broken near the power adapter. I found this new material of cord is different absolutely.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Low quality, way overpriced

    Unsafe and not durable due to its low quality: when charging in relatively high ambient temperatures (summer, about 82℉/28℃ and higher) the power brick overheats and the enclosure cracks.

    As a result of connecting and disconnecting, the magnetic connector wears away and leaves a smudge at the socket on the laptop.

    I'm only using this at home so i'm not coiling it up or putting it in a bag and thus far the cable hasn't frayed yet on my unit (20 months old).

    I'd give it 1 star but i'm giving it 2 because it's still working.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible quality!

    Last fall, my 3 year old T-shaped adapter cord frayed, and I got a new L-shaped adapter sent to me for free as apparently this was a known problem. Well, that adapter has lasted only 8 months, and now this cord has split as well. Usually, I'm really happy with Apple products, but this is just terrible quality/design.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty design but underperforming

    I have had an hp pavilion for 3 years and I have not changed a charger before (still working) even though I sometimes subject it to mishandling. My MacBook pro charger just died on me whiles still fresh with no signs of misuse and now I have to pay $80 for a new one. Apple, your machines are expensive so please give us value for money.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1 Star is too much for this

    I got my 15" MacBook Pro, Early 2011, 11 months ago. I was excited about everything it had, and the MagSafe looked especially interesting. Two days ago, the stupidly thin wire at the base of the adapter brick began to fray. I tried using electrical tape, and my computer began charging only when I angled it certain ways. Today, the adapter shorted out, so electrical tape is out of the question. I'm a high school student, so moving from outlet to outlet and trying to pack up before the next class comes in doesn't leave me time to baby my cords, but I still tried to take care of them. The extension cord failed the same day I noticed the fraying. I love my computer, with its i7 processor and 500 GB hard drive and superdrive, but the charger is horrible. I chose the MacBook Pro over a HP because I wanted to try Apple, as the only member of my family without an Apple product. Between this and having to reset the SMB earlier to get the thing to charge, I am certain that my next computer will be a PC. Really Apple, I don't want to pay $80 for $5 worth of damage. Read the reviews, especially if one of your own products has 2 stars. Makes me glad I got a Droid instead of an iPhone, or I'd probably have issues with that also. The whole reason Apple products are so overpriced is because you get to have the Apple logo on it, even if an equivelant phone or computer costs half the price. Why do you have to extend this pricey-ness to your chargers, when they break so often. If you lowered the price, so many people would be buying replacement chargers when theirs die 2 days after getting their computer that you wouldn't lose much money at all.

    15 of 16 people found this useful