• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    lasted 1 year

    even though it's just a cable problem where it connects to the computer, you have to change the whole thing. not good.

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please please please redesign!

    I have bought THREE 85W MagSafe Power Adapter for my MacBook Pro in the 2-1/2 years I've own the computer. I am on the road a lot and even with careful packing and unpacking the SOLDERED IN cord to the computer FRAYS and ultimately FAILS. Why can't Apple make that wire MODULAR. I'll be glad to replace a wire for $10, not $79 (plus tax and shipping). Apple made such a big deal about the magnetic connection, but wow, they're looking through the wrong end of the telescope. MacBook Pro owners unite! Write your Apple Genius today! Write Cupertino! Let it be known we need this change!

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Durability is Everything

    I've been around technology my entire life and ALWAYS handle my computers and accessories with the utmost care, however the charger that came with my mac fizzled out recently after about 18 months of use. There is no external fraying on the chord, and it still appears on the outside to be in mint condition.

    It really is frustrating when things break doing the job that they're made to perform.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I am a student and i am having to buy my 3rd cord the 1st only lasted a yr the next 8 months and now i am having to get another. This is a rip off i think i may have to look at a sony soon and get rid of this money trap.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    fraying cord

    I have had my macbook pro for less than a year and the cord has already frayed to the point that this product is unusable. Bad engineering, Apple.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Prone to fraying

    The new chargers are better than the old, but they still break and fray very easily at the end where the stress is prone to be put on the cord.

    I have gone through a couple now, and so have the majority of my Mac friends.

    Maybe the next design can have some splint-like mechanism to prevent cord from bending?

    Mac is really fantastic but I would have to say the power charger cord for the laptops are definately the Mac flaw.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Cord

    The cord frayed at several point. Was never handled poorly, mistreated or misused. Frustrated by lack of craftsmanship, I received my Mac book exactly 13 months ago. It's the little things that matter and Apple really let the ball slide on this one.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Typing this on a Macbook Pro (late 2009) with a frayed connector jostling to get the MBP into a position in which it will charge. This is the 2nd one that's went like this. After spending so much money, could Apple just now take care and produce a charger that actually will last?! I know this is a problem in the UK too since we bought one when we lived there and it frayed. I would just write to Tim Cook each time it goes and include pictures and demand that something be done.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs new design AGAIN!

    I love my macbook pro but the cable is horrible. I just replaced my first one about 6 months ago and now this one is already splitting the rubber casing around the wires. I am using electrical tape to minimize the splitting but its not helping much. I agree with previous posts that they should start making parts detachable. This design is going to end up causing a fire because of exposed and soon to be fraying wires and there will be another recall like the last design.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Has it come to this? Considering the number of years that the MagSafe power cords have been around, it is hard to believe that these cords are not engineered to the high standard we have come to expect from Apple. I came onto the review site after seeing the MagSafe had 2 stars - at least 1 too many. Maybe this review will get the product below 2 stars where it belongs. PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM APPLE!!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality for the price

    Sadly, the MacBook pro requires a power supply which is only available from Apple. Pretty obvious that without the power supply, no way to use the MBP. You would think Apple would make sure the quality in the MBP would extend to the power supply. Not so. Power supply fails after one year. Of course, that brings me back to Apple to buy another, so perhaps some designed obsolescence is involved? Very disappointing and shouldn't be.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad power cords

    We're got so many bad power cords it's insane - they should install a pneumatic tube from us directly to the nearest Apple store we return these so often.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poorly made junk

    This charger is junk. The first one for my MBP 15inch lasted 13 months. The second at 90 dollars (Australia) lasted not even 2 months. It is not getting extreme use, it changes between 2 plugs in my flat and does even leave the flat as i do not travel with my macbook. This is unacceptable.
    it costs 80-90 dollars, the laptop itself cost 3k. This component should not be failing so soon. Apple produces one or two good looking items, but the quality of some components are junk and it putting me off buying their products in future.
    I have a 6 year old Sony Viao that's traveled round the world and bashed around, and not needed anything replaced on it. This is poor apple.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I love my MacBook pro but I hate the power cord!

    Very displeased with my power cord adapter. This is the second time it fails on my second computer. Dear Apple i beg to please fix this problem. I don't want to go around spending $79 on a new adapter every time it breaks. Please!!!

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    As much as I love my MacBook, Apple has to have a solution for the flimsy power cord! Or make the flimsy part replaceable, instead of having to buy the entire power adapter repeatedly.
    When they did away with the barrel connector, I thought they'd finally come up with the answer - then instead of the thin aluminum barrel bending and tearing, the tiny cord at the connector started breaking on the first magnetic plug. So, apple came up with the streamline cord and magnetic - problem solved??? NO! Each one has had a flawed transition area, where the tiny cord connects. It's the cord!!!
    This is my third Mac laptop and countless adapters - and the cord is the only complaint I've ever had. I love MAC, but they've got to come up with an alternative, that doesn't cost $79.00 every time the cord fails!

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Have had two of these junk out in less than a year each. It's like they were designed to be faulty. Both due to shorts in the small cable. Wire gauge is cheap inside. What a sham.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    How does it go? "Only the good die young?"

    It's beautiful, and the magsafe feature has saved my laptop a time or two. It just dies long before the laptop does.

    My earlier magsafe adapter had to be replaced (on an older macbook) because the sharp edges of the little "wings" you use to wrap up the cord eventually cut through the skimpy coating, causing it to fail. Well, when I bought my new macbook pro, I stopped using the wings on this adapter, so it seemed great. Until one day I went to connect the power cord to the laptop, and - NOTHING. Finally I got the connection by wiggling it around. Turns out the problem with the connection is definitely NOT with the mag-safe end of the adapter, but with the connection between the wire and the metal end piece. After having to wiggle the cord longer and longer each time I plug it in to get my laptop to charge, I now cannot get any charge to pass through this cord. I have about an hour of use on my laptop until I either need to hit an Apple store. Of course, I can't - I needed my laptop tonight to work on a big project that is due to be presented at work tomorrow morning. So not only am I completely irritated at the quality of this power cord, but now I'm having to scramble around to figure out how to finish. But it's worth the catharsis in this struggle to spend 5 minutes of that time writing this review. I want to love you Apple, but your POWER CORDS STINK.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I own two, no issues, Works well as advertised.

    The "Magsafe" idea really saved my bacon on my 15" MBP. The break-away design keeps it from being ripped off a table. Very happy with that. So far, no issues. I've had the powerlight turn off once or twice on its own but I found out why it was doing it, do a search for article TS3499 on the Apple support board.

    I reset the power cord by unplugging it for a minute or two and it never shut off again. So far, so good. :)

    9 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Same MagSafe power supply for 4 years

    You people that diss the product because you're clumsy or treat it like an anvil need to show respect for the hardware. I've had the same MagSafe that CAME with my MacBook Pro for 4 years. Under NORMAL wear and tear, it will last you a LONG time. Tripping on, yanking it, winding around your hand etc is NOT normal wear and tear.
    Treat it like if you break it you're screwed and it will last a long time.

    13 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    THIS IS MY THIRD ONE! I am getting sick of this, i'm about to throw my mac out the window. I think Apple is quite full of themselves to charge such an incredible amount of money for such a terrible product. unfortunately i have to buy AGAIN!

    27 of 34 people found this useful