• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple's biggest MAC failure

    The adapter failed after one use. I purchased it after ignoring the plethora of bad reviews hoping it would solve the problem of the original power cord on my 2008 MacBook Pro falling apart in the first year of use. There are countless discussion threads on this problem on numerous websites. Apple needs to stand behind their entire product - you purchase the entire MacBook Pro with the expectation that the laptop and accessories (especially the power cord) will withstand normal wear and tear over at least a several year period.

    199 of 212 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a Ripoff

    Apple needs to spend their development dollars on the ENTIRE package they are selling. Its great to get a MacBook Pro until you can't power it up anymore or you buy a new power supply that is newly designed, but doesn't fit with the protective case that Apple also sells. Apple's customers are paying top dollar for product that is not fully thought out nor designed to last. Forcing us to keep buying power supplies that keep breaking or one that will now leave your MAC without a protective cover, is just another way to line Steve Jobs pockets. This is the last MAC I'll ever buy.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does NOT work with pre-unibody Macbook Pros

    Just purchased this as a replacement. It does NOT work with older non-unibody Macbook Pros.

    After casing the forums I found most people have this issue and the only way to get it to work is to pop the battery or reset your Power Management Unit.

    Also prefer the older style. With this design, it's possible to still pull the computer off a table or chair if the cord gets pulled parallel front or back to the laptop. The old MagSafes wouldn't do this...they'd always disconnect.

    Apple really messed up here.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of Junk!

    We have four laptops and every charger has died. It's either the little prongs inside or the cord frays or the wires short out. They are so overpriced for the quality. Now the new magsafe adaptor won't fit into place because I have a case on my laptop. I have an Incase. Apple sells these cases in the Apple Stores so you would think that the genious who designed the adaptors would consider the depth of these cases. I think Apple is beginning to lose it! We have never owned anything else. In fact we have had every product they have ever invented and in multiples! The past couple of years we have seen nothing but quality issues. $80.00 bucks for the charger, but my laptop will be scratched because I'll have to remove the case. Nice tradeoff Steve Jobs.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE EARLY (2008) Macbook pro

    So I bought this new charger and was excited because it looked sturdier than the last one ( the wires on my old charger were all frayed). After two days the charger stopped working. I went back to the apple store exchanged it and got another new charger. It also stopped working after two days. After searching around on the internet and seeing that many others are having this problem I found the only way to get my charger to work is to take the battery out press the reset button and restart my computer. I have to do this everytime to get my charger to work =( Please fix this apple!!!

    111 of 123 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy!

    Okay, the first one, which came with the Macbook, lasted a year and died. The second one I bought died barely 2 weeks later!!

    Being an electrical engineer, I find it outright shameful! But, I am not wasting anymore words -nobody at Apple seems to be reading or taking any action to improve this product.

    29 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with older MacBook Pro (2008)

    I unwrapped the product from the sleek-looking, black, cardboard Apple box, 85W MagSafe Power Adapter tastefully presented in a picture on the front.

    Then I opened the box and pulled out the Adapter. Nicely wrapped. Again, very pretty. I pulled out the cords, which are smoother, almost velvety compared to my first cord (which frayed next to the magnetic connector, making it worthless).

    So at this point, I'm impressed. Good ol' Apple and their sleek designs. Always quality products, right?
    Wrong.

    I hooked the extension cord on for the extra few feet and plugged it into the wall. Then onto my laptop. Ta da? No. It did nothing. No green light, no orange light, no light, no power, no good. Why on earth would you make a cord for your new line of MacBooks that doesn't work for one merely two years old?

    Even as I sit here typing, the battery percentage is dropping, and I'll have to hook up the half-price rip-off model that at least provides a charge (though only if the laptop hasn't died).

    A ridiculous disappointment.

    53 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One Product that doesn't "Just work"!

    These chargers are appalling. My Macbook Pro is not yet 3 months old and already the cable has overheated and burnt out the wiring. I am trying to get a replacement from Apple. In the meantime I shall buy a copycat charger from EBay. a third of the price and just as (un)reliable. I love Apple products but this is one item that needs to be reworked urgently. I had to give it one star but in truth it doesn't deserve even that.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What are you people doing to/with your adapters?

    I have 3 adapters that i have been using for, oh, 3 years or so. i have dogs that regularly bounce them off the the bed and they have been subjected to lots of airline travel and packing and being dragged everywhere.

    i have never had one fail, fray, break, wear out, or catch on fire. i am careful not to stress the mag end of the cable when i'm using my Macbook Pro on my lap, but other than that, i haven't been especially careful with them.

    Now the freaking batteries are a whole nother talk show

    13 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    These chargers are horrible, but I have no choice.

    I am on my 3rd charger. They cease to work too soon. They have:
    1) completely stopped working
    2) frayed wire and come apart at area closest to adapter, where I saw green sparks
    3)Have to jiggle wire to get in just right for the power to flow.
    4) Get really hot

    At $80 + a pop, I am feeling quite the fool...again. But if I want power, ...and be able to work, I have to do what I have to do.

    71 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad design

    i have the 2nd gen macbook pro and i'm rather disappointed with the next charger especially since i have the speck hard cover case on my macbook, the case conflicts with the charger cord where as the original charger cord had no problem plugging in.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOW BUYING 4th ADAPTER Grrrrrr!

    I'm furious. I'm now buying my 4th adapter in a couple of years. It upsets me to check out the recent reviews and find that so many of us are having problems and spending hundreds of dollars on their defective product and that Apple apparently hasn't done anything to improve them. I didn't even realize it'd stopped working until I heard a noise and saw that I only had a couple of mins. of power left.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely Incompatible w/MacBook Pro (summer 2008, non-unibody)

    Tested three of these in the Ridgedale Apple Store (outside Minneapolis) none worked--like hooking my MacBook Pro up to a stone. The only option offered was to swap my existing adapter for a refurbished one with the "T-connector", and to charge me $61.00 for the privilege. So getting a spare is not an option. Even if they have one, they will not sell it to you outright.

    This is the kind of nonsense that makes even loyal Mac owners furious with Apple--to effectively orphan a machine that is less than two years old!

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Powersafe Power Adapter backward compatible.

    My old power adapter failed and ceased providing power to my 2007 MacBook Pro. The new Powersafe Power Adapter works very well and looks great. I was worried after reading some of the cons, however I am pleased to report that the adapter is indeed backward compatible.

    8 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    This product came with my new mbp - I changed from PC, so this is my first taste of Apple. So far, NO complaints!

    The magnet is strong and does not fall out, is difficult to accidentally dislodge, the cord is a great length and with the mains power cord alternative I have no problems getting power - at the dinner table, on the couch watching tv, or in bed where the powerpoint is on the opposite wall.

    The unit itself is sleek and stylish with two flip-out corners to wrap the 'tail' around and clip so that you don't have errant cords getting tangled.

    Could not find a single fault with this product.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Backward Compatible!

    I bought a new MagSafe and it will not work with my 3 year old Macbook Pro. It will charge once, then won't connect. I have to remove the battery and do an SMC reset every time to get it to work. Not an acceptable solution. Ironically, it works with my daughter's 4 year old Macbook.

    21 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mixed feelings

    I bought my macbook pro in 2008, and my charger failed 3 months ago. While I like the whole mag safe tip, the extension cord and 2 prong attachments and the form factor, something like this should be engineered to last MUCH longer. Especially for 80 dollars. Perhaps if it were made in America...

    31 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple sacrificed function over design this time

    MY mbpro 15 inch of 2 years power pack died and i had to go to apple store to get a new one. Since I bought mine, apple decided to 'streamline' the magnetic connection on the power adapter. Either the magnet is weaker or more likely the design is flawed as anytime I move the laptop the cord pops off. I think this is due to the tension created in a 'prying' fashion due to the power cuplink is at a 90 degree position whereas before it was at a 0/360 degree and took more effort to detach. I'm REALLY disappointed in this new design.

    11 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs Help

    I've gone through three of these in two years. The last one didn't even make it twelve hours. I'd give it a negative five rating if it was an option. Please redesign this Apple.

    22 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Charger length much too short

    The length is so short and you have to sit right next to the outlet whenever charging. It's very inconvenient. The charger is ok in that it charges reasonably fast but it definitely could use some improvement.

    4 of 12 people found this useful