• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed like every single other apple charging cable

    I love apple, but I can't understand why they don't update these thin, delicate charging cables. Mine has predictably frayed at the charging brick, similar to every Apple cable I've ever had. Unlike the iPhone charger however, there is no better alternative on the market for a macbook pro, and spending $79 for such a ludicrously unreliable product is painful. No matter how you transport this thing, it seems sure to break. I've never in my life owned another product in which you have to treat the cable like it's a piece of fine crystal. This should be a simple fix...come on Apple.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ALMOST BURNT THE HOUSE DOWN

    So I noticed my charger was plugged but wasn't charging the computer and then when I plugged it again I smell the burnt rubber. The wire inside it was literally orange! it melted the exterior! I have a studio with a lot of equipment that would cost thousands of dollars if burnt. NOT GOOD.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps Breaking!

    I've had 3 of these 85 W Magsafe 2 chargers for my retina display macbook pro. And the problem for some reason keeps hppening no matter how gentle I treat the charger. They just decided to STOP WORKING. There was no excessive heat problem, there wasn't any burning scent, exposed wire, the cable is in pristine condition and is always stored neatly (rolled wide, never in a tight bundle), hardly ever dropped. I have ZERO clue what made all THREE of them suffer the same problem. I used to have an L charger for an older 2008 macbook, never a problem.

    Seriously dissapointed in this charger.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Breaks so easily

    I'm on my 5th power adapter in three years. I treat them more carefully than a baby now and they still burn out at the exact same point every time. I do have to take it out of my bag and put it back in (which is a painstakingly tentative routine now), but it shouldn't be breaking as fast as this. I have another adapter...but I can't even use it without an adaptor! What's happening to you Apple?? Come back to the light!

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I dunno what other people are doing to them...

    ...but I travel with my MacBook Pro 5 days a week, have done for years, wrapping and unwrapping the cable around the brick twice a day. I've never once had an issue with cables fraying or power supplies failing (likewise for the Mac laptops I've used in a similar fashion for the past 11 years). The only point I'd agree with is that the magnet connection isn't fantastic unless you're using the laptop on a desk, though when it's on my lap it protrudes far enough beyond my legs that it still rarely dislodges.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stiff and sticky cable, easy to break clips

    Power adapter charges fine and I have not found there to be a problem with the magnet as some other reviewers have mentioned. However, the thicker cable is very stiff so it does not roll easily for transport in a case. Also, the smaller cable is really sticky, so much so that it leaves a residue on your fingers and picks up dirt very easily. Not pleasant! Finally, the clips that allow the smaller cable to wind around the adapter for transport break very easily.

    These are small details that make the use of a nice laptop much less enjoyable.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frayed at the power unit.

    I was surprised to see the cord frayed at the power unit to where it started to smoke. This after only 3 years of use. Previous models lasted until... well, forever. The adapter was always used in the office or home, and was not abused in airports, coffee shops, etc. "Designed in California. Assembled in China" Maybe it should be designed in Germany and assembled in California.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    There is no rating ZERO???

    Have to buy a new one now, since the cable of the previous one broke near the magnet. Did Apple make this weak point on purpose???
    Ahhh, another thing: when the MBP is laying on a soft surface, the cable is continuously disconnecting, as the MagSafe magnet is not strong enough and the T-shape cable forces the unplugging; what an awful design...

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Why so Negative!?!

    I cant seem to understand why people are posting so much negative stuff. I am eleven years old and I have to use my mac book pro 15" every single day for school. My charger would work just find and those flap ups on the extension cord were very convenient. Unless you cant remember where you PUT your charger, I would not be complaining. (i stole my dads one and ONLY charger..................he got kinda upset)

    5 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst charger on the market

    I am now on my 4th 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter. Constantly overheating garbage. If you get lucky they last a year most of they break under a year. With Apples new Macbook Pro you can really tell they would rather be in the business of selling cables instead of technology.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dreadful and dangerous

    Second 85w charger just packed up - lasted less than 12 months. Overheats to the extent I dare not leave it unattended and thinner cable frays at point it attaches to adaptor. Very poor product. Thinking of replacing MacBook Pro and if Apple do nothing about this then it's off to the Microsoft Surface Pro for me. What a shame.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Same quality issues - and very expensive

    I've experienced the same issues with one of my MacBook pro magsafe power adapters. The other one is perfectly fine.

    The first cable (about 2 years old) has shredded at the magnetic adapter end and heats up hot enough to burn my fingers getting it off. The unit itself also heats up to an incredible temperature. Both were sourced directly from Apple, yet, this is the kind of quality I might expect from some rip off copy.

    Strangely, I have never had this issue with my other MacBook pro (same model, a few months younger - one is for work, the other family. The adapter that has failed has been the least mobile - tends to sit on a desktop; whilst the one with no issues has been packed in bags and carted around. It suggests quality control issues with some batches ok and others faulty.

    So, what are Apple going to do about this? Personally, I am going to demand a refund as, under UK consumer laws, this qualifies as a design or production fault that should be refunded regardless of the age of the product. Perhaps more importantly, it must be a fire hazard. Last, the cost of these is outrageous, particularly given the quality.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible product

    Mac laptop chargers are just so bad and I can't image a company like apple that fail to design and deliver a better quality charger.
    I have purchased 4 chargers already and every one of those fail working within 1 year.
    1st is overheated and burned
    2nd and 3rd stop working after about 1 year
    4th is even worth, i took extremely care, not bending the cable, pick it up with 2 hands, etc... but still can't prevent it failing miserably.
    charge looks like new but just won't charge.
    Please spend some profits you earned by selling those expensive products and come up with a better charger, i am tired of spending 80$ every year and have to replace this junk. i am starting to loose faith in apple, how come a reputable company come up with a product like this?????

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfectly fine

    I'm buying a second one for home use, and I'm really not sure why there are so many negative reviews for these power adapters (and all of Apple's cables for that matter). I've had my two current MacBook Pros for 11 and 3 years, and I'm still using the original chargers for them! They've been taken with me on airplanes, to work and to school, and apart from some grime and scratches, these adapters are perfect. There's really no need for the poor ratings, except maybe for the high price.

    -The magnets are just fine, pull some of the cord up and leave some slack next to you, it's supposed to pop out easily so the computer isn't accidentally pulled off a table or lap. And you don't want powerful magnets in the laptop anyway.
    -When you pull the plug out from the outlet, grasp the head of the plug, don't yank the cord. Do the same with the magnet side. This applies to any cable, from any manufacturer.

    Seriously, I've had one for 11 years now, and it shows no signs of the damage people report. I'm not saying every single one is perfectly manufactured, things happen, but I think many of the issues people have are from neglect/mishandling.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    easy to break and no alternative solution

    So we have to bear with it till a smart design comes along.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality

    Count me with the rest of the reviewers who have a frayed cord. The charger has worked well for me until it started fraying. Wish these were higher quality.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Charger,

    I don't understand why a company like apple is failing to produce a Charger Which cannot last long for @ least one year, This is my 3rd charger,
    I have completely lost faith in apple in this matter i have a Samsung laptop which i use for Last 3 Years, i don't have any issue with charger or the Machines, But same time i purchased this Apple Mac Book pro Retina which the charger is replaced 3 times and it cost SLR 11,000 to buy the new one. Due to this i have lost faith on the product quality of all apple products, I have switched to the Samsung LAPTOP as my core machine i had no other answers to this, Cable is horrible, Charger Smoking, Very High Heat, I think it is very risky to use this product.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm on my third charger.

    My chargers last less than 1 year on average. Seeing that you're not able to produce a sturdy piece of equipment even though you've known about this problem for more than 10 years, could you guys at least permit other companies to build aftermarket chargers for your Macbooks?

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor adapter, not had one last longer than 2 years

    My 18 month or so Macbook retina has a failed magsafe 2 adapter. The unit gets very hot and died what I would consider very prematurely. The same thing happened with my first macbook air so I'm very disappointed having to buy 2 or 3 adapters through the life of 1 laptop.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook charger 84w

    I just had to use my pliers to take out part of the charger that was stuck in the computer. Luckily I didn't electrocute myself as every time I tried to ply the part of the charger that was stuck in the port there where sparks. This was the second charger I've purchased. I've had my mac book pro repaired twice and the warranty extended two years due to to problems I've had with it. Overall...I think my computer is a lemon....and I regret switching from my mac. I never had as many problems. And never spent the money I have on this computer not only to purchase it but to keep it running.

    8 of 9 people found this useful