• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't fail if you take care of it

    I have had my Black MacBook since October of 2006. While I am on my third power cord, I never had an issue of the cord fraying or shorting out at the magsafe connector. I had them replaced under the AppleCare warranty with no problems, first one was buzzing and getting a little warm, and the second because the charge light didn't work. I probably would still be on the second one if the light worked. I have used my MacBook pretty much everyday in the nearly five years I have owned it, and bring it everywhere with me, everyday. I put a lot of wear and tear on the cord, the brick is all scratched up and the cord not so white anymore. I don't use the cord wrap on the brick though, I have always loosely coiled it, as I hate having kinks in cords and tightly winding it wears out the wires, making it more prone to breakage. Never have had an issue in 3 years.

    One suggestion- if you notice the cord coming out of the strain relief at either the magsafe or the brick, take some white electrical tape, wrap the cord and the strain relief together, and that will help strengthen that weak point, and can give you extended use out of your adapter. If the wires start hanging out or sparking, do not simply tape it up, as it could be shorting under the tape and cause a fire. You can also take this suggestion as a precaution and tape up the strain reliefs when you buy a new adapter, and it may avoid premature failure.

    7 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafePower

    I got a 85w MagSafePower Adapter that came with my MacBook Pro have had it for 2 years no problem on my laptop almost 24/7 no pronlems other than it does seem to get hot.

    2 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted long enough

    My magsafe adaptor that came with my 2008 macbook worked fine for about 2 years until just a few weeks ago it stopped fully working and U had to fidget with it ti get it working. Now it is completely broken. I guess the life of it varies because I had used it very heavily.

    2 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    charger works well

    I had my charger for 2.5 years until it stopped working which seems to be pretty good compared to some of these other reviews. If you want to avoid paying $79 out of pocket I would suggest getting an apple care plan.

    5 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the old design so far.

    I had the same problem with this charger as many people reported. The charger would randomly stop working and the only way to get it to work again was to remove the battery from the Laptop. The old "T" shaped chargers always worked but the new "L" shaped ones rarely did. Luckily there was just a firmware update for the macbook that fixed the problem. Now it works 100% of the time.
    The new design seems a lot more solid than the old one. The "L" shaped connector also prevents alot of unnecessary bending of the power cord. I often use the macbook sitting on the couch. The old "T" shaped chargers would always get bent up by a nearby piilow, a poorly placed leg, or cat. The new "L" shape prevents the unnecessary bending so i'm hopeful it'll last longer than the old design.

    3 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Take care of them and they will last!

    I know a lot of people complain about the longevity and pricey-ness of these chargers, but I have had mine for almost 5 years now. If you compare that to any other laptop chargers it's pretty much the same. The way it is designed is for you to wrap the wire after first using the bunny hole technique so the wire doesn't bend then fray easily. I try to always put mine away when not being used. I just bought my new one today and plan on keeping it for more than 5 years. My older sister has had hers for almost 8 and has some electric tape where the wire started to fray (genius idea).

    9 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    this could be why their breaking..

    We are dealing with machines here! Of course it's going to break WHEN YOU DONT TAKE CARE OF IT. I've had my charger for over 2 years with no sign of a malfunction. I've made sure to take really good care of it, by not dropping it! leaving it in your car near direct sunlight, nor leaving it anywhere where it could be exposed to extreme low temperatures.

    This implement cannot protect itself, you have to care for it....
    It will not last if you treat it like loose change.

    but i will agree, they are expensive to replace! and should be lowered if you were to bring back one that did happen to break within the last 30 days.

    8 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better then old design

    This is SO much better then the old design. No bent cords or anything and no replacing a charger every 4 months!

    3 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great overall design, pros and cons vs previous version

    I've always thought this overall design is really excellent, the best power brick design out there in all the details. All the way down to making the cable that goes to the computer as thin as possible to save space and letting you plug the adapter straight into the wall if you choose, it seems as if Apple made every millimeter count. And I've never had any reliability problems with mine-- you just have to take some reasonable care not to abuse it, in my experience (though others' experiences may differ).

    This latest version, though it has the 60 watts needed for the Macbook and Macbook Pro 13", uses the horizontal connector needed to properly fit the Macbook Air, and maybe that connector style is less prone to damage too. It also looks nice when plugged into the Macbook Pro, kind of a tiny design triumph. The previous version, though it did work with the Macbook Air, had a connector that wouldn't let the Air sit flat (you would need to prop it up on a book or something). I like that I can keep this adapter in the kitchen and use it with either my Air or with my Pro when I bring it home from the office. (Of course, if you only have a Macbook Air, you may as well get the 45 watt adapter which is smaller than this one.)

    However, this latest version for some reason uses a somewhat less flexible cable from the power adapter to the computer compared to the previous version, which is a little regrettable. Hopefully they did it to improve durability not to cut costs.

    3 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great redesign !!!

    I am the owner of several Macbooks. Those that I do not use currently, I have given my children. We have broken at least 6 power adapters.The original power adapter was terrible. The original power adapter was I feel cheaply made and was a poor design that was the weak link in a powerful laptop computer. The new design feels more substantial. Although it looks very similar, the feel of the adapter is different. The materials seem to be sturdier in some respects. The adapter itself is no longer at an angle and is parallel to the laptop itself. This change I feel helps to relieve much of the stress that was applied to the adapter hence the premature failure of the adapter. If you are in line for a new adapter, try it you just might like it.

    4 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very small, very useful

    Very small. I would recommend buying an 85W if you are replacing as it can charge both the macbook and the macbook pro. It costs the same so there is no reason to get one over the other. I like this for my macbook because of its small size and the magsafe end improvement is great. I wish the aluminum end was covered in some type of plastic because it contains nickel metal. I am allergic and this causes significant trouble as I can not touch the end. I was forced to buy a macbook as well because of this problem.

    Hopefully someday apple will offer an aluminum or titanium laptop which can be classified as nickel free for those who suffer from the sensitivity or allergy.

    1 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for 3yr. for me

    Well this is the first part I've had to replace and I'm very please. Going to buy a new charger!

    1 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Aesthetically but could be more ergonomic.

    It really does look cool. It doesn't just jet out of the charge port and there are two directions that your Macbook (Pro) could wear it. It comes off pretty easily, though so I think it could use a bit of a redesign. Probably the only reason I bought it, is that my old adapter died and I my Macbook wasn't under warranty any more.

    0 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pleased with the new design

    I had to order a new laptop because the one I had been using was interfering with the t.v. (it's what I get for buying a cheap one somewhere else). I ordered it yesterday afternoon and it was shipping out last night (well before the 24 hour estimate they said it would be shipped in) and I got it today. I like the new design, especially the "L" shape that plugs into the laptop. At first it wouldn't charge the battery, I even tried switching the cord that goes into the outlet and that wouldn't work. I finally decided to try taking out the battery and putting back in and after I did the cord works great. If anyone has a problem with the adapter not charging when you use it for the first time, simply take the battery out put it back in and that should solve the problem.

    7 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality Product

    I'm not sure about all the horrible reviews, but I got just over 5 years of use with my charger before it started to break and fray around the top. I move it between plugs all the time around my house and am not overly gentle with it. I don't think it's bad that I need to replace it after 5 years, especially after my previous PC computer needed replacement cords every 8 months.

    4 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great piece of equipment

    I have the original magsafe charger for about 2 and a half years now and it is just now fraying. I will be buying a new one shortly. I do have to agree that apple is too overpriced.

    3 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter

    Got this adapter with my Late 2008 Macbook. It's keeping my MacBook alive for over 40 months now. Lately ,since about 1-2 weeks now, it sometimes won't connect properly with the MacBook. I just pull it out and back in and it works. Besides that awsome adapter.

    2 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Charger!-- Not sure why people are complaining

    So I have two of these chargers. One at home and one in my bag at all times. People must be really rough with the charger to have all the problems they are stating. I use one or the other each day, and have absolutely no problems. I always connect and disconnect the charger with the metal tip, and not by pulling on the cord.

    So I have no problems with cords fraying, or any of the other problems people have stated.

    I gave it 4 stars, as the one I have in my bag is starting to look a bit dirty, and I cannot get rid of the stains...

    Except for that no issues with either of them

    9 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Early '08 Macbook

    It is true that this charger does work with older 2008 macbooks; however, it is likely that the charger won't work initially. For the older macbooks an update is required for this charger to work. Takes all of 5 minutes to get the thing working. All in all, not too many problems after installing the update.

    1 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No Complaints

    I have been using Apple laptops for some years and with the first charger that came with my old white macbook I had a problem with, but since they have changed to the new design neither myself nor the wife has had an issue. What are people doing to bang them up and get them frayed.
    I take care of how I wrap the cord when I need to take my laptop with me so no complaints at all, but I guess it is still early. I have had my Pro since July '11 and my wife has only had her air for a month. So no problem but I guess this is to be continued.

    2 of 17 people found this useful