• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware if you have a MacBook Pro with Retina.

    • Written by John G from Toronto

    I didn't realize the connector for the 15" MacBook Pro Retina is different from the connector on the 15" MacBook Pro. This MagSafe power supply requires MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter to enable it to connect to the MacBook Pro Retina. Fortunately, I had one of these adapters from OWC.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not perfect but its safer than those $23 something replacement...

    • Written by Gary E from Winnipeg

    I have bought this new 85 W MagSafe 1 power adapter though my renewed MBP came with its own 60w adapter that I think was a good replacement brand. Though the replacement adapter is working so far with no problems I still decided to buy the original from Apple for safety reasons. I mean, I have read a few blogs about the original adapter that has overheated and worse, in some cases "fried" the motherboard of these very expensive MacBooks. There is really no perfect electric gadget, in time you will run into issues and worst scenarios it may cost your MacBook or your properties (your house fried too...) if it comes to a point that it does not work well anymore due to undue electrical or physical strain. So think of this, what more if it was just a $25 power adapter replacement from somewhere else. Would you take the risk? I won't. I'd rather spend more to feel safer than having to think about my safety or property every time. And about the issue of fraying with the original connector cable to the Mac or from the power adapter, well it is a business strategy. Apple wants your money, and it means business doing it. A detachable connector cable would be great like what they have for the 87W Power adapter for USB-C, it has bi-directional USB-C jacks for the cable and a dedicated USB-C port at the power cord. I too wish they would come up with that same design so we can always replace the cord and NOT the whole Power Adapter.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    And This Is Why Apple SCK_S

    • Written by William K from Allegany

    Cheap junk that breaks, but costs a ton. I miss Steve.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The wire is NOT the problem !

    • Written by Frank F from Ramsey

    Hi Gang!
    Honestly. I look at all the criticisms about the wire fraying by the brisk. I've seen it happen.
    My spouse has gone through THREE.
    WHY?? — All I need to see is how it's being wound.

    I've been a professional recording engineer for almost 40 years. Guess what?
    I never bought an extra power supply because I broke one.
    Only because I needed an extra in a travel bag or in another location in the studio.

    The folding clips are NOT perfect, so I can't give them 5 stars.
    And I think abandoning the MagSafe concept was a HUGE mistake, especially for pro musicians that have lots of people moving all around their gear. Parents of little ones too.

    But seriously folks: While holding the brick in one hand, take the unwound cable in the other, gently fold a small length of wire (2-3 inches) under and around one folding clip, leaving a service loop at the top of the brick that is not taught. Use a finger of the hand that is holding the brick to tuck the wire up under and against the folding clip to hold the wire in place without needing to yank it tight.

    Use the free hand to neatly wrap the wire around the folding clips without pulling too hard, or without it being too lose that it slides off the folding-clips. Go all the way to the end, making sure the small wire-wrap clip slides all the way to within a half inch of the end of the cable. Snap the little wire-wrap clip firmly onto a length of the wire that is already around the folding clips.
    DONE.

    My power adaptors have been in and out of tour busses, on and off airplanes, set up and broken down several hundred times a year.
    I haven't frayed a wire yet.

    Thanx Apple!

    f

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk, pure junk.

    • Written by John W. B from Los Angeles

    Hey Apple, I love your products, but why can’t you make a power cord that lasts? I’ve had to replace the power cable 3 times, once every 3 years... And, what worse, you don’t offer the computer, magnetic charger end of the 85w MagSafe Power Adapter... It peels at the magnetic end ...

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How about a power adapter that lasts longer than a year?

    • Written by Shawna C from Portland

    You don't even deserve one star. This is an annual purchase for me and it seems like I am not alone. Apple can do better.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Concerned and Unhappy

    • Written by Morgan W from Fayetteville

    I have 2 MacBooks that need these: A 2011 and a 2012 model. They are currently sharing whatever charger I have that works at the moment because they are constantly melting over many years and many purchases and it just hasn't proved worth it to constantly have 3 (one for each computer and a backup). I've also had one that just stopped working before it ever got the chance to melt (because they always do without fail). It's only a matter of when. The part that is the most likely part to melt, the section of cable right below the connector, is also the only part that isn't removable or replaceable.

    With the lack of OS support now for my 2011 and presumably soon my 2012, I am nervous that at some point access to replacement chargers will become a real issue if Apple decides to drop this product with no other working options going forward. Because other than this, my computers work great and I don't see them breaking down or losing functionality any time soon. The only issues I constantly have with them are the chargers, which I have to replace with the frequency of about every 1-2 years (and they WILL NOT last that long without strategic use of some electrical tape EVER).

    Pros:
    - The computers these are made for are the preferred models I own since I can open them up for RAM and hard drive problems with little interruption in my work week and additional costs of service. I did buy a second one and continue to put up with these chargers, which I constantly use and need for work. Otherwise, I would not put up with them at all.
    - The magnetic connector prevents damage to the computers themselves, the most valuable part of these purchases
    - When they do melt, they don't immediately stop functioning.. which buys me some time to patch or replace

    Cons:
    - It's a considerable and ridiculous expense to keep replacing these
    - Will not survive regular use without tape. It just won't. The cables WILL start tearing.
    - Electrical hazard also to your home, pets, and nearby valuables
    - Sometimes they just quit working without getting to the point of tearing
    - These have always been bad products with no improvements in lifespan in the 8 years I have owned them
    - Traveling with these cables further shortens the life of them, which is kind of the point of a laptop. I never unplug the one I use at my home desk. Guaranteed disaster. My travel adapter stays in my bag and is the one I use the least as a rule.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs new engineering design!

    • Written by Geri W from Sugar Land

    This is my third power cord. They last about a year before fraying at both ends with ordinary use. I even covered mine with electrical tape when purchased to improve its resilience but it made no difference. It's very frustrating.

    I agree with all previous reviews I've seen that rate this product poorly:
    Apple, you need to redesign this accessory to match the quality of your other superb products. At minimum the cord needs to swivel at both ends and needs to be made with a better protective covering that does not disintegrate with ordinary heat generated by the electrical current. It may be user friendly with the capability to wrap the cord for easy storage but it's not SAFE for the customer or our laptop devices.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Trash chargers

    • Written by Ryan M from East Grand Rapids

    It is absolutely absurd how expensive these chargers are for the quality, mine literally broke sitting still. It is not the quality you would expect out of Apple product much less a 80.00 dollar computer charger. You would be better off buying a knockoff online. Apple needs to fix this.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Utterly Ridiculous!

    • Written by Kathryn R from Riverview

    These chargers are $80 each. I've had my Macbook Pro for three years and gone through FOUR CHARGERS! That's absolutely ridiculous. There are so many bad reviews on these chargers due to their horrid lifespan and extreme price and yet Apple seems to do nothing about it because they do not care. Some of us (a majority) cannot afford to buy chargers like they're candy.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted only 2 years

    • Written by Joshua M from Kent

    As a dedicated Apple consumer, I am disappointed in the lack of longevity of the power cables. There is no reason for an $80 cable to be broken after 2 years. Both this cable and my lighting to USB cable for charging my iPhone have ripped. Apple, please listen to your loyal customers and make better cables.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    APPLE IMPROVE THIS PRODUCT, PLEASE! SERIOUSLY, PLEASE FIX IT!

    • Written by Laura D A from Grain Valley

    Yeah, here I go again buying another POS power cord for my MacBook Pro. They say 3rd time's a charm. Apparently not, as this will be number 4. It is ridiculous how poorly made these cables are. It is ridiculous that Apple has not corrected the design flaws that are blatantly obvious. Then again, all one needs to do is read the reviews for this product to see changes need to be made. I baby my power cord because I'd much rather spend my $80 on something else. I'm disabled and bed bound so my laptop goes nowhere, except from my bed to my lap then back to my bed, period. And I make sure the ends never bend. So this time, it freakin frays in the middle of the cord? WTH? I now have a foot long area in the middle of the cord where I've had to use electrical tape because the cord is splitting and fraying. There's no reason my cord should wear out. Did I mention my laptop doesn't go anywhere except from my bed to my lap then back to my bed? Oh, right, I did, I just thought it worth mentioning again. Apple, I'm tired of buying these cords and spending $80 a pop for the whole cord when all I need is from the adapter to the laptop. I really, really do NOT need another wall to adapter section. If I could donate that portion to charity I would, but there's obviously no need, as the market is already flooded. APPLE IMPROVE THIS PRODUCT, PLEASE!

    31 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Always falling out!

    • Written by Susan A S from Nome

    I typically only bother to write reviews when I feel something deserves 5-stars, but am compelled to write this negative review because this is such a simple design flaw; even more so for a company that prides itself on good design! I appreciate the magnetic end, and I've not experienced any fraying, but the dang thing falls out with just gentle moving around of my laptop on my lap. I just can't believe Apple can't do better. The design for my older Mac Book was far superior. I thought by now, after all these reviews, that surely Apple would be offering an improved way to connect the 85W power cord to the laptop.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassing Lifespan

    • Written by Melissa P from Lewisburg

    Very sick of these chargers overheating and fraying in the exact same spot. I try my best to take care of them, but the reality is that they are not designed to last for more than 6 months to a year. Since I have to constantly replace the charger, I'm going to buy from a cheaper brand instead of Apple in the future instead. It is not clear to me why Apple hasn't corrected this ubiquitous problem, unless it's truly just to make more money?

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Power Adapter Broken Again!

    • Written by Terrie H from Heath

    I am so tired of replacing my MacBook Pro and iPhone power cords. Apple should be ashamed of providing such defective accessories. I refuse to shelve out $80 bucks again. I bought my first Macintosh in 1986 and have been a loyal Apple customer since then. It will be painful, but when this cord finally dies, I will divorce Apple after 32 years. I am done with you!.

    35 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why has this not been improved?

    • Written by Amy S from O'Neill

    I just bought my fourth power adapter for my MacBook Pro. The longer I've had my computer, the shorter the life-spans have been for the replacement chargers. This last one only lasted 6 months, if that. The cord frays at the same, super-dangerous spot coming out of the adapter every time. But, at $80 a pop, I have to keep buying them to run my machine.

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Cord; Easily Breaks; Too Expensive

    • Written by Gregory G from Bridgeville

    Ridiculously expensive for a product that you will most likely need to replace 2-3 times in the lifespan of your MacBook Pro as I have. The insulating sleeve for the wiring is so weak.

    31 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why aren't you listening

    • Written by Maureen O from Simi Valley

    I'm about to purchase my 3rd power cord. I ruin NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING..my car is a 1998 BMW Convertible which still is in showroom condition because I keep it that way..I do this with everything I own. This, however is a piece of garbage as many have said it frays at the base of the cord then splits..It's DANGEROUS..wouldn't you rather have us put this money towards new products ? Just my 2 cents

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ridiculously Frail

    • Written by mark R from Fayetteville

    Just bought my FOURTH adapter. Clearly, at $80 it's a recurring stream of revenue for Apple. The only way to ever not break it, is to put it in one place and never move it. So, basically you might as well own a desktop. Between this and the iphone power cords that fray every few months, I'm not interested in ever buying another laptop or phone from Apple.

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    We've had it.

    • Written by Karim K from Brooklyn

    Dear Apple,

    Kindly design a new charger for all of us because clearly, everyone is complaining and I am currently buying my 3rd charger. How hard is it to just make a new one?

    Enough, please.

    31 of 31 people found this useful