• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just produce a "BANG" ... yup, it exploded.

    • Written by Atanas A from Rakovski

    Looking at the other reviews .. seems like I was happy to have mine in a working condition for almost 6 years .. Purchased in late 2013 (came with the macbook) and today it just exploded in front of me on my desk (yes, with sound and smoke).. Hopefully I was around to remove it from the power outlet ... After that, on touch it was insanely hot, so I leave it outside to cool down.
    It could easily start a fire if I wasn't around.
    Cords and everything is just perfect after 6 years, no bends, no tear down... nothing .. but I handle it very carefully. Can't complain about that... only the explosion.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Burned out

    • Written by Michelle E from Hinesville

    good thing i reached out before the mother board burned out completely. the adapter was a little over 2 yrs old. I had to clean the contact area with a toothbrush to remove soot most likely this was getting too hot while charging. though this did not last long before i had to replace the charger. for a 1700 comp with not so good quality accessories costing quit a few dollars to replace, not sure apple is listening to its customers.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Lameeka S from galloway

    Charger started smoking while plugged up to my MacBook in Starbucks. Now I’m forced to buy a new charger for 80.00. Ridiculous the wire is so sensitive.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord unable to handle computer use while charging.

    • Written by Dylan N from NY

    I had this charger for 2 1/2 years. One thing I observed about the cord is while the computer was in use and plugged in, the cord would overheat, and slowly deteriorate. I would expect the cord to last longer under normal use, but there should also be a way to account for when the computer is in use while charging.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunately not anywhere near as durable as the Macbook itself

    • Written by Mark J from Germantown

    Macbooks will last a loooong time, the most durable computers I know of. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the chargers. I've had only a few issues with the actual connection to the laptop itself. I'm having an issue now where the thin laptop cable runs into the charger brick itself. It disintegrates and splits open revealing an alarmingly frayed magnetic shielding of the cable. It should be much more bolstered around this point to prevent excessive pivoting and straining of the cable. What it has is not enough. The next one I buy I will try to alleviate this weak point in the design.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wire insulation cracks within a year

    • Written by William E from Overland Park

    The wire insulation at the magsafe 2 adapter cracks within a year. Adapter gets very hot; power brick gets very hot when charging as well.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One has a frayed cable, other one stopped working.

    • Written by Matthew E from WEST ALLIS

    Somehow the one with a frayed cable has kept working since I first got it, but now one that I've owned for a year and 4 months just stopped working abruptly. I wish Apple would focus a little less on looks and a little more on durability.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Falls Apart

    • Written by Emilee G from Austin

    After reading several reviews I've realized that my charger has actually lasted an exceptionally long time by comparison, but four years in and my cable quickly began to deteriorate/fray around the magnet. Once it started the whole thing fell to pieces in a matter of maybe a month or two. Considering I used my previous macbook for seven years and never had a problem with the charger ever, I'm disappointed to see that Apple hasn't responded to the years of customers complaints over this particular charger model. Eighty dollars is a ludicrous sum of money for a product that should maaaaybe be replaced once in a lifetime, though hopefully never. The fact that Apple hasn't addressed this issue is extremely disappointing.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Design to easily get broken

    • Written by Nurfatin M from Batu caves

    Mine was "explode" last year - suddenly make a pop sound, but I've replace with the new one for free. The service and support person said that it is because there's a slight twist on the cable. But with the new one, still its so fragile, and sometimes I have to tweak the cable so the power will connected.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design And Expensive!

    • Written by Joyce N from Brooklyn

    I leave my laptop on a desk almost all the time and even I'm annoyed at this adapter. Just moving it slightly will case it to disconnect from the laptop. The slightest nudges from the top or bottom unplugs it so easily. Every time I move the laptop elsewhere, I have to hold the charger in and make sure it doesn't disconnect. BIGGEST flaw ever! And it sticks out way too much. I didn't have a MacBook back when the first L-shape chargers were standard and wish they didn't change it to this one. Lastly, it's too delicate, and it's EXPENSIVE to replace or even have an extra for convenience. I don't even feel confident bringing this charger anywhere outside fearing it'll break.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stiff and sticky cable, easy to break clips

    • Written by Darryl H from Kathleen

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, frays easily, awkward...

    • Written by Ian L from Ithaca

    I'm at my wits' end-- this is the 3rd time that I am replacing a power cord for my laptop, and that's after extending their lives with electric tape! The cords seem almost designed to fray quickly. Mine has frayed near the laptop connector just a year in.

    Apple, not everybody has a perfect workstation at home to keep the cord in their "optimal geometry." Apple, for $80 you should be providing quality cords that can withstand some curving now and again. That's part of the convenience of having a light laptop. Otherwise, Apple, you should certainly be replacing frayed cords for free.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Frays in only 5 month.

    • Written by William G from Middletown

    I had gotten this cord only 5 months ago, and now the end with the end to charge is cracking and starting to fray. In my mind, I wasn't being harsh on the cord, just normal use (plugging it in at my desk, sitting with it at the table, etc.) where you would think the integrity of the design will hold up. Now i have to keep wrapping it in electrical tape to keep from killing myself or spend ANOTHER $85 to get a replacement, its not like I already shoveled my money to them when I bought the darn computer!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak magnet bad design

    • Written by Avi B from Los Angeles

    The magnet always disconnects. Especially if you are working with the laptop in your lap. If you sit it down on couch, it disconnects. If you move at all, it disconnects. The T design makes it easy to bump and disconnect.

    The good part, it does stay connected, if charging on a desk with no one near it.

    3 of 4 people found this useful