• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3 for 3

    • Written by from London

    I have three of these. One for my personal Macbook Pro - and another two that I use at work (I have a lot of Macbook Pro's in my life). All three came with Thunderbolt displays and are used to power the MacBooks via the display's power cable.

    More often than not, all three fail to deliver power to the macbook, and after some random wiggling of the thing, it will eventually spring back to life... but you never know for how long.

    And it's not just me. Most people in my office have a Macbook Pro with a thunderbolt display. We all experience the same issue.

    Now I have charging anxiety and I'm constantly keeping one eye on the Mag Safe connector and the charging icon in the menu bar. I'd use the MacBooks charger if we had available plug sockets, but we don't. This product is not fit for the purpose it was designed for. It's not even worth the 1 star I'm forced to give it for this review.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor poor product not befitting of Apple's engineering reputation

    • Written by from Hoboken

    I've just ordered another one of these converters, not because they are good products but because the last one stopped working after about a year of use and I have no alternative.

    Given the multitude of extremely challenging engineering problems Apple routinely excel at solving, it seems bizarre to me that they could mess up what boils down to a solid lump of metal with no moving parts and a few electrical connections. From an engineering perspective this converter is less complicated than a power strip and I have plenty of those which have lasted decades.

    Given the reviews, this is clearly not something Apple really care about or want to put time into. They're waiting for everyone to upgrade their machines...

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from apex

    Stops working after a few months. Connect the converter to my Thunderbolt display, connect that to my laptop, doesn't charge the battery anymore.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It doesn't actually work!?

    • Written by from Blairgowrie

    I have one of these bought from a US apple store. I have a MacBook pro 13" that I bought this year in the US. I have a 2009 Macbook pro that I bought in the UK. I bought this adaptor so I could use my 2009 power supply with my recent laptop; same wattage power supply but for reasons I cannot fathom, this thing just doest not work.

    So, I gave it 1 star. Ultimately I should have given the $10 to charity - at least then i would not have wasted the money.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from LARACHA

    The converter worked fine for some months.
    Now it won't charge the battery.
    The converter itself is bad.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk - two failed after 2-3 months use

    • Written by from Seattle

    Started blaming the power adaptor for a while but like others, checked with an older MBP and they worked fine.

    First the light goes out but the laptop thinks it's charging. However charge either doesn't go up or goes up really slowly. Complete waste of money. Not that there's anything to charge since my MBP Pro is hosed post Yosemite update...

    Refund please?

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not so great

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Like others have stated, this thing stop working properly after a while. Wiggling it in to have it charge gets pretty frustrating when you are in a hurry and just trying to have the laptop charge. I am writing this now because I am back at the store buying another one. What a pain.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from San Diego

    As others have reported, this product fails after a few months of use. I get the "not charging" problem with my mbp. I had 2 of them and both went ba . The adapters themselves are working fine as I tested them with older laptops.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Concord

    This rip off of an adapter seems to "wear out" after a few months of use. I have to wiggle it for several minutes to get the oft-described dim charging light to go away and fully illuminate. This happens every time I dock to my extremely expensive Thunderbolt display. We pay a premium to use Apple products and as such deserve better.

    I'd rate ZERO stars if it were possible.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for 7 months then died

    • Written by from South Bend

    The converter worked fine for about 7 months with a Magsafe 1 charger on a new laptop. Now it won't charge the battery. The Magsafe 1 charger still powers an older 15" MBP just fine, and a Magsafe 2 charger works on the new laptop. So it's not a problem with the laptop or the power. The converter itself is bad.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Defective product

    • Written by from Omaha

    This small converter just does not work consistently. It wastes us time to figure out the charging problem and $ for it. Suggest never to buy this kind of defective product from Apple.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    this product is not good

    • Written by from Amsterdam

    It was great when I got it, so I could charge my Macbook Pro Retina 15" late 2013 with my Thunderbolt display (which only has a magsafe 1 cable attached to it), no need for extra cables. For the first month or so it worked fine, then slowly, it started to show glitches. All of the sudden it would be losing connection or failing to charge and just keep it stable on (for example) 30% of battery. Detaching, reattaching, cleaning, firmly pressing, it had no effect. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. And this never happens when I attach it to the normal magsafe 2 adapter that came with my Macbook Pro.

    Another annoying addition is that when one has a Thunderbolt display attached to its Macbook Pro, and the Macbook Pro loses its electricity feed, the attached display goes on and off, thinking that the Macbook Pro is being detached and attached. So when the magsafe converter fails to work, the Thunderbolt flickers... ARGH! And that for a 3500+ euro setup!

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes it really is that bad

    • Written by from LA JOLLA

    So some people can get this to work. I have a Macbook Pro Retina and the original magsafe2 frayed on me and I had to replace. My computer is just a little over a year old so I was a little upset about having to buy another adapter, so I bought an Apple original MagSafe from a computer repair store and this adapter. The tech said I would be fine. It has been an off again on again and now definitely OFF for sure nightmare. Of course when I took it to the shop was one of the days it decided to work. I am going to have to schlep back there and try to get my money back. I wish I had just bought another Magsafe2.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work As Designed

    • Written by from Kirkland

    This has caused nothing but frustration and lost productivity for work -- this product slowly had increasing issues until now I cannot use it with a Thunderbolt Display and my 2014 MacBook Pro. This is terrible and I cannot charge my notebook for a presentation.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    We work 8 of them at work, 5 of which stoped working suddenly. It works sometimes and when it does it gets super hot.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working ~3 months

    • Written by from Coshocton

    The converter just stopped working one night. I attempted to clean it, clean the computer outlet, wiggle it around - nothing. Ended up having to buy a whole new charger. Waste of cash. Don't get this converter. You're better off biting the bullet and purchasing a new charger or even go 3rd party.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't charge consistently

    • Written by from Munhall

    Sometimes it takes considerable fiddling to get my laptop to charge while plugged in. I use this product while at a desk, so I don't have "falling out" issues. I do, however, disconnect the laptop 2 or more times throughout the day and each time I have to worry about the battery recharging.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible product

    • Written by

    After about 6 months, both MagSafe2 to MagSafe converters stopped charging my MacbookProRetina reliably. You have to tweak and wiggle and adjust it to get it to start charging. Forget about charging it on your lap. This only works on a flat desktop where once you get the angle just right, it will charge fine. Until you bump it slightly.

    And just to be clear, I have tried this with a stack of different power adapters (which all work fine on my older Macbook), and with two different converters, so it isn't the adapter, but the converter design.

    And the MBP charges fine 100% of the time with the MagSafe2 adapter that came with the Macbook. So I don't think it is dirt on the Macbook itself. It is either the lame $20 converter, or a very finicky connection on the Macbook that doesn't like the converter.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work

    • Written by from Mississauga

    It worked fine for a couple of months, but now it won't charge the battery -- same problem as a lot of people where it will maintain power, but not charge. I also have connection problems, like many others, where moving it around will make it disconnect.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite possibly one of the worst designed products IN THE WORLD

    • Written by from Harrisburg

    The only way my computer will charge is if it is on a completely flat surface and not touched at all. I try to put it on my lap, charger falls out. I try to move it closer to me, charger false out. Anything I do makes the charger fall out. It's so frustrating. Who thought this up?

    Okay, rant over.

    7 of 10 people found this useful