• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    short lifespan

    • Written by from Sheridan

    I bought my mac 18 months ago, and while I love it I have to say I am quite disappointed with the charger/cord. The plastic/rubber coating has cracked and crumbled at the base of the L-shaped plug to the point where the wires are exposed and now starting to fray. I am not rough on my electronics, so this is just normal wear and tear. I am now looking for a replacement or some option to extend the life of my charger since $79 is pretty steep for a power cord that doesn't last much beyond a year. Apple should really consider another material for the coating on the cord.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter, except bad power block design

    • Written by from Prairie City

    I am about to order my sixth power adapter for a late 2008 macbook aluminum. The magsafe idea is great: if you trip over it, it doesn't pull your computer to the floor. they don't last, though. i am writing this on a slowly dying computer with no way to charge it.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by from Nagpur

    I've been using my Mac since 2009 and the Adaptor it came with lasted for 3 years now. This was the old design Magsafe Adaptor. I then purchased another Adaptor, and it died in 3 months!!!
    This will be my 3rd Power Adaptor now.
    Seriously Apple? What's wrong with these adaptors?
    You definitely need to redesign them.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Charger

    • Written by from Hanover

    I love my Macbook Pro but the charger doesn't last long. I have had my laptop for a year and a half and the charger has already "sliced". I love that it is magnetic, but if you charge your laptop with the wire going straight down toward the key board it turns a brownish color from the heat coming from the usb ports, which can cause issues. If you have it going in the opposite direction it curves toward the left causing wear, which causes it to "slice" over time.
    These chargers are expensive to replace.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Original Adapter

    • Written by from Las vegas

    My original adaptor looks like it was in a fire, which is what concerns me. The thin wire is shredded from the magnetic attachment just about to the block. I've had many issues with power cords in the past, but have never seen a cord shred like this and so quickly. It wasn't long after purchase that this process began.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Losing ability to charge my laptop

    • Written by from San Francisco CA

    It takes a bit of manipulation to attach the charger at the right angle so it starts charging my laptop. What's up with this?!

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro Power Adaptor, weak cable, random power outs

    • Written by from Rio de Janeiro

    I think there are 2 main problems that I've experienced with the macbook and macbook pro power adaptors.
    1) I've had three macbooks and all have the same stress fatigue occurring on the cable within about 1 inch of the magnetic socket. The cable housing first begins to crack within the first few months of purchase, within 12 months the housing is completely open and crumbling; it appears to be some kind of chemical breakdown of the rubber casing, occurring at the spot of most fatigue.
    2) The second problem I've noticed, is the same as others on the forum, that the power adapter will stop working for 30 mins or so and will need to be left alone unplugged. This problem first appears within a few months of purchase and progressively gets worse. The fault occurs fairly randomly, It can be left unplugged for days and develop the problem within a few minutes of use.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    cord is bad

    • Written by from BURSWOOD

    product is great, idea with magnetic plug is brilliant, however it desperately needs to improve quality of 12V power cord rubber material.
    I own also toshiba, purchased 8 years ago - power cord still looks as new one.
    but, it took 1 year for MagSafe Power adapter and power cord covered with cracks.

    Disappointed

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Room For Improvement

    • Written by from Humble

    I agree with most reviewers on here. For $80 dollars you'd expect something to last longer. This will be my third charger in 2 1/2 years. I don't understand why they keep crapping out. I thought it was something I was doing, so I went to the store and they confirmed it's just the product. I'm frustrated I keep having to spend the money on a product that should last longer. Especially coming from Apple. Come on guys, get it together!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lack of durability

    • Written by from San Marcos

    While I like the design for the new chargers better than the old, it is essentially the same. My newest charger lasted about 4 months before it broke. Luckily I have the charger from my previous Macbook, which I've miraculously managed to keep working for 4 years. Spending $80 on a new charger that will likely last less than a year is a painful thing to have to do.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive & Dangerous

    • Written by from patterson

    They last only for about one to two years which seems like a long time, but every two years you would have to buy a replacement for $80 which is very expensive. The cord broke off and exposed the wires. Recently i started seeing blue sparks come out and i smelt burning. It was literally burning the rubber casing off. I still need to get a new one but until then my laptop will just be dead

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    needs more durability

    • Written by from Alameda

    I have spent more money on replacing the adapter/power cord than the computer itself! After several attempts to try to stop my critters from chewing on the cords they still do it (including sprays). Perhaps make the cord a bit more durable or at least provide an option for customers to help protect the loooooong cords.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Must wrap your cord if traveling with charger

    • Written by from Durham

    Since 2009, I have broken 3 of these adapters and I am now on my 4th. Apple had no sympathy and never replaced under warranty so 79.00 x 3 = $237 + tax. So I asked a worker at the apple store last time I replaced my adapter. He told me that you must wrap the cord around those nubs that pull out. If you do not do this, the cord twists and binds which puts high tension on the cable attachments. So now I do it every time and it hasn't broken since. Unless you want to waste money like i did, WRAP YOUR CORDS! Apple won't tell you these things unless you learn the hard way. Learn from my mistake please.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    On my 4th adapter--all inferior

    • Written by

    Wire quality poor. I appreciate the magnetic connection best. But the wire still gets bent and disconnected from the small lighted box. It was taped at the store just to get me started. I have tried various tapes since then. None are really able to keep the connecting wire from bending and finally breaking. Today I found a break about a foot down and taped it with a little Duct tape to keep the inner wire inside. Cheap materials, I say. I have other cameras, etc, that need connectors also, they are all sturdy and take the natural bending better than Apple's adapter.
    I realize there was a lawsuit that paid out $$ if you sent in the defective one (up to 2) I missed the deadline. The non-functioning adapters are waiting in a box in the closet for the next class action suit. I'd like to know what Apple store the woman in Albany got a free replacement from.
    I love my little macbook 13" 2008 model. Some of the letters can no longer be read on the keyboard, but it still works wonderfully well and has more features than the newer laptops that have no CD-Rom, etc. It lasts 'infinitely longer' than any brand of PC laptop my friends own. I would hate to change from an Apple laptop to one of the new Windows 8 notebooks, but...
    So, as I stick with Apple it becomes a kind of annual "rent" that I pay $79 for a new ac adapter. When Apple prides itself on its slick and good design why does it continue producing their inferior adapter?

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple, BAD! Users, check DIYs

    • Written by from WASHINGTON

    wow the magsafe is taking a reviewer beating here! I just repaired mine, for a while anyway, by following one of many do it yourself (diy) repair guides on youtube. I used a soldering iron, some solder, and a pair of pliers, pretty much.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I broke two adapter today

    • Written by from Norfolk

    I will start of saying i love my macbook in all but the adapter i don't feel the same about . i was on my mac earlier when i decided to unplug for a lil i been have problems with it for a while but never thought it would do what it did today . The cord at the tip with the magnet is so easy to snap and did really charge m laptop the way i wanted it to the prices are way too high or something you cant get get another one for even tho you payed 80$ they are hard to find a good price on out here now i have broken two and just got another one .... Sad broke two in the same day they need to fix this . :( be very careful with tip if you do buy one again cause i will.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Power cord

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    Too flimsy where it connects to the magnet. I'm supposed to pay $80 to get a whole new dervice when only the cord is weak near the magnet and therefore not making a consistent connection. I was snootily told by one of those "genius" brats that I could not just get the cord part replaced. See if I buy another Apple--after 20 years of loyalty!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor price-quality ratio

    • Written by from Kirkland

    I've had the original charger from when I first bought my Macbook three years ago so I'm apparently one of the luckier ones. From a lot of the reviews below, I've noticed people have an issue with the durability of this power adapter, what with wires getting frayed but personally, the physical integrity of my cable is intact. Yet, after months of giving me grievance (sometimes charging, sometimes not), I think it's finally kicked the proverbial bucket. I've never, in my life of buying electronics, had to replace a power adapter and at that price I have to say I'm a little disappointed.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Over 1400 Reviewers can't be wrong... Mr. Ive, please pay attention!

    • Written by from Denver

    Yes, now it was my turn to suffer from a frayed cable with my power adapter after a little over 4 years of owning this thing, but I am EXTREMELY careful with my things. For most people these are lasting a little over a year. I agree that the cable should be a lot more durable, especially at $80 a pop.

    I live in Chile now and can't even find a replacement for the 60W MagSafe. I write this review as only 42 minutes remain in my battery, probably one of the last things I will do with my trusty MacBook... So sad...

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor insulation rubber

    • Written by from Bangalore

    The problem with rubber insulated cables is that they degenerate and melt away. Same has happened with my Bose earphones and now it's my Magsafe adapter cable. Now, I will need to buy a new one just because of degenerated cable. It would have been helpful if the cable was detachable.

    10 of 10 people found this useful