• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overheating?

    • Written by from Jimboomba

    Do all apple's products line up for happy fun time in a lava plume? I can't do anything with the charger without it overheating.

    After 2-3 months, the light kept going orange even though the computer was fully charged and then even eventually went off. The charger's extension cord stopped working, so I was forced to use the wall adapter. That just overheated now and it's no longer working.

    Maybe I should consider myself one of the lucky ones since I've had the macbook pro for a little more than a year, but I'm still surprised that a multi-million dollar company can't make their computer life source not overheat.

    37 of 54 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    They were right

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    I REALLY wish I would have seen these reviews earlier, say before an important assignment was due!!! I might have bought a spare earlier. As others have mentioned my charger suddenly quit on me one day without warning. The day before I had to wiggle it a little to get it to charge, but thought nothing of it. I regret that now.

    I rated it a three because I don't know if I am just unlucky. My mother has my old MacBook that is about two years older than my current one (a late 2009 13") and that cord has never been replaced, despite the fact that aside from being about 5 or 6 years old, hers also takes more wear and tear.

    I love all things Apple and knew going in that this would be an expensive "habit", but I figured I would be getting what I paid for. I have in everything but this...
    Unfortunately, the company is so exclusive that there is nothing I can do but take the hit and buy a new adapter, THEIR adapter, and pray this one has a better life...

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    more to it...

    • Written by from montreal

    OK, so I've had my MacBook for over four years now and my charger just gave out today... I don't understand why people are having so much trouble with the new ones. Now that I have to buy a new one, I'm a little concerned. My charger was usually plugged in at night, while during the day, I only brought the computer with me to school. I never wrapped the cord around, as I left it loose on the floor. It honestly seems as if the quality has decreased, and Apple may not do anything about it. Why? Because we are consumers who are paying for a specific brand and we will pay whatever in order to make it work. The only way they may fix the issue is if we stop buying their products... oh! Look at the value of shares decrease.... just saying. Right now, business is through the roof... Morality is far behind......

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A little disappointed.

    • Written by from Poland

    I definitely like this design for the Magsafe feature better, but because the cord thickness has still not been changed, the lifetime is short. I've had my MacBookPro since July '10 ... not even two years later I have to fiddle with the wire and coil it a certain way for it to continue charging. And because the cord is light and not noticeable people are constantly tripping over it and/or pulling it from my laptop. While I know this is the point, so your laptop doesn't end on the floor, but the last time it happened the magnet piece stayed and the cord part came out. The nub at the top of the wire looks like if you were to jimmy it back it it would continue to work, but that was not the case. Now I have to purchase a new power cord because the institution that I purchased my MacBookPro from doesn't cover that kind of damage.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Came back to life

    • Written by from Chico

    Original mac adapter that came with the laptop lasted for about 2.5 years.

    It was well taken care of and wasn't battered and bruised. The wings were used to wrap the cord, but I was careful to keep wire damage to a minimum because I know that the cord can bend too much and break at the ends. I often kept the adapter plugged in because I don't carry my macbook around that much.

    Towards the end of the 2.5 years I noticed that it was having trouble connecting to and charging the laptop. I would plug it in and no light would turn on. So I would try to wiggle the cord just right and then keep it in this delicate position while the laptop charged. I checked the charging port and the head of the adapter to make sure that those were fine. I checked the power outlet and the plug connectors. I concluded that there was some problem with the actual power supply.

    I took it to the mac store and the person used one of their mac adapters to charge my laptop so it was clear that my macbook wasn't the problem. Then the worker tried to use my adapter to charge the laptop and nothing happened. The worker told me, that the adapter is broken and that I will have to buy a new one. That was the whole diagnosis of the problem. Unimpressed and disappointed, I shelled out the money for a new adapter.

    I took extra care of this new adapter because I didn't want it to fail too. Again it was mostly plugged in and not abused. This time I didn't even use the wings on the adapter to wrap the cord. In fact I rarely wrapped the cord at all this was to make sure that the cord was totally intact. After about 1 year the same problem started to happen again. I plug it in and nothing happens, so I wiggle the cord until the light turns on and starts charging. It goes on like this for about a month then finally it just stops working. Again I checked my outlets and the connections and determined it was the power supply that wasn't working. At this point I'm pretty upset and disappointed in the product. I looked online and found that this seems to be a common problem.

    Amidst my anger and frustration with the adapter I remembered that I hadn't thrown away the old adapter. So as a kind of desperate attempt to charge my laptop I went and found the original adapter which had been sitting in a box for a year and tried using it to charge the laptop. Amazingly it came back to life and started working - started charging the computer!!

    I'm not sure why the old adapter started working again. Maybe it is because I leave the adapter plugged in often. Maybe it just needed a break from electric current or something. I will try using the newer adapter again in a month and see if it will work or if it really is dead. I've only been using the re-awoken adapter for a couple of days, but I hope it keeps working. So I guess my advice to those who have had the adapter fail would be :

    1) don't throw it away just yet
    2) try testing it again after letting it rest for sometime (hopefully less than a year!)

    I really hope Apply looks into our complaints about the product.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped Working

    • Written by from Louisville

    After about a year or so, my charger stopped working. Just one day when I plugged it in and left it all day, the green light would not come on and wouldn't charge. I tried everything that could be wrong. I think $80 is a little too much for a charger.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Charger

    • Written by from Pittsgrove

    I am replacing my old charger. I honestly don't remember when I bought this computer but I absolutely love it. I'm apprehensive about purchasing a new charger with all the negative comments. I'm sure Apple will be redesigning the current system so I'm a Mac user and there is NO way I'll go back to PC. They are more expensive in the long run. $80 for a charger every few years is a lot cheaper than $80 every year for anti-virus.

    4 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple power supply works fine with preventative medicine

    • Written by from Ellensburg

    After four (4) PC laptops going bad I bought my MacBookPro 13" and haven't been happier. The power supply has a big problem but if you take preventative measures, it works Okay-fine-beautifully -- now for 2 years. My first power supply magnet connector would always come loose if not careful. ..finally stopped working and got free replacement. I had learned lesson. Use masking tape, clear 2 inch tape, maybe Gorilla tape WITH multiple layers and tape the connector to your laptop using what little space there is-- making sure laptop is still able to close. Keeping things totally secure prevents "fraying" and what all..... LOVE MAC! ! !

    3 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent

    • Written by from Highland park

    I bought this about in October 2010 and it was working really smoothly until about a week ago. Then the tip of it where the cord meets the tip to plug into your computer fried. The layering peeled off and then wires are coming off it. One week ago it barely charged the computer, but it said its full. Now the charger can't even recognize that it is in there, so it doesn't charge.

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I can't really complain, though I'd like to.

    • Written by from Salinas

    There are 780 reviews for this power adapter, it's clear its junk. Or is it? My dog has chewed through the skinny cable that goes to my Macbook, and he chewed the fat cable on the extension part. I taped both of them back together thinking I didn't have a prayer of it working again. Well, that was 2 years ago, still ticking. A common problem I've had that I attend to, is dirt build up on the magnet. I do the old blow-on-it trick for both the female and male ends. Voila. last night was the first time I couldn't get it to work. This morning I shut it down, took the battery out, unplugged everything. Rebooted and plugged it back in. Nothing. Did it a few more times, Voila. again.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally

    • Written by from Carson

    Well I work in the entertainment industry and I'm still using my Macbook Pro Core Duo from 2005. I'm not sure if the quality of the adapter has since changed, but after using it day in and out since purchased, it finally went out. I have never once used the 2 prong plug, which is why I think it has lasted so long. Always use the long cord with the 3 prongs, it's grounded. I still think its overpriced, but I'm forced to purchase one because my old Macbook Pro is still kicking. Just took some upgrades and some tender love and care, but I have definitely gotten my money's worth.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't last

    • Written by from St. Lazare

    I've had this for less than a year and it's already broken. I love that it's magnetic, but thats the only good thing about it. The rubber cracked a little while ago and I taped it right away and now it's stopped working completely.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a year and then not so much

    • Written by from Houston

    I've had my Mac for a little over a year now and it's been wonderful. From the beginning though I wondered about this power cord. I'm an intelligent human being who knows how to take care of equipment, but geez this cable is not so great. I am not a fan of having to pay $80 just to keep my computer charged. A few weeks ago it starting shorting out and not charging. I looked at it this morning to try to find out where the short is and the port just popped right off with only the slightest amount of pressure. It fit right back on but you have to be super gentle with it to keep it charging. Guess I know where my next bit of cash is going....I love you Apple, but the cord could be better.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    60 W MagSafe Power Adapter

    • Written by from BAINBRIDGE

    The power adapter cord is flimsy near the magnetic plug. The cord should be sturdy. My cord caught fire and just so happen I was using my computer at the time. Could have been worst.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Innovative

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Between roommates, puppy, and the poor electrical layout of the grad students' lounge in my department, the key feature of the MagSafe - the magnetic release - has saved me enough times for it to be worth the difference in price of replacing the adapter five times. Fortunately, I've only had to replace it once. The current slim-head design seems to be much better than the previous "rectangle", as mine started to lose connection from time to time due to wear and tear after three years' use. What ultimately did my first one in though was a teething pit bull puppy. If I had one complaint about design, the adapter still runs a little hotter than I'm comfortable with.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Charger

    • Written by from Mississauga

    Its a good charger for the looks but the quality is just decent. It works but it will break if you dont handle it with care. However I like the old chargers better, i dont like the long design and I just found the old ones to be more appealing as they didnt block my ethernet port no matter which way i chose to plug it in.

    4 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunate

    • Written by from madison

    I've had my 13 inch macbook pro since 2008, and since then i have loved all aspects of this MagSafe charger. Unfortunately, it has stopped charging my computer. I've been wrestling with the cord to make it charge for nearly a month and now it has finally expired, along with my warranty, which means im going to need to spend $80 on another charger with a junky cable. If the wire was a little bit more heavy-duty and less prone to twisting (and more reasonably priced), then this charger would be a 5 star product.

    I've written this review with the remaining hour of my macbook's battery...

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe review

    • Written by from BOURNEMOUTH

    I am on my third plug over 3 and a half years. The first two started falling apart and breaking after just one year of moderate use. I love the design but I expect it to be half the price and double the durability. On the up side, Apple have always promptly replaced them without any hustle or questions asked. The company in my experience has one of the top customer service standards in the industry.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent but could be more heavy duty

    • Written by from Elkins

    This is a pretty good power adapter. I love that you can have a longer cord if necessary and the LED light.
    While moving, my power cord was put in a backpack with my 13 inch MacBook Pro. Somehow, a small slit was put into the power cord. I couldn't see any frayed wires and couldn't afford a new power adapter, so I kept using this one. A few months later a see some frayed wires, from normal wear and tear. That was two months ago. Now I am in need of a new power adapter, badly, at that. The power adapter only works if it is in one spot, if I move the cord it stops working and it takes quite some time to coax it to charge my MacBook again.
    The only thing in the backpack was the power cord, my tablet with pen and mouse, and my MacBook pro. I have no clue what caused the slit in my cord but I now realize how fragile the cord really is. That slit grew bigger over time, just from transferring the power adapter from room to room.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but bends too easily

    • Written by from Morris

    I love the overall design of this charger, but I had a problem where it bent too much to get to my outlet and the wires are now exposed. I am disappointed that the new one costs $79 (for a charger?!) as well. I am going to get the old one when I can for $40. I've heard it is better.

    18 of 21 people found this useful