Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (for 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro)

Apple 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (for 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro)

$79.00

1.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 1241 reviews

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Product Information

  • The 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter features a magnetic DC connector that ensures your power cable will disconnect if it experiences undue strain and helps prevent fraying or weakening of the cables over time. In addition, the magnetic DC helps guide the plug into the system for a quick and secure connection.

    When the connection is secure, an LED located at the head of the DC connector will light; an amber light lets you know that your portable is charging, while a green light tells you that you have a full charge. An AC cord is provided with the adapter for maximum cord length, while the AC wall adapter (also provided) gives users an even easier and more compact way to travel.

    Designed to be the perfect traveling companion, the adapter has a clever design which allows the DC cable to be wound neatly around itself for easy cable storage.

    This power adapter recharges the lithium polymer battery while the system is off, on, or in sleep mode. It also powers the system if you choose to operate without a battery.

    Compatible with 15- or 17-inch MacBook Pro.

    Not sure if this is the right power adapter for your Mac?

    See this article for more details about choosing the right one.

    Knowing which specific Mac model you have is important. If you are running OS X Lion (10.7) or later go to the “” menu at the top left of your screen, choose “About this Mac” then click the “More Info...” button. Your Mac model and generation will be displayed.

    If you are running an earlier version of OS X, you can enter your serial number here to find out which model you have.

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (1.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Better, but still not good engineering

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I thought the magnetic connection would solve the problem with my previous Powerbook cord fraying. It didn't. 18 months, and I'm h I thought the magnetic connection would solve the problem with my previous Powerbook cord fraying. It didn't. 18 months, and I'm having to wiggle the cord around to get power. Of course, Apple will sell me another one for $79, when my problem is that $1 worth of wire broke.

    Here's an idea: why not make the portion of the cable that attaches to the transformer detachable? Then when the connector frays, as it inevitably will, you could buy a $10 cord instead of paying $79 for the whole power adapter. But I guess that would eliminate a big source of profit for Apple.

    • Written by from Bowie

    4986 of 5438 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Better, but still not good engineering
  • Dear Apple

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dear Apple - stop being stupid. For such a great engineering company, why can't you get the obvious things fixed. These cords fray Dear Apple - stop being stupid. For such a great engineering company, why can't you get the obvious things fixed. These cords fray at the connector. ALL of them do. Sometimes at the power brick, sometimes at the Mac end. Then I have to go spend 80 bucks for another adapter - when all I really need is the cord. So do the right thing, and put a MagSafe connector on BOTH ends of the cord, and a MagSafe jack on the side of the power brick just like the one on the side of the computer. Then, I could (1) disconnect the cord completely from the adapter when it's in my bag, and not have to worry about the cord getting bent and broken where it connects to the power brick, (2) could have my choice of cord lenghts - maybe a short one for my desk and a long one when I travel, and (3) I could replace JUST THE CORD if it got damaged or worn, for something like 5 or 6 bucks instead of 80. What do you think? Would it be so hard to do?

    • Written by from Lawrence

    2664 of 2725 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Dear Apple
  • Yes for Unibody, No for older MBP's

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Own Early 2008 MBP and Late 2009 MBP.
    Works on the unibody, does not on my early 2008.
    The port on the new MacBooks are smaller Own Early 2008 MBP and Late 2009 MBP.
    Works on the unibody, does not on my early 2008.
    The port on the new MacBooks are smaller and more shallow, this charger reflects this change and will not make contact with older ports found on non-unibody.
    Buyer beware, save yourself the hassle and find an 'I" MagSafe charger if you have a non-unibody.

    • Written by from Whitby

    1484 of 1937 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Yes for Unibody, No for older MBP's
  • More of the same...this is a poorly designed product

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    As many others have noted before, this is a poorly designed product that is prone to failure at the cord's junction with the power As many others have noted before, this is a poorly designed product that is prone to failure at the cord's junction with the power supply and / or the MagSafe connector. Mine has completely failed and is frayed and showing burn marks on the sheathing, raising safety concerns. I would love it if I could post a photo of it.

    For a company that makes such great and well thought out products, it's a shame that they haven't developed a solution to this grossly inadequate and potentially unsafe design. I'm now left with another hunk of e-waste and an $80 cost to replace a product that failed due to a cord that likely costs several cents to Apple's bill of materials.

    ARE YOU LISTENING APPLE!? (Yes, I'm shouting.)

    • Written by from Burlingame

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? More of the same...this is a poorly designed product
  • Garbage Product

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I've had to replace this thing twice in one year. The first time it started smoking! Good thing I was home so my whole apartment d I've had to replace this thing twice in one year. The first time it started smoking! Good thing I was home so my whole apartment didn't catch on fire. Now I have to continually waste my money buying new ones until apple smartens up and makes a better product.

    • Written by from Montreal
    Was this useful? Garbage Product
  • Adapter Is A Pile of Dodo

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I would give this pile of pooh a negative rating. Started failing to connect properly then the cord blew apart.

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks
    Was this useful? Adapter Is A Pile of Dodo

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