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 1344 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)
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  • 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

    5561 of 6034 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

    3582 of 3662 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

    1568 of 2045 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Yes for Unibody, No for older MBP's
  • Love my Mac, not the charger!

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    My magsafe finally died a couple of weeks ago. The top of the charger was coming apart and I had to wiggle it around to get it to My magsafe finally died a couple of weeks ago. The top of the charger was coming apart and I had to wiggle it around to get it to connect to my computer. Luckily, I had a backup, but it isn't very reliable. I don't need to repeat what other reviewers have been saying so I'll keep it short, these cords have an awful design. Here is my real complaint, why do these chargers cost so much? Also, why isn't it possible to buy parts separately? I don't need the part that plugs into the wall, just the part that plugs into my computer. I'd be willing to buy 3 or 4 of them at a time. Stop forcing us to dish out $80 for a charger that doesn't last very long.

    • Written by from Reynoldsburg
    Was this useful? Love my Mac, not the charger!
  • Dear apple,

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am a college student and am on a very limited budget, i don't have 90 dollars to through around at yet an other mac book pro cha I am a college student and am on a very limited budget, i don't have 90 dollars to through around at yet an other mac book pro charger (my third one) just because it is a very simple little problem with a wire fraying on the inside of the adaptor. Please figure this out.

    Sincerely, a poor college student

    • Written by from SUMMERSIDE
    Was this useful? Dear apple,
  • I wish there were 0 Stars

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unless you never touch it, the cord will fray and eventually need to be replaced. During the life of your computer it will have to Unless you never touch it, the cord will fray and eventually need to be replaced. During the life of your computer it will have to be replaced possibly several times. And to add insult to injury, if you borrow a charger the 85W and 60W chargers have the worlds tiniest writing, making it nearly impossible to tell apart. Absolute junk and not cheap, usually about $80 each time.

    • Written by from Cambridge
    Was this useful? I wish there were 0 Stars

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