• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubber jacket on cord?

    • Written by from Knoxville

    The electronic part of the power supply itself has given me no problems for the three of four years I have owned the 13 inch Mac. My only complaint with it is that the jacket of the cable that appears to be made of a natural rubber which breaks down when it is exposed to the oil found in some hand creams. The jacket is coming off the cable in chunks exposing the spiral shield. I am curently looking for some heat shrink tubing that will slide over the MagSafe connector and shrink down to cover the damages section of the cable.

    One possible suggestion would be to make the cord replaceable with connectors on both ends of the cable and the power supply module. One other review suggested using the MagSafe connector on the power supply and the Macintosh ends of the cable. This would work well.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great but cost is to high if you need to replace it.

    • Written by from Flushing

    I have had my 13inch MacBook Pro for about 2.5 years and I have never have had a problem with my charger. The light that indicates if it is charging turns off time to time but other than that it still works even when the light turns off. I do have a feeling I will have to buy a new one soon because of the charging indicator issue and it gets a lot hotter while charging than it used to. I hope apple drops the price before I do need to get a new charger.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not sure why people are having issues.

    • Written by from Blaine

    I own several Apple power adapters for machines we own, and the only way that these power adapters "don't last" is when people mistreat them. I constantly see people unplugging these power adapters by pulling on the cord, and not the plug. I also constantly see people wrapping the cable tightly around the brick -- DO NOT DO THIS! Leave an inch of slack before you wrap up the power cord! Never in 3+ years of using these power adapters have I ever seen them fail as badly as what people have shown me. It's not a craftsmanship issue, it's just plain abuse and neglect. I see proof of neglect all the time, not just in Apple power adapters, but in PC notebook power adapters as well. Same type of failures. Also, people shouldn't be complaining about a $79 price tag when the Mac that they paid for was $1199. Come on, seriously? Do you people have a job, or something? The only thing I don't like about this power adapter is the little plug that connects to the brick. I will never use that thing. Otherwise, a perfectly fine AC adapter.

    2 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No issues

    • Written by from Warwick

    I've had my MacBook Pro for a year now and haven't had a single issue with this charger (aside from losing it myself...). Even withstands the beating of my now 3 year old toddler.

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    College kids need more durability

    • Written by from South Bend

    1st charger lasted about 4 months when I first bought the MacPro. The second one lasted well, about 3 years. But, now I am on the third... and it barely lasted 3 months. It seems as the years go buy the quality deteriorates. A big hunk of your buyers are college students. And we are going to have the charger any and everywhere. That's life, Apple. And... as with most college kids, including myself. I'm sorry, but I am leaving you for eBay.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    the product works, the users don't

    • Written by from Waxhaw

    I've been on the same macbook and same charger for 4 years. The product works great but you need to be smart about it. If your first charger broke pretty quickly, then expect every replacement to follow suit. What makes this product fail is the bending of the wire near the magsafe connector, which leads to fraying of the wire. To fix this issue, try not to bend your charger so much at the connector. Even after being cautious, after 3 years, mine started fraying at the connector. I simply used a bunch of electical tape and a small styrofoam piece to straighten out that part and conceal the fraying wires. The charger still works, except the orange/green light doesn't come on anymore. Considering the little button on the side tells if the computer is charging or charged, I don't really care about the orange/green light not working.

    4 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Charger

    • Written by from Haltom city

    I have had my MacBook 13in for 4+years(early2008) and my charger has only started to have issues sense Jan-2013. Though I am careful with my chords and do not wrap the chord around the plastic tabs on the brick. wrapping chords in that manner always shortens the life span of the chord.

    though I am purchasing a new one now and think they should not cost $80 dollars.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ive had no problem

    • Written by from San Diego

    I read many of the other reviews and I really don't know what the others are experiencing. Ive had my original charger for almost 2 years and I have no fraying or damage whatsoever. Keep in mind, I have been VERY rough with it. It spends most times in my carpeted room but other times its being dragged down marble stairs and being moved from two different houses and being tripped over. The metal charger at the end is scratched a bit, but only from my own fault. Everything is intact and I have no overheating or charging problems. GOOD JOB APPLE.

    6 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Apples usual standard BUT

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Still pretty darn good charger in my opinion. I've owned 2 MacBooks and have gone through 3 chargers. One was chewed my dog, and the other was replaced by Apple care. The 3rd one broke, but that was my own fault. I think Apple would do themselves and their customers a favor by making the cord a little thicker, and perhaps stiffer where it connects to the computer and the box in the middle. However in my experience as long a you leave slack in the wire and make sure that they aren't bent to far for to long it should work perfectly.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    With Typical Use -- It'll Last You Years

    • Written by from North Bergen

    I don't think the average consumer who is happy with this adapter will decide to gush over it in an online review, but after seeing such a negative rating here, I have to disagree and provide my experience.

    I've used this adapter everyday in tons of places and while it looks really dirty and worn, it's always worked like a charm. Design wise -- it's a thing of beauty with the bulk of it near the connection point and the ability to wrap the cable and clever clip on piece to keep the loop together.

    I don't know how everyone else is using this adapter, and I'm sure there are always a few duds for one reason or another, but I'm super happy with durability here.

    People complain about a quick snap or a weak hold, but isn't that the whole point of the magsafe system?? -- To have a connection that's manageable (with one hand in the dark! ) while not strong enough that a trip over the adapter cable will send your macbook pro flying?

    4 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Power cords

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    The power cord left plugged in the wall and not attached to the computer will burn out. I have had the same power cord for 4 years and nothing has ever happened to it. Try unplugging it from the wall and I think you will find these cords last!

    13 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good while it lasts

    • Written by from El paso

    I got this charger when I bought my Macbook Pro almost exactly two years ago. The charger never gave me any trouble until I tried to clean it. (It was very dirty, and I'm a little bit of a neat freak.) All I did was try to rub off some of the dirt from the chord near the part of the charger that goes into the computer with my finger. Apparently that was a huge mistake, because it rubbed the plastic off and left the wire exposed. I put some electrical tape on it to see if it'd hold up, and it worked for a couple of months until it just couldn't hold up anymore.

    Now that I need a new one, I can't decide if I'll go with this one or a generic charger. Both have pretty bad reviews, and Apple charges way too much. It's just a charger for goodness sake.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not amazing, but not awful.

    • Written by from Winchester

    My original charger just crapped out, from 2008. That's four years of really hard abuse. I can't honestly say I expect ANY cable to last that many years of rugged abuse. All the people complaining of bad power adapters within a years use must not realize they replace them free of charge within the first year....

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine lasted 3 years

    • Written by from LEAWOOD

    Mine is just now starting to go. There appears to be a break near the magsafe connector and if the cable is jiggled wrong, the LED goes off.

    Honestly, I have been pretty rough on this. Several hard snags that yanked the magsafe connection away -- and I'm notorious for unplugging by pulling on the cable and not the plug itself.

    So, I can only think there was a bad batch of these since mine lasted with pretty harsh treatment. (I may just try to tape a think metal rod to it to keep it from bending - should do the trick.)

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good charger

    • Written by from Silver Spring

    I have always noticed that people harp over chargers in general, since they seem to quit functioning so often for many folk, and these chargers are no exception. This isn't because the charger is poorly made, however. People simply do not understand that they have to treat cables very carefully. Bending them too forcefully will eventually cause the wires inside to fray and break, leaving you with; a malfunctioning charger. Take care of them and they pretty much last forever.

    My only problem with these is that, once again, the square adapters fall out of wall sockets too easily.

    17 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine lasted five years

    • Written by from Portland

    Mine is from a Macbook I bought
    in 2007. Has lasted me five years even
    though the little green light didn't work after about
    a year or two. My HD just bit the dust so got
    a new cord w repair. I'd like to note that I left
    mine plugged in a LOT. My battery was apparently
    no longer holding a charge so got a new one
    I'm about 120 cycles over what they usually
    last. Sorry to hear bout those faulty cords
    seems like the older ones were made better
    n'est ce pas?

    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Durability and Longevity

    • Written by from Victoria

    I've had my MacBook Pro since mid-2009. The original power adapter lasted until a week ago (about 3 years) and I subjected the cord to a lot. Taking extra care might have increased my adapter's longevity. I'd recommend purchasing a laptop-compatible bag with pockets to safely store the adapter and other accessories, something I didn't do. It has been the only thing to go on my computer in three years, and it was fairly cheap (about $80) to replace, so I can't really complain. In general, it serves its purpose and is reasonably durable.

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, But ...

    • Written by from Toronto

    The adapter is great and I love it. But it gets scratched easily and the top of the cord near the mag safe gets broken easily! Not such great price tag, but its excepted from Apple.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafePower

    • Written by from Pinon Hills

    I got a 85w MagSafePower Adapter that came with my MacBook Pro have had it for 2 years no problem on my laptop almost 24/7 no pronlems other than it does seem to get hot.

    2 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I approve of the new design and hopefully . . .

    • Written by from staten island

    it lasts. i was on the fence whether to purchase another power adapter from apple or get a knock-off on amazon. the reviews of the knock-offs were actually worse than the reviews on the apple site. so since i wasn't looking forward to seeing a melted gooey lump next to my macbook i shelled out the 80 clams and bought the new adapter. so far i am very pleased, this is my 3rd adapter, apple did replace my first adapter & my 2nd adapter's magnet head broke off due to excess bending and with this new design i think this problem will b no more. i gave it 4 stars because i think the design change is significant and I would've given it a 5 but I don't want to apple to think I'm some cheap date.

    2 of 5 people found this useful