• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Power adaptors do not last

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Apple needs to rethink the design of the Magsafe power adaptors. I have bought replacement Magsafe Power adaptors in the past because they don't always last. Sometimes 1-2 years but this recent one only lasted 3 months. At $80 per adaptor this is ridiculous. Read online, many consumers have had the same issues.

    5941 of 6220 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dear Apple

    • Written by from Sierra Vista

    I want to love you. I really, really do. You're making it difficult though.

    I couldn't blame you when my old, T-style power adapter broke after a couple years. I was even excited when I saw the sleek, new, redesigned L-style. However, that one broke too- but this time, it was after only about two months. I tried not to take it out on you, and figured that maybe I got the one bad one in the batch, or that maybe I had been too rough with it. But here I am, typing away, pausing occasionally to wiggle the cord in order to get it to work again- for a few seconds at least. Yes, thats right, my SECOND L-style magsafe has broken, also after only a couple months.

    Finally, I'm realizing that it's not me, it's YOU. And you just don't seem to realize that. I called Apple support only to be told that there are "no known issues" with the L-style magsafe adapter. Oh really? Dearest apple, do you ever read the reviews your products receive? Obviously there is a known issue, and its that this product simply doesn't work if you use it for more than a month!

    I've enjoyed your sleek design and better usability, but honestly, I think I'm leaving you. For a PC.

    2039 of 2139 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New and Better than the Old MagSafe

    • Written by from markham

    I own the white 13" 2008 Macbook, and to answer your questions (if any), yes, it works with it. As for the MagSafe itself, it feels differently built (for the better), it doesn't nearly get as hot as the old MagSafe did (incredibly this one stays very cool, even on extended periods of time, although that could be because it's new.) Lastly, the actual connector is pretty innovative, feels much sturdier and less prone to fire/breaking/separation issues. It also wraps around a better/more effective contour. All in all, for $79 compared to $99, and the benefits i've named, it's a much better buy than the previous MagSafe (still overpriced, apple)

    2091 of 3163 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dreadful

    • Written by from Boulder

    This is the 3rd one of these I've had to buy in a year and a half. Looking at the other reviews, product failure seems to be pretty common. How Apple can charge 80 dollars for this veritable trash is beyond me. This is a criminally bad product.

    633 of 650 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive

    • Written by from Leland

    I wouldn't even mind that I've had to replace the power cord twice in a year (both were my fault), but at $80 each, it adds up. I hate to say it (I love my Mac), but Dell cords are $25 to replace, and I'm not sure the Mac is worth an extra $100+ per year. When this one goes, I might look elsewhere...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from Olean

    I bought this product 7 months ago. I am now buying a replacement. This is the second time I've replaced this in less than two years. $80 x 3 is too much money to spend on a product that should work and last longer than 7 months.

    476 of 487 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mac chargers are a scam

    • Written by from Providence

    how there wasn't a recall on these chargers I'll never know. Those that don't melt down rarely continue to charge the machine after the first year. Mine made it fourteen months and I've seen several others that suddenly stop lighting up green around that time.

    funny how i never had a problem with a non-magnetic cable. if apple wants to introduce the innovation great, but when it works like dung they shouldn't stick their customers with a bill to replace the thing at 80 bucks a shot every other year.

    437 of 454 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Fragile

    • Written by from fitchburg

    I received my first 60W MagSafe Power Adapter with the purchase of my new MacBook. It stopped working less than a year after I bought it. I got sent a replacement as it was still under warranty. The replacement cord, lasted less than six months. I'm now buying my THIRD version of this product. If this continues, my next computer will be a PC.

    431 of 464 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Low-point of the Mac line

    • Written by from Toronto

    The charger is probably the weakest link in the Mac chain. They break constantly. They overheat to dangerous levels. They frequently tear at the end. They are designed in such a way that a rip in the end cord - not affecting the main charger - requires full replacement for $80. When buying a Mac, it's important to remember that over its lifetime you will have to spend $160-320 on new chargers.

    After 3 replacements in 3 years, it's safe to say next computer will be a PC

    426 of 458 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Product Ever

    • Written by from Camden

    I am a 22 year old college student and have been a Mac convert since freshman year. I constantly tell people that Macs are the way to go, and that Apple products are the best on the market. This product STRONGLY makes me reconsider my loyalty. This is the worst product I have ever bought for ANY computer I have owned, Mac & PCs included. In the past 6 months, I have replaced this charger three times. I take care of my computer and the charger, and there is no reason for the product to fail other than the fact that it is poorly constructed. This product has a low rating for a reason, it doesn't work. To pay $80 for a product that will surely fail within a few months is outrageous. Apple seriously needs to redesign this as soon as possible, or it will be losing loyal customers.

    400 of 410 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating

    • Written by from Round Rock

    I am on my THIRD charger in less than two years. I love my Mac Pro 13" dearly, but I am getting tired of spending $80 for this unreliable charger. I don't understand why these chargers stop working so easily. I have never dropped or in any way mistreated my chargers at all, and it's getting annoying having to pay so much money for a product that can't even last a year... :/

    360 of 366 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WAY better than old design

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    i just purchased this product bc my old power adapter broke. this new design prevents the cord from bending right at the magnet, which is how my old charger broke. since the cord comes out of the magnet parallel to the computer side, and not perpendicular like the old one, it can't bend and cause the wires to fray over time... like it so far!

    1037 of 1751 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Really Improved

    • Written by from Norfolk

    I bought this as a replacement for the original adapter for my 13" Macbook, which shorted out after 13 months of regular use (primarily in house). This design is suppose to be an improvement on the original design (the cord was originally perpendicular to the Macbook instead of flush to the body) and mimics the design of the power adapter that's been used for the Macbook Air since its inception (which I've had for over 2 years and works fine). This cord shorted at the mag tip after 39 days! Do not wrap the cord around the included hooks, but instead coil it loose and secure it with Velcro. Apparently, wrapping the cord on the "designed for storage hooks" is no longer possible with the new power adapters, even though I have adapters from my much older 12" and 15" Powerbooks (2000/2003) that are still working fine and are stored in this manner regularly. This is starting to make me reconsider ever buying another Mac laptop. Having to pay $79 for replacement power adapters twice in less than 18 months is getting to be an expensive owner's tax for having a Mac.

    334 of 354 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Quality

    • Written by from Wellsville

    I cannot believe how poorly this power adapter is made, I have not had my MacBook Pro for 8 months yet and my second adapter is already failing. Apple replaced the first one for free, but I'm not so sure they'll be willing to replace this one as it's only been three or four months since it was replaced. Though, they have to see that this adapter has a horrible rating...and there's a reason for it. I love everything else about my MB, but this adapter is just horrible. If I had to pay $80 every several months for a new adapter I would be furious.

    311 of 315 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Third charger in a year? No way

    • Written by from New York

    My first charger/adapter almost caught on fire--if I was not home at the time to smell the smoke, this could have ended badly.

    Not having the receipt, because it was a gift, I went on this site to just buy a new power adapter. Less than 6 months later, the chord came disconnected from the head of the adapter. I came on here and bought another, because Apple was unable to replace it for me, they said.

    Now, this has stopped working...it is really getting to be too much. I have to continue to pay to just keep the computer working? Unacceptable.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Um...just doesn't work.

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I bought this adapter because the original one that came with my 13-inch Macbook was beginning to stop working. However, this one doesn't really work at all. I took off the case (yes, most cases that people for this Macbook have plastic divisions that interfere with this new design)...but it still did not work consistently. It connected when I first attached it to my Macbook but wasn't actually charging the battery. But then it stopped working altogether. I am using my on-again-off-again old adapter until I can get another one. I use my Macbook CONSTANTLY and NEED a reliable adapter. This is quite frustrating!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, bad design

    • Written by from San Jose

    I purchased a 13" macbook at Christmas 2008 and am now purchasing my 2nd power adapter for it. That's 3 adapters(includes one that came with computer) in less than 3 years!! I've been an Apple customer since the beginning and have never seen a product so unreliable as this one. The weak point is the Magsafe connector to cable connection. Both failures have been at this point.
    The computer is fantastic, but the charging cable problem really detracts from it. A new design would be great.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    problems

    • Written by from camrose

    I had to replace my old style power cord for my 13 in MacBook as mine got damaged. I received my new style magsafe adapter and noticed that it was not charging. I finally got it to work once out of several attempts to connect. I have since discovered that every time you disconnect it from the wall outlet or from the computer itself you have to remove and replace the battery just to get it to work. This is a major inconvenience and there seems to be no alternatives. I will see if I can get my old adapter repaired. I am disappointed that a product that I give such high praise to would have such a faulty important element with no known solution or replacement.

    218 of 229 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    deserves 0 stars

    • Written by from Mount Prospect

    just paid for my third power cord

    am really hating apple

    why should i buy another mac?

    212 of 218 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New style, same problems.

    • Written by from St. George

    I have replaced 5 going on 6 power supplies over two years on one machine, all with the same problem, they start shorting out, overheating, and eventually totally die. I thought this new design would fix that problem, since the design seems to put less stress on the connection, and the cord is more substantial, but the new one is shorting out and overheating after only 3 months this time, which is faster than before.

    The new design has not fixed the problem, and I'm now in the market for a new notebook, and I probably won't be buying a Macbook because of this. It is ridiculous to pay almost $500 on power supplies over 2 years. That is an extreme hidden cost of an already overpriced computer in my opinion.

    209 of 224 people found this useful