• 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.

    243 of 266 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from Waldorf

    I just bought my mac and adapter in february ... its now september- my Adapter has a short in it. i have to twist and turn it a certain way for it to even charge my laptop. Now i need a new one AND ITS 73.00 are you kidding me?

    For this adapter to be so flimsy i expect a lower price. Dell computer adapters are sturdier and their adapters are universal (I can go to Walmart and pick one up)

    So I am ordering another adapter now ... 73.00 down the drain- thanks Apple. Please make a sturdier, thicker and more endurable, COST CONSCIOUS adapter.

    72 of 73 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    this product is horrible!

    • Written by from Staten Island

    I had the same magsafe power adaptor for three years. It finally burnt out n i went through 3 more of them since. All lasting less than 6 months each. For the ridiculous amount of money charged for these adaptors, they should last way over 6 months. On top of it, they tried upgrading it n changed the part that goes into the Mac which is worse. It doesn't last as long. You would think with all the complaints, they would either lessen the $79 a pop to purchase or Make the product worth buying by improving it. Shame on apple because your other products are wonderful

    49 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Easily Broken

    • Written by from San Lorenzo

    I've had this charger appox. 5 months, and I started having problems with the charger 1-2 months ago, sometimes it wouldn't charge and sometimes the charger head would feel really hot. It has broken completely yesterday. It is not worth buying a $80 replacement as a Highschool student, that is fraeking expensive.

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    $80? Seriously?

    • Written by from Chicago

    I'm using electric tape to hold my flimsy charger together and it's officially broken after two years of owning my Macbook. Then I go on your website to find out how much a new one costs, and find out it's 80 dollars? I swear, Apple, one thing that makes me so mad about your company is that your products are so expensive. It's a flimsy, easily breakable charger! It's not worth $80! $80 should guarantee me a charger that works for at least 5 years. This is garbage. And what's messed up is that I don't trust buying it from anywhere else in fear of it breaking in a week. But you know what? I'm taking the risk because there's no way I'm buying it from your company. $80. Get real.

    38 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop Working

    • Written by from Coral Gables

    I bought my MacBook Pro in June of 2010 and in less than two years the charger stopped working. I could leave it plugged in all day and my laptop won't charge at all, the light doesn't turn on - not green for charged or orange for charging. It hasn't been mishandled at all, it just one day stopped working. And that a new one is $80 is a little ridiculous, to say the least.

    41 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I cant believe!

    • Written by from bogota

    This is my second mac book .My first one had a problem with the power adapter after 4 years of use.(strain relief)
    Now with my second one, something happens after just one year of use and the cable doesn´t seem to be broken or something.....
    Is there any documented problem with the L style connectors?

    43 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple charger bad

    • Written by from INEZ

    I purchased an Apple laptop in June of 2010 and the charger has already torn up by April 2011. It broke at the point of where the charger attaches to the computer. i am very disappointed with this charger. I ordered another one at the expensive price of 80.00 and when I got it, it did not even work at all. I had to return it for a third charger. Apple needs to do a recall to replace these free. Mine also emitted sparks once when I tried to attach it to my computer. I am very dissatisfied with this Apple product and its price.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Replaceable You

    • Written by from BURRADOO

    Ever since my beloved aluminum Powerbook, I've been fighting with the Incredible Breaking Cord on these things. The wire gets broken right below where it inserts into the computer. THERE IS A FIX. I wrap red electrical tape several times around the vulnerable part. The tape cushions and protects the wire. I've never had one of them break since.

    Now there is a new design--and it looks as though Apple have actually been trying to fix the problem. But I think the new design is as vulnerable to breakage as the old one--and harder to protect with tape. But what I don't get is why they don't just accept the inevitable and design the adapter in such a way that the cord from the adapter can be unplugged and replaced--at a fraction of the cost of replacing the whole darn assembly. Could it be that Apple makes more money out of these accessories than out of the computer itself. . . .?

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ugh; I thought this one would last longer...

    • Written by from Portland

    I thought the new angle of the wire would make this power adapter last longer than the previous model, but it's about a year later, and here I am, replacing it again. It's my annual $79 power brick tax, for the third time in three years.

    I love the magsafe mechanism; it's kept the dog and the kid from knocking the laptop over a number of times, but it seems to me that they could build a joint to last a bit better for $79. If it were $20 or $30 I wouldn't mind replacing it every year, but when the price is encroaching on $100, for a power brick, I expect it to last for at least two or three years.

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    adaptor failure

    • Written by from Rochester

    I too am unimpressed with the adaptor to my Mac Book Pro. I love the computer but my cord started to fray and break near the computer plug in. It has nice strong cord but the problem is that the reinforcement is not made where the wire usually bends which causes major problems. I bought mine just a year and a half ago.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly awful product

    • Written by from Goshen

    I purchased my MacBook Pro for college. Naturally, I expected great things from a company who advocates so strongly for education. The MagSafe Power Adapter has NEVER worked properly. Each time I connect it to my MacBook, I have to play around with it before the light goes on and my computer charges at all. Now, after reading MANY reviews, I fear that soon it will stop working altogether. I'm extremely disappointed in Apple for its failure to produce a dependable product. As a student, I depend on my computer for my education, and if my computer has no power, what am I supposed to do?

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate this charger

    • Written by from long beach

    It stopped working the second day I bought it. I had to come to the Review to see what kind of problems people have and their solutions so I can maybe get mine working again. It worked after I tried taking out the battery and putting it back in. I was very upset to see it break after just a day of usage and trying to figure out what happened to this faulty charger. It is kind of a relieve to know that I can always make it work by removing the battery.

    Aside from the frustration of its functionality, I like that it comes with an extension cord. Apple should make all their products free of defect.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ridiculous

    • Written by from Squamish

    This thing is way too flimsy to cost $80. I however need it so here I go...

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Breaks Easy

    • Written by from FREEPORT

    Made poorly. Owned my MACBOOK for about eight months than it started to give me problems charging "on and off" for about 2 -3 weeks before It stopped charging completely. The tip fell off while examining the cord. Got a new one, but feel apple should revisit the problem. Like the magnetic feature but feel quality and construction is still lacking.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So so...

    • Written by from Denver

    i havn't noticed in any of the other reviews the mention that if you plug it in the way it is shown on the apple website to plug it in, that it covers the ethernet port. You may be thinking, "Oh just flip it the other way." WRONG about 50% of macbook users have cases and cases prevent it from plugging in to the mac correctly the other way. nice design, looks 10 times better, but the design is a fail.

    37 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Losing ability to charge my laptop

    • Written by from San Francisco CA

    It takes a bit of manipulation to attach the charger at the right angle so it starts charging my laptop. What's up with this?!

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    3rd Time's the Charm

    • Written by from Evanston

    I love the design of the magsafe but I just purchased my 3rd one in less than 3 years. My two previous chargers broke in different places so there is more than one weak point. The charger just is not durable enough. I have taken good care of my chargers and have tried to protect them. Hopefully this next one will last.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Last about 6 - 9 months

    • Written by from State College

    Be prepared to replace every 6 - 9 months.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2 Macbooks, 2 Adapters, Same Fate

    • Written by from Fort Rucker

    Have to admit, I have no desire to spend $200 on new adapters my me and my wife. Our macbooks are "deskbooks" and never go anywhere, yet both adapters are broken. I have a black one, she has a white one, and both adapters are dying. Her's is falling apart, mine won't charge the battery unless I wiggle and lick it (yes, lick it). While I love the computers, this is ridiculous. Apple, you've got to do better! I've had macs for years and it wasn't until MagSafe that chargers became unreliable.

    26 of 27 people found this useful