• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I've spent over $320 on 4 chargers in <5 years. Now I need a 5th one.

    • Written by from Peoria

    I've got a mid-2009 white Macbook. My FOURTH charger broke on me tonight. TONIGHT of all nights. The night before the first day of finals, which I've got 2 mind you as well as a term paper to finish. Everything I need is on my laptop and even if Best Buy was open, I can't afford to drop $80. After spending over $320, I see now only in retrospect, that I should have bought a box of cheap non-OEM chargers. I would have been way better off.

    Apple should issue this statement to every MacBook owner:

    "Please accept that you're not paying for a charger. You're paying for a limited time service, a random self-destructing charging device that uses innately poor equipment technology to self destruct on its own. Don't ask us when, the only guarantee is that it WILL self destruct (it's like a surprise present from us to you!!). Give it a year. Maybe more (pfff), maybe less (most likely less). No guarantees other than you will be paying for a self-destructing charging device service every year for the lovely price of $80/year + tax. Please note that we totally understand you you paid over $1000-$2000 for your now obsolete MacBook 4 years ago. We understand that we also haven't lowered our MacBook charger prices. We understand, and we are more than happy to accept this. You must too."

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wires inside the cable are too fragile...

    • Written by from Albany

    The magnetic attachment is the best thing since sliced bread. Saved my computer many many times. But I've used up several of these units over the years, and it's just a simple (and stupid) matter of the tiny tiny tiny wires inside the small cable breaking. And they're completely unrepairable. It's just stinging out on a very expensive power adapter. Shame.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I agree with all other macbook users.

    • Written by from Roscoe

    It's been said countless times, but these chargers are the worst. Every other computer out there has one that you can disconnect before the dc adapter. Replacing the chord costs about $3. Not only are they built into the dc adapter on the mac, but the chords are flimsy and fray well within a year of regular usage.

    I've bought about 4 or 5 adapters in the past 4 years that I've owned my Mac at $80 a piece each. You can bet that this latest one to break is getting cracked open with a screwdriver and soldered together by hand, because there's no way that I'm going to continue to fund this kind of highway robbery.

    Apple, there are 1,504 negative reviews on this charger and more come rolling in every day. Please recall this product and design one that actually works.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    15 inch MacBook Pro same problem

    • Written by from Plainfield

    I was pulling my hair out thinking it was only me till I read this forum this is the worst design flaw ever. I have had my 15 inch MacBook Pro for 3 years now and the head of the charger was frayed when I saw how much a new one cost I tape it up it works but now I have all sorts of problems with my laptop shutting off the screen go's distorted and it will refuse to restart sometimes now for hours never had any problems I love my MacBook is the charger the issue.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    UNUNSAFE

    • Written by from Stamford

    i received this charger and a macbook a few years ago. the charger worked wonderfully for the first year or less before it began to break. normally, i would just reposition it to get it to work, especially because i can NOT afford to get a new charger. today, when the charger was repositioned, i didn't notice the small tear in the back of the charger, and was nearly electrocuted!! there were sparks and the charger was VERY hot. i only have four percent battery left now, and will now be without a laptop until i can afford a secondary charger. i am definitely disappointed in the price and quality of this product. thanks, apple for almost electrocuting me!

    overall, it's overpriced, and horribly built. i just wish there were another way for me to charge this laptop :(
    definitely switching back to hp after this experience.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable is too stiff, resulting in shearing.

    • Written by from Dallas

    I'm now purchasing my 3rd adapter in 5 years. The first one was the old design where the wire came directly out of the magnetic plug. The wire for that one broke off at the junction with the magnetic plug. The second one I bought was the current version with the wire at a 90 degree angle with magnetic plug. I was optimistic that this would correct my previous problem, and it did. The problem with the second one was that the smaller wire that goes to the computer sheared off at the base where it connects to the main adapter. IMO the problem is primarily with the brittleness and/or stiffness of the wire Apple uses for these cords. I have experienced the exact same thing with the iPhone cords which have a similar feel. The quality of these cables is probably my biggest complaint with Apple products across the board. It's almost like they design them to be disposable.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WORST CHARGING CABLE IN THE GAME.

    • Written by from Hazlet

    I've gone through 4 chargers in 2 years!

    There is a serious flaw with this product and apple has yet to acknowledge it. Typing this as I sit in an apple store in Bridgewater, NJ waiting for them to replace my 4th charger. Fingers Crossed. Shaking my head!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst product

    • Written by from Detroit

    I love all my apple products. But I have to say this charger is their worst product. I had to buy 2 of these chargers within 3 years. The first one melted, the skin of second one has split in just 14months and from my past experience I fear that it will break in few months. I took lot of care while using the second one and let me tell you I use this charger mostly as a fixed charger because I hardly carry this laptop anywhere. Please discontinue this and design a new one.
    Extremely disappointed.
    Buyers: take lot of care.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AWFUL!

    • Written by from Leominster

    Woke up this morning to finish editing a paper that's due this morning for finals. To my surprise the charger stopped working yesterday and did not charge my MacBook.. Thank you Apple!!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please rework this design ASAP...

    • Written by from Portsmouth

    I love my MacBook. I really do. But I despise this power adaptor because of its ridiculously high failure rate. I'm writing this review on a non-Apple device because my MacBook battery is dead. Why? Because the power adaptor failed, without warning, AGAIN (third one). Please, Apple, read these reviews. I absolutely REFUSE to continue shelling out $79 for this horrendously substandard product. Please fix this before you lose me back to a PC....

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rethinking This Design Flaw

    • Written by from San Jose

    PLEASE FIX THIS DESIGN PROBLEM!

    Apple really needs to focus on redesigning this charger. I love the macbook and I've always gone back to a macbook no matter what but they really need to do something about this charger. Since 2007, I've owned a macbook and since then, I've paid for about 5 different replacements for the charger. I try to be very careful but in the end it fails and breaks at the ends of the charger. I'm getting really tired of spending upwards of $80 for each charger; just because my macbook has important information on it, I can't afford to just go with a generic brand fearing the worst might happen. So Apple, please fix this problem, you've had many years and countless complaints.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible.

    • Written by from Gladwyne

    I have had horrible experiences with these chargers. I have had my Macbook Pro for about 4 years, and ive gone through probably 4-6 chargers. The last charger i got, I wrapped the parts that usually break in electrical tape. Today, it broke again. I have to get another because if not, I cant charge my laptop, but I would give it 0 stars if I could. Bottom line: These chargers stink, and break often.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Major fail - too expensive to replace with the more of the same Apple junk

    • Written by from Northville

    Apple blew it with this one. Extremely weak design. Hard to not have a negative opinion of this item. Complete fail and they should have recalled this adapter and replaced it at their expense. Fat chance right?
    While the failure is not rare, it's less common with Apple where you just pay more. Isn't that their hallmark?

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    rubber rips easily!

    • Written by from Toronto

    when is apple going to learn this lesson. the rubber cover of the wire RIPS EASILY!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing.

    • Written by from Biloxi

    I love my Apple devices but I don't understand why they there isn't a better charger. The material coating is too thin and I have had 3 chargers break because the plastic melted! It's pretty ridiculous. I love my macbook but a $1,000 + computer should not have to have the charger replace every year!!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wish I could use a negative star

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I have TWO failed power cords and I'm expected to shell out another $80 but for yet another new one. This thing needs to be recalled!!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor build quality.. No more apple for me

    • Written by from Worcester

    Simply put, Apple keeps producing flashy products that don't hold up to normal wear and tear.

    This cord failed me after a year of use, and during this time I was conscious of how these consistently fail those who have them and made sure I always wrapped up and appropriately packed the cord up after use. It still failed. The fact that apple is asking me to shell out $80 for a replacement is laughable. For a product this flawed, there should be a recall, or at least reasonably priced -and improved replacement parts offered through apple. Rather than fixing this problem and supporting their clientele it seems apple just wants to milk us by forcing us to buy one at a ridiculous price, else lose the function of an expensive computer. I'll grab an aftermarket replacement before giving another dime to this company.

    As a consumer, this was just the last big disappointment for me regarding my feeling toward, and loyalty to apple. It's safe to say my next computer will be a PC, and I'll never go back to apple again.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst quality

    • Written by from Sacramento

    the worst quality of apple products... is the charger for the macbook pro. Lasted for about 16 months, and it's super expensive to replace. Very unhappy with their adapter quality. The wires broke off right at the base of the adapter :(

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NOPE.

    • Written by from milford

    a. WANT THE T BACK
    b. DOES NOT LAST, MINE JUST BLEW UP
    c. thats it

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Plastics

    • Written by from Shoreline

    After all the problems with the G4 series adapers I was really hoping you would get it right this time. Nope. Same issues. The intersection points on the adapters fail over time (fraying and splitting). I could understand a bit of wear at the insertion point for the laptop, but the terminals failed at the same rate, (the damage was identical on both ends of the adapter). I am not one of those people who pull the adapter out of the wall with a yank, most of the time my adapter stays plugged into one place. To me that means the plastics used were inferior (eroding and changing color). At $79 to replace, this feels like a kind of extortion. Very unhappy loyal customer.

    6 of 6 people found this useful