• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality for high price

    • Written by from Espoo

    I've had to replace one of these due to the cable breaking apart from the connector.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord frayed out

    • Written by from Ridgeland

    The bottom of my cord frayed and i had a short burn through the cable. I've had it a year and a half. I also had the clip that you're supposed to wind that cord around break after six months. This thing is expensive and should be more durable.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Back to the Apple Store - One a Year

    • Written by from Lincoln

    The first time I had a problem, I thought I was simply mishandling the cord or twisting it the wrong way. A weak spot in the cord one day snapped and began fraying, about a month later there was nothing but exposed wire. Now I am on my fourth adapter because of this same exact problem. As a college student this is a huge inconvenience, I've already paid premium price for my computer, so having to continually buy overpriced and faulty adapters seems like an insult. Why have there been no upgrades over the past 4 years?

    The magnet connector would work great and the light indicator is always reliable. The three prong connector along with two prong adapter is very convenient. However the benefits of this cable mean nothing when it becomes un-functional.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Small Cable Mod saves you $$ and annoyance

    • Written by from New Bedford

    I agree with the design flaws. But I uprchased white electrical tape for $2-3 and wrapped the thinner cable that's built into the Power Adapter to strengthen it. It's the same cable that came w/ my MBP from 2011 and it's in mint condition. That small mod has saved me any issues with it fraying or bending/breaking, and with white tape you can't even notice it.

    That location is the weakest part of the cable design in my opinion. I'll wrap the Port connector end if it starts to show wear but it's still in great shape. Just figured i'd try to help instead of leaving the 1,000,000th "poor cable" review...

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    One day it worked and the next it didn't

    • Written by from College Place

    I've had my computer for 14 months and haven't had a problem until today. Noticed my power supply was at 8% after charging overnight, and the amber or green indicator light was not on. Unplugged, re-plugged, changed outlets, tried to reboot the SMS - no luck. Never a problem until today. Reading the reviews, I have to agree...Apple get your stuff together and stop making such an inferior accessory.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Melty Cord

    • Written by from Bullhead City

    I've had this power cord for two years and suddenly last week the cord got so hot near the power block that it melted a hole right through the casing. I immediately got some electrical tape and taped it up tight to keep it all together but I knew I would have to replace it soon. I noticed only two days later that it was getting hot again and had melted the electrical tape and the casing was coming apart like butter. Now I have to spend $80 of a cord that should last as long as the computer. C'mon, apple. Fix this, please!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Need Improvement on Design

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    I think there could be improvement on the design. I really wish there was a T shape adaptor to plug in. Since this is an L Shape adaptor, I can't connect an ethernet cord while charging my laptop because there is no space. Makes no sense. I sometimes need to do battery consuming projects while connected to the internet, so I really wish Apple would offer a T shape adaptor for my Mac Pro.

    Besides that, my last charger lasted me 4 years, which is pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Every one I've had has broken

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I've had 3 of these on three different computer. ALL adapters have broken, usually wear cable meets actual adapter and also where it plugs in. They were not mistreated. Otherwise, design is cool! Magnet cool.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It brakes

    • Written by from Round Rock

    I have had like 4 or 5 chargers in the last 2 years.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Explanation of Rating

    • Written by from Grosse Pointe Shores

    First, this adapter doesn't deserve any stars at ALL (why no negative integer options?). It's my fourth in 3.5 years, including the one that was included with the purchase of my MBP. I don't know if the whole MagSafe concept fails due to defective design, manufacturing on the cheap, or that the adapters and logic boards are incapable of playing nice with each other--I suspect all three might be responsible. For whatever reason, these things are beyond substandard. Despite not having done anything to fry (and I do mean that literally) my first MagSafe, I began treating their replacements with more consideration than some members of my family. I even slipped plastic tubing over the affected area as a preemptive strike--nothing works. I suspect Apple only sells replacement adapters as a two-part purchase because offering one piece or another would constitute acknowledgement that a problem exists. The $79 asking price is criminal extortion. HOWEVER, in all fairness, I took the adapter to a local Apple store, hoping against hope that I'd get the satisfaction I deserved and despite no longer being covered by AppleCare, that's exactly what happened. The "genius" was a pleasant young woman who went through the motions of asking me questions, half-heartedly suggesting it was my fault, then replaced the affected part of the adapter and sent me on my way. It's because Apple stepped up to the plate and graciously replaced the adapter free of charge that I'm assigning stars at all.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    1 year 3 months of light use and the cord is frayed

    • Written by from Seattle

    I purchased a new 85w charger at the Apple store 15 months ago and about a week ago the cord started fraying. The cord is now frayed in two places. I don't take the laptop many places so I'm not super demanding on the cord.
    The charging aspect of the adaptor worked well, but with light use and a frayed cord, I'm not pleased at having to buy another one 15 months later.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Once it starts to fray, it progresses very quickly.

    • Written by from Chapel Hill

    I have used my new power adapter for 18 months and never noticed any fraying. Once I noticed a small split, it seems like the plastic almost disintegrated right at the magnet end. Even though it still charges, the exposed wire can't be very safe.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't last

    • Written by from FORT MCMURRAY

    The charger works great-at first. However, I am now on my third power cord because the first one frayed and stopped working, the second one just stopped charging, and now I have had to order a third cord! And they aren't cheap! This is getting ridiculous. I also live in a town where they don't have these cords, so I always have to place an online order and spend time without my computer. This is very inconvenient.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted for one year

    • Written by from Brighton

    After 1 year and couple months of using the power adaptor (L-connector for MacBook Pro early 2012) the cord melted and wires inside it were broken. Well... I was disappointed and expected better quality from Apple. I brought it to Genius bar in Apple Store and they replaced it for free. They have a special program for that.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    my power cord frayed and burned

    • Written by from NIPIGON

    I had a power cord from a 2004 mac book pro that still works. The current one to go with a 17 inch mac book pro has already frayed and burned with the same type of usage as the last older laptop.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It frays so often

    • Written by from Champaign

    Bought it 1 and half year ago.
    First one lasted for half a year. Went to apple to get a new one for free. The new one broke again!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    about to by my THIRD in less than 3 years

    • Written by from Montclair

    love the length... and that's it... the thicker wire (charge pack to wall) breaks/frays.... i get that i bend it every time i wrap it back up but c'mon - i'm about to drop another $79.00 and we're trapped because what's the alternative?

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fried on me.

    • Written by from San Gabriel

    Ya Apple, I love your products but you really need to take another look at these chargers. They start to fray at the connection points and eventually just fry up. I thought I lost my whole mac too. For what we are paying, they should be better.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I tolerated the replacing, until I smelled the burning.

    • Written by from Portland

    Frederic M and Cynthia B - you guys must have the magic touch because I'm replacing my charger again for my 17" MacBook Pro. Note: I give a ton of r-e-s-p-e-c-t to my computer equipment because I am a p-o-o-r s-t-u-d-e-n-t and cannot afford to continually replace or mistreat these items. To address the possibility that the complaints are being orchestrated from one negative source, it is quite possible that these complaints are indeed from one negative source: a large group of customers that have to keep replacing their chargers.

    I don't take issue with having to replace the charger, as things do happen with wires over the years. The frequency with which I am having to replace this $79.00 charger within 3 years of purchasing my laptop is discouraging and makes me question the QC of these items. Maybe it's the frequency with which I use my laptop that makes the difference between the Frederics and Cynthias of the world and the Negative Nellys like me; however, my charger wire shouldn't fray and smell like burnt rubber with respectable treatment of my equipment in less than a year. Let's review the quality on these things, shall we Apple?

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bowmanville

    This thing gets so hot it would actually burn me if I held it for 10 seconds. Not sure what to do about it. Love the connectivity (magnet), not sure what to do. Afraid to charge my computer if I am not in the room! FIRE???

    8 of 8 people found this useful