• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    More of the same...this is a poorly designed product

    • Written by from Burlingame

    As many others have noted before, this is a poorly designed product that is prone to failure at the cord's junction with the power supply and / or the MagSafe connector. Mine has completely failed and is frayed and showing burn marks on the sheathing, raising safety concerns. I would love it if I could post a photo of it.

    For a company that makes such great and well thought out products, it's a shame that they haven't developed a solution to this grossly inadequate and potentially unsafe design. I'm now left with another hunk of e-waste and an $80 cost to replace a product that failed due to a cord that likely costs several cents to Apple's bill of materials.

    ARE YOU LISTENING APPLE!? (Yes, I'm shouting.)

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage Product

    • Written by from Montreal

    I've had to replace this thing twice in one year. The first time it started smoking! Good thing I was home so my whole apartment didn't catch on fire. Now I have to continually waste my money buying new ones until apple smartens up and makes a better product.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter Is A Pile of Dodo

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    I would give this pile of pooh a negative rating. Started failing to connect properly then the cord blew apart.

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    Cords frayed at the connectors

    • Written by from Chicago

    Having owned this product for a little under 2 years, I am disappointed that the insulation of the cords has frayed / broken where the cords meets the rubber ends at the T-connector, and at the body of the charger brick. One can fix this with some insulation tape, but this is an inelegant solution. This product is substandard, and Apple should address this problem.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wish no stars was an option

    • Written by from Sterling

    This is my fourth one. I have to buy a new one every couple months.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please fix fraying

    • Written by from Dover

    I love apple products but this is an example of terrible engineering design. I've replaced two of these adapters in the past three years. If you look up on line, there are all kinds of work arounds to "fix" what Apple should have redesigned. I am resulting to one of these fixes, namely attaching a spring to keep the end rigid so that it won't fray. To Apple's engineers, please fix this problem.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SHAME ! Apple is make money by selling chargers with sub standard chords !

    • Written by from Bangalore

    I bought a MacBook Pro 15" in 2010 from then I had to buy a changer every 10 months !!! I have changed 5 chargers till now and the 6th one is wearing out now ! Only if they could update hardware as they do with free software updates every year.

    Great product Apple !!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be a zero, if an option

    • Written by from Lexington

    Literally might be the worst product ever sold by Apple. Same issues as the 1,000 other people that even took the time to make a review. Every Apple owner I know has the same issues with their cords fraying at the connection to the laptop within the first year of owning the product. Never have I seen a problem go unresolved by Apple for SO LONG! What gives? Please fix this extremely COMMON issue.

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    • Written by from durham

    It's just shocking (no pun intended) that an $80 power adapter can't go a year without breaking. I love my MacBook, but this is ridiculous. At this rate, they should just bump up the price of the MacBook a few hundred dollars so they can send folks a new adapter every 6 months, since Apple knows they'll need it. As other reviewers have said, this is an obvious design flaw and clearly Apple is intentionally choosing not to fix it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    God awful. Breaks annually

    • Written by from Miami

    These things breaking might as well be "routine". Every 6-8 months, where the cord connects to the adapter constantly splits and exposes the wire. It becomes a giant paper weight. Then you have to spend another $80 to get a new one for it to break again.


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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    900 1 Star Reviews! When are you going to listen to your customers?

    • Written by from Ambler

    I love Apple products but the cords are garbage. Every Apply product I have owned, 3 iPhones and a MacBook Pro, the cords have cracked and frayed at the connector. Given that the base prices are so much higher than competitors it is inexcusable how cheap these cords are made and the price for a replacement is obscene when you know that they are simply going to fail again. This is a laptop cord, LAPTOP - which means it gets carried around and the cord get stuffed into bags. There is no way to keep the cord on the brick unbent since it juts out of the middle of the brick (brilliant design, guys). This cord lasted 16 months - the cord from my previous HP laptop lasted 5 years, and when I replaced it it didn't cost $80. So if I have to replace this piece of garbage every year I get to add another $400 to the cost of the machine. I will make sure everyone I know who is thinking of buying an Apple laptop knows the cost of ownership will add significantly to the already high cost.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor cord design

    • Written by from Albany

    For my 2010 MBP, now it is the second time to replace the charger.
    Can't you do any thing?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality so poor, I'm close to ending my love affair with Apple

    • Written by from Oakland

    Somewhere, there is probably a landfill heap the size of San Francisco, made entirely of Apple MagSafe Power Adapters. Even if you take excellent care of it, the MagSafe overheats and soon stops working altogether.

    I have only had my MagSafe adapter since late November, when I purchased my Macbook Pro Retina. I took careful precautions with wrapping, storing, and using it, but it finally quit on me today. Could I at least get a year out of it? Am I seriously going to have to fork over $79 every 7 months?

    I'm very disappointed in the quality, and in the fact that Apple doesn't seem to be responding to customer demand for a more reliable design. Honestly, it's enough to make me think twice before purchasing another Apple laptop.

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    • Written by from MEADOW LAKE

    My most recent power cord just died it's the 3rd one in 3 years. If they're kinked, stretched, stepped on, or experience any other wear and tear they will not last. Please send me a free one apple I think I've earned it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Going through my third charger

    • Written by from Santa Ana

    I admit the first time around I wasn't careful with how much the base of the cords bent which resulted in the wiring being completely exposed and frayed after owning it for 4 years. I should have learned my lesson with the same problem of how many iphone chargers I have gone through. 2nd time buying a charger I was extremely careful...never rested the charger in a position where it could wear out, wrapped it so there wasn't any tension at the base of the cord, and yet somehow after 5 days of the first hairline tear and less than a year of use, it's completely unusable. Many other brands/companies design their products to account for the wear and tear even at extreme conditions, I just wish that at the current price point that Apple set these chargers at, that they could at least fix this design flaw that has been around since the inception of apple products.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst thing.

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    I've had Apple laptops for nearly a decade and I have replaced the original power cord for each iBook, Macbook, Powerbook at least 1 time and often 2 times. So frustrating that they don't last and also cost $80 to replace.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord casing disintegrating

    • Written by from Louisville

    I've had this adaptor for less than a year and the cord casing is falling apart. Now I have to spend another 80 dollars to replace it. This is just poor design.

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    • Written by

    This is my first mac and I have loved it and done my best to care for it in every way. I didn't have the thing long when I noted the power connector rubber/coating was starting to split around the part that connects to the computer. I applied a little white electrical tape to try to strengthen that area and now here we are and it's still worse despite my efforts to prolong it's life. I'm choked at the idea of spending $100 to get a new cord for one that pales in quality even towards the one that sticks straight out as my roommates power charger does.
    Honestly, this is really a design flaw that I'm surprised to see when I hear all the other good things about apple. It'd be absolutely stellar if apple would come off with a better design and consider a replacement discount for those of us whose cords are obviously affected negatively by this design flaw - be it that we send the original cord in, or take a picture of said cord and send it in, etc. I don't exactly appreciate the idea that if I don't buy the replacement cord for $100 (which will obviously also break down if it has a 1/5 star rating from over 1000 people) that I effectively have a $1500 paperweight left over.. I hope this gets resolved. Thanks.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Made to Break

    • Written by from Denver

    The fact that the smaller cord is permanently attached to the brick ENSURES that it will wear out and stop working in a short matter of time. Then you get to shell out $80 for another that you will certainly need to replace. This design practically guarantees that every macbook comes with an additional $160 you will have to spend to keep using it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Feels like it was deliberately designed to be frequently replaced.

    • Written by from Toronto

    Overall the Apple products are really well made. The same unfortunately can not be said about Apple MagSafe Adapter. The charger is serviceable but suffers from a number of serious design flaws. The biggest design oversight is that the cord is very vulnerable to strain. This issue could be resolved either by reinforcing the cable in the most strain heavy area (near connector pin and near the transformation box) or by simply making the weaker cable detachable and therefore easily replaceable. Judging by overall great quality of apple engineering It almost seems like Apple engineers deliberately left this structural weakness in order to cash in on some of the Apple accessories.

    As it stands now, the power adapter is a weaker "link" in the otherwise strong Macbook "chain".

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