• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Power Cords Need Redesigned

    • Written by from Marion

    Apple has great products, but when it comes to their power cords (MacBook, iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc), they fall horribly short of the standard they have set with their consumers. I got my MacBook Pro in 2011 and have already replaced the power adapter once and am now replacing it a second time. I should have replaced my current cord ages ago, but I couldn't afford to shovel out another $79 for a cord, so I just dealt with the shorting and the cracked casing around the cable. I am a huge Apple fan, but I have been disappointed by all of the charge cables I've ever had from Apple (I've owned a good number of Apple devices over the years).

    Dear Apple,

    PLEASE FIX YOUR CABLES!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Time to play a bad game

    • Written by from Lugo

    My score is 3 MagSafe charger broken and 237$ in the trash.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead after 11 months use.

    • Written by from Caringbah

    This one didn't even last a year. Hole burned through small cable near block.

    3rd in 4 years. Planned to tape this one as soon as I noticed any wear. Never got the chance. Always coiled very loosely and still died.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    PIECE OF _____!!!!!

    • Written by from north vancouver

    Third one and counting. I can not say any more than what has already been said on this site.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Going to spend more money

    • Written by from Torino

    Unfortunately I will have to spend again money on this.... My first one had the peeling cables problem everyone else is reporting here - a shame considering the price and Apple care for design and engineering. The second one just blew with sparks a couple of days ago. Obviously it's designed not to be open, so I can't even try to have a look inside to check its status....So, more money for something I already know it won't last

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Getting ready to purchase my 3rd charger

    • Written by from Phoenix

    The original charger was great, no frays or anything — until my stupid cat decided to chew on it. That was charger one, I'd give the original one 4 stars. The second charger started peeling where the rubber sheathing meets the charging plug within the first five months of use. No cats were involved, and I don't typically pack my charger to go, so it's not a case of abuse or mishandling. Shame on me for not taking it back since I still had AppleCare when the second one started breaking. Once the rubber sheathing started to go, as did all the insulating wires start to fray — it's only a matter of time before the entire cord separates from the charging head. This is a poor design, with inadequate reinforcement around the charging plug. I've had the exact same failure on three of the current style iPhone cords — ones that I paid $20 each for when I bought my phone two years ago. The rubber material is bad, and degrades too quickly over time. It becomes stretched out from the mere act of touching it, which is why it starts to pull away from the insulation and break away from the cord. I've wasted almost $150 in cords because of this materials flaw.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst part about apple

    • Written by from San Jose

    The worst part about apple is the terrible chargers that fray so easily. Figure it out.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this charger. I wish I didn't have to select a star, I'd give it 0.

    • Written by from Newark

    This charger is the worst thing ever. Of course, when it breaks every other month, I have to sell my soul for a new one. Apple really needs to get this fixed. If you're so big on customer service, serve us properly and stop serving us this cord. If you have Apple care, I suggest you get a new cord the day before it ends, because your cord is sure to stop working soon after, if it hasn't already.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    need a better charging cord asap!

    • Written by from Raleigh

    it is amazing that apple can come out with some of the best products but can't get a charging cord right. I am not happy purchasing an $80 cord to replace something that should have been engineered better. Mine like everybody else cord is broken at the base. I would agree with some of the other reviews that that part should disconnect this way that part of the cord isn't constantly being stressed by wrapping the cord up. Apple please get this right.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cord frayed, block gets dangerously hot, plug sparks when plugged in.

    • Written by from Rye

    Absolutely dangerous charger. Soon after purchasing my mac book pro in 2012 the block started getting warm. It gradually started getting hotter and hotter and the spot where the cord attaches to the block became unattached and the wires are now exposed. Not only are the wires exposed, but I can see that some wires are breaking. I was trying to make it last longer and wrapped it in electrical tape, which worked for a few months, but I started to need to twist it around to make the charger work. I know this was a dangerous choice, but I wanted to make it last as long as possible before spending almost $100 on a new charger.

    Apple, you need to fix this cord, especially because you aren't fixing this even though you have 1 1/2 stars for these chargers.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love my Mac, not the charger!

    • Written by from Reynoldsburg

    My magsafe finally died a couple of weeks ago. The top of the charger was coming apart and I had to wiggle it around to get it to connect to my computer. Luckily, I had a backup, but it isn't very reliable. I don't need to repeat what other reviewers have been saying so I'll keep it short, these cords have an awful design. Here is my real complaint, why do these chargers cost so much? Also, why isn't it possible to buy parts separately? I don't need the part that plugs into the wall, just the part that plugs into my computer. I'd be willing to buy 3 or 4 of them at a time. Stop forcing us to dish out $80 for a charger that doesn't last very long.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dear apple,

    • Written by from SUMMERSIDE

    I am a college student and am on a very limited budget, i don't have 90 dollars to through around at yet an other mac book pro charger (my third one) just because it is a very simple little problem with a wire fraying on the inside of the adaptor. Please figure this out.

    Sincerely, a poor college student

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wish there were 0 Stars

    • Written by from Cambridge

    Unless you never touch it, the cord will fray and eventually need to be replaced. During the life of your computer it will have to be replaced possibly several times. And to add insult to injury, if you borrow a charger the 85W and 60W chargers have the worlds tiniest writing, making it nearly impossible to tell apart. Absolute junk and not cheap, usually about $80 each time.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad engineering

    • Written by from East Dubuque

    The cord frayed and fell apart. I expect high quaility products from a company like Apple.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is absolutely crazy

    • Written by from Dover

    This is my fourth apple adapter. The first 2 frayed near the brick. The 3rd & 4th the pins get stuck and don't make a clean connection. I am losing business because I can't keep my laptop charged! Are you serious? Not only money is being spent every 6 months on a new $80 charger, but I missed an important editing deadline because I couldn't charge my macbook pro. Not only did I lose the client, but I also get a nasty ribbing for not being professional. Thanks Apple, my professional reputation means a lot to me, what does your reputation mean to you? Please fix...your loyal customers are pleading with you... Are you listening?

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My Son's Power Adapter(S)

    • Written by from Silver Spring

    My son bought his MacBook Pro in October of 2011. The laptop's still working well. However, he is on his third (or maybe 4th) power adapter. Someone at the Apple Store in our area always says he must be doing something wrong to cause the fraying. At first, I was blaming him. Now that I've read these reviews . . . maybe not! I have been a purchaser of Apple computers since 1990. This is the worst piece of equipment I've ever seen coming from your company. Disappointing.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disposable

    • Written by from Las Condes

    This is the second time in two years I have to buy a new one. I take care of each charger but still it won't last much time. Too expensive. Apple should allow users to replace the ends, not the entire thing.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought my third one yesterday.

    • Written by from Fort Erie

    The initial 85W MagSafe Power Adapter that was included in my MacBook purchase actually started to burn and emit smoke. I was typing an essay when I noticed something smelled in my room, looked over and saw that my charger was burning. I called Apple Support and they replaced it for me. The reason for it was because apparently it wasn't handled with care, thus it started to fray and I should have wrapped it properly etc... However, just a few months ago, my second charger started fraying again and I noticed that the charger brick got extremely hot and it wasn't charging my MacBook properly. As a student, we have to go from class to class (basically everywhere) very quickly - I don't know one person who takes 5 minutes to wrap their chord, making sure the cable is at the right angle etc... The brick itself is simply too heavy. I hope this newly purchased one doesn't do the same thing.... They're really expensive!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constantly Replacing

    • Written by from Gaithersburg

    One star is generous for this pathetic yet expensive adapter that continuously needs replacing. It is a true waste of money and consumers are being taken advantage of by Apple because there are no alternatives available.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality Control is Faulty

    • Written by from Irvine

    I bought my charger last fall, and it is no longer working. My warranty was up two months ago. I went all out and bought the $80 charger because my previous, $30 charger broke within a week (which was my own fault). I expected this apple product, bought from apple, to last as long as my computer. I expect a better quality control from one of the most expensive and successful companies. It was working beautifully this morning, and when I cam back from class, it refused to charge my computer. I plugged it in to multiple outlets, another macbook computer, and cleaned everything out. Nothing worked. Needless to say I am extremely upset. I am in college, and I am not in a position to wait for a charger for my computer, nor to pay for it. This was a high school graduation gift, so I didn't buy this mac myself. I am never buying apple again. Nor am I using Itunes.

    8 of 8 people found this useful