• 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from PITTSFORD

    I've got a MacBook Air 13" (2011) that I feel is the finest travel computer for a businessman ever invented. I love this little workhorse. Also, the power adapter on mine works just fine ... no problems. Instead of unplugging every time I hit the road, I thought it would be a good idea to buy a spare for my computer bag. Wrong!

    $79.95? Is this someone's idea of a joke? Eighty bucks for a power adapter? Sure the cell phone manufacturers have run this scam for years, refusing to standardize on a plug configurations/power ratings so that the buyer is forced to buy yet another power adapter (I've got about twenty of them sitting in a drawer). But those pieces of junk are only $20 or $30. $80? For what?

    I've got AppleCare, so I'll just keep on plugging in and unplugging the one adapter I have until it dies, then you can replace it for free. Really, you folks at Apple build the coolest stuff on earth, but you do need to re-think your policy of over-charging for the small stuff.

    1284 of 1359 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Afraid to Move My Computer

    • Written by from Portage

    I have only had my MacBook Pro for about 2 months, and my power cable is starting to fail. I can't move my computer or the connection is broken between my power cable and my computer.

    700 of 819 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad quality, too expensive

    • Written by from Birmingham

    On average, I have to get a new charger every year. These die way too quickly. Like many of these reviews, the wires become exposed and it's becoming so hot it'll be a fire hazard. About to go to the Apple store and get a new one, but first wanted to write a review. WAY too expensive for the quality. Treat your loyal customers a little better, we know you have the money!

    78 of 78 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Power adapter stopped working

    • Written by from LAS VEGAS

    Well at least I got a good year and half out of my MagSafe adapter before it went out on me. It worked fine up until this morning when I wound the cord and actually heard the wiring disconnect... Didn't pay much attention to it at the time but when I arrived at my destination and plugged it in, the battery indicator did not show that the computer was charging. I thought "oh well, I'll just buy a new power adapter" but the $80 price tag just blows my mind! I actually have a Mac Book Pro, luckily the MacBook Air that I purchased for my son also charges my Pro... I think we'll share for a while!

    38 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fortunate - Got 6mo

    • Written by from Cohasset

    I feel pretty fortunate that I was able to get a little less than six months out of my adapter. I had no clue there were these issues until I tried to figure why my Air won't charge. It's a useless hunk of aluminum without the adapter. With all the issues I see in the reviews has anyone proposed a class action lawsuit? Seems like a customer could expect a bit more than 6 month life before the $1500 purchase was rendered useless.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunate power supply

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    The small magnitized connection to the computer itself is elegant. The stiff, fat extention portion of the power cord assembly couldn't be more of a contrast and makes the whole package bulky, awkward and less easily portable. A real design miss.

    43 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just like everyone else: power failed FAST

    • Written by from Baltimore

    Gotta add my name to the chorus here:
    Although I love my Air, the power failed really fast. It was intermittent for a while and had to be held in a particular position, then just stopped supplying power altogether.

    I can't understand how this fundamental problem can still exist!!!!!

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Takoma Park

    I love the design of the charger and it continued to work (I'm almost at one year with it) but it just started splitting at the seams and unraveling especially at groove where you tuck in the free end of the cord. I tried to tape it with electrical tape but it just got absolutely disgusting.
    Granted, it still works but I don't like exposed wires. For something that retails for 80 dollars, the cable jacket shouldn't spontaneously split. I went to get another one and hopefully it will not unwrap.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't go breakin' my heart...

    • Written by from Victoria

    Um, within two weeks of using the DC connector, the magnetic end broke off and had to be pulled out of my Macbook with needlenose pliers. Boo. Now I have to pay $80 to replace the whole charging system when all I need is the cord.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    im a teen that had to pay 80 dollars for a charger

    • Written by from knoxville

    My school gave us Macbook Airs for school use. I am in high school and have had the charger since september and all of a sudden the wires became exposed and I had to use the money i'm saving for college to buy a new charger. They need to make a charger that lasts longer

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Failing. Overpriced.

    • Written by from Richardson

    I have the MacBook Air and I love it. It works great for what I need. But being a student replacing things gets expensive. I just bought a superdrive which was eighty bucks and now I need a new power cable. It's ridiculous.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Design - Failed Fast

    • Written by from Bellevue

    I love the magsafe design and the ability to switch the high voltage cord for different situations. Unfortunately, the power adapter failed after about 7 months of light use.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just over a year old...and need to replace!

    • Written by from Holden

    I have had my MacBook Air since December 2010. My power adapter no longer works. It just stopped working. There is nothing wrong with the cord. No fraying, no excessive wear and tear. I am disappointed that this already needs to be replaced!!! And it is NOT cheap!!!!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Charges the MacBook Air... until it doesn't

    • Written by from Helena

    When it was working, the adapter was great. The magnetic connector stays connected reasonably well (at least as well as a traditional connector), and it does what it is supposed to do. I really like that it has the option of a long or short power cord: makes travel very easy.

    HOWEVER, mine just stopped working this weekend. There is no physical damage, the cord has never been pulled on, strained or anything. For the last few months it has not been disconnected from its surge-protected power strip. It has just... stopped. I'm bringing it to the Apple store tonight, and hopefully they will have mercy on me and replace it without my needing to spend $90 or so on a new one. Unfortunately, from looking at reports on the web it seems that this kind of failure is typical of these adapters. This will factor into my purchase plans when I am shopping for a replacement notebook.

    Pros: compact, easy to travel with
    Cons: not overly robust, expensive to replace

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Charger Failure

    • Written by from Camden

    I have had numerous Apple computers and products over the years without any failures. Within months of purchase of the MacBook Air the 45W MagSafe Power Adapter failed. The failure was initially intermittent. I had a second one for travel so no computer time was lost. Since this problem appears to be relatively common, I posted this comment which is a first for me. Apple needs to address this issue.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It doesn't last long enough for this price.

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Just a few days ago this charger stopped working so now I'm going to have to pay 80 dollars for a new one. I haven't been rough with it at all. I had it for almost a year and as soon as the end of my first year of having it is approaching it just breaks. It did show signs that it was breaking but I just took it as it just being faulty and it would go back to normal. Its really nice looking but they need to work on the durability of this. Btw I have the 45W magsafe macbook air charger. My mom told me to be careful with it but regardless of how careful you are it'll happen.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Power supply dead

    • Written by from Kaleden

    Loved this power supply cord for 5 months, but this morning I woke up to a dead battery even though my Air was plugged in. Took it to a local retailer who tested both the computer and the power supply cord; the cord was indeed dead. Luckily I can get a new one under warranty, but what if this happens again? And I'm not pleased about the 2-4 day wait as I need the computer for work. I'm a bonafide iGeek, but this little issue really needs to be rectified.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    High price for low reliability

    • Written by from Hemet

    I have been using the power adapter that came with my 2011 MacBook Air, and after less than a year, the adapter stopped charging (I tested different cords, so I know the problem is with the adapter itself). For a piece of hardware costing around $80 USD, a certain amount of quality is expected. This should not fail within a year. As much as I like the design, the use of a magnetic connector, and the heat sensor, the reliability issue is a major, glaring flaw. If Apple wishes to maintain the image of solid hardware, the company needs to offer reliable parts, including the power adapter.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Annual purchase?

    • Written by from Chevy Chase

    My MBA is only a year old and I'm purchasing a new adapter already. Sure hope this isn't an annual purchase requirement. Love the computer not so pleased with the adapter.

    The design, size and weight are great though if those are criteria important to you.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    • Written by from Toronto

    It only lasted four months. I'll need to go to the Apple store to replace it. Lucky for me I have a spare one. I just hope that doesn't stop working like this one. It's not broken due to wearing - this unit stays at home and doesn't move around so it's not like it's been abused. I am disappointed.

    10 of 10 people found this useful