• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work most of the time

    • Written by from Princeton

    As many others have reviewed, after having this for a couple months, it no longer maintains a good connection, so that you need to constantly fiddle, flip, or move the adaptor around to actual maintain a connection that will power/charge the laptop. Happened to both converters I have, making the stockpile of MagSafe adaptors pretty useless. Not only a wasted $20, but makes all those others adaptors I own pretty useless as well ($100s).

    Design flaw. Apple should recall and replace these devices.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A very unreliable device

    • Written by from Valencia

    I am truly disappointed with this device. The fact that I have to have it to charge my Air from my Thunderbolt display seems to be very poor product design. I might let that slide if it actually worked. Sometimes I get lucky and when I plug it in, my Air charges. Most of the time it takes fiddling with it to get a good connection. What's even more annoying is that sometimes the connection goes away and the only way I notice it to happen to look at the battery icon and see that I'm running on battery. Not sure how this device got past QA.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works sometimes

    • Written by from Dove Canyon

    As others have posted, it does work, sometimes. After a few months I've had to adjust, tweak, reattach the converter to the power supply till it finally lights up. One out of 10 times, it will connect w/o a problem. But most times, I've had to play with it for a while. Very frustrating after a long day on the road. My only recourse is to buy extra power supplies and not reuse all the ones I've previously purchased for my old MBP's.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Premature ejection! Premature 5-star reviews!

    • Written by from CEDAR FALLS

    First, let me say why I need to use this device. Because I bought a $1000 Apple Thunderbolt Display. The Thunderbolt/power Y cable that is permanently connected (why might I ask is it not a removable cable so I can replace it one day?) to the Display has a MagSafe (1) connector. Well, the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter worked for about six months. I don't disconnect my late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina from the Display more than about 3-4 times a month. So the disconnection of the converter to MBPro is minimal! If that Converter doesn't work, the Display won't work with MBPro in clamshell mode! Seriously?! So I either have to fiddle with the connection until it does, or best solution is to connect a separate power cable (supplied with MBPro).

    Dear Mr. Cook, your predecessor, Mr. Jobs, wouldn't stand for this kind of design flaw, nor quality control!

    Dear 5-star reviewers, wait six months or less and you'll change your rating!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a redesign

    • Written by from Cambridge

    1/5 stars, which represents how often the adapter works properly when plugged in. The rest of the time, it's either extremely fiddly and takes minutes to get it working or, more often, it stops working properly after some amount of time, and only powers the Macbook instead of charging it. This is coming off a 27" display to a 15" MBP.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps computer alive, does not charge

    • Written by from Tel Aviv

    Used to work. Probably following an OS update, it stopped charging but only keeps computer alive. Useless... if you'd like to use your computer as a portable laptop.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    stopped charging battery

    • Written by from Oakland

    Like many others, my MagSafe Converter is no longer able to charge the battery in my Macbook Pro Retina from the power cord on my Thunderbolt external monitor. It seems to be able to power my computer all day long, but won't put any juice into the battery while doing so (whereas a few months ago it could fill up a nearly-empty battery in just a couple hours). Running and charging battery via the intended MagSafe 2 cord is fine.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working after a few weeks

    • Written by from Davis

    Like others who have written this adapter is poor. They stopped working or work only part of the time or you have to jiggle them and align perfectly. Very disappointing. Really should get zero stars

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage

    • Written by from Madison

    I'm on my 2nd one and it's failing now. It doesn't charge. The laptop says it's connected but not charging the battery. The green LED doesn't come on. If I jiggle it around sometimes it works, then it stops and nothing move. Ridiculous piece of junk from such a great company.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I could put ZERO stars -- stopped working

    • Written by from Westminster

    I have three of these on three different MagSafe 1 adapters (from previously owned Macbooks). They stay connected just fine (surprised that others are having problems), and with the addition of "Magcozy" sleeves/ties/whatever-you-call-them they are definitely going to stay.

    BUT!!!! These don't do the one and only thing that they are required to do: consistently transfer power from the MagSafe 1 power adapter to my new Retina Macbook Pro. Sure, like many others, these worked fine for the first month or two. But now I am in the same boat as so many of the other reviewers: I plug it in and nothing happens. SOMETIMES I'll get an orange charging light to come on; other times I might get a green light (which I know is impossible because I'll be plugging into a nearly dead battery). But 90% of the time I get nothing: no light and more importantly NO CHARGE.

    I began to wonder if I had a problem with my actual laptop, since these worked fine at first. But every time I plug in the one MagSafe 2 adapter that came with the laptop, it works perfectly. I double-checked that the wattage output is the same for all my adapters, and that part is fine. I'm basically in a position of having to charge with only the supplied adapter -- which is very frustrating when I travel often, and have permanent workstations at home that I need to leave an adapter setup at.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly a terrible product

    • Written by from San Francisco

    You'll find you need to wiggle the adapter until it lights up. Then keep checking on it to see if it's working, cause it will very frequently fail on you.

    While this is a great way to encourage customers to buy new $80 power cables, I think it damages the Apple brand to ship something this awful.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disposable

    • Written by from Nyack

    This product is as unreliable as the pre-magsafe power adaptors were. Fortunately, they only cost $10 because they only last a couple of months before "Battery is not charging" becomes the message of the day.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    unreliable

    • Written by from Towradgi

    Every function is unreliable. Sometimes I can get it to charge, sometimes will only power the laptop, and sometimes nothing at all. Even the charge light is unreliable when it is charging, sometimes will show orange, sometimes not. Poor result for my 2.5k+ macbook air/display combo.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Must wriggle it like a worm

    • Written by from Chicago

    Be prepared to wriggle it like a worm in order to get it working after a couple weeks of use. Like others have noted, I have been caught off guard when it is not charging my laptop and I end up with a very low battery. Very disappointing considering the $2500 investment (MacBook Air + 27" display) made.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply not good enough by any standards

    • Written by from RHAYADER

    One week in with my new Thunderbolt display and I now have to spend 5 minutes to align the converter to ensure it delivers power to my laptop before I switch it on. That just cannot be right.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Often does not connect properly

    • Written by from Calgary

    First Apple adaptor I've ever owned that doesn't "just work". I have to wriggle it every time to make it connect. Saving feature is that it lights up so when it suddenly dumps out with an accidental wiggle, I can see. But I've had my laptop die several times because I just expected it to "just work". Very disappointed.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE. I've bought 4. They all fail.

    • Written by from Belmont

    Come on, Apple. This is ridiculous. I have 4 or 5x 85w MagSafe1 chargers; a few at home, one at a cabin, one at work, the power adapter on my Thunderbolt display.

    I'm not going to buy new chargers for every place I go to. I'm not gonna buy a new $1000 Thunderbolt display just because you changed the power connector. I'm not going to carry my 1 MagSafe2 charger everywhere I go. Instead I'm going to keep fiddling with these lousy adapters and hoping they work, rotating them 5 times, waiting to see if the green light comes on.. waiting to see if it charges, or just supplies power and no charge, or doesn't work at all.

    Make a MagSafe to MagSafe2 Converter that actually works properly and lasts more than a few months. And then send them to us.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor design

    • Written by from paris

    Rarely works as just a small movement/rotation of the converter doesn't make the power adapter work. Really poor design, Apple should do something to fix it

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Give me a break

    • Written by from Houston

    I'd like to give this rating a 0 rather than a 1. Ok, it does do what it's supposed to do...that gets 1 point.

    But, riddle me this Batman, what was wrong with the old MagSafe design? From what I can tell, they added 1mm of extra metal and now charge $9 for an extra gizmo that sorta works when it wants to.

    Oh, least I forget, they go bad after 4 months.

    YES, a simple pass through wire job goes BAD AFTER 4 MONTHS--and it's not covered by warranty.

    Welcome to the new Apple.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Expected

    • Written by from Louisville

    I still have the 85-Watt MagSafe power supply from the very first MacBook Pro (early 2006). This adapter allows me to use that power supply with my new MacBook Pro (late 2013). I does exactly what it says with no problems.

    2 of 7 people found this useful