• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Is it suppose to burn up?

    • Written by from McDonough

    The magnet is not strong enough to maintain the connection, so any movement makes it disconnect from charging. Though that is minor compared to the most recent issue, in which I noticed that it was no longer charging my mac so upon picking up the block I immediately felt it was burning hot. After looking a little closer, I was able to see that the cable was brown and burnt, exposing the silver wire on the inside. A little terrifying!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Power Supply Ever!!

    • Written by from Farwell

    I have been a loyal Apple customer for years. I just "upgraded" from a 2011 MacBook Pro to a mid 2013 MacBook Air. The power cord that came with the Pro was great! I had the laptop since it was brand new in 2011 and had absolutely no problems with it. I have had my Air for 2 weeks and already see signs of wear at the power block where the small wire attaches. Also due to the design of the magnetic plug, I can no longer use the laptop on my lap or while laying in bed using the charger without frequent power disconnects.. I don't know if I would buy another Mac if they don't do something about this POOR design. I would rate at 0 stars if I could, Apple should be ashamed of themselves for letting this charger out on the market...

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    charger blows

    • Written by from Kalamazoo

    The charger tore itself to shreds just from being used. Began to smoke once the wires started to become exposed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    apple going down at break neck speed

    • Written by from Vancouver

    really apple?

    how long do your (soon-to-be-NOT) "loyal" fans have to put up with this sloppiness, cheap (made in china) and definitely hazardous adaptor that you keep putting out year after year?

    you don't think we're going to drop your product as soon as something even a little bit more better made comes out?

    stop making this adaptor!

    how long do we have to put up with shoddy and possibly deadly power adaptor?

    ugh, i've just about had enough

    first and last review

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I SIT with my computer- I don't WALK with it

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Horrible design. I spit out my coffee laughing when they describe this cable as fray resistant. My cord has a 4" split to bare metal. For a company that prides itself on product design this is an epic fail. I could have bought an ipad with the amount of money I have spent on broken chargers since Apple made their design proprietary. How about giving us a charger that doesn't disconnect easily? Because I have never tripped over mine as I SIT with my computer- I don't WALK with it. Yes, T-design is worse than the old design. Guess what Apple, customers actually lie in bed and read on their computers, customers sit cross legged with your computers, kinda hard to charge them with this design.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst charger ever

    • Written by from Glenelg

    Last only a year. 600 dollars Sony PC 2007 model still working and no issue with charger. 2500 dollars Mac book start giving me problem with track pad within 3 months. Hinge loosen within 6 months. Charger cable is the worst, very low quality. Last only a year... I choose Mac over Razor PC. First and last time buying Mac book.

    Won't buy over price low quality made in china product again.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Zero problems with original after 1.75 years

    • Written by from White Lake

    I can't understand the ratings for the MBP and rMBP after neither have had any problems other than scratches on the shiny plastic casing of the brick. Now I tend to be OCD with my Macs but I don't even have the seemingly common problem where the adapter doesn't stay connected to the MBP, due to insufficient magnetic power. Then again my MBPs are always on a flat stable surface while connected, NEVER on my lap. That usage just doesn't seem to make sense IMO. My original MBP 13 I would leave connected while in use until I read that's not good for the battery, so now on the rMBP 15 I just charge it when it hits 15-20% remaining. Frayed wire casing?!? Not even close. Maybe if those experiencing this condition left a little slack where it enters the brick before wrapping it that wouldn't happen.. COMMON SENSE.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor magnet

    • Written by from dallas

    I have had all of the charger designs--the original t-shape for my first macbook, the L-shape for my macbook pro, and now the new T shape for the macbook with retina display. I wish I could go back to either of the first 2, but the shape isn't the same. This charger pops off of the computer if you even THINK about touching it. Brush it against anything and it's out. VERY irritating. I definitely didn't expect a downgrade when I spent over $1000 on a new laptop.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe 2 outlasted by MagSafe 1 by 3 years and counting, why?

    • Written by from Cumming

    I have had my Macbook Pro Retina for a little more than a year. Today I noticed the cable split and some of the wiring had frayed where it connects to the white block. It still works but wondering for how much longer. Why would my Macbook Pro 13 with MagSafe 1, now used and abused by my wife and son, still work and have no sign of tear or wear? Extremely disappointed in the quality of this power adapter.

    One Star for you!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawed Design, Melting Casing, Fire Hazard

    • Written by from Bullhead City

    I am now buying my 3rd charger for my macbook pro because of the flawed design. The wire frays and becomes incredibly hot to the point of melting the casing with wisps of smoke coming from it. That is a serious fire hazard. What is it going to take before apple changes the design??? Someone to die in their own house fire because the cord started burning? It happens suddenly and without warning. As soon as it happens I have about a day in which to order a replacement before it dies completely and I am stuck with a dead computer with no way to power it. the cord frays and melts from the smaller wire at the connection to the brick. This happens every time. Something really should be done about this charger because I have now spent $240 on power cords for my computer. The cords should last as long as the computer does!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this charger

    • Written by from Provo

    I bought this charger as a replacement for my original one because the original had gotten bent right above the connection to the big white box, and eventually just burned through the plastic as wires became exposed. This is exactly the same as the original charger.
    It came a few days after I placed the order, and it works great.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Alternatives

    • Written by from Seattle

    This product may be a fire hazard. There are two points of failure in the cable which will initially yellow, then warp and split exposing wire. I'm on my 2nd charger now, which Apple is replacing. Hopefully this new charger won't have this issue.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It doesn't self destruct by itself - Questions and observations

    • Written by from New York

    I'm fascinated by both the "behavioral science" comments and the huge chorus of horror stories about the impossibility of doing anything with the cord plugged in (and the responses that it's ok to unplug it for a while, and may prevent a catastrophic crash).

    I read here about the 100% probability of the cable itself "fraying", frying, or just dying after days or less. I did want to buy one as both a backup (worst case) or as a second "charging station" in a 2nd location. But what scary reviews! I have very few complaints about travel or home use with this rMBP - a dream machine! I too wonder if its evil could be just a tad "exaggerated". Of course, I am sorry for those who had to spend $80 repeatedly, in their view for "normal use".

    I examined my one power cable, which I've used every day in one way or another, charging, plugged-in desktop, or laptop. Yes, I've had the plug pop up (sometimes) when I move with it, or if I'm walking from where the plug is to a nearby desk in a hotel, wherever/whatever. For about 1 1/2 years now I have stuffed the power cords and adaptors into a bag, packed it all in a carry-on or saddle bag, on puddle-jumper airplanes, and neatly wound and displayed in travel bags for customs, TSA etc.

    Conclusion: What I can see is some slight fraying - that's the right word - directly where the computer-to-adaptor-block wire connects. I'm fortunate maybe (given all the reports), because now I'm aware, and I've just (nervously) gotten a backup should I need one. I haven't needed one, though now I put a tiny wind of electrical tape just at that joint, as I did with that skinny cable from iPhone to Mac (same issue).

    The way my "fraying" happened is from winding the cable around itself (one of the touted features, so- C'mon Apple, get it better!) , same as I've done with the iPhone and connector to a Mac. The other thing I conclude is the only way this Magsafe2 comes out often, is if there's tension (or a tug), right? If you take the power block and put it near the Macbook (which makes sense), if you give the cord lots of slack, there IS enough magnet strength to hold it in place. I haven't found anything to convince me otherwise, of any inherent net "flaw" in the design. I think MacBook users are often "power users" or road warriors who don't take time to think about things like connectors. Connections, yes.

    I am sure, as they say "your mileage will vary", but I think depending on your lifestyle and how you attend to your adaptors, this is not something which is guaranteed to break 3 times a year, at $80 a pop. If so, I'd be singing with the chorus. But I'm living proof, it sometimes lasts more than a year without problem, even actively used. I'm thinking it's how you strain the wire joints. Like people.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Craptastic

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    My charger cable came apart right where the small cable begins. Based on numerous other reviews, this is a common occurrence. I paid nearly $4k for the computer, you'd think the cable could hold up to light daily use. Thanks APPLE!

    Would give it no stars if possible.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter not lasting long enough

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I don't know if i am unlucky or bad lucked or what but i have had two adapters already the first that came with the MBP and another i bought for Christmas, and now I'm going for a 3rd one! the first one lasted a year the only problem was the end of the cable was disintegrating and didn't pull enough power because the wires were not touching properly but the second and i don't really know how this happened! it just burnt out, like really? honestly how will just burn out! i tried not to bend it as much to avoid from repeating what happened to my first charger and now this one just burns out! honestly its not like the adapter is really cheap that i can buy 100 of them! I'm a college student and the second one was my Christmas gift now i will have to pay this out of my own wallet. I love my MPB but i think apple has to do something about the charger because i can't keep affording to buy a new one every year.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DESIGN FLAW - SERIOUSLY ANNOYING PROBLEM

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Many others have given this product a 1 star rating and the ratio of bad ratings is about 50 to 1 to the bad. It's clearly a design issue shared by some other Mac products that 'looks nice, does not work well or is not ergonomic but looks like it should be'. If the connector lay alongside the Mac case it might be less subject to constantly falling off or being disconnected at the slightest touch... i.e. with pant leg when you use the mac as a LAPTOP vs. desktop computer. I HOPE, but don't expect, that when this problem is fixed, I'll be notified and can get the updated working model.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    To all those laps out there leveraging MagSafe 2 plugs out of their sockets

    • Written by from Bradenton

    Some of us clearly must have forgotten the Retina MacBook Pro (referred to as rMBP from now on) has a battery, and an amazing one at that. Perhaps the current MagSafe 2 design is not as "lap friendly" as prior designs, but is it really that big of a hassle? How hard is it really to keep a thigh clear of a plugged MagSafe 2 connector?

    Set aside for a minute the fact that Apple somehow managed to squeeze 8 hours of battery life from a supercomputer this small; Out of 9 notebook computers I've owned, 3 being Apple notebooks, this is the fastest charging notebook (and charger) I've ever used. It fully charges in about 2.5 hours to give you 8 hours of cordless nirvana. Of course, that doesn't mean 8 hours of movie editing and 3D gaming, but who on earth are these creative geniuses and cyber-athletes running their rMBPs at peak utilization off of their laps? I can't imagine a work scenario where part of someone's daily routine is to sit, rMBP in lap, and kill the battery in less than an hour, and then sit there frustrated, fighting to keep it plugged in. Maybe one person with OCD. Let's break it down for the real world: In 10 years as an IT consultant for numerous industries, I can say most people working on a computer in an office environment could easily make it through their entire 8 hour work shift without charging their rMBP a single time. From healthcare to sales, or the service industry to corporate management, and whether it's a receptionist, clerk, nurse, office assistant, secretary, bookkeeper, politician, consultant, or planner, I can't imagine a single scenario where using a rMBP would not be able to stay cordless most of the time at work, especially if they plug their rMBP in before they go off to lunch. Now, I know what you're thinking--why on earth would, in a real world scenario, a receptionist be using a $2,600 notebook computer when a $400 Windows notebook would do? Then you'd have entirely missed the point.

    My point is this: chances are, if you have your rMBP in your lap at this very moment, you're obviously not rendering in Maya, compiling code, or computing primes. This means that, as scary as it might sound, if your battery is already at 100% and has been for the last hour, you can go ahead and unplug that monstrosity of a MageSafe 2 connector. Try it! Trust me, you won't lose your work and you'll have plenty of battery for later on. Leave it where it ought to be: by the wall, or sitting on a desk or table, ready to spare you a heart attack the moment you FINALLY plugged in your $3,000 Apple notebook to charge and then tripped on the cord while you're going out to lunch or making your way to the bed to turn in for the night. Good thing that MagSafe 2 snapped free! Another inch and it might have bounced off the marble. Why did you get that marble floor anyway? That was a terrible idea. Should have went parquet. Take a deep breath; it's going to be okay. Don't forget to grab your iPad for some light reading at lunch or before bed!

    Is the Mag Safe 2 perfect? No. Is it better than the previous MagSafe versions? I would argue that it is. The connector's binding permanence and safety benefit factors are on opposite sides of the same scale.

    I'm going to conclude with this: I'm 5' 11", 200 pounds. Average build, some could say a touch overweight. I am sitting on a love seat with my rMBP dead center in my lap typing this review with my MagSafe 2 connector is plugged in as well. No matter if I have my legs splayed out, closed, folded in or one over another, I cannot get the MagSafe 2 to rest in such a manner that my thigh or knee would accidentally pull it loose. It continues to sit slightly above the point at which it could make body contact. So, I believe the real issue here is this: Does the average Retina MacBook Pro user have fat thighs?

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE design. Failed almost immediately, failing again.

    • Written by from Rutland

    I am supremely disappointed in the MagSafe 2 charger for several reasons.

    -My first MacBook Pro Retina's MagSafe 2 failed after 2 (TWO!) months of intermittent use. Burned/stuck pins. Six weeks after I replaced it via the apple store, the new one is failing and shows signs of the same problem.

    -It is nearly impossible to get the thing to stay attached. Sitting with the laptop on my, well, lap top, my battery is at 2% right now and I have now adjusted the charger four times during the writing of this to get it to keep charging.

    This is frustrating because I experienced a similar problem with my original MBP and its white plastic, first generation MagSafe. As an industrial design student, I was pleased to see that Apple resolved the disconnection issue by the simple fix of the 90 degree aluminum plug. This worked because it shifted the levering force of the cord to pull the plug against the sides of the recess, rather than pry the steel plug directly off the magnet.

    -There was no genuine need to change the format of the plug from MagSafe 1, although this did ironically happen around the same time all older Iphone/pod chargers became obsolescent.

    It seems that style has interrupted proven design on this one. I would expect much better from a $2000 laptop.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ZERO STAR....!!! CABLE FELL APART....!!!

    • Written by from Golden

    it broke in the first 6 months. luckily for me it was still in warranty. got the replacement for free.

    1 year later the cable fell apart. the quality of the cable is TERRIBLE....!!! it use the same material for iPad charger...

    HEEEYYYYYY.....!! iPad charger IS SMAALLLL.... this one is a lot BIGGER...

    GOSH....!!!!

    DOES APPLE EVEN HEAR THEIR CUSTOMER...?!?!?!?!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MagSafe 2 should have been called MagWeak

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    The magnet is so weak, I'm tempted to glue it in place.

    MagSafe 2 has been "improved" so that I can no longer use my laptop on my lap or bed without regular disconnections. Nice work, Apple...

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