• 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.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, not so bad...

    • Written by from North Hollywood

    Seems like a lot of exaggerating folks out there. I've been a PC user my entire life before the purchase of my first MBP. Of course, the PC connection is snug and would take exertion to pull out the charger. On my MBP, it's much more sensitive. But that's the point - so when the kids or the pets run around and accidentally tug on the cable, the machine doesn't fall off the table. It's a safety measure for your very expensive investment. Aside from this, it doesn't "easily" fall off as some reviewers clearly exaggerate (unless there really is a flaw with their particular charger). it's also not as sensitive as some reviewers write as well. I quite like the magnetic connection and the fact that it removes without tugging on my MBP. I think it's fine. Bought a second one as a backup so that I don't have to constantly remove my home station.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Plastic on the cords are terrible

    • Written by from Sunnyside

    The housing for the transformer is fine but cord and the plastic that's used to seal the cord is terrible. I'm not sure why Apple can't use a stronger plastic, also ends on the cords tends to come loose after a few years. I'd suggest anyone who buys a new Mac Book Pro to re-enforce the ends before they start breaking.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    "Magnet Not Strong Enough" -- Seconded

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    I love the fact that if you trip over the power cord, your MacBook Pro does not end up getting a major "shock test". BUT, I agree with the reviews that state the adapter releases way too easily. If the battery is low and I'm not using the MBP on a desk, I find myself reconnecting the adapter every couple of minutes.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New cord?

    • Written by from San Francisco

    What's with the new, super stiff cord? The extension cable is the worst, it will not stay in its place. I don't know what happened, I definitely like the older magsafe better.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I like the T shape. But it's too weak.

    • Written by from Barrington

    The L shape always seemed like an "almost" to me—it's almost flush, but it wasn't. The T shape seems more like a proper connector. The issue isn't that the magnet is weak per se—it takes quite a bit of force to pull it out straight. But it's super easy to knock up or down, and that's when it's weak. I blame it on the thinner design, which results in a smaller magnet-gripping area. It's super easy to knock down. I'm tempted to pad it with a thin layer of lacquer or something…not really, but that would be what it takes—the plug doesn't sit completely flush with the side of the rMBP.

    As long as it stays in, it does a great job of being a power adapter. ;)

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