• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to reinforce connection at junction

    • Written by from San Diego

    I am presently on my third charger cable (same 15-inch MacBook Pro), and they all seem to be fraying at the same point. The problem area is right at the output line at the power junction. My suggestion is to re-enforce (thicker plastic cable) at this connection. The line taper down to its original thickness as it moves away from this point.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great but pricey

    • Written by from Mentor

    The only time I had to replace mine was because my dog chewed the cord. I love having the long or short cord option. The MagSafe has saved me quite a few times and just makes me feel less worried that one of my kids will trip over it. I don't understand why it can't cost $20 to $40 less though.

    61 of 109 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Use the Clip to Reduce Tension on the Adapter

    • Written by from Fremont

    First, my suggestion, then a short story. You'll find a tiny clip on the narrow AC cable. As I read the stories here, it occurred to me that the clip must be there for some reason. Voila! It's there to take the strain off the cord as it enters the adapter.

    So...to keep your expensive adapter from fraying, wrap the cord one or two times around the pop-up flanges of the adapter, making sure the cable is loose--not tight--at the junction of cable and adapter. Then use the clip on the second or third wound part of the cord. This takes pressure off the part of the cord that normally frays.

    The 85W "MagSafe Power Adapter" I purchased today comes with an extra thick AC cord but no one mentions it. Even the picture on the Apple box only shows the power adapter--not the extra AC cord in the box.

    Using the 6 foot AC cord lets you wrap more of the thin MagSafe wire around the adapter, reducing more stress off the cord as it enters the adapter. While it's convenient to carry the portable adapter with you, the AC cord is much safer and secure. (End of suggestion. Now my story.)

    I have a 2006 MacBook Pro whose Magsafe cord started fraying near the adapter. Not wanting to pay Apple $79 for a power "adapter," plus I needed a battery too, I ended up buying two batteries and two Magsafe adapters online. Sellers, including Amazon, claimed a 60W adapter powers a 15 inch MBP. It doesn't and won't charge the battery.

    So I wasted two months without my MBP thinking that the non OEM batteries I bought were the problem, not the 60W adapter.

    Today a guy at a Mac repair store fixed my problem in five minutes by using an 85W adaptor. Now, I have four batterie and one 60W and one 85W adapter.

    Final thought about portable consumer power cables. Manufacturers could make AC cords twice as thick, making them last until the next Ice Age. But would anyone want thick, heavy power cables for their mobile phone or laptop? Probably not.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's ok

    • Written by from Bogota

    I have a MacBoook Pro 2008 and the old charger take two years to broke down. I just bought the new one and it's ok, it works fine. And don't know why some people say that with the old model it does not work, because with mine is good. It seems smaller and that is not going to fit, but when you connect it, it charges.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    New style Magsafe plug DOES work with 2008 Macbook Pro 4,1

    • Written by from SONOMA

    There seems to be confusion whether this adapter works with the older MacBook Pros. I have a 2008 MacBook Pro 4,1 that came with the old style T-shaped plug and found that this new style adapter works just fine. I will say that with my big fingers the new style plug isn't quite as easy to snap into place as the older plug (hence my 4 out of 5 star rating), which may account for the problems others have had with it. Once, the magnet grips the power receptacle however, the coupling is solid.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive!

    • Written by from Goshen

    This is a great adaptor but its very expensive. can you please lower the price? i cant afford it right now because my sister broke it, and I'm playing off my MacBook Pro. I love my MacBook Pro more than anything so i have to keep it charged but again i can't afford it.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it is improved design

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    Doing support for Macs, the new 90 degree magsafe end has reduced the problems with the old end, I can add a couple of notes to possibly help others. These adapters do work very well.
    1) This model does work with 2007-2008 MacBooks as well as the newer unibody designs, check for the following firmware update to fix a potential charging bug though - MacBook SMC Firmware Update 1.4
    2) If you are getting fraying near the "brick" end, it is because of stress on the cable when it is wrapped up. If you leave enough slack on that end, it won't separate from the case and "fray" - Apple Portables: Reducing cable strain on your MagSafe power adapter

    I can't link to the URLs directly, so you have to search apple's Support website for the articles mentioned.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    In all fairness

    • Written by from Annandale

    I know most people tend to write reviews after having bad experiences, but even so after coming here to find an extra adapter that I can leave at the office, I was surprised to see so many terrible reviews. I've relied heavily on three different MacBook Pro's between home and work over several years and have never had any problems with these power adapters.

    They are versatile in that you can swap out the direct-to-wall plug for an extended power cord. The built-in cord wrapping prongs are ridiculously simple and very handy.

    This is a solid product that deserves some positive feedback to balance the many negative reviews posted here.

    That said, these things should seriously cost $40, tops. Minus one star for the outrageous price, Apple.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What are you people doing to/with your adapters?

    • Written by from Marina Del Rey

    I have 3 adapters that i have been using for, oh, 3 years or so. i have dogs that regularly bounce them off the the bed and they have been subjected to lots of airline travel and packing and being dragged everywhere.

    i have never had one fail, fray, break, wear out, or catch on fire. i am careful not to stress the mag end of the cable when i'm using my Macbook Pro on my lap, but other than that, i haven't been especially careful with them.

    Now the freaking batteries are a whole nother talk show

    13 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Follow the Instructions people!!

    • Written by from Port Wentworth

    Most of these comments are accurate to a degree. My first cable frayed after about a year. I had to replace the entire power adapter and stumbled upon some important details in the new packaging. Your cord will last longer if you follow the detailed directions in how to care of it. I have wrapped it accordingly and a year later my adapter is perfect. Another tip is to ditch the little adapter connection that comes with the MacBook Pro and use the longer power cord option. This step alone will eliminate the increased tension on the adapter altogether. Most never use this cable, but I use it all the time. I would have given them 5 stars but the concept of having a frayed cable shouldn't exist when you’re paying $1800 for a freakin laptop. Come on Apple, get you head out of your.......

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good with old Macbook Pro

    • Written by from Bronx

    I was very hesitant to get this adapter because I read all the reviews of how it doesnt work with certain Macbook Pros. However, my original adapter that came with computer (white plastic square connection) stopped working & I needed a new one. I got my Macbook Pro in March 2006. I got the new adapter yesterday. So far it works. I have it flipped so it doesn't block USB port.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on non UNIbody.

    • Written by from HENDERSON

    I don't know why there are several reviewers reporting that this adapter does not work on the older non unibody Macbook Pro. I was hesitant to buy this replacement because of it. I took my MBP to the apple store, plugged it in and "viola" it works.

    This adapter looks like it'll outlast the original one I had. It's sturdier at the magnetic connection. I'll report back if it does not last, so far so good.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine with aug 2006 macbook pro

    • Written by from Chicago

    So far so good. Love the new design since I usually plug in to my laptop from the back. I always worried with the older model that the cord would bend too far, near the plug-in point of the laptop and now it's not an issue. I have 3 adaptors, all still working including the original (knocks on wood). They do feel fragile though (I'm pretty careful with them) but the design is beautiful.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    2 and half years now

    • Written by from Auckland

    Bought my 15 inch mac book pro about 2 years ago. July 2010 to be exact. About a month ago I noticed the rubber molding on the cable had split open revealing the cable within. I promptly taped it up and it continues to work a charm. I am quite careful with my products but am a pretty heavy user so it may be a bit inevitable. I lug the thing around the house all the time as well. I use it every day for around 4-5 hours, sometimes more. I hook it up to my LCD tv and/or computer screen for gaming and watching movies, for music, youtube videos, etc. so it definitely is a bit worn the poor thing. However, given how thin the magnetic end of the cable is it's lasted well this far. The massive adapter bit in the middle had a meltdown earlier today. It got overheated and started to smell and shut down. I left it alone for about 40 minutes and came back, it had cooled down and was working perfect again! It may stop working soon but I pray that is not the case. I don't mind replacing it for $80 if it does. My macbook pro serves me well and I have no complaints!

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Compared to my old Powerbook 4G the MBP 2010 i bought is worlds apart and the power cord is much better. I didn't have the old mag power cord so i can't compare but it did look funny with all white plugging into an aluminum body. Have heard of the cord breaking and fraying at the mag. So far it hasn't but i can see where it might, which is why i try to keep it as straight as possible. Depending on how I have it set the cord can get in the way when you move it. If wall is in front of you the cord is away from you, if its behind you it can get a little awkward if you decide to move, but being reversible is an advantage. Im sure there will be improvements in the future, maybe by that time i'll buy another macbook.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the best customer service!

    • Written by from Claymont

    The thing works absolutely fine.

    My review is focused more towards the service than the product.

    I had my old 85 watt Magsafe adapter and it just stopped working. I went to the store and they checked it. It did not work and within the next 2 minutes they replaced my a year old charger for FREE!!!

    The charger is working with the older versions of the MacBook Pro. I heard from my friend that the new chargers do not work with the old laptops, but here is the thing, IT WORKS!

    Fallen in love with Apple all over again...

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine on 2007 Mac Book Pro

    • Written by from Aptos

    The newer style adapter works just fine on my 2007 Mac Book Pro. The photograph is misleading. The connector is the same, it is just styled differently. My original power adapter last 3 years and only gave out to a voracious 14 month old teething baby. Otherwise I had not experienced any fraying or other problems mentioned in the reviews.

    21 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on my MBP 2007

    • Written by from Horizon City

    My charger went out on me after almost 3 years of working fine. I was kind of worried about this charger being compatible with my later MBP, but I've had no charging issues and it sits firmly in place. When purchased my MBP I also got the AppleCare Protection Plan so they replace my power adapter free of charge.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost made it 4 years

    • Written by from Sioux Falls

    I'm fairly tough on my power cable, also my dog usually manages to trip over it and pull it off a few times a week. My original cable that came with the computer finally met it's end just shy of 4 years old. After about 2 years old my cable started to fray at the plug which worried me, but I found some heat shrink tubing to put over it for a band aid which worked for almost 2 years. Sure the cables are somewhat weak, but I've ruined a lot more power cables and power jacks that were on other brand laptops for sure, and those required opening up the laptop to solder the power jack and buying many new cords. I'll take a MagSafe over traditional male/female style any day.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems but

    • Written by from Long Beach

    I've had my Mac Book Pro for almost 3 yrs with no problems with the cords but my dog went crazy & stepped on the plug , tweaking it in the jack. It still works but it I take it out, I'll never get it back in. I found out that it comes in two pieces. I wish Apple would sell the plug part separately.

    2 of 3 people found this useful