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For keeping your MacBook Pro charged and ready for use.
85-watt power adapter
Powers the lithium-polymer battery while the system is off, on or in sleep mode or if a battery is not present.
Magnetic DC connector
Disconnects the power cable if it experiences strain.
LED indicator light
Displays charge status.
DC cable winds neatly around itself for easy cable storage.
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Best Buy Customer Reviews
Sick of Buying These!
Posted by: from: New York, NY on
My wish: To make the thin cord that connects to your laptop twice as thick and more resistant to wear and tear.
This is the third replacement power cord I've had to buy in the past year and a half. I tried to take them to be fixed, but that's even more expensive and I'm told by the technicians that it's nearly impossible.
I find it frustrating that there is only one product on the market that charges a Macbook... and that it breaks down / melts down / mysteriously stops working so easily.
Having to $79.99 plus tax every six months isn't what I consider a mark of good craftsmanship or design. These are for laptops. People have to pack them in bags, take them around town... it shouldn't be made the same as a little thin cord that can sit safely on a desk for years. These cords should be hardier! I travel with my cord in a protected padded bag and still... the light goes out and the power stops flowing.
If there was a better product on the market, I would buy it. But since there isn't any option...
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Breaks too easily
Posted by: tamd1 from: Florida on
I about to order a 3rd one in 15 months. I love my Mac, but not the power cord. On the first one, the wire detached from the plastic piece that connects to the computer. After that, I made sure to use the plastic piece to remove it as recommended by Apple. On the second one, the magnetic piece started to pull out of the plastic housing. Now the wire has come loose again & it doesn't charge at all.
I don't move my laptop around a lot, so the cord usually stays plugged in. I have tripped on it before-but isn't that the point of the magnetic connection? This should not fall apart with normal use. I'm glad the BestBuy extended warranty I purchased covers this, otherwise I would be out an additional $160.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Does the job...for a 2-3 years
Posted by: Jayfel46 from: on
As the title states, this power adapter works well for about 2-3 years. As with all apple cords, over time wires begin to show near the connection. I've had my Macbook since 2011 and this is my 3rd charger. No issues as far as usability, just be prepared to buy more over the life of the computer.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
These things always break
Posted by: omgjustletmepostalready from: Austin, TX on
My wife and I each have a Macbook. Hers is a 13" white Macbook from 2006 and mine is a Macbook Pro from early 2007. I have had problems with the chargers ever since we bought them. I actually had my first one replaced for free by Apple because it was the old design that would apparently fray at the end and there was a known defect for that (note that my cord showed no signs of visual damage or fraying yet quit working). Kudos to Apple for that -- even more so because it was just after my warranty had expired so technically I was no longer covered.
Since having that first charger replaced for free I can find receipts for at least 4 other chargers and I'm pretty OCD about taking care of my technological gadgets. I have never had to purchase so many chargers for a laptop. The new design of these things doesn't seem to help and at this point I'm pretty convinced that Apple is deliberately manufacturing poor quality chargers as some sort of evil scheme to suck even more money out of their customers. No matter how careful I am with my charger it still seems to fail within a year or so. Fortunately I'm selling my Macbook Pro so I won't have to deal with this much longer.
Note: The cashier at Best Buy told me that he has had similar problems with his Macbook charger, but he has the Best Buy protection plan and because of this, Best Buy will replace his chargers for free. It may be worth purchasing this additional protection because it probably costs less than the insane number of chargers you will need to purchase over the life of your Macbook.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
I hate buying these.
Posted by: bwgary from: Dumas, TX on
Apple used the magsafe connection so if someone trips over your cord you're laptop won't go flying across the room. However, the tips breaks easily and every power supply I've had to replace has been because of the tips. I really wish Apple would make replacement tips available. When the tips broke on my other laptops I could spend a few bucks at Rat Shack and fix it.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Works great, until it doesn't
Posted by: kelly03801 from: nh on
I love my mac pro, but the power cord seems to be the weak link. After three years, I'm on my third power cord, at eighty bucks a hit. I love the magnetic attachment. I am reassured that a careless passerby is less likely to pull the laptop off the table if they don't see the cord, as it will disconnect from it's magnetic socket.
However, the cords are very thin, with a very thin protective coating, and mine have seemed susceptible: to pets, furniture, vaccuums, chair legs...resulting in small microtears which ultimately disrupt the integrity of the cord and necessitate their replacement within a year. Over time, the power becomes spotty, and the cord starts to overheat at the connection. At eighty bucks each, these seem like a lot of problems for a necessary component.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mauriceaa from: on
Replaces my old adapter which with a straight connector end, this adapter has a angled end that is easily disconnected from my MacBook Pro. It works very well when connected but most movements from side to side will cause the adapter end to come undone from the laptop. If I had to do over I would buy the same one that came with the laptop (straight end). But it does do the job just not as flexible as I would like.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Better than the OG style magsafe adapter
Posted by: BillFromKC from: KCMO on
So my wife and I lost our second MagSafe charger in a period of 4 years, this time due to my son figuring out that he could touch it to a metal part of my recliner and create sparks.
Unfortunately, this killed the chip inside the charger that IDs it to the laptop as an 85 watt MagSafe charger, so we had to replace it. The older style shares a common design (flaw) with MagSafe 2, where the cord goes straight into the plug, The newer style has the cable running into the side of the plug. In my personal option, putting the cable off to the side made this connector about 1000x better than the original.
The only downside is these adapters are so darn expensive. I know that some other OEM adapters are also quite expensive, but with Apple, you don't really have much of an alternative if you need a new adapter that night. Even considering the cost, however, I highly recommend that everyone using the older style MagSafe 1 chargers upgrade to the newer style if you can justify the cost.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Terry from: on
As with all Apple products, this does exactly what it is supposed to do. Don't bother buying knock offs-they will not last as long
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
It's just a power cord
Posted by: coasthugger from: Long Beach CA on
The good news:
1) It successfully gets power from the wall to my MacBook Pro.
2) It's got a mechanism by which you can use the long cord or the shorter one. Nifty, but ultimately unnecessary. I've never had this for my PC laptop, and never felt the lack.
3) It has a magnetic connector to the computer so it's fairly easy to plug in and unplug. Nifty, but ultimately unnecessary. I've never had this for my PC laptop, either, and have never had any sort of difficulty plugging or unplugging that power cord.
The bad news:
1) It costs WAY more than it should. I mean come on, it's a power cord. Why should it cost $70 (plus tax)? I could replace my PC laptop's power cord for less than $20. It doesn't have the nifty but ultimately unnecessary features I've enumerated above, but those features are unnecessary. If I could get power from the wall to my laptop and keep an extra fifty bucks, that would be my preferred option.