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The MagSafe Power Adaptor is just one of those touches that makes Apple so great. A simple, elegant solution to a problem. For those who have not come across these adaptors before, they are designed in such a way that the magnet in the plug is strong enough to keep it in while charging, but weak enough that if the power cord is tripped over or tugged, the plug comes out without taking the laptop with it or damaging either the adaptor or the socket. I live in a house where the number of Macbook Pros actually outnumber its inhabitants, and are regularly found perched precariously on just about any surface you can think of, with cables everywhere! The MagSafe adaptor has come to the rescue on more than one occasion. The design of the adaptor on my laptop is slightly different from that of my girlfriends 2009/2010 model. The plug at the laptop end is now an 'L' shape which make it look a lot neater, leading the wire out behind the Macbook nice and cleanly.
The downside I suppose would be that, like a lot of Apple's best ideas, they are expensive and patent protected and so probably not something you'll want to be replacing too often. That said, the smart design of these adaptors should mean they are a lot less prone to damage and outlast the MacBooks for which they are used
As you will know if you glance through my reviews I am an avid Apple fan and have had a number of different products come and go some stay and some move on fairly quick.
This Apple charger is the MagSafe Power Adapter for 15" and 17" Macbook Pro's I'm currently using it on my 15" and have had absolutely no problems at all that weren't my own fault.
So now to explain the problem which was my fault ... oops ... when the charger comes the actual white box you see in the image above with the Apple logo on it comes in a plastic wrapping. As I'm sure a lot of people do I tend to leave on some of the protective packaging in case there's any issues and I need to return something. If you ever by one DO NOT do this the white box gives off a good amount of heat and the plastic wrapping contains that causing it to basically burn out and stop working. Fortunately Apple where very understanding and replaced it for me but that's definitely something to note that I didn't see mentioned anywhere.
On to the charger you have 2 parts you have the white charging blog which has a wire with the 'L' shaped connector at the end which is made out of the same aluminium as the actual computer and has a light on either side which when plugged in lights red to say that it's charging and when it's at 100% batter that changes to green. The actual connector is magnetic which is obviously where the MagSafe name comes from basically this is so if someone walks in the room and treads or trips on the wire it just pulls it out without damaging the wire or the computer.
The next 2 parts are the plugs you can either have a plug which is directly into the box or a further extended wire with a plug on the end. I always use the further extended wire because I move the computer about the room a lot so the extra length is definitely a plus. I would say the total length is somewhere around 2-3 meters so there's definitely a lot more than every other laptop charger I've seen.
The only downside with the charger is the price of buying a new one is around £60 from the Apple Store but for such a high quality charger it's definitely worth it. I have know people to be quoted a great deal more than that when contacting companies for parts and I was quoted £100 once for a normal black box charger for a Dell computer so it really is something to think about.
Also I will add it on here as there seems to be none of the older type on here for review. My old 'T' shaped charger actually started to melt at the connector and the plastic caught fire and from what it seems I'm not the only one to have this problem. The exposed wire could of been highly dangerous as you can imagine so I definitely recommend making the change to the newer more safer one if you're still using the old one.
Very good standard adapter for the MacBook. The MagSafe technology insures that the laptop isn't damaged by a sudden tug on the cable, and also helps keep the charger in the slot. However, the 2011 MacBook Pros require significantly more power than previous models. They can draw up to 100W at peak usage, while the adapter only provides 85W. This can lead to the laptop draining it's own battery during peak use, which means that it won't charge.
It has a long cable which can be shortened if necessary, so using your computer far away from a plug is not as much of a problem.
Despite that, the adapter is very good at it's job, charging the laptop within a few hours with minimal use. A more powerful one should be developed by Apple to avoid the previously mentioned problem. It is a classic Apple product, and does not look out of place with the laptop. Overall, a fine piece of machinery.
After loosing my original 'T-Connection' Macbook charger I purchased this new 'L-Connection' Macbook charger as its pricey, up to date replacement. Initially the charger worked perfectly, the 'L-Connection' design is great and helps when there isn't a lot of space proved around your laptop (eg. when on a train, plane ect.) Its a pretty slick design compared to other laptop changers on the market and when your laptop is fully charged, the LED on the charger goes from a red to green alerting you disconnect it and save electricity.
However, after 7 months of using this charger it became very temperamental. I would be sitting with my laptop changing on my lap and if i were to shuffle or move the charger would momentarily electronically disconnect. This problem continued and worsened to the point where it wouldn't connect again for over 10-15 minutes. It got so bad that I literally had to sit perfectly still when charging my laptop otherwise I would have to play with it for several minutes wiggling it to try and get it to connect again.
Eventually I gave up and decided to ring the Apple Store where they informed me that it was an overheating issue (it makes sense as the connecter is metal and can get really hot while charging) which was a common problem with the charger. I went into the store and they swapped it for me free of charge which was great but but not entirely convenient (had to travel to Sheffield for my nearest Mac Store), which I have now used problem free for around 2 months.
My advice is that if you have to pay so much a Mac charger, I would recommend searching around and trying to find one of the original plastic T-Connection chargers as this one worked great for over 2 years before I lost it.
In February I visited Loch Lomond, and when I left to come home I carelessly and stupidly left my Apple MagSafe Power Adapter for my Macbook Pro plugged into the socket in the cabin I was renting. Of course, when I phoned to ask them if they could send it to me, it was no longer plugged in and, I suspect, ended up on Ebay! However, this meant I had to buy another Apple MagSafe Power Adapter which I bought from the Apple Store for £50. I know that Apple accessory products are ridiculously expensive having had to buy a couple of batteries in the past, but I thought that £50 for a lead was more than a little over the top - and Apple really should be ashamed as we (as loyal customers to the Apple products) have to pay far too much for accessory items! Anyway.......I digress. Yes, it is expensive, but it is a necessity if I want to carry on using my Macbook Pro.
The thing I like particularly about these adapters as opposed to other laptop adapters is the fact that it has a magnetic connector which connects to the laptop. I have had adapters in the past where the prongs have, over time, become bent or even snapped, and obviously with a magnetic adapter this doesn't happen. Occasionally it does mean that the adapter is pulled out when I'm not really wanting it to come out, but I usually notice pretty quickly and so that's not a major issue. The magnetic connector means that the lead lasts for longer and my laptop doesn't get damaged by having a wonky pronged pushed in it. The magnetic connection will plug in in two orientations and so there is no need to line it up for successful connection or anything like that.
There is a little LED light on the top (and bottom) of the connecting part of the cable which illustrates that the cable is correctly connected and plugged in to the mains electricity. I like having this LED light as it reminds me that I need to plug it in because sometimes I forget. If the LED light is red then that means that the laptop is charging up, whereas if the LED light is green then that means the laptop is fully charged up and you are using the mains to power the laptop rather than draining the battery.
I haven't measured the cord length exactly, but its a pretty decent length. I would estimate that the cords length is about 1.8 meters and that's plenty long enough for my needs.
I had my old cord for about 4 years and it never frayed or became damaged despite being used for about eight hours a day - and so the extension cord is very robust and will last you a long time.....as long as you don't leave it in a log cabin in Scotland!
I love anything mac and again apple have created an amazing idea of a magnetised power supply.
The power supply is made from hard plastic and can easily withstand a hard knock or a drop as i have done this a few times and its still working very well.
The plug does get quite hot however and i was slightly concerned but after discussing this issue with Apple i was relieved to know that the plug is designed to run quite hot.
The product is the usual mac white and has been designed very well not only is it energy efficient but it looks fantastic
This charger will fully charge a mac in about one and a half hours and after a number of months works very well.
Apple have a fantastic returns policy and are always very helpful if there are any issues which make this power supply worth every penny
The power socket rests on the mac which means if you accidentally kick the lead you wont damage anything a fantastic design
In conclusion this product works very well but does get a bit hot
Its been designed wonderfully and i love it
Definitely worth a look
In my old job I was given a MacBook Pro to use, and the Magsafe power adaptor came with it. This power adaptor comes with Apple notebooks under this generic name, although there are slightly different variations (depending on what kind of Apple laptop you have and what generation it is), so always check which manufacturer 's code you need if you want to buy a spare or replacement.
Apple chargers have historically been difficult - in fact they have continued to make chargers known for exploding (!), but the MagSafe adaptor seems to be free from this problem. Therefore I would recommend buying only from the Apple store or an authorised Apple reseller (both of which will offer student discount, and resellers may be up for negotiation on price if you call them directly). Other outlets (particularly online) may not sell genuine Apple products, and I personally think that with electronics like these, you need to be extremely careful where you purchase from.
At its most basic, this power adaptor will charge your MacBook Pro so you can use it on the go. What sets the MagSafe adaptor apart is the magnetic connection to your laptop - hence the 'mag' part of the name. Rather than a pushing a connector into your computer, the end of the adaptor attaches magnetically, which has two big advantages.
Firstly, you don't have to fiddle with your laptop, moving it around to find the hole - you can feel the magnets attract when close enough, so the hard work is done for you. Secondly, if you (or someone else) trips over the wire, the MagSafe adaptor and wire will easily disconnect from the laptop rather than pulling it onto the floor. Personally, I found this feature could occasionally be a hindrance, as it can be quite easy to lose the connection and not realise your laptop's not plugged in - until you come back from lunch to a black screen. However, if you're careful then it works fine, and even if it only stops your laptop being pulled onto the floor once, then it's worth it.
With the charger you get the mains plug, a reasonable length of wire, and a small white box with the Apple logo on which is the charger itself). It's easy to transport and doesn't take up much space.
The main disadvantage of this charger is the price - at just under £60 it's shocking! So if you lose your charger or it stops working, expect to be paying more than an iPod Shuffle to replace it. I think this is completely overpriced, and clearly Apple has taken advantage of the more careless and unlucky amongst us. Also, if you transport your laptop between work and home, it's a bit off-putting to have to carry the charger around as well - the price would put me off buying a spare unless absolutely necessary. Even though the MagSafe feature is nice, I don't think it's worth this high price tag - sadly as it's Apple, the alternatives are extremely limited.
I've given this three stars - functionality-wise it's ok, and as ideas go it's pretty innovative and a good safety feature. However, it's far too expensive compared to other laptop chargers (generally between £15-£25), and it's not perfect in terms of the connection.
This was one of the features I was quite intrigued by when I bought my Macbook Pro about a year ago now. It's another simple yet well thought out product by Apple, whose simplicity can actually prevent quite a bad accident. This accident can be common with other laptops when you accidentally tug on their chargers and pull them onto the floor breaking them.
Luckily, Apple designed this power adapter in such a way by use of magnets, so it will quite simply be pulled out the laptop without dragging it onto the floor causing damage. The adapter fits in to the back of your Macbook Pro on the left side. The port is magnetic and I love the way the adapter is attracted to the whole and just slots in. This is the only magnetic port beside the Ethernet, USB and other ports so even blindly, you can slot the power in as it jumps in whilst holding it nearby! The adapter slots into 5 little holes on the magnetic port.
It comes out just as easily though if enough pressure is applied to the wire. This is good in case the wire is stepped on whilst drooping off the table onto the floor or whatever. However, the magnet is strong enough to prevent it just falling out all the time. It may move a bit if you move your laptop around and put pressure on the cable but it needs a good tug to be taken out.
The bit that plugs into your laptop has a little light on both the top and bottom as it can go in either way. The light is green when the laptop is fully charged and orange when it is in the process of being charged. This is quite a good indication, but you can also view your power status on the top toolbar on the Mac in an image, percentage or time view. You can also press the little button on the side of your laptop, which lights up the little green lights so you can see how many light up and how well-charged your laptop is. This is one feature of the laptop that many people forget about!
The adapter is all white and runs along a grey wire to the main chunk, which has an Apple logo engraved on it. This box then has another slightly thicker wire running to the mains. The design is all quite simple but works pretty well. I have seen one of these on Amazon.co.uk for £27.50, which isn't that cheap but you get one with the Macbook Pro in the first place. It's a good adapter and is a simple but effective idea compared to other ones.
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Retailing at around £50 this is basically a replacement adaptor for Macbook Pro users who have an unfortunate incident with a dog in the night-time (oops wrong story....) Having had to spend £150ish on replacement chargers for previous laptops (admittedly in the days when hardware was much more expensive -- you see I seem to leave adaptors here there and everywhere) I didn't feel too hard done by having to purchase this for £50.
The picture attached to this product (above) is midleading. Whilst the main adapter body is identical, being adorned with the apple icon in relief, and comprised of glossy white plastic, the connector is not. Instead, this model has a magnetised (more on this later) five pin attachment, also made of white plastic. The wire sits flush at right angles with its rectangular white plasticness, which attaches to the MacBook. A central small light glows orange when charging, green when fully charged, and not at all (obviously!) when plugged in. A thin cable of robust looking white plastic wire leads to the adaptor proper and can be wound around two clips that unclip from the rectangular piece. A much thicker cable leads to the plug.
As with other Mac products made of this white plastic, it has a tendency to discolour (hence is being phased out in other lines) so I'm slightly surprised that it's still being manufactured out of this material in spite of the sleek new aluminium MacbookPro.
It charges the computer whatever the mode it's running in, which is very handy and enables full charging. The magnetic connection is absolutely genius. It means if you trip over the wire you don't drag your laptop halfway across the room. Many a laptop has been destroyed in this way, or else the connection between charger and computer has been bent meaning that the connection has to be held together in some gymnastic like angle! Perfect.
This is not the power adaptor that was supplied with my macbook pro originally, but I bought this version about a month ago after the original was destroyed by my delightful pets!
This adaptor cost £59.99 from my local Apple Store, the price is the same online bit you would have to pay postage and packing too. This product may be available slightly cheaper on Amazon but I needed it urgently and also wasn't sure from the description that it was exactly the same product as the image was different to that on the Apple store's website.
I feel £59.99 is a very high price for a power adaptor, considering that I bought one for my old Toshiba for around £20 nearly four years ago. I feel that Apple may be taking advantage of the fact that they are the only suppliers and the macbook owners have no choice but to go to them for a replacement.
However, I only needed the replacement due to extreme damage, there was very little wear and tear on the original power adaptor after around two and a half years so maybe this adaptor will be incredibly durable and long lasting and prove its value that way.
The adaptor consists of a compact white box with a slim wire that connects to the laptop and the option for either a plug to go straight into the mains or a longer, thick cable with a plug on the end of it to extend the range of the adaptor.
The connection to the laptop is 'magsafe' which means that it disconnects easily and without damage to either the laptop or the adaptor if there is pressure on the wire, for example if you trip over it or accidentally catch it on something. I've found this feature very useful, and without it my laptop would have come crashing to the floor on numerous occasions!
One way in which this adaptor varies from the older style is that the wire doesn't jut out from the laptop at a right angle but instead lies smoothly alongside the side of the laptop in whichever direction works best. I think this is better, as the wire is less obtrusive and annoying and also the fact that it is less twisted probably means a longer life.
The adaptor gets a bit warm after several hours of use but not so hot as to be alarming, unlike some I've had in the past.
As usual for Apple, the packaging is beautifully designed, appropriate and user friendly. The adaptor itself however, is a bit of a letdown in the looks department. This is designed specifically for macbook pro computers, which are now all metal and silver in colour with black keys. However the adaptor is still the old fashioned white plastic and rounded corners of the earlier imacs and macbooks. Its a bit of a shame that it doesn't match more.