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The apple Magsafe adaptor is something out of this world. Whilst most consumer products include a bland black box suspended by two lengths of cord to charge a device, Apple has deferred from this same old concept and has come up with something as revolutionary as the product that it charges.
The design of this Apple Magsafe adaptor is in a league of its own. With a high gloss white design, metallic installations and the inclusion of the most famous and well known piece of fruit on this planet, this simple charger shouts 'premium' to everyone near it. Apple has thought about the design and use of this component about as much as the products this company sells.
Apple knows that people hate buying things they will only use once or twice and this is why they masterfully incorporated a 'chop and change' accessibility option to this charger. What this means is that not only can you charge your MacBook Air in your place of residence, but you can also bring your charger and MacBook abroad by simply clicking off the provided terminal attachment and slipping on one that is compatible with the power outlets at the country you are visiting. On top of this nifty idea, the ability to slip off the power terminal also allows for an easy fix should you accidentally bend or damage the terminal connected. This not only reduces landfill, but also reduces your money out of pocket. We cannot forget the genius idea of incorporating a magnet to clip the charger into your MacBook Air. Not only does this save time trying to fiddle the cable into its place but also again prevents money spent on a new charger.
As with everything ever built, there are a few little flaws.
Firstly, with this product being made of high gloss plastic, it is bound to attract fingerprints; not that anyone really looks down at your laptop charger and judges its cleanliness.
The fact that the cable is made of a rubberised material also means more marks in the form of dirt. This happens with just about every charging cable Apple has ever produced. But this can be cleaned off with a wet piece of paper towel of a wet wipe.
The big white box is well... big and the cable can become a little worn at times.
Despite these minor flaws, Apple has easily created the best wired charger for a portable device ever.
I bought my Mac Book Pro about a year ago. After a short while, I discovered that its battery isn't the best, and unlike Apple's claims (more than 7 hours of intensive usage), I could only squeeze about 1-3 hours of battery life, depending on what I was doing with my laptop. I decided to buy another charger to keep in the office,
I bought this one, and surprisingly, it was awful. When connecting it to the machine - only one time out of two it was charging. In other times the onscreen message was "connected but not charging".
After going back and forth with the Apple support team, we discovered that the Mac Book Air charger has lower voltage (45Watt) than the one needed for Mac Book Pro. The apple support team mentioned that it is good enough to keep the MBP alive (i.e. to maintain operation), but not to charge the battery.
So, my recommendation is the following - if you have an old Mac Book Air charger, use it to work with your Mac Book Pro. It won't violate the warranty, or hurt your laptop. It won't charge your MBP though so if you do own a pro, pay close attention to the charger that you are buying...
Overall, it was my bad for not reading the fine print, but it should be a warning for all of you, as this can be confusing!
I've had a MacBook Air since Christmas (which I love by the way!) and I was given the Magsafe Power Adapter with it when I purchase it. I have looked at how much these cost to buy by itself, and I was actually shocked to discover that it will set you back between £40 to £60 - which seems ridiculously expensive for a power adapter, even by Apple's standards!
The power adapted comes in two parts - which easily slot together.
The unique feature about this power adapter is that it connects to the computer by magnet and therefore there is no chance of the adapter damaging the computer or damaging itself if there is stress on it. I have had a number of laptops in the past where the adapter prong has become bent or otherwise damaged in some way, and this has meant I've had to repair the computer as it was impossible for it to power up - which is really annoying! Thie magnetic connection method means that the adapter simply becomes un-stuck and there is no damage to the laptop or the connector. The magnet is strong enough that it does not continually become accidentally detached from the laptop - but on occasion this will happen.
I like the fact that when storing the cord for travelling, the cord can be wrapped around the adapter itself securely so that the leads do not become tangled - and also so that it takes up less room.
I also like the fact that there are two options for plugging the adapter into the wall - either via the main block or with the extension attached. I usually use the extension as I like the length it gives me and the freedom to move around. The only negative is that the power block does tend to get pretty hot with it's being used - although it cools down quickly afterwards.
Overall, while expensive, I think this is a great adapter and far superior to the other adapters that use the typical prong design. I do wish the price would come down though!.
When I first got my used macbook it had no power adapter and naturally I was not pleased that apple wanted so much money to get me up and running. Of course I had to shell out and now i have its clear why apple can ask high prices. Their products are just so well made. It's not just the reputation that makes you think apples gear is better than others. The unit is beautifully designed and made and extremely hard wearing. Little touches such as the angled cable holders that fold out from the corners show you how much thought has gone into it, the wire itself is thin enough to flex but still strong enough to wind up repeatedly.
The main unit can plug directly to a wall socket or into an extension, each of which plug seamlessly into the main unit.
Of course the true breakthrough is the magsafe connector, plug this into your mac and you no longer have to worry about kicking you precious machine to the floor. The connector plugs into the mac with a satisfying pull but will always pull free before moving your mac. It really is genius