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I use the MagSafe Power Adapter in my Apple MacBook. They are great chargers, and the design, as with most Apple products, is pretty magnificent.
The cable connection is held in place by a magnet, making it safer if the wire is tugged and happens to come out of the laptop. At the main end of the adapter, there is a changeable end, so you can use the chargers in loads of different countries just by changing the adapter type.
The connector pins inside the charger have been designed so it can be inserted in either orientation. One problem here is, if the connector is facing one way, unfortunately it blocks some ports.
There is a small LED light on the connector, indicating the charge level in the laptop. If the light is green, the MacBook is charged. If the light is amber or red, the MacBook is charging.
Inside the connector end, there a 5 pins. 4 larger pins and 1 smaller pin, in the center. 2 pins inside the connector are grounded, preventing any dangerous situations for users. 2 pins in the connector carry the DC charge, and, the smaller pin, in the center controls the charge.
The MagSafe 60W charger comes in at around £60, which is quite expensive for what it is. You can get cheap, knock off versions of the MagSafe charger, but I doubt very much they work as well as the original Apple ones. Instead of wasting money on a cheaper version, that could possibly stop working after so long, I would go for the original Apple MagSafe charger.
I bought my apple macbook (the old style white one that they don't make anymore!) last year January. For a hefty price of about £850 for this device, it came accompanied with a charger which is basically this item I am reviewing.
It is essentially a white charger, with a long wire that at one end plugs into sockets, then halfway down the wire is this white block looking device which can be separated in two. This block is essentially the adapter to carry across the energy to the other end which is this small head which clicks into the macbook.
The Magsafe Adapter has quite a long cable, perhaps ten feet or so, which is ideally long enough for me as I carried my macbook to university with me, and often sockets would be at the back of the class room or the side wall in the library so this allowed me to use my macbook at a long enough distance I didn't need to be squashed in the corner of a room. The small plug end has 5 little screws which fit into the holes in the macbook to transmit the energy. It has a small light on this which is orange when charging and then turns green when the macbook is charged to full capacity. This helps if my macbook is off I will still know if it has been charged fully by the indicator light on the adapter. Not only is the Magsafe safe to use, but it also has a great feature which lets you know the status of the charge.
I have only had my macbook for 20 months so I was very disappointed last week when all of a sudden it stopped working! It initially began only charging at a very slow rate, and then it would only charge in a certain position if I held the wire at a certain angle and didn't move (how annoying!) and then by the end of the week it wouldn't do a thing. With my love of reviewing I didn't know what to do with myself! It's not like I could just borrow an ordinary charger for the time being so I trotted off to the apple store in Covent Garden to check out the price of a new adapter.
Well to my horror and surprise this item costs £65 brand new. Nearly dying I looked on amazon for a cheaper one but wasn't convinced of them being a genuine apple product. The genius that I am I then realised at the time of purchasing my macbook I also purchased apple care, which extended my warranty on my macbook to 3 years, and as I only had it for a year and a half I was entitled to a new charger. Yippee! Honestly, there was no way I wanted to fork out 65 quid on a new charger! The gentleman at the genius bar said it was the adpater block in the middle that was no longer working so he simply replaced this for me and I was a happy bunny.
Overall this is a good product but I was disappointed at the longevity of it, especially considering the high price tag. I do not consider myself a heavy user of my macbook, I did more so last year at university but since graduating it is only used as a leisure tool (lots of online shopping yay!) so I really don't see how it gave up so early. I have an old no name laptop that I bought in 2008 and to be honest the charger has never failed on me, and although it moves slow it has been reliable and I've not had to replace a thing. Apple seem very sly in making products that basically cannot be charged with anything other than their branding of chargers so lot's of money in their deep pockets. I guess I can't really say whether I'd recommend this or not because if you have a macbook you don't really have a choice but to use this anyway!
Anyone who has bought a brand new macbook pro will have been given one of these in their box. I bought the 2012 MacBook pro and got this as standard. I have been using it twice a day since i bought it and so far so good. No issues to report and even if there are issues, you get a very nice 1 year world wide warranty.
The power cable normally charges my Macbook to full charge in 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has not lost any of it power transmission since i bought it. It's been in heavy use as i'd like to call it, being used twice a day for 3 hours. It has got some scratches and marks on the actual block itself but the little connector at the end has remained in good condition despite being thrashed around. The LED lights up orange when charging and green when charged.
One thing to note is that the block does get quite hot and holding it in my hands while it is charging feels like it is burning. There is no obvious plastic burning smell though so it is safe and even when leaving it on charge for more than the charging time is safe. Leaving it on a carpet or rug is not a fire risk. I do it all the time, even with my iPad charger and have been doing so for years. It isn't an issue.
I am very pleased with the fact that this is eco friendly and therefore, saves money despite costing a lot of money to buy in the first place. It's around £30-£50 for a brand new one. It depends on the retailer as to what discounts you can get. I have noticed that the power consumption is much less than that of a regular windows laptop but is actually more economical than the 15 inch which has a stupid 85 watt charger, this is only 60w.
The charger is very simple and easy to set up. You get a small multi lingual manual which helps you set it up (it's just plug and play) and lots of health and safety mumbo jumbo which i couldn't see the point in for me. I know not to open it up and touch the insides.
Overall a high quality product from apple. you are paying not only for the brand, but the build quality, the 1 year warranty and the fact that you need one in order to use your £1000+ laptop so you really don't have much choice do you? Apple know that all too well. Still a highly recommended product.
This charger comes with every Apple laptop bought. I first got mine with my macbook around 3 years ago and it lasted around 2 and a half years, not brilliant, but I'm not sure if that is my own fault for having it bent behind my laptop to hide the wire so often! A new one of these chargers can be very expensive, although price will differ depending on where you buy it from. I bought my second one from Amazon for around £60. I do find that most computer brands chargers are expensive, Apple is not much different here.
The connection from the charger to the laptop is magnetic, so it is very easy to attach, it almost does it itself! A very nice little feature. This is meant to be useful so that if you somehow get caught in the wire or trip over it, the charger disconnects from the laptop and doesn't go flying onto the floor. I however find that this doesn't work, and my laptop does exactly that.
When the laptop battery is charging, a little light on this charger goes red to let you know that it is doing its job. When it has finished charging, the light on the charger goes green!
As I have already said, my charger did need replacing and although I often blame myself for misusing it, I do believe that the main connector isn't really attached to the rest of the wire very well, the plastic is very flimsy and I think the two could very easily be pulled apart.
Other than this though, it is a fairly good quality charger. I don't think any laptop charger is worth as much as you have to pay for them, but I guess our expensive laptops would be useless without them!
Although the world of power adaptors isn't especially exciting, there are products out there which are so clever in design that they have to be admired. One such item is Apple's Magsafe system which has revolutionised the way in which cables connect to laptop computers.
Many of us have tripped over a power cable at some point in our lives, perhaps resulting in laptop being pulled from a desktop or table onto the floor - and it's exactly this type of situation which a Magsafe adaptor can prevent. Here, the connecter attaches to the computer body by the power of magnetism - so excess strain on the cable will break the connection and pull it free from its socket rather than the computer itself being potentially destroyed. Legend has it that the system was first developed around ten years ago in order to make deep fat fryers safer.
Evolution & Revolution
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Nowadays all Mac laptop chargers have a Magsafe connector - although the design has sightly evolved since the first one was introduced in 2006. I've personally owned both this and the previous generation of Magsafe, which had a serious design flaw preventing it from being a five star product. The problem was the fact that it was a little flimsy at the end where the cable entered the adapter, and this resulted in the system breaking easily. I'm happy to announce that the newer Magsafe doesn't have this problem, and i've used mine for months and months without any reliability issues.
Specifications & Price
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The Magsafe's cable length is around ten foot, which is plenty long enough to stretch across a room. Not only is the Magsafe safe to use, but it also has a great feature which lets you know the status of the charge. Here, an LED on the end of the adaptor glows orange, and turns green when the process is complete. This is useful as you don't have to turn the computer on to check the charge level, or press the battery gauge button on the underside of the laptop (the standard system on Macs).
As previously mentioned, the Magsafe charger ships with all new Mac laptops - but how much will it cost if I need a new one? The short answer is "a lot", with a price in the region of £60 from the Apple store. Luckily there are a few 'third-party' versions available on eBay for a fraction of the cost - however, these cheaper versions (frequently made in China) aren't especially reliable, and often suffer from a short lifespan.
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Overall, the Apple Magsafe adaptor is a superbly designed charging system which has become even better with the subtle refinements implemented by Apple over the years. Yes, £60 is a lot of money to fork out should you want a replacement, but thankfully the lifespan of the product is good nowadays, and the system works extremely well preventing any nasty trip-related accidents.
I got a Macbook about a year ago after my Sony Vaio died quite extravagantly despite my only having owned it for about three years. I had never owned any Apple computers before but had had an iPhone for a few months by then, and since the Mac laptops and desktops always look so gorgeous and stylish, a Macbook was my first choice when it came to replacing my broken lappy. This meant getting used to several new things with the software, as I had never used a non-Windows operating system before, as well as some slight differences with tangible items as well.
== The Charger ==
Mac chargers are slightly different to those of pc laptops in that, instead of being plugged into the computer in order to charge it, they attach themselves magnetically and charge that way. This may just seem like a gimmick that Apple have employed in order to look interesting and different, but it actually has a very useful practical purpose. With traditional chargers, if you accidentally knock or trip over the charger cable and drag it along with you, chances are the attached laptop will decide to follow and come crashing down to the floor as well. This can have disastrous results for the computer and therefore your general stress levels. With Macs, however, this is no longer a potential danger, as if you do exact unexpected force on the cable, instead of pulling the laptop along with it, it simply de-attaches itself and although the cable will accompany you on your journey towards the floor, the laptop will stay minding its own business where you left it. This is because the magnetic attraction to the laptop, while it is sufficient to stay attached under normal circumstances, is not as strong as when it is physically plugged in and so can easily be removed, thus evading many accidents. Thus is the ingenious design behind the magnet attachment, which is one that I, as a relatively careless and clumsy person, know for a fact to work.
=== Appearance ===
My charger is, as most of them are, a clean, plastic white colour, which matches my Macbook perfectly. The cable is a few metres long, with the magnetic piece that attaches to the laptop at one end, and the main box of the charger and plug at the other. The plug piece is detachable, and so you can use different international plugs depending on where you are (which came included when I got the laptop), which is much better than using an adaptor. When not in use there are two clips that come out of one side of the box, around which you can wrap the wire to keep it tidy.
=== Use ===
Using the charger is really as simple as I described above: the magnetic end fastens easily to its slot on the upper left hand side of the main part of the laptop, and stays there securely unless you yank it out accidentally or carefully remove it intentionally. When it is first plugged in, a green light appears on the magnetic head to acknowledge that it has been recognised by the laptop, before turning to orange after a few seconds, to indicate that it is now charging the laptop battery. When the battery is fully charged the light again turns to green so that you know to stop charging.
I've had no problems with using this charger, generally, as the magnet always attaches and charges without incident. I have been grateful for the charger disconnecting when force is imparted upon it on several occasions, as I am forever tripping over the wire or leaving it in inconvenient places, which is the fault of my own and not of the cable in any way. Because of its quick de-attachment from the laptop, crisis has been averted many times in the short year that I have owned it. The charger seems to add a few percent per minute to the battery while the laptop is in use, so it usually takes only an hour or so to fully charge it from an empty battery even while I am using my Macbook.
=== The Time I Had a Problem ===
All this said, my original charger did die a month or so ago, after I had only had it for ten months. This was, however, almost certainly due to a power surge or something similar, as within the same few days my flatmate's laptop charger, as well as the fridge, also broke. While this was very annoying and meant I couldn't use my laptop for quite a while, as soon as I was back in the UK and in a town which has an Apple store, they very quickly replaced it when I brought it in to the shop and said that it had broken, as I was within warranty. I very much doubt that many of the chargers break outwith an accident such as a power surge, but it is good to know that if yours does break relatively soon after purchase, they will replace it for you for free.
=== What You Can Use This Charger With ===
The 60W charger can be used with Macbooks and the 13 inch Macbook Pros, but a different wattage should be used for larger Macbook Pro models and for Macbook Air. That said, I have used my parents' charger for their Macbook Pro 15" to charge my laptop on occasion, and have found that it also works, though I doubt that it is particularly good for the battery to do so as it has a higher wattage (85W). Still, it's good to know that, when desperate, you can use other Magsafe chargers to charge other Apple laptops as they have the same attachment.
== In Conclusion ==
When all is said and done, and the battle lost and won at that, this is a good charger and one I am happy to use, which is a good thing, since we Macbook users are given no choice in the matter. Despite there being iPhone and iPod chargers made by other companies, which cost a lot less than official Apple versions, the only Macbook chargers available seem to be the official ones, and so if you don't like them, you're basically stuck with them. If you have an extended warranty or Applecare you should get a new one for free if anything should happen to it, but if not you'll have to fork out £50 for a replacement should it break. Since many other laptop chargers cost in the region of £30-40, the Apple chargers are, as usual, the most expensive of the bunch. At least, due to the magnet aspect, you're less likely to break your laptop through clumsiness with this charger than you are using a Windows laptop charger, and so this may actually end up saving you money in the end.
I write all of my reviews on a lovely MacBook laptop and as such have a power adapter in order to charge it up. I have been through a number of power adapters much to my frustration, nothing to do with the Apple product going wrong, no, one time my daughter sucked on the end and shorted it out and another time my dog bit through the wire completely so I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to these chargers. The one thing that I'm not so pleased about when it comes to these chargers is the price tag, £60 to replace them which gets quite costly in my house when it has been destroyed again!! This includes postage and packing as I always buy mine online from the Apple Website as our closest store is a little way away and I hate having to go there all the time to get new power adapters!!
What I love about this power adapter is that it has a magnetic bit at the end of it which helps you to plug it into the laptop quickly and allows you to feel safe int he knowledge that you have plugged it into the right hole in the computer, a big worry if you are not that technologically minded. I find that this also provides a really good fit too and keeps it safer than say just an ordinary cable and power lead on other computers or laptops. According to the website information on the product, the magnetic DC connector ensures your power cable will disconnect if it experiences undue strain and helps prevent fraying or weakening of the cables over time.
When the laptop is charging there is a red/orange light (a little circle/dot) of light that firstly shows you that all is working correctly with the laptop and that it is powering up nicely and that you have remembered to plug it into the wall correctly and have switched on the electricity. Once the laptop is fully charged that light will turn to green to tell you that the battery life is now full and charging has been completed.
I also like the fact that this cable is very long. In our house all of our plug sockets are hidden so we need quite long lengths of wire to do anything and this charger has a really long wire. There are two parts to it, the thick part of the cord which has the plug at the end and then a smaller cord which has the part that plugs into the laptop.
Once charged up the laptop will last a few days which I really like although I generally tend to leave the power adapter plugged in so the laptop is always full of juice when I need it. It easy to store if you won't want to keep it plugged in as it winds up around itself and all in all I find it a good product which helps me to achieve a fully powered laptop.
This the charger which comes as standard with every Apple Macbook and 13 inch Macbook Pro. The new model is known as an L shape charger, as opposed to the old T style charger, as you can see from the picture, it attaches to the laptop parallel, as opposed to perpendicular to it.
The charger itself has quite a long cord, about 2-3 metres in length. When the connector is plugged into the laptop, the LED, on the connector lights up. It is orange for when the laptop is being charged, and once it has been charged the light will turn green. The charger is white and features the apple logo on the adapter. It also has an added feature where two clips can be extended from the adapter box and this can be used to wire the cable round to keep the cables tidy. I really like the design of the power adapter itself. It is typical Apple style, and looks expensive, and stylish.
The adaptor has a magnetic DC connector. When you hold the connector close to the charger port, you can feel the magnetism pulling the connector into the laptop. This is very useful as so many times I have stood up and accidentally tripped over the charger wire. Instead of this pulling the laptop onto the floor and damaging it, it simply pulls the cable out of the laptop, leaving the laptop undamaged.
I owned this charger for about 3 months before it broke. Upon searching online I found that this is actually a very common problem and that the chargers are notoriously unreliable. I suddenly noticed that the charger seemed to stop charging my laptop. I slightly moved the connector and the light on the charger relit up and the laptop started charging again. I found that with the slightest little movement the laptop would stop charging immediately. This was extremely frustrating and meant I would be sat with my laptop terrified to move for fear of disrupting the charging. Eventually I found it harder and harder to get the connector in a position where it would successfully charge my laptop. After about 2 weeks of experiencing the charging problem, the charger appeared to be completely dead.
Fortunately I paid for the Apple Care Protection so the charger was covered and this enabled me to get a new one free of charge, which I haven't had any problems with yet.
To save me the trouble of going to an Apple store I went online to see how much I could buy a new charger for it... I was expecting it to be about £10-15... Imagine my shock when I went on the Apple website and saw that it was in fact £60!! This is incredibly high for a charger and I'm glad that I have the warranty that covers it!
This is the power adapter which comes with every new laptop bought from apple. The actual model number and physical size differs with the exact model you buy but this review applies to all of them.
Firstly to buy a new one is very expensive. Mine was £85 but they go as long as £40 for the smaller low powered models. There main feature is the magnetic connector into the laptop which means if you trip over the wire it lets go of the laptop rather than pulling it off the desk. The only problem is the adapter is very fragile. The wiring is easily bent and broken inside the housing and the actual magsafe part which is thin plastic gets smashed up easily as it did in my case. Other owners suggest you need to replace the product every year and that is around the time mine broke.
These are the kind of things you don't get told in most product reviews. Other than the poor quality though and the price tag there is little else to tell. For your money you get it in some nice packaging with some stickers as all the other Apple products. It comes in two parts the top part with the magnet and the bottom half with is region specific with the plug into the wall. This bottom half is of a much better quality and should survive the best of time