Product Type: Apple UPS and power devices
Newest Review: ... 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, t... more
Very unreliable and VERY expensive to replace!
Apple MagSafe Power Adapter
Member Name: lozzyjay
Apple MagSafe Power Adapter
Advantages: Looks nice and stylish
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!
Summary: Way too expensive for a charger!
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