PB power adapter

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Karatehero, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. Karatehero macrumors member

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    My 12" powerbook's power adapter is dying. The cable that connects to the laptop is making a funny noise right where it is connected to the transformer. I'm assuming that internally there are some bad wires.

    Anyways, I went to buy a new one and I discovered that not only are they $80 but they have gotten terrible ratings. People really really hate the ones they have bought.

    I dont' want to buy a new adapter only to have it break in a month. What do you guys suggest? Shoudl I just buy the apple one or should I try a 3rd party one? Has anyone bought a 3rd party one?
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Look on eBay, Apple ones go for around $40 - $50 there. That's pretty much what you'll pay for a decent 3rd party one. If you do get a non-Apple one, at least get it from a well-known retailer like OWC (macsales.com), so that you know you're getting something decent that won't break your Powerbook.
     
  3. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget it is also covered under Applecare if you still have time left on your powerbook.

    $79 is a bit much, but if you buy on ebay make sure you get the right model 60w v 80w, not sure what you need.
     
  4. Karatehero thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats a good call. I'm not that worried about the $$$, I'm more worried about buying garbage. I'm surprised to read reviews like that from Apple. I always brag about their quality and then I shoot myself in the foot.
     
  5. theahnman macrumors member

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    Not Covered under AppleCare, apparently...

    Apparently, damage to the power adapter isn't covered under AppleCare. They claimed that I was pulling on the wires so it wouldn't be covered...
    There's a whole long story to this, but I'll save my energy for my very long letter to Apple Corporate and Investor Relations office.
     

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