Magsafe Power Adapter: How Long Will It Last?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Kelped, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Kelped macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    How long should I expect the Magsafe power adapter to last? Do I need to be extra careful when handling it? Will it hold up to the stresses of twice-daily winding and unwinding?

    It is definitely not worth the $80 that Apple charges, so I'm wondering if I should try to get a replacement a week or two before the warranty ends.

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you take care of it, it should last years. I've never had to replace one, in almost 4 years... still good as new. Just don't pull it out of the MBA by the cord. Grab the connector and tilt it to break the magnetic grip instead.
  3. adamtheturtle macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2011
    The picture you posted is an iPod / iOS device cable, not a MagSafe Mac charger. The latest ones have been fine for me and, if you're in the US, Apple will replace frayed MagSafe white chargers.
  4. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    The magsafe for my Air is going on three years now, and the one on my old 2006 Macbook is a bit over five.
  5. Neolithium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2010
    Wherever the army needs me.
    with the iDevice I'd be careful and pull it out by the actual connector and not the cable. I've never had an issue but the wife has hooped a few of them. As for the MagSafe...hell that thing is so durable it's not even funny, I'd never worry about kids have basically kicked it off my MBA and my MBP countless times and it still works perfectly.
  6. Total Respray macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
    My adapter gave up after just three months. I suspect a loose connection. Replaced it at Apple store where I was told that problems are not uncommon because of the large number of wires inside.
  7. slapguts macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    My current MBA is a Genius Bar replacement for my overheating first generation MBA.

    When Apple replaced it, my adapter was at home, so they didn't give me a new one. So my current adapter is a day 1 adapter for the MBA. So mine has been going strong, and still looking like brand new since January of 2008. It's been dragged from Denver to Austin, to Duluth, Manhattan, Seattle, Miami, Brussels, Amsterdam and the UK.
  8. forum user macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2008
    I know those pictures. The cable for the iPhone 3G gave up really soon after purchase. That was still in 2008. The cable for the iPhone4 is still going strong.

    I would't compare those cables to the Magsafe connector. These seem to be much more sturdy in comparison.

    - Olaf

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