MBP Charger on eBay?

Delighted

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone has had experience buying MBP chargers on eBay? I found some really affordable ones but not quite sure if they are the legitimate Apple chargers, not sure if that would matter but I just want to know. Thanks.
 

IngerMan

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Feb 21, 2011
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Hi, I was wondering if anyone has had experience buying MBP chargers on eBay? I found some really affordable ones but not quite sure if they are the legitimate Apple chargers, not sure if that would matter but I just want to know. Thanks.
I would not risk it. OWC has decent discounts on power bricks.
 

Ccrew

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Feb 28, 2011
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I bought one of the pre-magsafe ones for a Powerbook on eBay once, it was DOA brand new. Research at the time showed that wasn't uncommon.
 

Takashi

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I won't buy it. The failure rate for these adaptors are so high so it might be best to buy one from apple and use the warranty if needed.
 

GGJstudios

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I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery, or charger. Apple has not licensed the MagSafe adapter technology to any other company, so "knockoff" adapters or batteries are not assured to work properly with Apple's charging technology. I would only trust Apple chargers and batteries for use in their notebook computers.
 
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Krazy Bill

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I wouldn't trust or recommend any non-Apple battery,
This thread is about the magsafe charger.

OP: Years ago I used a knock-off charger to keep one at my office. It worked fine for about 4 months then silently died. Lesson learned: If you pay a premium price for the laptop, pay the premium price for the one component that keeps it going.

Now RAM, hard Drives and SSD's... that's another matter.
 

takeshi74

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Lesson learned: If you pay a premium price for the laptop, pay the premium price for the one component that keeps it going.
Paying for the right component is what matters. Paying premium price for a cheap knockoff doesn't help.
 

MagicBoy

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Buy genuine.

One of the lads a work bought a second magsafe to save him unplugging it from eBay. Item shown was OEM, he received a reproduction and he's had nothing but trouble with it.