need 2nd Power Adapter for new MBPro - - any alternative to Apple's?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by malch, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. malch macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Hi there,
    I need a second power adapter for a new MacBook Pro (85W MagSafe Power Adapter) to carry around with me. I just read about fifty posts from people who love Apple (as do I) but hate these power adapters - - most common complaint is that they fray, and don't last.
    My question: is there a better alternative?
    Thanks for any advice.
    (by the way, one feature I like on my current Apple power adapter, for my G4 powerbook, is that it lights up green when there's juice. I'm hoping to get this feature with whatever power adapter I get for the new MacBook Pro)...
  2. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
  3. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    You can get generic ones on eBay; they're basically regular bricks soldered to Magsafe heads, and run about half the price of official adapters. They won't last any longer than the regulars, as the flaw is in the Magsafe head itself, but at 40 bucks a pop, they'll effectively last twice as long per dollar.
  4. malch thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Thank you all for your advice. I'll check out the mikgyver and the knock-offs. My gosh, you'd think Apple would attend to the obvious flaw design in its own product!

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