PB power adapter

Karatehero

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Jan 5, 2004
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Pittsburgh
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?
 

livingfortoday

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Nov 17, 2004
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The Msp
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.
 

Bibulous

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Jan 19, 2005
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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.
 

Karatehero

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Jan 5, 2004
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Pittsburgh
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.
 

theahnman

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Sep 8, 2003
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Annandale, VA
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.