Should i buy generic power adapter?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kinzkarazy, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. kinzkarazy macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2013
  2. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I would never take a chance with a power supply to save a few bucks. You are taking a big damage risk to save a relatively small number of dollars.
  3. Tinknock71 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2008
    Westland Michigan
    Save up and buy OEM. Don't mess with generic when it comes to a $1000 + computer.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Normally I would say go ahead, but the latest electrocution news from China are disturbing. I would look for a used one on eBay in good condition. Apple has a web page that tells you how to spot the genuine ones.
  5. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    Penny wise, Pound stupid?

    Don't do it.

    Many Apple product resellers have very liberal return policies, including Apple Stores.

    Just sayin'. ;)
  6. teffers macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I would say go OEM. A generic PSU is just too much of a gamble.
  7. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I do not recommend third party cables / batteries etc. Buy from Apple. You have peace of mind, a warranty that's worth something, and a genuine like for like replacement.
  8. Theydonboi macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Really can't recommend cheap cables. Bought two off eBay because the official one seemed so expensive, but both knock-offs lasted less than a few months and were badly made to the point of being dangerous. Ended up buying an official Apple one on top of that.

    Buy cheap, buy twice. Or, in my case, thrice.
  9. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2013

    Hmm..risk ruining a $1000 machine to save a few dollars on a stupid cable?

    How about you just take your main charger with you when you take the computer out and about? If you're traveling, why would you leave your main charger at home? You gonna use it at home while you and the computer are on the road? Don't answer that, it's rhetorical..
  10. l.a.rossmann macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2009
    I buy good knockoff.

    There's a saying - isn't it funny how the people who don't have the money to buy the right thing have the money to buy the wrong thing over and over again? I agree with this, but at the same time, the original isn't anything special to begin with. Look at the user reviews on Apple's own website, it's a cheaply made charger that they sell for almost $100.

    Bad knockoff will do that **** where it sparks when you are fiddling to plug it in. If you jump on eBay and buy some $18 **** with free shipping, you deserve what you get, IMO.

    But, good original will make you feel silly spending nearly $100 for a 18v switching power supply with flimsy wiring.

    In my experience, I will murder all of them with time, so I buy the good knockoffs, costs mid $20s and I don't want to cry when I eventually kill it.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Never used that, but go for it and let us know!
  12. MrGimper macrumors 601


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    If you have AppleCare, ring them up and tell them your charger has given up. They'll just send you a replacement, no issues. Free second charger!

    Well, that's what a colleague of mine did :)
  13. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    If it doesn't kill you first.

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