I was reading a post this morning in one of the forums concerning the MagSafe power adapter for the MacBook. The poster complained of having to replace the adapter only after six months of use with a new one. I went over to the Apple store and this seems to be a problem for many who are using this new type of adapter.

If you are not familiar with the adapter, Apple explains that it is:

The 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter features a magnetic DC connector that ensures your power cable will disconnect if it experiences undue strain and helps prevent fraying or weakening of the cables over time. In addition, the magnetic DC helps guide the plug into the system for a quick and secure connection.

When the connection is secure, an LED located at the head of the DC connector will light; an amber light lets you know that your portable is charging, while a green light tells you that you have a full charge. An AC cord is provided with the adapter for maximum cord length, while the AC wall adapter (also provided) gives users an even easier and more compact way to travel.

A replacement adapter is $79.95 so this is no inexpensive item. I noted that of the 392 reviews, the adapter was only given a rating of 2 out of 5 stars. Which would seem to indicate that there are not many folks that are very happy with this type of an adapter.

Not knowing very much about Apple nor their products, I guess my question is, are these adapters defective in design? What is Apples stance on replacing these adapters?

Comments welcome.

Apple reviews here.

[tags]apple, magsafe, adapter, power, macbook, [/tags]