Why can't a company as technologically superior as Apple make a power cord that doesn't fray, bend and break?
The power cord's connection to the port is probably the lowest tech thing you can find on any Apple product. Yet, that's the first thing that fails.
I guess engineers would call it a "stress failure." Taking the connection on and off so often cause a slight bending that over time results in the casing to split open, exposing the wire inside. Keep using it, and the wire itself will break.
I got sick of replacing my power cord; a new Apple 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (for MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro) is listed at $79. That's outrageous, don't you agree? Especially since they make you buy the entire thing. (Shown at right.)
So, I have adapted my adapter by reinforcing it with a paper clip--to avoid excessive wear and bending--and wrapping it in Scotch® tape. It seems to have worked, for now anyway. Although it sure looks clunky.
I'm sure I'm not the only one having this problem, (see customer reviews here) seeing as how I've seen the connection redesigned at least once.
Maybe Apple should try again.
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