Power to the people?
June 17, 2010 10:04 AM Subscribe
MacBook (Pro) owners: Any luck with generic, non-OEM power adapters?
posted by bhayes82 to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My MacBook Pro (early 2008) is on its third AC/DC power adapter. I'd like to think that my crumbly old house has weird power issues, but the MacBook Pro's power adapter is the only device I've had trouble with. It's not the socket, it's not the plug, it's the adapter itself (or the MagSafe connector). Works fine for several months, but then it shows signs of a flaky connection, and a few weeks later altogether stops working.
I'll be taking it to a "Genius" Bar to get it replaced yet again--thanks, AppleCare, that's why I bought you--but I'd like to get an extra power adapter as a backup (and for travel convenience.)
Since the genuine Apple power adapter seems to be a complete pile of shit, I don't see any point in spending $70+ for the official Apple-branded adapter. eBay's purveyors of fine, imported Chinese goods offer generic adapters for $20. Shipped.
I usually try to steer clear of off-brand equipment, but when the genuine part has such a lousy reputation for reliability, I can't imagine I have much to lose. Well, other than the usual risk of undervoltage, overvoltage, or a spontaneous combustion which burns the house down. Y'know.
So, is anyone using one of those off-brand power adapters? Did it burn your house down?