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HT5234 What's the deal with the "L power cord"?  Buy one every year?

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Sep 22, 2012 12:34 PM

After only a year of use my "L power cord" gave up. I read about a power cord recall program but it wasn't for me.  So I have to "cough up" $80 for a new one (1 year warranty) or get one for $61 (90 days warranty).


What's the deal with this product???


Did Apple fix the original issues with the power cord???


Am I expected to buy a power cord every year???


What a great deal!!!!!

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  • sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)

    I've had two of those cords for over 2 years with no prolems, cablesneed to be treated with care, careful winding, and most importanly, do no stress either end. (twisting, pulling,  etc.).


    Carefully coil your cable in a neat circle with out twisting it all up. Also I have 3 of the original magsafe connectors that still work perfectly, due to careful and correct coiling, if you don't know coiling techiques, have someone who knows cables show you. They should show you at an Apple store.(I would think for no charge)



  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,085 points)

    It's amazing that Apple has to explain proper care of things like power adapters, but they do:


    Mac notebooks: Reducing cable strain on your MagSafe power adapter















    This applies to anything with a power cord.


    I have PowerBook G4 adapters that are over a decade old. They were all in heavy use involving frequent travel. None ever frayed and they all work fine to this day.


    Take care of them and they last. All you need is a little bit of common sense.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  27 years Apple!


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