Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to cperdue)
I just want to put my two cents in, even though this thread is several months old. I've been an Apple user since 1985, and I have owned every laptop that uses the MagSafe adapter.
I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro 15 inch with Retina Display. The magnetic connection is LOUSY. It continues falling off, and like other folks here have mentioned, if you are sitting on the couch or in a chair, the slightest movement and POP it falls off. I have NEVER had another Apple product (with MagSafe) do this. This one is definitely weaker than all others in the past. I don't think there is a way to repair this---it's built-in and we will just have to live with it, unfortunately.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 1:29 PM (in response to cperdue)
Indeed.. sad.. I am a PC guy making the transition to MacBook and went the 3k $ expense to find out that every thing you see regarding the mag safe flaw to be true. This is a great computer and very very few design flaws if any except for this BIG one.
The new T shaped (wire at 90 deg) to the computer will disconnect at 10 degrees up or down on average tilt, this means any movement as stated on couch or recliner (airliner) will cause it to pop off. One website told of the cover being closed by the owner before noticing and CRACK screen was destroyed.
This HAS to be corrected as this machine could not be used in any 'mission critical operations as it it to risky to not notice your on battery. Yes indeed many ways to notify you but this is the first computer in 12 years and number six the only one ever to have power port issues in my personal experience with notebooks.
Unfortunate, this is going to be a deal breaker as my use requires the reliability. This is the issue, the connector is not reliable and the L shaped design didn't disconnect as easily so it also failed as the computer would hit the floor if you tripped on that one it didn't always work and disconnect as easily as hoped in design test, the new one does efectivly correct the L design flaw but goes to far and is not reliable in its intended "power supply" mission.
Sorry to have to admit this fine fast shinny machine will go back but I feel my attempts with the second power supply and adaptor may not be sucessfull (nor is my added expense to work around the design flaw enjoyable). I will hope that the L style with the new L to T adaptor make it more reliable, I am doubtful.
Buyer be aware, if you put this on the couch it may be offline when u return, the discriptions here are very very accurate in all reports that I read here!.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 2:28 PM (in response to MacB-Tom)
I posted about this back in June. I was planning on returning mine, but regretfully I didn't. I incorrectly thought I would just be able to adjust to it. Not so. I've learned better ways to avoid having the magsafe fall out...but, it's still a huge inconvenience. It's crazy that I should have to adjust my position to accommodate the macbook. Even with being extremely careful, it still falls out several times a day. Such a bummer.
I'm amazed that this issue isn't creating a bigger stink.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 2:42 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)
Has anybody taken their macbook into the genius bar to see if it is, in fact, defective? I haven't.
I think it's really strange that there could be such a huge flaw in the design without the discussion boards blowing up about it. If all magsafes disconnect like mine, I can't imagine it being acceptable to anybody.
I'm starting to think that maybe it is a defect. That would explain why only a handful of us are complaining about it.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to mbaheidi)
Honestly, everyone I know that has a retina MBP complains about this problem all the time. So it can't be as uncommon as you might think. But then again, most everyone I know also bought their MBP's when they first came out.
I dont understand why they couldn't put stronger magnets in them and replace it for people who are having this issue. This really isn't unacceptable.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 2:58 PM (in response to mbaheidi)
I have not taken mine into the Genius Bar, however, I did mess around with the MacBook Pros that were on display in the store. In my not-very-expert opinion, the MagSafe adapter felt the same to me on the store models as it does on my own model. In other words, they felt weak and the magnetic connection just was not strong. It seems like they are all this way, and not just ours---but that's just my opinion--I could be totally wrong.
I do find it odd that more people are not complaining about it. This is a total pain in the you-know-what, because this stupid plug is coming off all day long whenever I just slightly move it. This is my 7th Apple laptop (or maybe it's the 8th?), and this is the only one that has had such a weak magnetic connection like this.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2012 6:31 PM (in response to MacB-Tom)
The effective 'workaround' for us, comprised of purchasing a second MBP power supply with the old "L shaped" power plug then adding the Mag Safe 1 to 2 adaptor. With the total cost of around 70 bucks, I now have a machine that retains its connection to the power supply, most of the time.
The connection is far more secure with the supply cable exiting to the back of the machine. The chances of bumping inadvertently from the side are much less likely, in 3 days have only 'semi forced' the issue two times, each time the disconnect worked as was deigned disconnecting to protect the jack and plug.
The down side is this is almost a 3k USD investment. With this investment and our of copy of a well outfitted modern notebook, was it really my obligation to find a 'work around' ? I think Apple owes me for the investment, this is an obvious oversight in the design department at Apple and it was not 'test driven' in the field obviously with the number of complaints found online.
I suggest the Apple design team associated with the decision to add the new T-shaped MagSafe style adapter take several of these machines home on the weekend and let friends and family test drive and see what they think then honestly suggests to Apple management a workaround for a fix or recall.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 5:39 PM (in response to MacB-Tom)
I wonder if there is not a similar accessory that can be used with the magsafe adapter (so that you dont have to replace it and spend a bunch of cash)? I use my 15" rMBP a lot on my bed and I am finding this unbearable.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 6:55 PM (in response to cperdue)
The Magsafe 2 on my rMBP is almost too strong. I would have an Apple Genius look at it.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 6:56 PM (in response to Bf109)
I find that odd because there are 100's of threads online complaining about how weak and annoying it is. Perhaps you only use it at a desk where it isnt being subject to movement.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 7:10 PM (in response to Bf109)
You would not want a magnet on a wire loose near your computer.
The magnet is in the computer, not in the Magsafe end.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 7:19 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)
Blast it! Is there no work-around for this? Someone in another forum suggested buying a magsafe 1 L shaped charger and a Magsafe 1 to Magsafe 2 adapter but that is an $80 odd investment and whatsmore i have two magsafe 2 that would go to waste.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 10, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to cperdue)
The MagStay product helps with the MagSafe 2 disconnecting problem.
This company has older, other models available too.
Hope it helps.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 11, 2013 1:31 AM (in response to Michael Talmadge)
My only concern is that because it clips around the body of the machine you risk screwing up your monitor if you accidently close the screen with it plugged in there.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 11, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to Seychellian)
I have one, you do need to simply slide the magstay off the plug before closing the screen down. The lids rubber seal around the screen just stops on the lock, no big deal.