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    Red face Failed power chords
    OK so my 2nd power chord has gone out in 3.5 years. I am looking on eBay and see them for 20 - 30 $ much better then the apple store's 80$ price tag.

    If i live in the USA, do i need the 60 watt or 80 watt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleXcore View Post
    OK so my 2nd power chord has gone out in 3.5 years. I am looking on eBay and see them for 20 - 30 $ much better then the apple store's 80$ price tag.

    If i live in the USA, do i need the 60 watt or 80 watt?
    If you live in the USA...it's actually a "power cord" not chord!

    A "chord" is a music related term:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord_(music)

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    The MacBook uses a 60W power cord while some models of the MacBook Pro use the 85W. Don't buy a cheap power cord from eBay. It's not worth risking your machine's power input controller to save a few bucks.

    Regards.

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    this topic made me wonder about my 13" Macbook Pro. i am using the 65W that i hard wired into my desk at work to hide it and realized that the Pro's were 85W and my 13" is now a Pro so is this 60W cable not enough now?
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    Your machine uses the lower power rated cord. The larger screen MacBook Pro machines from the recent line use the higher rated power cord. What you're using should be OK.

    Actually, I have read of folks using the higher rated cords (85W) on their MacBook without any problem or harm to the machine. The heavier amount of current being drawn by the larger screen machines is the reason the cords are rated at 85W. Your MacBook Pro is a 13" model and is rated the same as the 13" MacBook.

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    this stuff on Ebay looks like the same stuff you can get at the apple store. I think they just buy whole sale and get them at reduced bulk rates and resale them at a fair price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleXcore View Post
    this stuff on Ebay looks like the same stuff you can get at the apple store. I think they just buy whole sale and get them at reduced bulk rates and resale them at a fair price.
    I'm all in favor of saving a few dollars where you can. Ex. You're getting ripped of big time purchasing HDMI cables made by Monster.

    But related to this item, would suggest comparing the user reviews for that bulkrate stuff that is also sold on Amazon (and not as cheap as ebay). Think you'll find a dramatic percentage of reviewers that have used them and suggest to their fellows - buy the real thing.
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