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Just today, the power adapter (60W MagSafe Power Adapter) for my 13" Steel Macbook broke(-ish).

While this in itself is not a major problem as my macbook is just over a year old and still within its warranty which will cover the extortionate cost for replacement, after reading the reviews on the website, I'm now questioning if it is worth buying a new one and just make do with the broken and extremely temperamental one i have.

Are there any alternative non-Apple power adapters available, or am I going to be forced to buy a replacement MagSafe one?
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Mag-safe adaptor I think you mean - I imagine there are other products out there but I wouldn't let one go near my MBP. My first mag-safe charger lead began to bare the wires after about a year. I took it back to the shop, showed them it and they replaced it straight away. From my experience, some are fantastic and the others break. My second one seems to be the former of those two.

I suggest going for another one and seeing how that goes.
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The MagSafe connector is patented. And any aftermarket replacements would be of dubious quality. Apple has very specific care and handling instructions for the adapter for a reason, it is not the most robust adapter in the world. See here:

Apple Portables: Reducing cable strain on your MagSafe power adapter

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How did it "break?"
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If it's within warranty which will cover the replacement why are you worried about the cost? Surely it's a no-brainer?

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I have no idea...

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If it's within warranty which will cover the replacement why are you worried about the cost? Surely it's a no-brainer?
It was never the cost that bothered me (well -ish, it's still too expensive), but after reading all the terrible reviews, I didn't want to replace it with the same one, only for it to break again in another year, by which time my warranty will have run out. I've settled for sending off for a replacement, I just hope it lasts longer...
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I think people are generally rough with power supplies, which is a big part of the low rankings for the power adapters. I've owned four of them so far and only had one fail - and that one was the original one that came with my '06 MacBook Pro - and it wasn't the cables that were damaged or anything, it just stopped charging one day (still provided AC power).

I think if you follow the guidelines set forth by Apple in the link I posted previously, you'll be fine with your replacement. But if you drag the supply around by its cable or wind the cord too tight, you'll have problems.

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