The picture is of two identical 60W MagSage Power Adapters, the kind that came stock with 2009 “Unibody” Apple MacBooks that year. They came with machines bought 42 days apart in 2009. BAGKA, the one on the left, was used with my machine which was bought first, and saw a lot of use and is literally scuffed from use. YAGKA, on the right, came with the second MacBook 42 days later, and the machine saw next to no use and literally sat at home plugged in carefully. YAGKA looks new, smells new, feels new – the power cord still has that slightly rough sandpaper feel that all new MagSafe adapters cords have.
42 days ago, BAGKA failed without warning. In the morning, it was fine. In the evening, it didn’t charge either computer. If you stuck your ear next to it, you could hear a steady static buzz that didn’t change whether it was plugged in or not. The next day, I went out and bought a new power adapter because I thought I’d destroyed BAGKA with use.
Today, YAGKA failed without warning. In the morning, it was fine. In the evening, it stopped charging, and it’s making the same static buzz noise that BAGKA did.
So my question is: as unnerving as it is to have these fail exactly the same number of days apart as we bought them, did we get unlucky? Or, are we caught up in some wider quality problems that Apple hasn’t spoken up about yet?
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