Are the OWC chargers genuine?
I need to find a power adapter for this A1181 MacBook. I know I should probably go pick one up from the Apple store for $79, but the Intel GMA MacBooks tend to be cheaper then the OEM charger (with the exception of the 2009 nVidia model). Since I have the 3GB Late 2006 (GMA 950) I’d like to try and save a few bucks if I can by avoiding going to Apple directly. On one hand I have zero faith in eBay and Amazon due to their track record, but OWC supposedly sells genuine units bulk packed (which is fine since I don’t need the box). Since I’ve found the 85W part (generally) is priced within a few dollars of the 60W (with Pro compatibility) or is priced the same regardless of wattage (direct from Apple), I’m just going to get an 85W unit so I have one that works with both machines.
Since I’m going to get an 85W for a 60W machine, I need to be sure I’m getting a real charger so the machine can tell the charger it only needs to pull 60W of power. The issue with the OWC units is I found a thread on MacRumors that shows their bulk pack chargers have typical signs of being fake despite being called OEM. Since these fake chargers do not communicate with the machines to cap it at 60W if you use an 85W on a 60W system, this will probably create major problems for me.
Has anyone ordered from OWC to find these problems are common? If so I may need to buy a used 85W or pay way too much for a new charger from Apple for a machine that’s cheaper to buy used :(.
Is this a good question?