In a class action suit settlement, Apple has reportedly agreed to give refunds of $25-$79 to as many as 2.3 million PowerBook & iBook owners who purchased faulty power adapters that were prone to spark.
Customers who bought certain replacement adapters for PowerBook and iBook computers are eligible for the settlement, according to documents filed in federal court in San Jose. U.S. District Court Judge James Ware granted preliminary approval of the agreement March 24.
The settlement has not yet been finalized with an approval hearing scheduled for September 8th.
I'm not a big fan of the PowerBook and iBook adapter - while it was cool to have the green and orange glowing ring on the adapter to indicate whether the adapter was charging - the thin cable shielding the adapter would often crack and then the cord would fray and break (or spark).
I'm a big fan of the magsafe adapter - I just wish it was sold in more locations so it would be easy to find a spare or quick replacement without driving to the nearest Apple Store (and avoiding Best Buy).