Editors' Notes Weblog: Where are the third-party MagSafe accessories?
Posted 24 May 2007 - 04:19 PM
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 06:10 PM
Yes. I can't remember the vendor, but I have a 12v to 120v adapter in my car that I have plugged PowerBook and MacBook Pro converters into. They work great. The MacBook Brick thinks it's at home.
I used to have several 3rd party power adapters at key places where I used by PowerBook (bedroom, kitchen, study, work). But I didn't have to shell out $80/adapter either. So now I have 2. One at work and one in the briefcase for everywhere else. Instead of making more money, Apple has made my MacBook Pro experience a little less convenient by withholding the license.
Posted 24 May 2007 - 07:04 PM
Dan Frakes loves the MagSafe power connector, but wants more third-party adapters that are compatible with the technology. <a href="http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/editors/2007/05/magsafe/index.php">[more]</a>
Posted 24 May 2007 - 07:26 PM
Exactly - while certainly not as elegant, the "Kensington Ultra Portable Power Inverter 150" available at Apple stores and online is the most universal solution to powering your products in the car - it gives you a standard 110v AC outlet, so you can plug in the power adapter that you already own for your iPod, MacBook/Pro, iBook, PowerBook, iPod, etc...
Power inverters are useful for the car, but they don't work on planes. Plus most people will still be left with at least three pieces of power gear: the MagSafe adapter, the inverter, and one or more additional adapters for other gadgets. I really miss being able to take along a single, slim adapter that works with AC, car, and plane outlets and can power my laptop, my iPod, and my mobile phone (sometimes even two of the three at once).
Posted 24 May 2007 - 08:16 PM