Product Type: Apple UPS and power devices
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Clever design for a very necessary product
Member Name: sam_toland
Advantages: Charging light and magnetic connection
I have had my MacBook for around 9 months now and obviously this charger comes as standard. And like all apple products it has a certain aspect that just makes it that much better than every other product like it.
For the Apple MagSafe charger this aspect is the charging jack itself. Instead of having a regular design that plugs quite far into the laptop to connect, this instead has a magnet on the end and a very short plug in. Not only does this mean that it is much easier to attach than regular chargers but it is also a very effective safety device. By this I mean that, for instance say that the laptop is on charge whilst sitting on a table and the wire is stretched across the room. If someone were to trip over this wire, with a standard laptop charger it would stay connected and pull the whole laptop off the table. However with this if this were to happen, then the magnet would just disconnect and your laptop remains on the table. I can't tell you how many times this has come in handy, I'm quite a clumsy person. The jack is also symmetrical so that it does not matter which way up you plug it in, it works both ways.
There is also a handy LED on the casing of the jack, which lights up as red/orange when the laptop is charging and green when fully charged. This helps you know when to unplug your charger to save both your laptop battery and electricity. It's also handy to know if your charger is actually working.
There are also some very handy flip out pegs on the power pack part of the product which are designed to give you something to wrap your cable around. This is a brilliant idea and also very helpful for when you need to transport your charger. The only thing that let's this product down is the 3 pin plug, which isn't apples fault, it's just a very silly, clunky design of a plug.
I have had this charger for 9 months now and have had absolutely no trouble with it disconnecting or overheating or anything. It is completely silent, cool and functional. A brilliant design.
Summary: Brilliant charger
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