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Apple Magsafe Airline Power Adapter MA598Z/A

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  • Box Content - MagSafe Airline Power Adapter with EmPower connector, 20mm adapter, User Guide
  • Check with your airline regarding availability of in-seat power ports
  • Using the MagSafe Airline Adapter provides power for your computer but does not charge the battery.
  • The MagSafe Airline Adapter is not compatible with automobile power ports.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 12.8 x 1.1 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000JZA4N4
  • Item model number: MA598Z/A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,219 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

With a MagSafe Airline Power Adapter, you'll never again worry about losing power while traveling. Just plug it into your airline seat power port and keep your MacBook or MacBook Pro powered up for the entire flight. Now you'll never lose your work or interrupt a DVD movie because your battery runs out at 35,000 feet. The MagSafe Airline Power Adapter will keep your MacBook or MacBook Pro juiced throughout your flight. Sleek and light, it works with in-seat DC power ports available on many commercial airliners, both EmPower ports and 20mm ports with the included adapter. Because it's a MagSafe Adapter, you'll continue to enjoy MagSafe convenience just as you're already enjoying at home or work. The magnetic DC plug both ensures a tight connection and enables a clean break from the power port if there is undue tension preventing your MacBook from being pulled off of your tray table if someone accidentally yanks the cord.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Usually happy Amazon.com customer on July 5, 2007
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This is a simple product with a simple mission...to allow you to use your Apple laptop on a plane without worrying about draining your batteries during long trips. My only qualm is the cord could be a tad longer if the power port isn't right in front of you. (American Airlines customer service verified that SeatGuru.com was correct in where they identified the power ports as being, but it turned out both were off by one row in the back of the plane due a row of seats being added further front, (according to the flight attendant who said she's seen that happen numerous times). I was able to plug into the port in the row ahead of me both going to and returning from the Orient and the cord reached, but with nary a centimeter to spare.) The plug seems durable enough, despite other comments I've read. I personally can't imagine how some can get parts left in the power port, but that is something of which one should be aware as others have reported it. I found the cost well worth the price of not being bored out of my skull for two 14-hour trips, and it was worth it not to have to watch the same in-flight movie multiple times.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Crowe on April 16, 2008
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As others have noted, it is very easy to pull out the cord and leave the tip in the power outlet. I almost did so but noticed the tip still plugged in when I reached for an underseat bag.

Did not work at all on a new MacBook with the power settings set to normal wall plug use. The battery died 2.5 hours into a 5 hour flight. The computer gave no warning that the battery was about to fail. The on-screen power indicator was set for "remaining time." The display said "not charging" and did not display remaining time while the green light was on the MagSafe plug.

After recharging the battery during a layover, I changed the power display to percentage of battery life rather than time. With the computer plugged into this unit, the percentage fell steadily. I changed the power setting to "Better Energy Savings" and the battery power percentage stayed steady.

This use was on an AA 757 and MD-80.

Note that you cannot use this product to power any peripherals through a USB port. The price is unreasonably high for this little piece that could not have cost more than a few dollars to make. I'm looking for an alternative.

PS: after I posted this I searched for other Macbook airplane power adapters. IGo makes a tip for their products but their web site says Apple does not license the MagSafe system. They can't sell them. So there are NO alternatives. Apple owes its customers who fly a much better product.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Wilson on November 30, 2007
I've used the adapter on two transatlantic flights and it works just like it's supposed to. I've been very pleased.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James E. deMin on July 8, 2008
After reading all of the negative comments about this product I purchased two extra batteries along with my new Macbook Pro, as I am a consultant and probably do a dozen or more international flights per year. However, during my recent flight on an American Airlines 777 it worked perfectly fine. Obviously, it will not charge the laptop, but it kept the battery at full charge for a full 11 hour flight while running DVD movies, working in MS Office, etc.

I must admit that I preferred the iGo charger I formerly used with my HP laptop, as I could also charge my mobile phone, iPod, etc. while actually charging the laptop's batteries, but until that becomes an alternative the Apple Magsafe Airline Power Adapter did all that I could ask for.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M Masaki on March 2, 2008
I can't believe all the bad reviews from people who forget to pull out the tip with the main cord. You had to place the tip on when you first used it. Just look at what you're doing when you remove the cord. I guess it's easy to get in a hurry to get off a plane. You can hot glue the tip in or tape it if you really have an absent mind. The other bad reviews are for car use? It says on the front of the package in large print, MagSafe Airline Adapter. What's with a bad review for it now working in a car? I think those reviews really don't apply.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James J. Ohanlon on January 1, 2008
Would not even give it 1 star but had to or amazon wouldnt let me post. This thing doesnt work on many airlines!! 13 hours between Tokyo and New York and my Mac pro works only 2 hours because I cant use the charger at 85 watts! The plane only allows 75 and your magsafe doesnt work on 777's! This is a modern plane! Get with it provide a solution or you lose me and many business people!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniela on January 18, 2007
The product works great, and I really love it. I just happened to get in unfortunate situations. I flew Continental... the smaller planes to fly within the U.S. don't even have plug ins (I flew from Minneapolis to Newark). Then I flew from Newark to Zurich, and the seats had the plug-ins, but for some reason mine and my husbands' next to me didn't work for some reason, although the green light was on saying they were working.. no power. We had to ask the people in front of us, and the cable was long enough so I could have it plugged in between their seats and power my Macbook.

On the way back from Zurich to Newark, our seats didnt have any power plug ins at all. I guess only certain sections of the plane do.

I guess when you make your reservations, you might want to require a seat with power plug ins just to make sure.

Great product, definately worth it.
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