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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about MagSafe adapter, June 26, 2009
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s airline adapter is expensive for a small, rather cheaply made (at least it feels that way) item. Using it with a MacBook Pro 17"(June 2009) on my last flight, I started with 90% battery power. Two hours later the battery had slipped to about 80% so it doesn't stay even. The worst part is the piece that fits into an airplane power port. The cigarette lighter type has to be added to the base power connector (base power seems to be for European airlines mostly). It is easy to pull out the cord and leave the attachment in the plane. I know, I did it and Apple won't sell just this cheap little cigarette lighter piece - cost another $49. I generally love Apple products and support. This is the exception.
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2009 5:48:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2009 5:49:26 AM PST
Odysseus says:
There isn't enough power available from the airplane power outlet both to run the MacBook Pro and to charge its battery. That isn't a fault with the adapter.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 9:54:54 AM PST
C P says:
If you're not smart enough to remember the adapter when you leave the plane, don't blame apple.

Posted on May 30, 2010 3:48:11 AM PDT
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Posted on Nov 26, 2011 9:28:39 PM PST
1. Regarding the left-behind 20mm adapter, it's a mistake anyone could make. There's a vendor on eBay selling just the plug adapter at $15-$20. A search for "Magsafe Airline" will find it.

2. The Magsafe Airline Adapter page in the Apple Store states flat out that it can't charge the computer, merely power it. For more powerful laptop models, it can't quite manage that completely, but it comes close . . . if you have even a one-quarter charged battery, you can run for more hours than any airliner can remain aloft.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:22:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 5:31:15 AM PDT
M. Samsel says:
C. Pendleton,

You sound like one of those Apple pundits. Are you really so smart that you never forget... or just snotty smart@$$?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:30:01 AM PDT
M. Samsel says:
If there was not enough power this would not work (and it does work with Kensington airline connector): Auto/Air Magsafe DC Adapter for Apple Macbook Pro 60w / 85w (Lifetime Warranty)

Why it would not work? Because it is switch based electronics (not simple power transformer) and if it is overloaded source then it stops working.
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