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Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Breakaway Power Cable for MacBooks and Chromebook Pixel
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- Compatible with Apple's MacBook (12") and other devices that charge via USB-C
- BreakSafe is rated up to 60 watts (20 volts at 3 amps) power
- Designed and tested to meet USB-C power standards
- Data and video are not supported
- In the box: USB-C magnetic connector, USB-C cable
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Magnetic break away power cable for USB-C laptops
BreakSafe brings the safety and convenience back to newer MacBooks and other laptops with USB-C type connectors.
The quick-release magnetic connector (patent-pending) plugs into your laptop’s USB-C port and safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when under stress or strain, like tripping over the power cord.
The streamlined magnetic connector is only 12.8 mm deep so you can leave it plugged into your laptop’s USB-C port when not in use.
Use BreakSafe’s included 6’ USB-C cable with the USB-C charger that came with your laptop.
Designed for use with the new USB-C compatible MacBook and Chromebook Pixel laptops, BreakSafe is compatible with USB Power Delivery and is rated up to 60 watts (20 volts @ 3 amps). Please note that BreakSafe is for charging power only; data and video are not supported.
Designed and tested to meet USB-C power standards
Top Customer Reviews
This is where Griffin’s BreakSafe USB-C cable replacement comes in. Simply put, it’s a replacement for the white USB-C to USB-C cable that goes between the Apple-included charging brick and your laptop. One of the ends of this cable employs a mechanism not too dissimilar to Apple’s MagSafe to protect your laptop from accidental yanks.
Since the laptop’s body does not include any magnets around the charging port, the BreakSafe plug that goes is split into two parts. One of these parts is a little nub that actually plugs into your laptop and the other end is connected to the cable itself. This way, the cable itself can split (and attach again magnetically) if someone happens to trip on your cable.
I have been using a free sample unit sent to me for review for a couple of weeks now.
The idea is great, but the design could use some work. I have a few comments:
1. First of all, the plug that fits into the laptop itself is bulky. I totally understand if it’s an engineering restriction to accommodate USB-C compliant components along with the magnets required to function. But keep in mind as a prospective user that it looks a little tacky when plugged in.
2. The cable is thicker and stiffer than Apple’s cable. This may mean that it’s sturdier in the long run. However, the stiffness causes it to easily disconnect during regular use. It does not happen frequently enough to be annoying, but it still happens enough times every single day. Expect it to fall off when you turn your MacBook to face someone else, or when picking it up and moving it. If you don’t keep it plugged in much, it’s not a deal-breaker.
3. The black color of the cable looks really out of place. Firstly, it doesn’t look natural with an Apple product, which usually come with all white cables. And secondly, it doesn’t match Apple’s power brick that it also connects to.
Barring these issues, this product has a lot of potential.
Either way, the Griffin BreakSafe makes for some really solid insurance. It has already saved my laptop from disaster at least once, when someone tripped over my cable really hard. But considering the long battery life on these ultraportable laptops, it’s not hard to have a nice charging schedule that avoids the need for being plugged in while working.
Unfortunately, this cable has a few significant disadvantages. The magnetic end is pretty obtuse. It's just too big to keep in all the time, both for aesthetic reasons and because it could cause damage in there's an accident (which is the reason to buy something like this in the first place!). The magnet is also *very* weak. Just the weight of the cable on its own is enough to disconnect it. Pretty much the only situation where this cable is useful is if you use your device on a desk or table. If you want to keep it charging while sitting in bed or on a sofa, you'll need a different cable.
Overall, I really like the idea behind this product. Among C-to-C cables, this magnetic one is the first of its kind, and it really feels like it was rushed to be first. I'm optimistic that others will iterate on this idea and make it more compact and make the connection stronger.
I do have two quibbles about this cable:
1) It would be nice if the cable could also use it for data transfer but it only works for power charging.
2) The USB-C connector doesn't fit flush against my late 2016 MBP. There's a small gap between the connector and my MBP's body. This gap doesn't prevent the cable from working but it is aesthetically annoying. Hence, I tend to connect the magnetic connector to the power brick, instead of the computer since, the non-splitting side fits flush against my MBP. See Photos below.
In total, this product seems quite good and I'm pleased I bought it.
1) the magnetic strength is not sufficient enough to prevent it from getting detached during normal usage on uneven surfaces, like the couch or the bed. It will become detach even by only slight vertical pressure.
2) the portion of the connector that does not separate from the laptop is just slightly too large. It can easily get caught on things while handling it, causing me to always remove it when I am moving the laptop.