|Item Weight||2.04 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||17.6 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||17.6 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||November 10, 2017|
Magnetic Charger – Magsafe Magnetic Adapter – Macbook Pro USB C Charging Cable – like Griffin Breaksafe Cable – Magnetic Type C Macbook Pro Cable – Apple USB C Charger – Nintendo Switch Power Cable
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|Compatible Devices||Lg nexus 5|
|Compatible Phone Models||HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S9, Motorola Moto Z, Google Nexus 5X, Huawei P9, Google Pixel, Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 See more|
|Current Rating||4.3 Amps|
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There are two little problems that hold this cable back. First, as many say, the magnet isn't that strong, and definitely not as strong as the original. I haven't found that to be a problem yet, but if, say, the cord is stretched out to reach a table far from the wall, the magnet won't support the tension, which could be frustrating. On the other hand, the fact that you can move this one to either side, and the fact that it's reversible without taking out the tip, go a long way towards being able to find a position that works quickly and easily.
Two, and this is a bigger one - the pins on the cable-side aren't recessed far enough to prevent them coming into contact with metal, especially the magnetic sides of the USB-C tip if it comes partially undone. That is, if you pull the magnets apart at just such an angle, the pins in the cable side can short out on the metal shell of the USB-C side and spark. This, of course, isn't good for the cable or the adapter it's plugged into. Luckily, nothing broke, but a bit of one pin on the cable WAS blown away, and now the tip of that pin is singed and slightly shorter. I expect the cable can only survive a handful of such sparks before it's completely nonfunctional. The original magsafe adapter took pains to avoid this problem by carefully controlling the clearance between pins and shell to make sure little got in there, and by having an ID pin on the cable such that power wouldn't be present if the cable was at all disconnected.
It basically does replace the old MagSafe connector. No, it isn't quite as good as the real one was from Apple, with the charge indicator light on it. It comes off a bit more easily, it is not quite as secure when it is on because the connector is smaller, and the kind of ugly red color of the cable doesn't really go with the computer very well.
But it will reliably charge my 13" Macbook Pro, and breaks away so you can't pull the computer off the table, or damage either the cable or connector if the cable gets accidentally yanked, just like the old MagSafe cable. My computer sits on the middle of the kitchen table, with the wire running off one side and over to the outlet. It was and is an accident waiting to happen, so I was extremely bummed when our old computer died and the new ones didn't have MagSafe power plugs anymore.
Downsides: It is pain to pull the little adapter out. It seats very securely so it won't fall out and get lost. That is a good thing, unless you need access to that port for anything. Fortunately my Macbook Pro has 2 USB-C ports, because I would hate having to remove the adapter regularly.
Apple loves taking away stuff people like, in the name of "improving" things. There is really no way that USB-C power is better than MagSafe was in terms of actual user experience. This gets you close to what you lost.
It charges quickly, and I barely notice a difference between this and Apple's provided charger. The magnetic connection is strong, but still breaks away as I expect when I inevitably trip on the cord or my clumsy cat barrels through it.
Some reviewers stated that this isn't truly reversible--I have found that it IS reversible. I can attach it with the long part of the L connector facing toward me, or away from me, and it charges with the same speed and consistency either way.
- It isn't as "snappy" of a connection as Apple's magsafe connection. While Apple's Magsafe connects straight on 100% of the time, this one sometimes (maybe 20% of the time?) connections a bit 'crooked' and takes a bit more care to attach with a solid connection. However, I've noticed that even with what looks like a partial connection, it still charges as if fully connected. It's not a big deal to me, but some people might find it irritating.
- The USB-C adapter that plugs in is very hard to remove, so make sure you put it in the port you want it in. (Honestly not sure if this is a con because I'd rather it be secure, but there you go.)
This definitely left me in a hard spot, being without my laptop for a day I had to take time off of work. Not sure if these are reliable or not but mine failed at about the 2 month mark. Also I should note my laptop was probably not running at full load at the time so probably significantly less than full draw.
edit: UPDATE: I've had this less than 3 months and it failed. Messaged seller asking for a return or exchange. Seller said they would do either but I needed to send it back. I said ok, what's the address, I'll send it to you, I want a refund. They ignored that message. Messaged again, where do I send this to for a refund. They ignored that message.