Auto/Air Magsafe DC Adapter for Apple Macbook Pro 60w / 85w (Lifetime Warranty)
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Ultra Portable MacBook Super Fast Car Charger/Adapter 45w/60w/85w (WeCharger NEW Generation) for Mac Book and Pro Auto/Air Power Cord (Built-in Transformer, No MagSafe Needed). Compatible Devices: MacBook 13" Early 2006 and Later (includes Unibody Model); MacBook Pro 15"/17" Early 2006 and Later (includes Unibody Model); MacBook Pro 15" with Retina Display (MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter Needed); MacBook Air 11"/13" Early 2008 and Later; MacBook Air 11"/13" Mid 2012 (MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter Needed).
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Update 26 Jun 2013: Plug into the MacBook Air quit working since 3-4 months ago, no light, no charging going on. At first had to sort of force the plug into the receptacle, but after awhile that seemed to require too much force (afraid of physically damaging the MacBook).
Putting in a claim against their "lifetime" warranty, will update on how they handled my claim.
Further follow-up, 13 Sep 2013: vendor never did reply to my e-mailed request to contact me. Meanwhile, my MacBook Air started to have problems charging even with the Apple-supplied charger. Apple Store found that 1 of the contact pins in the MacBook Air was burned out, they had to replace the whole MagSafe board (the power connector). I looked at this adapter afterwards, found it had 2 pins burned out (even worse than on the MacBook); so my guess is that the poor quality of the connector made it burn not only itself, but also damaged my computer. Hope my experience will help you make an informed decision ...
Charged a 2012 Retina Macbook Pro with Apple's $10 Magsafe 2 adapter [needed to accommodate the change in the Magsafe port on the new thinner laptop] and it worked fine. We ran the battery down completely and the charger was able to fully charge the 2012 Retina MBP while the laptop was in use browsing the web over wifi. Adapter got warm but not nearly as hot as the wall charger does under the same circumstances. Took about 3.5 hours to recharge while in use, probably because the adapter puts out 18.5v compared to the stock wall adapter for the Retina MBP which puts out 20v. If you were doing something very CPU intensive I'd expect it to take longer, as the laptop wasn't working very hard when I did these tests, running very cool, no CPU fans spinning up etc.
The cord from the cig outlet to the transformer is pretty short, about 18 inches, but the thin cord from the transformer to the Magsafe connector is the exact same length on this adapter as the cord from the transformer to the Magsafe connector on the original Apple power supply. The thin cord to the Magsafe is also actually slightly thicker on this adapter than the stock Apple thin cord, but I can't tell if this is because the wire is thicker or just the cable housing.
Others mentioned the cigarette lighter plug seemed flimsy. I can see why they made that comment as the plastic has a light hollow feel, but in use it seemed perfectly fine, plugging into and coming out of a pretty tight cig port without any trouble. I probably wouldn't leave it anywhere it could get stepped on or crushed, and you wouldn't want to bang on it or yank it, but I'm a big guy and wasn't able to hurt it much in regular use with my hands just plugging and unplugging it.
Since this charger isn't Apple certified I am sure there is some risk of it doing something terrible to the battery, but so far so good. Hopefully since we plan to use the stock wall chargers most of the time and only use this adapter while traveling or camping any badness will be minimized.
I bought one of these about 2 years ago. The fuse in the plug blew after a couple of days on the road. I took the plug apart and the inside wiring and the fuse were clearly too flimsy for the load. However, I needed power now, so I bypassed the fuse with a bit of wire, which caused the plug to melt in minutes. I bought a 12v extension cord at a truck stop. It had a decent, heavier plug, no internal fuse, and 18 gauge wire, I grafted it on in place of the useless plug, and it worked fine for almost 2 years after that - heavy everyday use on 12v only power. The magsafe plug finally became loose and crooked inside at that point. Not bad life for the price.
If you are willing and able to buy or scavenge a decent 12v cigarette plug and graft it on, it's actually not a bad deal. Even if you have to buy an extension cord to get the plug, it is still lots cheaper than what Apple would make if there were an official version of this charger, which, insanely, they don't.