A MagSafe Charger for the iPhone Would Be Awesome

MagSafe is really wonderful tech, the MacBook's most underrated feature. Wouldn't it be great on the iPhone too? That's what the Kickstarter for a charger and battery pack called "Cabin" is shooting for. And even if it never actually happens, it's a nice fantasy. » 7/17/14 10:27am 7/17/14 10:27am

A Simple Metal Ring Keeps Your MagSafe In Line

As wonderful as Apple's MagSafe connector is at preventing your laptop from accidentally getting yanked off a desk, it's far from perfect. Try actually using your laptop on your lap, or in bed, and you'll find your power cord disconnecting more often than not. A problem that's far from dire, but one that is thankfully… » 12/16/13 3:40pm 12/16/13 3:40pm

Your Busted Apple MagSafe Cords Power These Clever Lamps

The MagSafe power cord is one of Apple's smartest features. They tend to crap out after a few months of hard use, though, thanks either to your poor wire-wrapping technique or your dog's penchant for copper wire. But that doesn't have to be the end of the line. » 8/14/13 11:20am 8/14/13 11:20am

The MacBook's Most Underrated Feature

Next week, it's very likely we'll see a fresh round of MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. They'll be a little faster, and maybe a little prettier. But it's unlikely that any new addition to Apple's laptops will be as awesome as MagSafe. Seven years after Apple made the best laptop charger on the planet, no one else has… » 6/06/13 12:19pm 6/06/13 12:19pm

Finally Someone Stepped Up and Designed A Way To Not Lose MagSafe…

The $10 MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter is annoyingly expensive, but it's better than buying new gear. And now for $15 you can adopt an annoyingly expensive, but ingenious way to keep track of the tiny dongle. It's the Apple way. » 3/24/13 12:45pm 3/24/13 12:45pm

Apple Magsafe 2 Adapter: Pay $10 to Stick One Magnet to Another Magnet

It's somewhat understandable that Apple had to redesign the Magsafe adapter, considering the engineering wizardry they pulled off with the Next-Gen MacBook Pro. But to use an Apple display or older MacBook power adapter to charge your next-gen MacBook Pro or new MacBook Air, you'll need to kickdown $10 for this little… » 6/11/12 4:09pm 6/11/12 4:09pm

Is a New Magsafe Data Cable Going To Replace Apple's 30-Pin Connector?

The idea of Apple moving to Magsafe charging for iOS devices has been aired before, but the lack of data transfer stymied such plans. Now, however, an Apple patent suggests that future Magsafe connectors will be able to shift data. Bye bye 30-pin connector? » 1/27/12 6:31am 1/27/12 6:31am

Did Apple Just Win a MagSafe Patent Application For iOS Devices—Or…

Over a year ago Apple filed a patent application for adding a MagSafe-like connector to iOS devices. Unfortunately, their newly-granted patent may sound like MagSafe's coming to iPads and iPhones—but this isn't it. » 8/18/11 5:20am 8/18/11 5:20am

Why rubber-banding my power brick is, like, the smartest thing I've…

There were 15 of us clustered around a not-large-enough table at CES, almost all plugged into identical power adapters. I put a rubber band around mine to keep from mixing it up with somebody else's. Turns out, I'm a genius. » 1/21/11 3:00pm 1/21/11 3:00pm

Last Day to Buy HyperMac's External MacBook Batteries (With Cords)

At midnight tonight, HyperMac will shutter shop and re-open as HyperJuice "in the coming weeks." This is, of course, due to Apple getting all legal on their use of patent-defying MagSafe connectors, but HyperMac is hopeful something can be arranged. » 11/01/10 6:30am 11/01/10 6:30am

HyperMac Pulling Plug on MacBook Charging Cables

This is why we can't have nice (allegedly patent-infringing) things! After drawing legal heat from Apple for its MagSafe connectors, HyperMac has announced that they'll stop selling their MacBook charging cables and car chargers on November 2nd. But there's hope! » 10/18/10 8:45am 10/18/10 8:45am

Apple's MagSafe Connectors Could Be Used on iPads and iPhones

Before worrying about your iPod dock's future (and the whole of China's accessory ecosystem being thrown into disarray), listen up: I don't think we need to worry about the iPad and iPhone eschewing the humble 30-pin connector. » 10/08/10 11:22am 10/08/10 11:22am

This DIY Magnetic Power Adapter Will Keep Your Laptop Safe

Ever trip over a power cord and launch your laptop across the room? Me either, but that's probably because of my laptop's MagSafe breakaway magnetic power adapter. If your laptop doesn't have one, check Lifehacker's guide for a DIY version. » 2/15/10 5:00pm 2/15/10 5:00pm

PowerCurl Tidys Up Mac MagSafe Wires, Cures Cord OCD

Seriously, one of my biggest pet peeves is disorganized wires so this PowerCurl clip-on cord wrap for Macbook chargers does more than get me a little excited. It wraps both cords (plug end and MagSafe end) around the orange gadget. » 9/11/09 9:35am 9/11/09 9:35am

The Not-So-Safe Apple MagSafe Gallery

I know that there's a lawsuit going on and the not-so-safe MagSafe fire hazard can be a serious issue, but I look at these images and think "hmmm—burned marshmallows." Kind of scary, though: » 5/20/09 11:20am 5/20/09 11:20am

Apple MagSafe Replacements Are Now Free

In our anecdotal experience, Apple has been pretty good about replacing clearly faulty MagSafe power adapters—the ones that split or fray from faulty manufacture. But now they are making their replacement policy official and offering free MagSafe replacements for the MacBook (13-inch Late 2006), MacBook (13-inch), … » 8/19/08 7:40pm 8/19/08 7:40pm

Belkin BreakFree: MacBook MagSafe Cable for Your Guitar

The BreakFree is Belkin's fix for crazy rockers who can't get through a set without ripping up their amp or guitar's cord jack by flailing around too much. One part of the $20 two-piece kit fits in the axe's cord jack, while the other goes to the cord itself, and you can rock safe knowing that if you make any wild… » 7/10/08 6:00pm 7/10/08 6:00pm

MagStay Is For People Who Use Macs But Hate Steve Jobs

You're forced to use a Mac for assorted reasons (boss made you; school requires it; reliability in general) but you don't like it. The best way to stick it to the Jobsman is to buy a $12 MagStay. This little plastic thingamajig locks into the USB port next to the MagSafe magnetic breakaway power adapter, holding it in… » 3/06/08 10:15am 3/06/08 10:15am

Nokia Magnetic Cellphone Port Concept Mimics Apple's MagSafe Ports

Nokia is thinking about making its charging and headset ports magnetic, just like Apple's MagSafe ports on its laptops. Nokia users are well aware that the headset and charging ports on their phones are quite similar. The beauty of this idea is that there is a negative magnetic polarity on one of the ports and a… » 12/19/07 3:50pm 12/19/07 3:50pm