Charging up two iPhones, simultaneously, with the MacBook Air

Summary:During a power outage, the MacBook Air was a great power source

When Hurricane Sandy hit, my family lost power for about two and a half days. As a result, my wife and I were staying connected via our iPhones. Unfortunately, the iPhone can only last so long so inevitably we had to find a power source to keep our communication lines open. Enter the MacBook Air.

I'm sure that you've charged plenty of gadgets via the USB port on your PC / Mac in the past. In this case, though, I figured since I had two iPhones and both were in need of charging (less than 10 percent left), that I might as well try to charge them both at once.

Previously, on other laptops, I've been lucky to still have battery life left in the laptop after a charging session, not to mention that most times the mobile phone doesn't get recharged to 100 percent. In this case, though, not only did both iPhones get recharged, but I also talked on the phone on one while it was charging.

In summary, three things surprised me about this experience:

  • The MacBook Air managed to charge both iPhones fully, simultaneously
  • One of the iPhones was being used while charging, and it still fully charged
  • The MacBook Air still had more than 50 percent of its battery power left

I've been a longtime user of laptops and used to suffer from quickly diminishing battery power. It's amazing to see how powerful today's laptops are, especially in an emergency.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Laptops


With more than fifteen years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands, technologies and services into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the Vice President of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider. Prior to Mobiquity, Evans was Managin... Full Bio

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