Where are the MagSafe adapters for cars and airplanes?

Where are the MagSafe adapters for cars and airplanes?

Summary: Apple's MagSafe power connector for MacBooks is revolutionary (except for a few issues, that is) but true mobile technologists spend a lot of time between wall power outlets and the lack of MagSafe adapters for cars and airplanes is starting to become a liability. Maybe Apple doesn't want us to use our MacBooks and MacBook Pros on the road?

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magsafe-250.jpgApple's MagSafe power connector for MacBooks is revolutionary (except for a few issues, that is) but true mobile technologists spend a lot of time between wall power outlets and the lack of MagSafe adapters for cars and airplanes is starting to become a liability. Maybe Apple doesn't want us to use our MacBooks and MacBook Pros on the road?

When Apple began shipping the MacBook Pro in February I cut them some slack for not having auto and airplane adapters with MagSafe connectors. But now that the MacBook has been released and you can only buy an Apple notebook with a MagSafe connector I am getting a little concerned about the lack of charging options. Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig started an excellent thread on the Apple Discussion forums about the lack of a good airplane charging solution for the MacBook Pro.

Granted, the MagSafe power connector is a complicated beast. The boxy connector end is made of 14 discrete parts and probably difficult to manufacture, but if Apple expects to position their notebooks as true mobile computers they need to offer a 12-volt power plug (for cars) and an EmPower in-seat power plug (for commercial aircraft). If they don't come out with a solution for this problem - or license it to third-parties - MacBook Pro sales could be kept in a holding pattern.

Apple has a patent-pending on the MagSafe adapter, which is basically a provisional patent. It affords Apple one year of research and development before they have to file a formal patent application. This means that third-party developers aren't able to create MagSafe accessories without Apple's blessing. If Apple isn't going to let third parties (like Madsonline, Lind, BTI, SmartDisk, Kensington) under the kimono, they need to develop an auto/airline adapter of their own - soon.

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  • MagSafe adaptor cable

    What Apple needs to do is product a short adaptor cable with a
    MagSafe connector on one end, and a female "PowerBook" power
    connector on the other. This would allow users to use *existing*
    mobil power adaptors with the "MacBook/MacBook Pro" machines
    without requiring them to buy new ones.

    This approach would also negate the need for Apple to license out
    the MagSafe connector.
    sj_gold
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    scoobydoozie
  • MagSafe Adapter

    Go to almost any big box store and buy a 12 volt DC to 120 volt AC inverter. Plug the inverter into your car and plug the MagSafe into the inverter.
    nulldevice000
  • magsafe car adapter solution

    here is a car adapter with a magsafe solution:
    http:\\www.mikegyver.com
    mikegyver
    • Auto Adaptor

      I expect Apple to have an elegant solution to there portable power
      supply problems. Rigging a power inverter to plug you A/C electric
      charger to is crude and at best a temporary fix. Has Apple licensed
      anyone yet to make a car charger that uses their MagSafe adapter?
      Roofguy
  • Magsafe auto power kit solutions

    I have not purchased any of these products but it appears these two vendors provide solutions for powering MacBook and MacBook Pro with the MagSafe adapter for cars and airlines. They also sell on eBay.

    I'll probably be ordering one of these soon. Very strange why Apple does not offer a simple MagSafe auto power product, seems like there would be sufficient demand to justify development and production.

    http://mikegyver.com
    http://www.batterygeek.net/130W_Universal_Car_Kit_Adapter_p/apple_macbook_car_charger.htm
    staeppan