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Griffin Introduces BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable for 12-Inch MacBook

Griffin Technology has announced a new BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable for the Retina MacBook, which makes up for the lack of Apple's own MagSafe technology on the 12-inch notebook. The six-foot cable is also compatible with other USB-C notebooks like the Chromebook Pixel and will be available in April for $39.99.

BreakSafe has a patented quick-release magnetic connector that plugs into the Retina MacBook and safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when put under stress or strain -- for example, if someone trips over the power cord. The 12.8mm connector is small enough that it can be left in the USB-C port without using much space.

The Nashville-based accessory maker also unveiled a wider range of USB-C adapters and three-foot cables, including a USB-C to USB-A adapter ($19.99), USB-C to USB-A cable ($19.99), USB-C to Micro USB cable and USB-C to USB-C cable ($29.99). The adapters and cables are available now through Griffin's website.

Last, Griffin’s iMic USB-C audio interface will be available for $49.99 in Q2 2016.

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9 months ago
This is one of those places where the tech reviewers are actually out of touch.

Someone like Andy Ihnatko was thrilled Apple moved to USB-C because he hated how the Magsafe adapter came unplugged.

The reality is, in everyday life, the end user would rather have their device get unplugged than be pulled off a table by a dog, child, or adult. I feel that the USB C move was a step backwards in that regard. Good for Griffin. Hope they sell loads of these.
Rating: 18 Votes
9 months ago
Apple's simplified design really complicates the accessories.
Rating: 16 Votes
9 months ago
Cool idea, but I think that Apple should have built Magsafe directly into the MacBook somehow (assuming it's possible).
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago
This constant obsession of thinness for the sake of thinness needs to stop.

If Apple were smart they'd keep the MagSafe in their yet-to-be released Skylake MBP's.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago
The only time I didn't like the MagSafe charger was when I was using the laptop on my lap. Always seemed to fall off.

However, I'd rather it fall off than put stress on the charge port.
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
Got kids.
Got pets.
Magsafe makes the difference between life and death (of a laptop).
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
This is what Apple should be putting in the box, and not an optional!
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago

How many people who have commented so far actually own a rMB? Is this a major issue? Are you constantly worried your device is going to go flying off your desk/lap or is it actually happening? Anc are you typically charging the device while using it?

if you asked this before they had the macsafe techonolgy - i might have agreed, but dude, once you see someone at school trip over your wire, and your (macbook /MBA / MBP ) just stay on the table - I have seen this happen about 10 times to my own macs -

Its like if they removed zippers from all jackets and you asked.. well how often do you REALLY need to close your jacket...and if you need just use a pice of string (really i dont mean to flame or offend you... but for me magsafe was/is a HUGE deal)
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
That Apple abandoned the magnetic charger is Crazy - Its like somebody uninvented, Buttons, zippers and velcro at the same time - the magnetic charger has saved 3 different macs about 10 times in total - its crazy what they have done - if they needed to do something they should have added magsafe tec to the USB
Rating: 5 Votes

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