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vix2000
Nov 30, 2010, 11:06 AM
Hi as stated this is my 1st mac. I have 2 targus all singing all dancing chargers but they don't do mac tips. I know modded tips are available (macguiver?) but they're more than buying an original.

I need possibly 2 extra chargers and have seen them advertised for around 15. Obviously not originals. Are these going to damage my lovely new air? Do you know of any alternatives? I see some chargers now have a usb port to charge your iphone simultaneously, is there one available for macbook air?

Thanks.



simsaladimbamba
Nov 30, 2010, 11:07 AM
Can you link to them?

vix2000
Nov 30, 2010, 11:11 AM
Thanks for the superfast reply. Heres one

http://www.avestatech.co.uk/products/Apple-MacBook-Air-14.5V-3.1A-45w-Magsafe-Charger.html

and another

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-AC-Power-Adapter-Charger-APPLE-MACBOOK-AIR-/280594005028?pt=UK_Computing_LaptopAccessories_PowerSupplies&hash=item4154b4bc24

vix2000
Nov 30, 2010, 02:43 PM
Has anyone got any other recomendations for spare chargers other than the genuine apple ones?

BeyondtheTech
Nov 30, 2010, 03:06 PM
I ordered a couple of these to place around the house and I bring the original one with me. Not bad for $10 shipped.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310273646935&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_3044wt_1139

vix2000
Nov 30, 2010, 03:26 PM
Thanks. Is that shipped to US? I'm in UK and shipping is expensive unfortunately.

BeyondtheTech
Dec 2, 2010, 09:12 AM
I take it back. Received mine yesterday, was very excited.

Unfortunately, it won't charge my 11.6" Air. I get the plug icon in the battery, but it says, "Not charging."

A quick glance at System Profiler shows the following:

Battery Information:

Model Information:
Serial Number: [redacted]
Manufacturer: SMP
Device Name: bq20z451
Pack Lot Code: 0000
PCB Lot Code: 0000
Firmware Version: 0301
Hardware Revision: 000a
Cell Revision: 0173
Charge Information:
Charge Remaining (mAh): 4078
Fully Charged: No
Charging: No
Full Charge Capacity (mAh): 4643
Health Information:
Cycle Count: 4
Condition: Normal
Battery Installed: Yes
Amperage (mA): -134
Voltage (mV): 8132

...

AC Charger Information:

Connected: Yes
ID: 0x0000
Wattage (W): 0
Revision: 0x0000
Family: 0x0000
Serial Number: 0x00000000
Charging: No

Needless to say, I was disappointed. I contacted the seller, who agreed to refund me via PayPal.

Notice the AC Charger information... Who knew that there was actual communication instead of just sending power? I hope Apple isn't blacklisting bad family or serial number IDs, or we could be screwed with only buying Apple-certified adapters.