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Jan 23, 2013, 11:08 AM
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Just over a year after TwelveSouth released its PlugBug (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/11/01/charge-a-macbook-and-ipad-with-twelvesouths-plugbug/) Mac and iDevice charger, it has gone international. The new PlugBug World (http://twelvesouth.com/products/plugbugworld/) is the same as the original, but includes five swappable prong adapters for use in the UK, Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan and a number of other countries.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/01/plugbugworld.jpgPlugBug World is an international version of the popular Twelve South PlugBug. PlugBug World brings the dual charging convenience of PlugBug to Mac users everywhere. PlugBug uses the clever trick of attaching to any Apple MacBook Power Adapter by replacing its attached plug or extended power cord. When snapped into place, PlugBug not only allows for worldwide charging of MacBook, but also provides a separate 2.1-Amp USB charger for iPad/iPhone. Once attached, simply select your local plug, or use your extended cable, to power both your MacBook and iPad or iPhone from a single outlet. This powerful accessory is a lifesaver in locations where finding multiple wall outlets can be a challenge, and where charging your MacBook and iPad quickly is mission-critical to your next meeting or presentation.The PlugBug World is available at TwelveSouth.com (http://twelvesouth.com/products/plugbugworld/) for $44.99 / 39.99 / 44,99 EUR.

Article Link: TwelveSouth Releases PlugBug World for International Charging (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/23/twelvesouth-releases-plugbug-world-for-international-charging/)



Davmeister
Jan 23, 2013, 11:20 AM
I have to say I do like the solidity and design of our (British) 3 prong plug compared to others...even if it does stick out a bit

ncollingridge
Jan 23, 2013, 11:23 AM
Why in the world does the UK adapter need to be so BIG! The Apple one is a fraction of the size and does the exact same job.

jdogg836
Jan 23, 2013, 11:28 AM
Why in the world does the UK adapter need to be so BIG! The Apple one is a fraction of the size and does the exact same job.

Are you referring to the plugbug? It adds a usb to charge the ipad or other idevice simultaneously.

gage006
Jan 23, 2013, 11:29 AM
It looks like this one will work with Apple's extension cord as well. Wish TwelveSouth specified. That was a deal breaker on the original.

Edit: Confirmed, it does! Excellent.
https://twitter.com/andrewbg/status/294073016793563138

FuNGi
Jan 23, 2013, 11:30 AM
I don't get it. Why can't you just charge your idevice from your laptop's USB?

jdogg836
Jan 23, 2013, 11:34 AM
I don't get it. Why can't you just charge your idevice from your laptop's USB?

500mA vs. a full 1600mA?

Morrile
Jan 23, 2013, 11:35 AM
Hmm... so it's red :rolleyes:

I see no benefits above the Apple Travel Adapter Kit MB974ZM/A

Morrile

jdogg836
Jan 23, 2013, 11:39 AM
Hmm... so it's red :rolleyes:

I see no benefits above the Apple Travel Adapter Kit MB974ZM/A

Morrile

I can't charge my iPad and Macbook both at full AC charging current using the Travel Kit. Can you?

Mike Oxard
Jan 23, 2013, 11:39 AM
I don't get it. Why can't you just charge your idevice from your laptop's USB?

I don't think you can use the ipad and charge it at the same time from a laptop's USB port.

Another option if you don't mind taking up a USB port is one of these :
http://www.digitalinnovations.com/chargedr-usb-charge-booster.html

Davmeister
Jan 23, 2013, 11:54 AM
Why in the world does the UK adapter need to be so BIG! The Apple one is a fraction of the size and does the exact same job.

It isn't that big anymore, they shrunk it down a few years back, but yeh it used to be ridiculous. It's a LOT thinner now, especially on the rMBP Magsafe 2 extension cord and airport express wall plugs (before it became apple tv like).

parish
Jan 23, 2013, 12:07 PM
I have to say I do like the solidity and design of our (British) 3 prong plug compared to others...even if it does stick out a bit

Personally I find our 3-pin plug a PITA. Aside from them always falling prongs up so you stand on them (probably the most painful thing you'll ever stand on) the earth pin is largely redundant nowadays as nearly everything is double-insulated so its only function is to open the gates on the line and neutral sockets.

I like the European design where the earth connector, if required, is on the edge of the plug.

As for PlugBug, it's a great idea but why can't you buy the individual plug separately? I don't reckon I'd ever need any more than the UK and EU ones so the other three would be a waste of money.

nawazsumar
Jan 23, 2013, 12:11 PM
Do they sell this without the plugs at all. Surely you have your own plug bit from your power adaptor you want to add this too. Sure its white but its the same?

ovrlrd
Jan 23, 2013, 01:03 PM
The question people should be asking is: Can you now plug a PlugBug into another PlugBug that is plugged into a power adapter? Or how about a chain of them?

croooow
Jan 23, 2013, 01:35 PM
I think some people do not understand this product:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013/01/plugbug-world-macbook-air-white.png

power for your MacBook + 10W USB using one power outlet...

bradl
Jan 23, 2013, 01:40 PM
I think some people do not understand this product:

Image (http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013/01/plugbug-world-macbook-air-white.png)

power for your MacBook + 10W USB using one power outlet...

Agreed.

Now comes the question.. For someone who purchased the original PlugBug, could they replace their unopened original box for this one, and pay the difference.

BL.

Mikey7c8
Jan 23, 2013, 01:40 PM
I have to say I do like the solidity and design of our (British) 3 prong plug compared to others...even if it does stick out a bit

Gah, it's way too massive IMHO. Such a pain whenever I'm in london or singapore. :P

The Euro plug is almost my preference, the US one would be except in some situations it has a super annoying tendency to fall out due to the weight of the charger - haven't had this happen with the euro one and it fits both ways. Win :)

The Au one only goes one way.. and therefore you miss out on being able to plug in in certain spots.

I got the original reason btw, not sure i'd use it but then I don't use an iPad. I get the use-case though :)

macingman
Jan 23, 2013, 01:43 PM
This is awesome. Going to save bringing 1 charger when traveling and one power point at home :)

croooow
Jan 23, 2013, 01:53 PM
...Now comes the question.. For someone who purchased the original PlugBug, could they replace their unopened original box for this one, and pay the difference.

That becomes a question of store return/exchange policy. If it is unopened, I do not see why you could not exchange it and pay the difference, why would the store not want a little bit more cash?

bradl
Jan 23, 2013, 01:57 PM
That becomes a question of store return/exchange policy. If it is unopened, I do not see why you could not exchange it and pay the difference, why would the store not want a little bit more cash?

Good question..

Also, interestingly enough, this may explain the disappearance of the PlugBug from most of the Apple retail Stores (at least the ones in my area: none were available at the stores in Sacramento, Roseville, or Reno). I wonder if they may just 'reappear' again...

Anyone notice similar at your local Apple Store?

BL.

gbredneck
Jan 23, 2013, 02:03 PM
+1 purchase from me!

Bought one for travelling in the US, always wondered why they didn't do one for the UK

Nermal
Jan 23, 2013, 02:22 PM
The Au one only goes one way.. and therefore you miss out on being able to plug in in certain spots.

Can you elaborate on this? We use the same one in NZ and while I understand "only goes in one way", I'm not sure what you mean about "certain spots".

Edit: I just remembered that once I was at a hotel and couldn't plug in my charger because they'd put the power sockets right down by the floor (which happens to violate wiring guidelines that state a minimum of 300 mm from the floor).

bradl
Jan 23, 2013, 02:25 PM
Can you elaborate on this? We use the same one in NZ and while I understand "only goes in one way", I'm not sure what you mean about "certain spots".

I believe he means that two of the prongs are slanted, compared, to say, US plugs, which are straight. In the US, if you don't have the third prong (for the ground), you could flip your plug upside down, and still be able to plug in.

When I was living in Australia, I couldn't do that. Try flipping your plug upside down, and plug into the socket in the wall. the prongs will be at right angles to the connectors in the socket.

BL.

Nermal
Jan 23, 2013, 02:36 PM
I believe he means that two of the prongs are slanted, compared, to say, US plugs, which are straight. In the US, if you don't have the third prong (for the ground), you could flip your plug upside down, and still be able to plug in.

When I was living in Australia, I couldn't do that. Try flipping your plug upside down, and plug into the socket in the wall. the prongs will be at right angles to the connectors in the socket.

BL.

Yes, I understand what "only goes in one way" means :rolleyes:

I just mean that I'm hard-pressed to think of any reason (other than the poor design mentioned above) that you'd actually *want* to plug it in upside down.

NewbieCanada
Jan 23, 2013, 02:41 PM
The question people should be asking is: Can you now plug a PlugBug into another PlugBug that is plugged into a power adapter? Or how about a chain of them?

That will be a feature on Apple and Intel's forthcoming ThunderBug adapter.

A Hebrew
Jan 23, 2013, 02:46 PM
I think some people do not understand this product:

Image (http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013/01/plugbug-world-macbook-air-white.png)

power for your MacBook + 10W USB using one power outlet...

That picture makes way more sense than the one in the article. Thanks!

MattInOz
Jan 23, 2013, 02:46 PM
I believe he means that two of the prongs are slanted, compared, to say, US plugs, which are straight. In the US, if you don't have the third prong (for the ground), you could flip your plug upside down, and still be able to plug in.

When I was living in Australia, I couldn't do that. Try flipping your plug upside down, and plug into the socket in the wall. the prongs will be at right angles to the connectors in the socket.

BL.

I think what he's saying is this plug adapter has the two slanted pins mirror to the Apple plug adapter*. So with the Apple Adapter the inserted in to the wall the power brick hangs below the point. With this one it would stand up above the power point.

Given our plug isn't reversible but it's seems the Apple plug adapter and plugbug plug adapter are interchangeable then buying a plugbug here might be useful where you wish our plug was reversible. Like the US/EU one is.

*by plug adapter I mean the lump of plastic with the pins, not the lump that has the transformer in it.

bradl
Jan 23, 2013, 02:47 PM
Yes, I understand what "only goes in one way" means :rolleyes:

I just mean that I'm hard-pressed to think of any reason (other than the poor design mentioned above) that you'd actually *want* to plug it in upside down.

You may have something plugged into one of the plugs in a 2-plug socket that is big enough that it impedes one way of plugging something into the second socket, but if you were to turn it upside down, it would still plug in.

Or, let's say that you have a power strip plugged into that bottom socket, and it can't be unplugged for some reason (assume all of the plugs on the strip are full). You have a battery charger for a camera you need to plug in, and normally, the charger faces down. plugging it into the top won't work, because it runs into the bottom plug. Flip it upside down, and you're golden.

I think what he's saying is this plug adapter has the two slanted pins mirror to the Apple plug adapter*. So with the Apple Adapter the inserted in to the wall the power brick hangs below the point. With this one it would stand up above the power point.

Given our plug isn't reversible but it's seems the Apple plug adapter and plugbug plug adapter are interchangeable then buying a plugbug here might be useful where you wish our plug was reversible. Like the US/EU one is.

*by plug adapter I mean the lump of plastic with the pins, not the lump that has the transformer in it.

Very true. That would come in handy, and surely would have if it existed for some other things when I lived there.

The only thing I have a concern about is that, again, when I lived there (1995 - 1997) is that while we had the adapters that helped out, the voltage couldn't be swapped, so I'm assuming autoswapping or something similar is built in. I fried my razor when I was down there, because while I was able to plug it in, it couldn't swap from 110v to 240v, and wore out the razor.

BL.

MattInOz
Jan 23, 2013, 02:59 PM
Or, let's say that you have a power strip plugged into that bottom socket, and it can't be unplugged for some reason (assume all of the plugs on the strip are full). You have a battery charger for a camera you need to plug in, and normally, the charger faces down. plugging it into the top won't work, because it runs into the bottom plug. Flip it upside down, and you're golden.



Or your in a hotel room and the only visible power point is placed to close to the furniture to plug in even an Apple USB charger.

topmike
Jan 23, 2013, 03:31 PM
Personally I find our 3-pin plug a PITA. Aside from them always falling prongs up so you stand on them (probably the most painful thing you'll ever stand on) the earth pin is largely redundant nowadays as nearly everything is double-insulated so its only function is to open the gates on the line and neutral sockets.

I like the European design where the earth connector, if required, is on the edge of the plug.

As for PlugBug, it's a great idea but why can't you buy the individual plug separately? I don't reckon I'd ever need any more than the UK and EU ones so the other three would be a waste of money.

Well, now that you asked.....

The UK 13 amp square pin plug is used in a number of other countries, such as Ireland, Malta, Singapore and even the Middle East, however, it was designed for a specific purpose for the large British post-war domestic building programme. The plug has an integrated fuse, which replaced the necessity to have a whole house fuse box. :-)

Nermal
Jan 23, 2013, 03:44 PM
You may have something plugged into one of the plugs in a 2-plug socket that is big enough that it impedes one way of plugging something into the second socket, but if you were to turn it upside down, it would still plug in.

Aha! Understood. All the 2-plug sockets at my place are horizontal so I haven't run into this, but I have seen the vertical ones so I can see where that's an issue.

needfx
Jan 23, 2013, 04:47 PM
Why in the world does the UK adapter need to be so BIG! The Apple one is a fraction of the size and does the exact same job.

Agreed.

On the other hand, what is it with that vibrant red. You can be seen charging from 2 zip codes away.

VAvW
Jan 24, 2013, 12:42 AM
The PlugBug World is available at TwelveSouth.com (http://twelvesouth.com/products/plugbugworld/) for $44.99 / 39.99 / 44,99 EUR.

+$25, or even $30 to ship this bite sized gadget. http://twelvesouth.com/shipping-returns/
#fail

tgara
Jan 24, 2013, 05:24 AM
I bought the original Plugbug a few months ago. I like it so much that I gave a couple as holiday gifts to my brother and my wife. I no longer need to carry my iPad or iPhone charger when I travel with my MBA laptop.

I may pick up this new international model and sell my US/Canada model. My only complaint about this device is the red color. I wish it was white instead to match the OEM Apple charger.

pika2000
Jan 24, 2013, 12:49 PM
Pretty nice concept. I wish they sell the adapters for each country individually. I mean why I should pay for the ones I may not need?

Mactastic21
Jan 24, 2013, 01:48 PM
+$25, or even $30 to ship this bite sized gadget. http://twelvesouth.com/shipping-returns/
#fail

According to the company's FB page (http://www.facebook.com/twelvesouth) "it will be available in Apple Stores worldwide next month." So maybe not so much a fail as a delay?

I've got the original and I'm getting one of these and giving my original away. :D

coolspot18
Jan 24, 2013, 03:54 PM
Why not just carry a converter? At least that will work with all your devices?

A convert is only a $1.00 or so.

bradl
Jan 24, 2013, 04:42 PM
Why not just carry a converter? At least that will work with all your devices?

A convert is only a $1.00 or so.

Because that would mean that you would need a separate converter for a separate charger for your Mac, and a separate converter for a separate charger for your iPhone/iPad, as well as charge cords for both.

So you'd be looking at 6 different accessories for 2 devices alone, when that could be consolidated down to 4 (charger for the Mac, PlugBug, Int'l Adapter, charge cord for your iPhone/iPad). Much less to carry around.

BL.

Coxy
Mar 12, 2013, 08:38 AM
Has anyone plugged a PlugBug into an iPad charger to create a dual USB charger? Just wondering if it works and how it looks.

Useful for those that have 2 iPads or an iPhone and iPad etc

Brian Y
Mar 12, 2013, 08:45 AM
I have to say I do like the solidity and design of our (British) 3 prong plug compared to others...even if it does stick out a bit

I thought that. Until the first time I stood on one barefoot. Damn things! :P

And I'd buy this in a heartbeat if it was white. Being red looks ugly IMO.

rayjay86
Nov 22, 2013, 10:29 PM
Considering buying this.

I'm traveling through Asia and ending in India this year and am wondering if the adapters that come will work for India. The two prong round adapter looks like it would fit but I'm not sure if that is for the European plugs or not...