Best portable charger for Macbook 12" + iPhone 6

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  1. tsg20 macrumors member

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    I travel a lot, and I'd ideally like to carry just one charger for the 12" Macbook and my iPhone. After reading some threads, I'm pretty confused!

    Is there currently anything available that will charge the Macbook as rapidly as the original Apple charger, but has more than one USB socket? I don't mind buying a USB A to C cable if that will help.
     
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  3. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Does it need to be able to charge both at the same time? If not, a simple usb-c male to usb-a female should do it, right?
     
  4. tsg20 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes - that's my current plan. But it would be nice to be able to charge both at once if possible, e.g. overnight.
     
  5. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    If they made one with the same output at around half the size with 2 ports, that would be perfect for the sole charger brick in my travel bag.

    I currently have an iPad charger brick with a USB-A/USB-C so I can only have one in the bag and switch them out as needed, with a little iPhone charger there as backup.
     
  6. tsg20 thread starter macrumors member

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    How slow is that for charging the Macbook, compared to the Macbook charger?
     
  7. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Can't say, really, sorry. It charges it up overnight though, never been tested at less than 20% battery left however, and always had a good 8 hours overnight straight charging while the computer is shutdown.

    Have read about 10% per hour powered off.
     
  8. Abqpete macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone tried something like this?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UV4HCL0/

    The Quick Charge 2.0 specification that is being used by many Android devices supports the following three output levels: 5V/2.4A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A. This particular charger has 1 Quick Charge 2.0 port and 4 regular 5V/2.4A ports, making it suitable for charging several devices simultaneously.
     
  9. burgman macrumors 65816

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    Am I missing something? I use the original rMB charger with the AV adapter, charges both just fine. Must be plugged into mb to charge the phone.
     
  10. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Nope you're not missing anything. But since the rMB charges via USB, it opens itself up to the world of 3rd party universal USB chargers. Finding one even more compact than the official Apple standard issue that also allows you to charge multiple devices directly from the wall simultaneously is pretty appealing.
     
  11. burgman macrumors 65816

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    If you say, I don't get the appeal I like one wire to adapter then a short cable to phone. Only for home use then maybe, but you said for traveling.Given the wattage requirements I don't see how the charger could be much smaller. The Google charger is huge. I also worry about aftermarket chargers following Apple's charging algorithm to maximize battery life.
     
  12. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but wouldn't it be great to be able to get that Apple brick with another USB slot or two? I'm not saying you are missing anything or are wrong at all, don't misunderstand. It's just that for a lot lf people it is appealing, that's all.
     
  13. PittAir macrumors regular

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    I just saw this. The answer is simple.

    Get a PlugBug

    https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/plugbug

    and attach it to your USB charger. I have one and I charge from the USB 3.1 type C (charger) and the USB 3.0 ports (PlugBug). I do this and both my iphone6 and rMB12 charge rapidly from the one 29W cube.
     
  14. ws07 macrumors newbie

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    What a great solution! Thanks for the link - this will keep the full 29w to the MacBook and allow an iPhone or iPad to charge simultaneously.
     
  15. maryunani macrumors member

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    /thread
     
  16. palmwangja macrumors regular

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    Here is a comment from the macbook 12'' user.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2KYZM7OJ1ZN3/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00UV4HCL0
     
  17. Niico macrumors newbie

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    Yes if by great solution you mean adding the world's hugest single port most useless low wattage USB charger to your power brick.

    You can get smaller 3 port quick charge 2.0 solutions from Anker / Aukey - this is a joke only for the clueless.
     
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    I also travel a lot (more than half the year) and use Twelve south PlugBug to charge both my 12" MB and my 12.9 iPP simultaneously. Very happy so far especially with changeable snap-on plugs for different types of power sockets depending on what country I'm in
     
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  22. Alexappleusa macrumors newbie

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    I bought one of these:

    http://www.marbledcs.com

    I backed the kickstarter so should have it sometime this month fingers crossed, just s little larger than the regular adapter and has everything you would need.
     
  23. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502

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    ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but the way it fits together is pretty awful. You're better off just bringing a separate small Apple iPhone USB-A plug, than this monstrosity:

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    In theory - yes it would be. In practice - it's next to impossible, as Apple's 29W USB-C charger is already as small as it can get, given the wattage requirements. You won't find anything smaller than Apple's charger that has multiple ports and plugs into the wall - it simply doesn't exist.

    All those other 3-4 port chargers are huge and require a separate AC cable.. terrible for traveling.
     
  25. Precursor macrumors 6502

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    Well, the plugbug works with all apple chargers (iphone, macbook, MBP etc) so I don't quite mind if someone finds the look as a "monstrosity"
    For a world traveller, it is a must-have item
     

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