Can you use the MacBook AC extension cord with an iPod USB wall charger?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by TWLreal, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. TWLreal macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2006
    I have a MacBook and a 30 GB iPod video. Obviously, the MacBook came with a wall charger but also an AC extension cord that plugs into a wall and then plugs back into the MacBook charger.

    Like so:


    However, I also have a USB wall charger for the iPod video. The thing can plug directly into an electrical outlet which then connects to the iPod via the USB/Dock connector cable.

    That's fine and dandy. Now I want to know if I can remove the prong part of the iPod USB wall charger and connect it to the MacBook's AC extension cord to charge the iPod without damaging it.
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    probably. The plug things are all the same size, but the power plug thing which goes into the power unit have different shapes. Some (like the iPod ones) are shapped like an 8, while others (like the ones on recent computers) are shaped like a B. You can put the iPod wall plugs into the computer power units, but you can't put the computer power extention cables into the iPod charger.

    Hope this makes sense. Im really tired... lol
  3. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    You can only use the non-grounded 2m extension cords with the iPod chargers. The grounded ones are for after-market AC adapters and Airport Expresses. (If it helps, anything that can fit in your AC adapter will work, especially since all the transforming of the waveform in done in the brick.)

    Good Luck,

  4. TWLreal thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2006
    You're right about the 8-shaped and B-shaped thing.

    The iPod brick won't fit on my extension because it needs to be B-shaped.

    Oh well, it's a no go. Guess I'll charge it the normal way.
  5. conditionals macrumors regular

    May 5, 2005
  6. Subiklim macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2006
    Manhattan, New York
    So here's the question: if it's not possible, and there isn't anything out (to the best of my knowledge) that allows you to extend it, why did apple make the prongs removable?

    I've always found those prongs to be such pieces of garbage.
  7. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    I believe they made them removable so you could swap out the plug for various other ones for use in different countries mainly.
  8. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    you can just use any old figure of 8 extension lead.
  9. TWLreal thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2006
    Yeah, but I don't have one handy right now.

    I'm leaving it as it is. I just wanted the extra reach but it's not that important.

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