CES 2018: Incase Announces New MacBook Pro Sleeve With USB-C Port and Integrated 14,000mAh Battery

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Incase today announced the upcoming launch of a new IconConnected Power Sleeve for the MacBook Pro, which is designed to be an all-in-one protection and power solution for Apple's latest notebook computers.

The IconConnected Power Sleeve combines the protection of the Incase Icon sleeve with a built-in battery that's able to provide additional power to a MacBook Pro right from the case. The Power Sleeve features a built-in 14,000mAh battery with a USB-C port and an included USB-C charging cable.


In addition to being able to charge a MacBook Pro, the Power Sleeve also includes a USB-A port that can be used to charge iPhones, iPads, and other USB devices.


According to Incase, the Power Sleeve is able to provide more than one charge to the MacBook Pro, and multiple charges for devices with smaller batteries like the iPhone and iPad.
"For over 20 years, Incase has created innovative solutions that provide a better experience for Apple users through good design, with a rich heritage in MacBook protection and most recently, with an emphasis on connected solutions," said Paul Okui, Vice President of Product, Incase. "The IconConnectedTM Power Sleeve bridges the Incase connected and protection product ecosystems into one refined, powerful sleeve designed to meet the evolving demands of today's MacBook Pro users."
The Power Sleeve will be available for both 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with USB-C ports, and when it launches in the third quarter of 2018, it will be priced at $199.95.

Article Link: CES 2018: Incase Announces New MacBook Pro Sleeve With USB-C Port and Integrated 14,000mAh Battery
 

wheelhot

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Or you could, you know, make the MacBook 1-2 mm thicker... :confused:
I don't think 1-2 mm thicker will result in an additional 14,000 mAh capacity and it's not that straightforward as a thicker laptop will mean overall more material and making it heavier, also I think with the new MBPs, what people want is more power as battery life will never be enough the moment you start doing video editing and such.

So I do agree on a slightly thicker MBP, but would rather that extra thickness be dedicated for thermal and GPU rather than slightly larger battery capacity which won't make that much of a difference in real life uses.

On another note, I welcome product like these and expect to see more of such cases as USB-C notebook adoption increases. My only question is, will this be air-travel friendly?
 

redneckitengineer

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This looks pretty awesome. I’d be interested in it. I’ve yet to see a power bank that will charge the MacBook Pro, they all support the MacBook 12. This could be a first.
 

TheralSadurns

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I wish they STOPPED using wrong measurement units to talk about battery size. mAh don't tell you ANYTHING without the Volt. Actual capacity is measured in Wh. Nothing else.

It's like talking about cars and HP to determine the speed. Well... my huge ass truck has more HP than this little Porsche... so it must be faster right?
 
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Pupi

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This is awesome, as expected from Incase, but I feel like any ultimate case/sleeve for the connectivity-challenged MacBook Pro needs to have room to store a hub. Or outright doubles as a hub.
 

Ener Ji

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In case of 15" MBP, they couldn't, because it's already 99wh, while airline limit is 100wh. As for 13", it's meant to be small and light.
It used to have a 99.5 Watt-Hour battery. Beginning with the 2016 redesign, the battery size was reduced to just 76 Watt Hours. Rumor has it that Apple had originally planned to use a "terraced" battery to maintain similar battery capacity, but that the battery failed its tests, and so opted for a smaller "traditional" battery instead.

I remain hopeful that perhaps the "terraced" battery will return this year and we'll once again get a larger battery in the 15" MBP.

Source:
https://www.cnet.com/news/macbook-pro-october-2016-battery-life/
https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/
 

adam1080

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Nothing for the MacBook? Maybe best, since I just dropped coin on the leather Apple sleeve.
 

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I don't think 1-2 mm thicker will result in an additional 14,000 mAh capacity and it's not that straightforward as a thicker laptop will mean overall more material and making it heavier, also I think with the new MBPs, what people want is more power as battery life will never be enough the moment you start doing video editing and such.

So I do agree on a slightly thicker MBP, but would rather that extra thickness be dedicated for thermal and GPU rather than slightly larger battery capacity which won't make that much of a difference in real life uses.

On another note, I welcome product like these and expect to see more of such cases as USB-C notebook adoption increases. My only question is, will this be air-travel friendly?
Yeah my post was kind of tongue-in-cheek. I can see a use for this, but it’s a pretty niche market. Pros that use their laptops in the field away from power for extended periods being one.
 

kyykesko

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I don't think 1-2 mm thicker will result in an additional 14,000 mAh capacity and it's not that straightforward as a thicker laptop will mean overall more material and making it heavier, also I think with the new MBPs, what people want is more power as battery life will never be enough the moment you start doing video editing and such.

So I do agree on a slightly thicker MBP, but would rather that extra thickness be dedicated for thermal and GPU rather than slightly larger battery capacity which won't make that much of a difference in real life uses.

On another note, I welcome product like these and expect to see more of such cases as USB-C notebook adoption increases. My only question is, will this be air-travel friendly?
I run out of battery _every single day_ in normal situations, without any gaming, video editing or other GPU intensive crap on my MBP15. Just lots of browser pages, SSH sessions, teamviewer / etc remote access and so on. I'd love to be able to run some virtual machines every now and then, listen to music and whatever else during my work day but that'd mean I'd run out of power latest at 2pm instead of 4pm - and my work day ends around 7pm. Slightly thicker Macbook where the extra was battery would allow me to actually use this piece of junk rather than run between power sockets hoping it won't die before it's time.

There are some USB-C batteries but they all seem unable to charge this while in use - and some are so big I'd need another bag to drag them around.

Then again, nothing new in Apple land. Let's make too thin devices with useless batteries. Because that's what the hipsters want.
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It used to have a 99.5 Watt-Hour battery. Beginning with the 2016 redesign, the battery size was reduced to just 76 Watt Hours. Rumor has it that Apple had originally planned to use a "terraced" battery to maintain similar battery capacity, but that the battery failed its tests, and so opted for a smaller "traditional" battery instead.

I remain hopeful that perhaps the "terraced" battery will return this year and we'll once again get a larger battery in the 15" MBP.

Source:
https://www.cnet.com/news/macbook-pro-october-2016-battery-life/
https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/
Well, they f'd up two machines in row so I couldn't wait yet another year to see if they could get they **** together. I'm stuck with the 2017 model for the next 5 years or so - not going to buy another one very soon at these prices. Even if they come up with a better battery they'll just slice it to even smaller one to shave another 0,001mm from the thickness - and a bit more from the keyboard to make it feel ever more touchscreen-like.
 

Ener Ji

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Well, they f'd up two machines in row so I couldn't wait yet another year to see if they could get they **** together. I'm stuck with the 2017 model for the next 5 years or so - not going to buy another one very soon at these prices. Even if they come up with a better battery they'll just slice it to even smaller one to shave another 0,001mm from the thickness - and a bit more from the keyboard to make it feel ever more touchscreen-like.
Understandable that you won't be upgrading any time soon. My 2012 Retina MBP has been barely hanging on for a couple of years now - this is the year that I'll probably be forced to upgrade. If the stars align, it's possible I'll get (almost) everything I want in this year's refresh, except for >16GB of RAM, which won't come until 2019 or 2020.

My "realistic" wish list for the 2018 MBP 15":
  1. The latest Intel six-core mobile processors
  2. An improved iSight camera (similar to what the iMac Pro received)
  3. Appreciably bigger battery with correspondingly longer battery life
  4. Mobile Vega graphics w/ 4GB of high-bandwidth memory
  5. Better and more reliable keyboard
  6. Maintains headphone jack
  7. WiFi that supports at least 3x3 MU-MIMO
I probably won't get my entire wishlist granted, but I'm hoping to get at least 6 out of 7.
 

bobdobalina

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I have a soft spot for these thick bumper Incase soft case designs. Seems like a weird place to put a battery, but as long as it's airline safe, why not.
 
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