How to charge MacBook (Retina, 12-inch) and iPhone together?

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  1. irock101 macrumors 6502

    irock101

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    Hey,

    I just picked up a new MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) with a USB adapter.

    Is there any apple or third party adapter that allows me to charge my phone from the macbook while the macbook is on power supply as well?

    I am used to have have my phone in a dock, connected to my mac while working. Now this option seems out of the window unless you guys have a solution?
     
  2. infiniteentropy macrumors regular

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    Use the USB-C Digital AV Adapter, plug it into the USB port, should be just fine.
     
  3. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I got the USB adapter but I can either charge the macbook or the phone but not both at the same time as theres only one USB slot.

    Can I connect a USB hub to the adapter or will that not produce enough power?
     
  4. zhenya macrumors 603

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    The digital av adapter is different than the one you bought. It has 3 ports - one for the charging cable, one for usb-a, and an hdmi port.

    There is also the plugbug

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

    but at that point I'd probably just buy the apple adapter which gives you more flexibility.
     
  5. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  9. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    79 bucks. Good grief, I didn't know it was that shocking price. Apple usually charges 29 bucks for wires but this is taking the biscuit.
     
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    I rarely complain about Apple prices, knowing they aren't cheap, but they went too far here...
     
  11. irock101 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Got the adapter. It works to charge the phone (extremely slow!) but doesn't have enough juice to power a USB drive and charge the laptop at the same time.
     
  12. zhenya macrumors 603

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    It should charge at about half speed in my experience. It should also have enough juice to run one external drive and a few accessories. I typically have at least 1 drive and a couple of other things attached.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    Apple's done it before with these dongles. They know they have a captive audience and even now there's little options available so they can charge what ever they want. I wished they had a mini display port on that dongle. HDMI doesn't help me much but the mini-display port would
     
  14. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    So not only is the Macbook crippled by 1 port but the ability to do basic tasks like charging through the wire are crippled too. But, nobody really needs a second port on a Macbook because it doesn't have one!
     
  15. zhenya macrumors 603

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    The fact that it doubles the charging time isn't really that big of a deal because at full-speed it will do an 80% charge in about an hour. Either way it charges faster than most laptops.
     
  16. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for the plugbug.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I just saw you got the adapter.
     

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