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Kanex has introduced a new GoPower rechargeable 15,000 mAh USB-C battery pack capable of delivering one full charge to the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The slim aluminum battery pack also has a traditional USB port that can provide multiple charges to iPhones, iPads, and other USB devices.

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USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables are included for charging the GoPower itself. A four-LED status indicator lets users know the power level of the battery pack based on 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent, and 100 percent intervals.

Kanex has also included a built-in circuit protection board with priority charging detection technology that enables pass-through charging to plugged in devices when the battery pack itself is plugged into a power source.

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The battery pack's USB-C output is 5V at 3 Amps, while its USB output is 5V at 2.4 Amps.

GoPower retails for $99.95 on Amazon and Kanex's website.

Article Link: Kanex Launches GoPower USB-C Battery Pack for MacBook
 

skinned66

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I think it could be improved with a built in USB hub that could be used while it's plugged in - or not if you're in a tight spot.
 

qwewq

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Still only 5v at 3 amps... I really hope we get full speed charging one of these days.
 

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I like this... Would be really handy if you travel a lot.
I travel enough. I find that as long as I charge everything overnight, I can get through the day without the need of these extra power packs on most days. There are a few times, like if I use my phone as a hotspot or if I am doing significant presentations on the mac, where I would need to charge during the day. Fortunately, there is always an outlet nearby and the battery pack would only add weight without much added convenience. If I traveled overseas more, or took my computer/phone camping then I could see this being more useful. I went onto their website and found that the product is about the size of an ipad mini (slightly smaller, but bigger than the iPhone 6+), but nowhere could I find a weight.
 
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Col4bin

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It's a real pain when my Mid-2012 MBP only gets an hour of battery life these days before having to plug in again. Will be buying something like this for family excusions and work travel to support my laptop and our iPhones/iPad.
 
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jezbd1997

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It's a real pain when my Mid-2012 MBP only gets an hour of battery life these days before having to plug in again. We will be buying one of these for family excusions and for travel to support my laptop and our iPhones/iPad.
Um this only supports the 12" MacBook via usb c... Not the old MacBook pro
 

macduke

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What's the benefit of this over something like an Anker battery pack? I got a 10,400mah pack for $20 about a year ago and it supports "fast charging." Is the charging on this thing even faster for the large MacBook battery? They even have a much higher capacity 20,000mah aluminum pack that looks somewhat similar to this for only $45 on Amazon. Couldn't you just use a standard USB to USB-C cable to charge it? I highly recommend Anker. Every product I've purchased has exceeded my expectations, and their industrial design and packaging is surprisingly nice. I would almost say they're Apple-like, but the prices can't be beat for the quality you get.
 

AngerDanger

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Given that the new MacBook is the lightest laptop Apple has produced—anywhere from less than half to less than a third of the weight of the original MagSafe-equipped computers—it seems like this would be the easiest to pull off of a desk by mistakenly tripping on the power cord. Yet it's the first laptop in a decade Apple has made without a magnetic connector of any kind.

I understand that they need to use that one USB port for everything, so magnetism would be problematic, but it still irks me.
 

dannys1

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beyond that, why would you want a USB-C connection if the charging cable for a MacBook is USB->USB-C? they make even higher capacity battery that can charge a MacBook 3x.

Speed would be the only reason, i've got a few portable batteries that i've connected with USB-A to USB-C and it see its on battery power but it wont charge the device.
 

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I've wondered why these battery packs are always so bulky.

Why not design a slim flat battery with ports that would sit under a MacBook. Clears clutter off your desk too.
 

KPOM

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Given that the new MacBook is the lightest laptop Apple has produced—anywhere from less than half to less than a third of the weight of the original MagSafe-equipped computers—it seems like this would be the easiest to pull off of a desk by mistakenly tripping on the power cord. Yet it's the first laptop in a decade Apple has made without a magnetic connector of any kind.

I understand that they need to use that one USB port for everything, so magnetism would be problematic, but it still irks me.
Perhaps MagSafe would not work well because of the light weight. iPads have never had them, for instance.
 
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ignatius345

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I've wondered why these battery packs are always so bulky.

Why not design a slim flat battery with ports that would sit under a MacBook. Clears clutter off your desk too.

Or maybe Apple could have added a few millimeters to the thickness and given it a bigger internal battery. I'd gladly add the weight for more battery life, vs. carrying around some aburdly bulky thing like this.
 

satchmo

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Or maybe Apple could have added a few millimeters to the thickness and given it a bigger internal battery. I'd gladly add the weight for more battery life, vs. carrying around some aburdly bulky thing like this.

I would agree if we're talking iPhones. I'm not sure how much a few millimetres would help given it gets the same 10 hours as the much thicker MacBook Pro.
Retina screens certainly don't help matters, but there's always a challenge to balance, performance and battery power. I don't think we'll se 20 hour numbers anytime soon. Maybe 12-13 hrs with improved lower powered OLED displays.
 
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