Macbook Air Charger That Takes AAs?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by thriii, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. thriii macrumors 6502

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    Are there any chargers for a Macbook air that takes AA batteries?
     
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Do you mean you want to charge your MBA with AA batteries, or use your MBA to charge batteries?
     
  3. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Use AAs or any type of battery to charge my MBA
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Well considering that the MBA uses an 18volt charger (if I remember correctly), that means you would need at least 12 AA batteries (that's 1.5V per AA * 12 = 18). That's a whole lot of batteries.....

    Also the Apple MagSafe and MagSafe 2 are proprietary connectors so you can't use a third party adapter (at least it isn't legal to sell you an adapter by a third party using the Magsafe connector) and Apple doesn't currently make a AA battery charger for the MBA....
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, you can't do that. AA batteries are not compatible with the charging technology that Apple uses, involving the built-in battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board.

    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
     
  6. quasinormal, Nov 5, 2012
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    quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    It should be possible to put 11 AA batteries in series to make 16.5 volts and connect it to a MagSafe cable, but with a capacity of 2500 mAh it wouldn't last too long. It might be a better idea to use D cells and get about 6 times more capacity.

    I've been meaning to try 3 x 6 volt lantern batteries in series to see if it powers a 15" Mbp (18.5 volts)

    The. MagSafe cables are readily available on ebay if you don't have a dead adapter to cannablise.

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Apple-MagSafe-60w-85W-AC-Power-Adapter-DC-repair-Cord-/180681815571?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1179b613&_uhb=1#ht_1785wt_1024
     

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