Minimising your cables while traveling with rmb

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by agmck, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. agmck, Aug 26, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2015

    agmck macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2015
    Hi guys —

    I can imagine that a lot of people, like me, enjoy the rmb for it's awesome portability. But I'm finding it difficult to come up with a good cable solution for compact travel with maximum compatibility.

    My use case is very common. I need usb-c for the macbook, lightning for the iphone, micro-usb for my kindle and a male usb-a connector for powering the macbook via external battery, car, bus, plane, wherever. A female usb-a connection is also nice to have in the bag to stay compatible with other people's usb sticks etc.

    In an ideal minimalist world I would travel with one usb-c cable and some tiny female usb-c adapters (to male usb-a, female usb-a, male micro-usb, male lightning) in order to create all possible permutations of cables I need and charge everything via the 29W macbook brick. Unfortunately this is still a pipe dream since most of the female usb-c adapters don't exists.

    So my question — what cables and dongles are you aggressive travellers taking with you on the road?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    You could plug a USB c to USB connector into the wall brick and use it direct.
  3. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I have my
    - Macbook power brick and usb-c cable
    - usb-a female to usb-c adapter, which gives me compatibility with other peripherals, and allows me to charge my phone, iPad, and any other usb devices from the Macbook's power brick.
    - usb-c digital av adapter - which allows me to charge the macbook while having other usb peripherals attached and charging.
    - Micro-usb/mini usb cables. I rarely use these, so I have tiny ones about 3 inches long that just stay in my bag.

    Sounds like you could do with adding just the usb-c to female usb-a adapter and a micro usb cable. That would allow you to connect and charge everything (although not simultaneously).

    Do you really need the usb-c to male usb-a? I have those at home, but don't carry them on the road because there is rarely if ever a situation where I have access to a usb plug I'd want to charge from but no a regular outlet where I could plug in to and charge several times faster.
  4. agmck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2015
    One option is to use a male usb-c to male usb-a cable in conjunction with a female usb-a to male usb-c dongle (see below). So then you have all legacy usb-a connectors you need, the only problem is if you use this combo to charge your macbook — you're only going to be charging using 5V @ 2A = slow. The beekeeper kickstarter project claimed to have some special electronics to mitigate this problem and charge the macbook at full speed, but this project wasn't funded and I haven't yet seen another cable / dongle combination that can do the same.

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  5. agmck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2015
    Probably you're right. But I thought I'd see what other people are doing. Possibly I could need a male usb-a to charge from an external battery in a pinch, but indeed it'd be rare.
  6. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I just have a hard time seeing when I would ever be using my Macbook for more than 8-10 hours continuously with no chance to charge it, short of backpacking somewhere, when I probably won't be bringing my Macbook! An hour at a charger with the stock plug is good for about 80% charge. Everyone's needs are certainly different however.
  7. Onofire macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2015
    I travel with this ->

    Small adapters for the iPhone and Kindle. I love these because they fit into a pencil case.

    My Anker charger and charging cable. I'm looking for a 6" cable for this as well.

    Apple used to sell a little travel wallet with mini cables from Griffin. I don't see it on Amazon or at their site with the wallet, but the set is here:

    Another option is to buy the Nomad keychains for the micro USB and Lightning. I have both on my keychain and I've used them numerous times.

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