North American duckhead adapter replacement

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by raythepa, May 25, 2017.

  1. raythepa macrumors member

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    Ok after 25 minutes the Apple chat person didn't seem to understand my question. Maybe I can do better here. As you can see I just need a 2 prong adapter, Apple doesn't just sell them without buying some corresponding piece.

    So are the 2 prong adapters interchangeable regardless of the adapter wattage (12, 45, 60 , etc)? I'm thinking yes just wanted to check, in case I'm missing something.

    Thanks in advance!
    broken 2 prong adapter.jpg
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, Apple's been using that design since around 2001 so they're all interchangeable.
     
  3. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    Depends on what you need it for,the voltage is different in many countries,from what I know,USA still use 110V DC,while Europe has 240V AC as standard. Plugging a US charger to the European power network would make it explode,so maybe that was why Apple tried to sell you the other part?
     
  4. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Nice try. You would be correct, that plugging a 110V device into a 220/240V power source could/would cause some serious damage, but that is not at all what the OP is talking about ... These days, nearly all tech devices have dual-voltage chargers. For the most part, the only difference is the plug configuration. Swap the duckhead to one of the proper pin configuration, and Bob's your uncle. The internal circuitry of the charger handles all of the power conversions ... and as long as you're dealing with a quality charger (not a cheap Chinese knockoff), the charger will handle the power conversion safely and efficiently.
     
  5. raythepa thread starter macrumors member

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    Thx, just for those who come behind me and read this I'm not talking about different voltages, just the good old North American Duckhead. I've seen the single items like those shown on the Macsales link but thought they were third party and wanted to stay away. Are the Macsale items any different than the Amazon items? Thats why I was looking to cannibalize the cheapest official Apple item available.
     
  6. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Macsales.com (OWC) sells quality stuff... their Mac memory and drives are great. While they may not actually be Apple OEM parts, they certainly do not qualify as "cheap knock-offs" by any stretch. I have purchased form them, and I am sure that I will again in the future.

    There's also this design from Ten-One Design:

    https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Ten One Design/T1BLKH109/
     
  7. hkoster1 macrumors regular

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    The cheapest? A power cable with female C7 plug will do. You may already have one , as many accessories use them.
    You may have to file the flat side down a bit. I used that trick on a recent trip to Canada, worked like a charm and saved me the price of a meal.
     
  8. MichaelDT macrumors member

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    North America uses AC or alternating current like Eurasia, not DC or direct current, just at lower voltage 120V and generally higher current.
     
  9. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    OP, the lowest cost option that I'm aware of is to buy an Apple World Travel Adapter Kit - US$29 - an NA adapter is in the Kit.
     
  10. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    No, the lowest cost option would be the $5.99 purchase from OWC... Paying $29 for something that you won't ever use to get one part that you could get by itself for $6 is a no-brainer.
     
  11. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    That's you, I'm not into knock-offs, and I do travel overseas so I do use the full set… Too many bad reviews of the knock-offs for my taste. Not picking nits, the Apple set is still $6 per for my needs, still wish they sold each separately.
     
  12. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Not sure it IS a knockoff... it has an Apple part number listed... again, IF you travel somewhere where you would use the other plugs, then it makes sense... but I'm not into spending $23 more than necessary for something that will live out its entire life span in a drawer... and FWIW, I have several extra North American duckheads around the house, as I use the corded adapters on a both of my Mac laptops...
     
  13. hkoster1 macrumors regular

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    No, the cheapest is a $1.75 C7 power cable (I bought mine at a Canadian Tire store in Toronto while travelling).
    For use at home there may be a $0.00 option, like an AppleTV or Mac Mini power cable. Cheez...
     
  14. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    I bought 10 for under 10 buck with shipping on eBay.
    The right angle one is sweet but for $20?
     
  15. raythepa thread starter macrumors member

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    See I was going to go the route of the World Adapter Kit and then sell the other adapters on eBay, but eBay is getting to be a bit of a hassle. Then I thought Apple 12W USB Power Adapter ($19), in any case I went with the OWC adapter. Even if Apple sold them in a 2-pack that would be great but its all business by committee there...

    btw I do appreciate the interest in this
     

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