Twelve South Announces New PlugBug Duo Travel Accessory for MacBooks

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twelve South today announced the launch of the PlugBug Duo, a follow up to the company's popular MacBook travel companion, the PlugBug World.

    The New PlugBug Duo, like the PlugBug World, attaches to the MacBook Power Adapter to add a selection of snap-on international plugs for travel purposes along with USB ports for charging additional accessories.


    Twelve South's PlugBug World included a single USB-A port for charging, but the PlugBug Duo adds a second USB-A port for a total of two ports for charging accessories like iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads.

    12W charging speeds are supported, so the PlugBug Duo will charge devices like the iPhone more quickly than the standard power adapter.


    The snap-on plugs that are included with the PlugBug Duo are designed to work in many countries around the world including the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Continental Europe, North America and Japan.

    The PlugBug Duo is compatible with MagSafe, MagSafe 2, and USB-C Power Adapters.


    Twelve South's new PlugBug Duo is available for purchase starting today for $49.99 from the Twelve South website.

    Article Link: Twelve South Announces New PlugBug Duo Travel Accessory for MacBooks
  2. orev macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2015
    $50‽‽ Is it really so hard to carry something like this with you?

    They're $3, smaller than that monstrosity, and far more versatile.
  3. groove-agent, Aug 23, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2018

    groove-agent macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2006
    Looks fugly, but an interesting idea. They should have made it white and had it fit better with the adapter.
  4. redneckitengineer macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2017
    It looks like somebody drunk drew a sketch on a napkin and instead of refining it, took the napkin to Shenzhen and looked for the cheapest factory. What a god aweful looking thing, it’s like the brick has acne.
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    This looks like a great travel accessory. Charge my phone, watch, and laptop or iPad all via one outlet. It's a little expensive, but TwelveSouth makes some great things. Their reputation is well deserved.
  6. markaceto macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2017
    Or just plug your USB devices into your pre-2016 laptop.
  7. Scepticalscribe macrumors Westmere


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Agreed, their products are very well made.
  8. gevalt macrumors newbie


    Jul 22, 2002
    it's a great idea but i agree with others that suggested that they should have done it in white, and that it seems kinda pricey. plug adapter sets can be bought for $10. likewise for dual port USB bricks. $30 more to have it attach to your macbook brick and save 1 plug on the wall seems like a lot.
  9. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    Exactly! Although the Asian countries I travel through wouldn’t be able to use the 3 prong as you pictured, the Adapters that will work are very cheap. Lieertaly just paid $1.00 for some at ACE hardware in Manila.
  10. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Interesting concept, but way overpriced.

    The official Apple World Travel Kit is “only” $29.00, so you are paying $20 for 2 USB chargers??
  11. lederermc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2014
    Wouldn't it be nice if Apple sold/shipped a USB-C charger that also had a 1 or 2 of USB-A ports
  12. jacjustjac macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008
    New York, NY
    I have two of these, one for the office and one in my bag. It’s smaller and can charge pretty much everything. The fact that it has a cord means I can plug it into loose airport/hotel outlets where other people’s adapters fall out. It’s only 60W on the USB-C port but I can still render 4K in FCPX on my 15” MBP 2018 with little effect on the internal battery (and it just charges back up whenever I’m not rendering).

    At $35 it’s a steal. I used the savings to buy a USB-C to lightning cable for my iPhone X.

    I bring two of these adapters on my filming trips and with two outlets I can charge a laptop, two iPhones, two Sony cameras, two gimbals batteries, and a portable charger overnight!

    Speaking of charger, this goes great with a 45W USB-C battery pack...

    [USB-IF Certified] USB C Charger,...

    ZMI USB PD Backup Battery & Hub for...
  13. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    That will wear you computer battery faster.
  14. Jeaz macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2009
    The idea is nice, but I really dislike the red colour. A white version would be nice. Also, the fit doesn't seem to be as snug as the older version was.
  15. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    Its are still covering up 2 outlets in all the promo pictures
  16. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    You can charge your phone, but anything thing more powerful like an iPad will take forever and will go negative if you try to use it when you’re charging.
  17. JetLaw macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2009
    It seems like an ugly and expensive solution to an otherwise easy to solve problem. That said, I’m glad it’s on the market - hopefully it will inspire some innovative person or company to create something better.
  18. Agent47 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2014
    I really hope that this time around they use some better quality plastic than the original Plugbug. I have the original and it arrived in a nice presentation box, then you realize the device itself is made out of low density cheap ABS plastic that would be more at home on one of my kids’ cheap toys.
  19. fc4090, Aug 23, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2018

    fc4090 macrumors newbie


    Mar 10, 2008
    Found these adapters for $12, with two USB charger ports and power socket pass-through. $38 savings. And the color is white :)

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  20. dantastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    Useless thing. For a couple of reasons.

    First of all as a travel accessory, the height of it. In most hotel rooms the sockets are mounted just over the desk. In many cases it's difficult to fit a standard apple charger. This adds height making it even more difficult. I have actually staid in rooms where there were no other sockets available and I couldn't actually plug in my laptop. So for travel, big fail.

    Second, there are loads of 3rd party USB-A + USB-C chargers available in a smaller package and for less. That will give you an additional charger for the money rather than having to add a dongle to your existing charger.

    This is also a better option as you will want a charger with higher output so that you can also power your dock/hub/dongle as the Apple charger is only powerful enough for the laptop itself and most dongles will want something like 10W as well.

    So yea, pretty useless thing.
  21. sentiblue macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012
    Silicon Valley
    Coupling a white adapter with a bright red plug-in... Urrgghhh my eyes hurt!

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