MagSafe – that nifty little magnetic connection preventing a power cable being ripped out accidentally – is the one feature sure to make every non-Mac user incredibly jealous.
Sadly, Apple did away with this genius feature in the latest series of MacBook, but thanks to an insanely successful Kickstarter campaign, MagSafe is back and better than ever.
The people at Snapnator have created a MagSafe universal USB-C adaptor to give this magic to everyone and, really, it’s about damn time!
When Apple announced the new MacBook Pro had a Touch Bar, massive track pad, and a butterfly keyboard BUT USB-C charging instead of MagSafe charging, necessity became the mother of this invention.
At the time of writing, the Kickstarter still had 15 days left to go but had been funded to over $USD290,000 – smashing the modest $25,000 goal, which seemed to be made easier with an easily accessible $USD29 entry point for the device. Snapnator aim to have their MagSafe clone shipping by January next year.
The allure behind Snapnator is the simple design. The small clip fits neatly in the side of your device without making it too much bigger, so it’ll fit into your laptop bag nicely, designed to charge devices quickly with the 87 watt (20 volts at 3 amps) capacity, and it’ll work no matter which way you try to connect it – no more trying to guess which way your USB port sits!
Concerns have been raised about this product, with some Kickstarter loyalists believing that things might be too good to be true.
You can check out the Kickstarter while it’s still running here. Of course, with members of the Kickstarter community harking back to failed launches of similar products, Techly is advising Kickstarters to be a little more cautious than usual. While Kickstarter is an awesome platform which helps fledgling products get off the ground, boy oh boy, does it also have the potential to get nasty.