One of the first things many users noticed about Apple’s recently introduced 12-inch MacBook was the lack of a MagSafe charging cable. The usual magnetic breakaway charging cable was replaced by a one-port-does-it-all USB-C connection. Griffin earlier today unveiled the BreakSafe breakaway USB-C power cable to remedy that.
Apple’s MagSafe connector has saved literally millions of laptops from destructions caused by tripping over one’s power cord. But with the introduction of USB-C on new MacBooks, this safety feature is absent.
BreakSafe brings the safety and convenience back to newer MacBooks and other laptops with USB-C type connectors.
The quick-release magnetic connector (patent-pending) plugs into your laptop’s USB-C port and safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when under stress or strain, like tripping over the power cord.
The BreakSafe cable is made up of two parts. A small 12.8mm dongle inserts into the USB-C port on the MacBook, while a 6-foot cable connects magnetically to the the 12.8mm dongle, and sports a USB-C connector on the other end.
Griffin’s plan is that users will keep the dongle plugged into their MacBook, (or other compatible laptops, such as the Chromebook Pixel), and use the provided USB-C cable when needed. Using the BreakSafe brings back the safety feature of a cable that will easily detach from your MacBook in case you trip over the power cable.
The Griffin BreakSafe USB-C adapter will be available sometime in April, and will set you back to the tune of $39.99.