A Simple Angled Plug Just Fixed Everything Wrong With Apple's MacBook Power Adaptor

A Simple Angled Plug Just Fixed Everything Wrong With Apple's MacBook Power Adaptor

The MacBook itself is a gorgeous example of near-perfect product design. But its power adaptor? That's a different story.

The square white brick can be plugged directly into an outlet for when you want to carry minimal cables. But at an angle that's impossibly awkward if not completely impossible. Thankfully, for just $US20 ($27), you can easily fix it.

A Simple Angled Plug Just Fixed Everything Wrong With Apple's MacBook Power Adaptor

The pop-out prongs on the MacBook's power adaptor can be easily removed for when you need to swap in a different configuration for another country. But the standard one that works in North America? You'll want to just throw it away and upgrade to Ten One Design's new Blockhead.

It's essentially the exact same adaptor -- just blue and equipped with prongs that sit at a 90-degree angle so that the MacBook's adaptor sits flush against a wall when plugged in. It not only allows it to squeeze into tight spaces, it also changes the power adaptor's center of gravity so it's not prone to yanking itself out of the wall under its own weight.

A Simple Angled Plug Just Fixed Everything Wrong With Apple's MacBook Power Adaptor

It's a cheap and simple solution to a problem that really shouldn't exist. And if you own a MacBook, you should already be pre-ordering the $US20 ($27) Blockhead on the Ten One Design website ahead of its April availability.

[Ten One Design]



    Is there an Australian version?

    EDIT - I don't own a Macbook so I don't even know if this is a problem with Australian powerpacks.

    Last edited 14/03/16 5:11 pm

    Why do you need that? Just use the long power cable that comes with it.

      the problem is having to move furniture to plug the charger in, not the cable being too short

        I think you completely missed the point. It's not that the cable is long, it's that it exists and included with the macbook rendering this product completely unnecessary. I don't know a single macbook owner that uses the plug in that manner (i.e. without the other cable connected).

          agreed, I don't even know where my short connection is, I've not once used it and have had macbooks since 2009.

    How is it that in the gif, the adapter is in one side, then somehow is turned 90 degrees and the adapter is on the opposite side?

    Look at the cord, it goes from out to down, it should have gone towards the right instead.

      No it does work, as they have designed a new attachment it could be designed to go in any direction. Watch it for 10 seconds and you'll realise this works. They've obviously designed it so the cord goes down with the new adapter.

    Why is a US adaptor applicable to us?

    'Everything wrong' with a MacBook power adaptor has nothing to do with being unable to place it flush against the wall. It's more to do with the fact that the magnet clips can fail to attach and/or the cords can fray really easily. I've been through 6 chargers in 5 years - one of the worst designed products ever.

      got to say I've never worn one out and the magnetic clip is awesome, stops you damaging both the cord and the laptop if you trip over it, not sure what you're doing to them to break one a year.

    While the adaptor makes it nicer to plug into walls, it also makes it worse to plug into powerboards. You're essentially solving a problem by creating a new one.

    Last I heard there was a product recall on that type of Apple charger. The long attachments are safe though.

    Cool, so next time I'm in the US, and for some reason don't have the long cable, and the short connector won't fit because there isn't enough room between the wall and something or other, and the problem isn't that the power point it too close to the ground, I could go down to a specialist shop or go online and buy an adapter that will solve my problems. And here I was hoping that there was an Australian version. Perhaps later?

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