Cutting Cord Clutter, Part 1: What's a MagSafe Converter?


Do your cords and chargers look like this?

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It’s the golden age of gadgets. Modern households juggle multiple laptops, cell phones, and tablets. If these electronics are designed to simplify your life, why are you still untangling cords every day?

Converters and adapters can solve this problem by eliminating the need for multiple chargers. Instead of carrying around a bunch of power bricks for different computers, adapters can make one cord compatible with multiple devices.

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If you're the proud owner of multiple MacBooks or an Apple Cinema Display, you know that Apple makes two different chargers for these products: the L-shaped charger (MagSafe) and the T-shaped charger (MagSafe 2). Because of this, a lot of people end up lugging multiple chargers throughout the day.

If you're using both MagSafe and MagSafe 2 chargers*, Apple made a solution for you. The MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter is a small, magnetic piece that allows MagSafe (L-shaped) chargers to attach to MagSafe 2 (T-shaped) ports on laptops and displays. Here's how it works:

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All that means you have fewer bulky chargers to carry around! Try it out and lighten up.  :-)

*If you’re not sure if your cords are MagSafe or MagSafe 2, check out Apple's list of MacBooks and chargers.