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Lenmar ChugPlug MacBook power back-up
Posted on 4-Apr-2015 13:09 by Bill Bennett. | Tags Filed under: News.

When Apple updated the MacBook Air in 2013 it went for extended battery life in a big way. At a pinch you can get 12 hours from a single charge.

While thatís enough power to get through a long working day, there are always times when you need more. Thatís the thinking behind Lenmarís ChugPlug.

The NZ$230 ChugPlug is an integrated backup battery that gives you up to four hours more battery life.

Integrated back-up power

By integrated I mean when charging it slips smoothly into the power chain between a wall plug and the MacBookís Magsafe power socket. Each end slots directly into the pull-apart power unit. Lights tell you when there is a full†charge.

Later, when youíre out with your MacBook Air away from power outlets, it connects to the computer to boost the battery.

In round numbers it delivers about one-third of a full charge to the computer ó thatís about four hours in normal use.

There are lights to tell you if it is fully charged and a button turns it off to save power when the back-up battery isnít in use.

ChugPlug not plug-ugly

ChugPlug is nicely designed. It doesnít look out-of-place with the official Apple hardware. Iíve seen back-up batteries that look like they belong in a steampunk laboratory.

Itís a handy and elegant way of solving a problem facing mobile MacBook Air owners.

I didnít see any problems with the ChugPlug, in testing it worked exactly as promised.

I took the ChugPlug on a recent overnight trip to Sydney. On the way the airport security staff gave it a double take ó clearly they hadnít seen one before ó another passenger asked me where I got it, so chalk that up as an indication thereís a real demand for this kind of hardware.

Carry that load

The only real drawback is the ChugPlug is big and heavy compared to the Air. It weighs 500g, my 13-inch MacBook Air weighs 1.35kg, so it adds about 40 percent to the weight.

It measures 225 x 72 x 27 mm. I often carry my laptop in a lightweight leather case. The ChugPlug is too big for this bag and its a challenge for my leather satchel. I ended up needing to use the backpack when taking it out for the day.

ChugPlug†is simple idea, well-executed. If your work or lifestyle means you spend long stretches of time away from power sockets, the size and weight is a small price to pay for the convenience of more power.

Filed under: Apple, Review Tagged: battery, MacBook Air

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