Review: Griffin Brings MagSafe-like Charging to USB-C

One of the reasons I held off on getting a new MacBook Pro was my appreciation for (and investment in) MagSafe power adapters. They were designed to disconnect from a MacBook if the cable got snagged, so the cable would fall and not the laptop. When Apple moved to USB-C that capability was lost.

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Griffin Technology has rushed in to fill the void with the BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable ($39.99). It does what it says, namely powers a MacBook and breaks away when the cable is snagged thanks to the patented quick-release magnetic connector. It's six feet long, which is nice given its purpose.

The cable connector is rather large, and wide almost the size of the USB thumb drive, and it only works for charging. You'll still need to plug in a USB-C cable for video or other accessories.

Pros

  • Does what it says
  • Rated up to 60 watts (20 volts at 3 amps) power
  • Six feet long
  • Should have been standard from Apple

Cons

  • Only for charging
  • Big/wide connector

Final Verdict

If you miss MagSafe as a way to safeguard your MacBook, the BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable from Griffin delivers a similar functionality for USB-C. 

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