Remember HyperMac’s awesome external battery packs for Mac notebooks? Remember how Apple made HyperMac cease sales of the devices due to the use of Apple’s Magsafe technology? Well now the chargers are finally back and HyperMac’s compromise with Apple is clear based upon how these new versions work.
The heart of the issue between HyperMac and Apple were the Magsafe connectors so now, you need to buy your own car lighter adapter through Apple. You can’t really sue someone for making a battery for a car adapter, can you?
We spoke to HyperMac and they informed us that this is just a temporary solution as these new models power up your notebook but don’t recharge them. This means that you can sit at 30% internal battery charge all day with a HyperMac plugged in, but it will never actually recharge the battery.
Does this solution sound familiar? It is exactly what we said in October:
Here’s an idea: Instead of selling the batteries with a MagSafe connector, just have an “airplane” or car lighter interface. Then let customers go out and buy the $49 Apple MagSafe Airplane adapter. This way, you don’t lose the energy from a DC-AC-DC inverter and you can keep the price pretty low. Plus consumers can charge other devices that utilize the car lighter interface.