It’s not just the 12″ MacBook anymore — we’re seeing loads of new devices with the new USB Type-C reversible connector at CES 2016. Only the connector has changed for PC users, but Mac users who got in on the new MacBook might have noticed that with the introduction of USB Type-C charging, they lost the magnetic MagSafe connector — a great safety feature for anyone prone to tripping over cords and yanking them out of their notebooks’ charging ports. Griffin is now bringing that magnetic safety feature to everyone with their new USB Type-C charging cable.
Instead of being a standard magnetic charging cable, Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable has a USB Type-C dongle at one end that magnetically attaches to the rest of the cable. If someone trips over the cord, the cable will simply break away from the dongle, leaving the dongle securely in the charging port without damaging anything. You might still be in trouble after tripping, but your laptop will definitely still be OK, and that’s the main thing.
Being an all-in-one cable, this USB Type-C cable can also handle data transfers like any other USB cable. It uses USB 3.1 technology, which has a theoretical max transfer speed of 5 Gbps.
The Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable will be available in April for $40.