Charge your MacBook with the HyperJuice battery pack
MANILA, Philippines – External battery packs are becoming as ubiquitous as the smartphones we need them for. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, some are built into smartphone cases, while others resemble bricks and can recharge your smartphone 3 times over.
Don’t you wish you could do the same for your laptop?
But you can! At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we met the super friendly folks from Hyper, a company that has been making battery packs for MacBooks for the last 4 years. The Silicon Valley-based company claims Hyper Juice is the world’s only external battery pack for Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro line.
HypeJuice 1.5 comes in 4 different flavors ranging from 16,000mAh all the way to a massive 61,000mAh that can provide 53 hours of additional charge to an 11-inch MacBook Air (Retina MacBook Pros will require a bit more power but will also work).
The battery pack has two USB ports and can charge two devices via USB simultaneously.
The way it charges a Mac portable is a bit more complicated.
You’ll need to modify your MagSafe adapter with an optional Magic Box kit (they swear it takes only 5 minutes to do yourself) or you can buy a modified version from them for an extra $150. We asked why not just include an AC socket? Apparently, it is not as power-efficient and will considerably reduce capacity of the external battery.
It wasn’t always this difficult. The company used to make a MagSafe charger but Apple sued them in 2010 for infringing on the MagSafe patent. If only Apple licensed MagSafe like it did its Lightning adapters.
Watch our hands-on video from the CES 2014 show floor:
HyperJuice 1.5 with a Magic Box kit costs $169.95 for the 60Wh/16,000mAh model, $249.95 for the100Wh/27,000mAh model, $349.95 for 150Wh model/41,000mAh, and $449.95 for the 222Wh/61,000mAh model. You can also purchase HyperJuice bundled with a modified MagSafe adapter. Complete prices, specs, and information on how long each battery pack will be able to charge your specific device is available on hypershop.com. – Rappler.com