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Have a MacBook? This Is the Only Travel Adapter You Need


May 3, 2019 Tech By

Is there anything worse than reaching your final destination after a long day of traveling abroad, whether that’s an Airbnb or a hotel, and realizing you can’t charge your devices? Not at that moment. That’s why experienced travelers bring their own travel adapters. Maybe two.

There are a great many travel adapters out there. You could get a universal one, like the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter ($22), which is a great solution if you need to charge smaller devices. But it can’t handle bigger stuff, like a laptop. Hence the appeal of the PlugBug Duo ($50) from Twelve South, a company that specializes in Apple accessories.

The PlugBug Duo works with any of Apple’s Mac adapters — from 12 to 87 watts — and it’s powerful enough to charge your MacBook, iPhone and a portable power bank all at the same time. It also has two traditional USB charging ports, so you can charge three devices at the same time. The kicker is that it’s actually a pretty good looking gadget, as far as adapters go anyway.

Yes, the PlugBug Duo is a little more expensive than other travel adapters. It’s also not an all-in-one solution with all the prongs built-in. But it’s an easy option that gets the job done, and done well. Consider bringing one on your next trip. Maybe two.

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