Add MagSafe to any USB-C MacBook or iPad

The new M2 MacBook Air is officially here and it brings a number of changes and improvements, including an all-new design and the addition of MagSafe charging. However, as we wrote this morning, the M1 MacBook Air is still the best option for a lot of people – and there’s even a way to charge it MagSafe style…

MagSafe for any USB-C device

Back in 2016 after introducing my (darling) 12-inch MacBook, I reviewed a handy Griffin accessory called BreakSafe. This little accessory introduced a USB-C magnetic power cable, providing MagSafe-style charging for what was the only non-MagSafe Apple MacBook at the time.

I’ve used this Griffin BreakSafe accessory for years, all my time with the 12-inch MacBook and later MacBook Pro models between 2016 and 2020.

Fast forward to 2022, and MagSafe will return not only to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro but also to the new M2 MacBook Air. These are the most expensive and latest MacBooks Apple sells today, and the M1 MacBook Air and M2 exclusive 13-inch MacBook Pro still use USB-C for charging.

If you’re still using a MacBook model that exclusively features USB-C ports for charging and connectivity, there are still accessories that can add MagSafe-style charging to your Mac. In fact, these accessories work with any USB-C device, including the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro.

Griffin no longer sells BreakSafe, but I have since replaced my BreakSafe with this similar accessory from iSkey, a small accessory maker with excellent reviews. In fact, this iSkey accessory is a notable upgrade from the Griffin version thanks to its support for many of the latest USB-C standards.

This dongle, which you can order for $24.99 (or $20.99 if you’re an Amazon Prime member), features a magnetic USB-C connector that goes inside your MacBook port. It packs support for 100W charging with USB-C Power Delivery, support for up to 10Gbit/s data transfer, and 4K video output.

The iSkey accessory can work with any USB-C accessory and is available in silver and space gray to match your Mac or iPad Pro. It has a 4.5 star rating from over 4,200 users and has proven to be quite reliable in my time with it as well.

(As an aside, I’ve also become a huge fan of this USB-C cable that also includes a screen to show you how fast your device is charging.)

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