Michael Topham tests a portable universal adapter for MacBooks
Oneadaptr Twist Plus+ at a glance:
- Designed for MacBook users
- Features 4 USB ports
- Built-in fuse protection
- Weighs 175g
- Price: £27.99
- Website: www.oneadaptr.co.uk
Before travelling, it’s a good idea to check that you have packed a suitable plug adapter to charge camera batteries, laptops and other mobile devices. The Twist Plus+ world charging station offers ultimate charging convenience for Apple Mac users and attaches to any Apple MacBook power adapter by replacing its attached plug or extended power cord. Depressing the yellow button and twisting the central collar gives you the choice of using a UK three-pin adapter, a European rounded two-pin adapter, or an intercontinental adapter (adjustable slatted two-pin) for use in America, Asia and Oceania. With additional USB ports built into its cylindrical plastic shell, it’s possible to charge up to four other devices at the same time your MacBook charges. However, while it can charge up to five devices simultaneously, the Twist Plus+ doesn’t give you the option to plug in an additional mains lead. Therefore, if you need to charge a battery using a conventional battery charger, for example, you’ll still need to carry a conventional travel adapter.
I tested the device when I was abroad for over a week and found it a godsend. Even though it’s made from plastic, the build quality and overall finish are of a high standard. If, like me, you are regularly on the go and you carry a MacBook to edit pictures, relying heavily on charging via USB, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this device. It adds a few extra grams to the weight of a MacBook power adapter, but it’s more than worth it for the convenience of four extra USB ports and the reassurance that you can charge your devices anywhere in the world there’s a mains socket.
Oneadaptr Twist Plus+ – key features
The Oneadapter Twist+ features built-in fuse protection for peace of mind.
The Twist+ is designed to connect and be used with Apple MagSafe 1&2 adapters.
The four USB ports (4A) allow you to charge up to four devices.
Also in the range
Oneadaptr offers a range of other adapters for power-hungry users. The Flip Power Dual USB charger with Powerbank (US$39.99/around £30.50) features an interesting design that sees it act as a dual USB charger when it’s plugged into the wall and a power bank when the mains pins are folded away. We can’t think of many other products that combine a 2000mAH power bank, two USB ports (3.4 Amps) and British plug all together in such an easy-to-carry design. Best yet, it’s only 18mm thin and designed to slip into a pocket or small bag.