With the way Apple’s developed an entire ecosystem around its products, making sure you buy all their offerings, instead of just one gadget out of their lineup, it’s honestly plain stupid that there’s little to no cross-compatibility. The MacBook uses a Type-C charger. The iPhone and iPad use lightning connectors, and they come with USB ports at the opposite end, so if you want to plug your iPhone into your MacBook (to charge them both together), you’ll either need a dongle or an entirely separate cable. Dumb, isn’t it? The iPhone charger doesn’t even charge the iPad properly because the tablet has a higher power requirement.
It’s a good thing that the PlugBug Duo is here to solve your problems. Built by the true geniuses at Twelve South, the Plug Bug Duo simply connects to your MacBook Charger, supplying power to it while also giving you two extra USB ports to plug other devices/cables into it. The red adapter is compliant with all MacBook chargers, and even works as a travel adapter, allowing you to use your MacBook charger with international sockets. It comes with 5 different snap-on plugins that let you plug your MacBook into any international socket you may be subjected to.
Besides giving your MacBook charger international compatibility, the PlugBug Duo’s two USBs are heaven sent, since they let you run your MacBook as well as power your iPhone and iPad simultaneously. The USB ports provide the full 2.1 amps and 10W of power needed to supercharge your iPad too, letting you effectively charge three devices together, internationally, using just one power outlet! I’d choose that bit of innovation over flipping ARKit 2 any day of the week.
Designer: Twelve South