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Portable external laptop battery for MacBook Pro?


by @pezmc | 5yr  | 4 comments

Hi all,

Iโ€™ve been doing some research on external batteries for the MacBook having seen a HyperJuice in someoneโ€™s desk shot. There was also a thread on this about a year ago: Whatโ€™s the best portable battery charger for a MacBook?

My findings so far are that itโ€™s very important which laptop you have. A MacBook โ€˜Newโ€™ (USB-C) seems to have the most options, followed by a MacBook Air which has a low power requirement, the MacBook Pro 13" which has a medium power requirement and the MacBook Pro 15" which has a very high power requirement and very limited options.

Iโ€™ve found the below, have any of you used/tried them? Do you know of any alternatives? Personally Iโ€™m looking for something that works well with the MacBook Pro 15" but share anything as others may find it useful!

  • HyperJuice - comes in sizes 60/100/150/222WH - requires a modification to your MacBook charger as they canโ€™t use the patented MagSafe2 adapter.
  • BatteryBox - 60 Wh - uses a custom compatible charger that works with the Air/Pro/MacBook
  • ChugPlug - 65 Wh - MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13" only, small battery capacity
  • Xiaomi power bank - ~80 Wh - MacBook USB-C only
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@ellen1 | 5yr

I have a BatteryBox and found it rather dismal.

The connection is very โ€œunstableโ€ and wouldnโ€™t actually make contact. I wrote in to customer service for help and they would give me fiddly things to do that might work for a hot second before not working again. When I tried to get more significant support since I had found myself without a working connection a number of times, they suggested I pay to ship it in so they could see what was wrong. I did. They shipped me one back. Same-same. Then, it was too late to return.

I think they have new models. But overall I would never recommend the company overall.

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@uncompromise | 5yr

Iโ€™ve yet to find a better battery than the Anker Astro Pro2

Buy this cable along with it and youโ€™re good to go.

Itโ€™s about the size of an iPad, so not small, but it definitely keeps me going through an international flight with all of my other power settings optimized.

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@orca | 5yr

Check these people out I find this works I use it on boats, beach and at the lake here in Zรผrich (work never stops!!) http://www.voltaicsystems.com/solar-macbook-charger?&laptops

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@panoramica | 5yr

I use a Voltaic V72 as well. It is well made and reliable, if a little heavy, and I also use it to charge camera batteries, AA/AAA batteries and smartphones. Note that even my 11" 2012 Macbook Air needs a lot of power, so I wouldnโ€™t expect to be able to code all day on the internal battery + the V72. Eventually youโ€™ll run out of power, whatever the solution. I currently have two V72s, in the field I can charge one off solar while using the other one.

Also, if space isnโ€™t an issue and you plan on working in a shared space like a cafe or study area, it would be worth investing in a good multi-board/power strip, and perhaps an extension cord. So, if there arenโ€™t enough outlets for everyone, you can easily share one. Some of these boards come with USB outlets as well for charging everything at the same time (though everything will charge more slowly, then).

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Recommendations for a portable speaker system suitable for a DJ monitor while travelling? Preferring size over loudness


by @jack700 | 2yr 1 year ago | 0 comments

Iโ€™ve got myself a DDJ 400 DJ controller, and the compact size makes it ideal to throw into my suitcase while I go travelling next year.

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by @vesko89 | 2yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

Ola!
I am starting soon with my Digital Nomad Lifestyle and I need to buy a lot of gear.

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This are the most expensive parts.

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Should I travel with a MacBook Pro 13" or 15"?


by @ileitch | 2yr 2 years ago | 12 comments

Hey!

Iโ€™m wondering how many developers travel with a MBP 13" vs 15"? I currently use a late-2012 13" for iOS development, but Iโ€™m pondering the 15" because Xcode is so resource hungry. On the downside, it is rather heavyโ€ฆ

Do you travel with a 15"? Do you wish youโ€™d opted for the 13" instead?

Cheers

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by @amirrafiepour | 3yr 2 years ago | 1 comment

Has anybody traveled as a DN with a one way ticket and two laptops?

Iโ€™m going to Chile in a couple weeks and I only have a one way ticket and Iโ€™m going to Argentina after Chile. I donโ€™t know when so that is why I still have not bought my onward ticket to Argentina but I will go there before my Chilean visa expires. Iโ€™m also going to carry my work windows laptop and my personal mac with me.

Now my question is, is this enough reason for an immigration officer to get suspicious and not let me in Chile? What would you tell them if they try to give me a hard time about my one way ticket and two laptops?

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Is carrying around my laptop in a backpack every day safe in South America?


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Hello everyone, I usually carry my laptop in my day backpack, walk around the town in my home country (Poland) and work in coffee shops / shopping centers, other quiet places I find or like.

My question is, how would carrying around my laptop on myself every day around the town work in practice in those places in terms of safety in South America.

I prefer to travel by a city communication than taxis and like to walk around too, but my concern is that I will get blatantly robbed with a gun or knife in a side street and lose my whole backpack with a laptop.

If anyone living in those cities could share their experience about how likely this situation is to occur, as obviously being white and foreign will make me stand out in the first place.

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Which laptop charger case are you carrying?


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Iโ€™m looking for a case in which I can put my laptop charger, mouse, power bank and proprietary cables, and then put that case into a backpack. Any ideas? Thx!

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Hi,

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Hello :smile:

I am going to buy a new laptop, a lightweight one. And I am considering removing the battery as a option to remove extra weight (~350g / ~0,77lbs, I guess).
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Can you insure a laptop if you're already traveling?


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by @zosiaswidlicka | 5yr 4 years ago | 8 comments

I just got my first ever Macbook and I am curious to find out which apps you find the most useful when working and travelling. They can be directly related to work (Iโ€™m a writer, mostly), or for travelling, planning, organising or pure fun times.

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MacBook pro Fan broke, where to go in Bangkok?


in Bangkok, Thailand by @djar | 5yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

I am really a lucky guy. :slight_smile:

On my way to Koh Lanta, i dropped my MacBook from about 10cm. Enought to brake the fan, which is now making starnge noises. Good start to my first nomad experience. :slight_smile:

I think i have to fly back to BKK to get this fixed. Any recommandations? There is no official apple store in Thailand i think.

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Thanks
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I was sure there was already a topic on this but I canโ€™t find it.

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by @normaldude | 5yr 4 years ago | 10 comments

Hypothetical Scenario: Letโ€™s say Iโ€™m traveling, and Iโ€™m using a Windows 10 laptop to get some work done. Itโ€™s 12 midnight, and my laptop(s) and luggage are suddenly lost. Maybe I went to a restaurant/bar/club, and thieves ransacked my hotel room while I was away. Whatever the case, I still have my wallet & smartphone, and thatโ€™s about it.

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by @ani_goes_tweet | 5yr 4 years ago | 12 comments

BA has recently reduced the permissible dimensions for a carry-on personal item to 40 x 30 x 15 cms (i.e. 16 x 12 x 6 ins). Iโ€™ve been travelling by train since June, but Iโ€™m about to fly again and see that my wonderful laptop backpack is now oversized. Can anyone recommend a laptop backpack that fits within the new dimensions?

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by @kathrynoh | 5yr 4 years ago | 9 comments

My laptop is having issues and Iโ€™d rather replace it before it gets too bad. Iโ€™m currently in Chiang Mai, going to Phnom Phen next week then to KL and Seoul.

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Has anybody tried the Surface Pro?


by @creative_nomad_ | 5yr 4 years ago | 2 comments

Hi All,

I am a freelance graphic designer. My biggest hassle with traveling is carrying around my Mac. I always carry a tablet (for reading) and a computer for work. The Surface Pro combines these and has the power to run my Adobe design programs. The extra space it would enable would be great.

There are a few things that worry me. The small screen, getting use to Windows and not Mac, the large price tag and just knowing if it will really be powerful enough to run my Adobe programs.

Has anyone had experience using the Surface pro? Could you recommend anything that might be better.

Any advice would be appreciated

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Where should I buy a MacBook in South America?


by @pfaff90 | 5yr 4 years ago | 14 comments

Dear SA-experienced nomads

my MB Air got stolen in Sucre, Bolivia. It sucks working on slow PCs in dark internet caves with 10 year old gamers around. And there is no chance to get a good laptop in Sucre.

Next stop would be Buenos Aires, but Argentina seems really expensive to buy Apple Products. On the way to Buenos Aires I could cross Chile (Santiago or Calama), Paraguay (Asuncion), Uruguay (Montevideo) or an other city in Bolivia (SC or CB). Which country should I go?

Thanks for the help!

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