Apple’s MagSafe 2 power adapter, which was introduced alongside the Retina MacBook Pro in 2012, reincorporates the T-shaped connector design that was previously abandoned for an “L” style MagSafe connector due to issues with the strain that the “T” style connector placed on the power adapter cable.

To combat cable strain with the T-shaped MagSafe 2, Apple designed the connector to pull away from the MacBook when even slight amounts of pressure are applied to the cable, resulting in frequent and unintentional cable disconnections.

The Snuglet, a newly introduced Kickstarter project, aims to keep MagSafe 2 power adapter cables securely fastened to MacBooks by incorporating a small ring that increases the connector’s magnetic connection.

Have you ever tried using your new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro in bed, on your lap, or on the go? Even the slightest movement will cause the power cable to disconnect or stop charging.

If you leave anything near the power cable, you’ll often find that your Mac isn’t charging. This is especially frustrating when leaving on a trip or going to a last-minute meeting, only to find that your battery is empty.

The Snuglet is described as a gold-plated “precision manufactured ring” that attaches directly to the MagSafe 2 connector. It does not interfere with the insertion or removal of the power cable, but it does ensure that the cable remains more firmly attached to the MacBook.

The Snuglet helps your power connector stay connected when you want it to, but releases when it should. The design still allows you to easily insert and remove the power cable, but simply makes it work better. It really feels perfect. Once you try it, I think you will agree!

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While the Snuglet is meant to remain attached to a MagSafe 2 connector, it can be removed using a special tool included with the package, which means it is fully reusable. It is also designed to work in conjunction with the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter.

There are a limited number of slots allowing interested backers to secure a set of Snuglets for $ 12, with additional price points available at $ 15 and $ 19. The product has an estimated ship date of September 2013.

Interesting how many people can find solutions for problems that don’t exist, and band-aids for problems that stem from improper use. I have here a MagSafe 1 adaptor from the original MacBook Pro that has never had a problem – I just make sure that anyone using it uses it properly. Problem solved. It gets used almost every day, connected/disconnected several times a day by many different people over the years.
I also have a MagSafe 2 equipped 13″ Retina. I have never noticed a propensity to disconnect unexpectedly. If I’m putting force on it, I expect it to disconnect – adjust workflow/workspace appropriately.
First World Problems!!! :rolleyes:
Almost looks as if it’s too secure (example being when the person pulls it across the bed). I’d be concerned that the magsafe connector would no longer be doing its job.

Oh, and that price…

I’ve never actually had the issue of a “loose” connector, even with my MagSafe 2 adapter. I guess I’d rather have my adapter fall out when I bump the cable rather than potentially have my laptop crash on the ground.

Gotta say though, I loved the “infomercial” feel to the KickStarter movie though :p

The first portion of this video, where all those sad Magsafe connectors are coming loose at the slightest hint of movement, just reminds me of the WaxVac commercial where the guy so innocently cleaning his ears and suddenly…OW! IT’S A DEATH TRAP!

All I’m saying is, this has never been a major problem for me and, like inadvertantly and severly puncturing my eardrum with a Q-tip, I was not aware that this was that big of an issue.

What’s funny is in all my years using MacBooks, I’ve never been in a situation where I could say “thank goodness MagSafe saved my Mac”.

I like it more for the ability to easily attach to my Mac for charging. I find the detachability to be an annoyance.

I’ve seen folks where it has. And I have killed one Mac because of the power adapter. It was an old Lombard G3 Powerbook.

When these things have internal batteries, I’d gladly trade the annoyance of having to replug so I don’t have to deal with the frustration of a damaged laptop.

What’s funny is in all my years using MacBooks, I’ve never been in a situation where I could say “thank goodness MagSafe saved my Mac”.

I like it more for the ability to easily attach to my Mac for charging. I find the detachability to be an annoyance.

Since I define the word “klutz”, I have kicked the MagSafe connector out on 3 or 4 occasions, and was very happy that it just broke away as it should. I could easily have damaged the cable connector or worse, damaged the power connector in the computer.

…built for the clumsy ….:D

Aluminum, Stainless Steel and even Gold will not produce a spark risk if machined correctly. Consider that we’ve been using similar materials for ports like this that do come in contact every time you plug/unplug. Your headphones, USB cables, and so on.

This is a solved problem.

I work with magnets. Once the coating wears off or chips off, the raw material (often neodymium in my case) can easily spark. Same here; if the gold plating wears away, whatever is underneath can spark easily, no matter how well-machined it is.

Have you ever tried using your new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro in bed, on your lap, or on the go? Even the slightest movement will cause the power cable to disconnect or stop charging.

Actually, no I’ve never had that happen. MagSafe has IMO just the right amount of “grab vs give”.

I’m sorry, but it seems like most of these Apple-related kick starter projects are solutions in search of problems.