If it ain't broke…: Can Kickstarter's Snuglet really improve MacBook MagSafe 2?

Gerald Lynch Apple, Laptops / Notebooks, Tech Digest news 6 Comments

snuglet-kickstarter.jpgThere’s a lot of things I love about my Retina MacBook, which is pretty much my most prized possession. An obvious one is its high resolution screen, another its-slim design aluminium build.

But one oft-overlooked MacBook marvel that goes right across Apple’s notebook range is the MagSafe magnetic charger. Disconnecting if given a tug, stopping you from tripping over the cabling and damaging the machine, it snaps back into its charging slot with little effort if its pulled out.

It works pretty much flawlessly, still performing well in the smaller redesigned MagSafe 2 port that’s been present in Apple’s notebook line since June 2012.

Which makes the Kickstarter project Snuglet all the more bold. Designed by Las Vegas-based Tetrio, it looks to improve upon Apple’s design by making the the MagSafe 2 to the machine more sturdy, effectively locking it in place to ensure a constant flow of juice to your MacBook.

A “precision manufactured ring”, it boosts the magnetic connection. Tetrio claim it “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.”

The Snuglet should work with all MagSafe 2 equipped MacBooks, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with Retina Display models introduced after June 2012.

Is this a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Personally, the MagSafe 2 has always worked fine for me, disconnecting only when a sharp tug (which would damage other machines with other chargers) happens, and only very rarely when it shouldn’t. It’s not exactly tough to reconnect either, with the magnetic attraction saving any fumbling around. Also, the thought of adding another magnetic metallic ring around an area that delivers an electrical charge to my machine is a tad disconcerting too. But there definitely seems to be people that share Tetrio’s MagSafe 2 problems: with 29 days to go, the Kickstarter campaign has already sailed past its $9,000 goal, currently sitting pretty at $10,116.

If you’re looking to add to the Snuglet kitty, click here. Scroll down to check out the Snuglet video pitch.

By Gerald Lynch | July 3rd, 2013





  • Brian

    You are crazy. Magsafe 2 is absolutely terrible.

    However thank you for pointing me to the snuglet. I ordered one, and I really hope it works otherwise I'm going to throw this macbook out the god damned window.

    • JimBob

      I concur! It unplugs every time an air molecule hits it! It *is* broke and very infuriating! Thanks for the snuglet tip though.

  • Brian

    You are crazy. Magsafe 2 is absolutely terrible.

    However thank you for pointing me to the snuglet. I ordered one, and I really hope it works otherwise I’m going to throw this macbook out the god damned window.

    • JimBob

      I concur! It unplugs every time an air molecule hits it! It *is* broke and very infuriating! Thanks for the snuglet tip though.

  • bobbob

    I'm more concerned about my Macbook taking a while to start charging once plugged in, than caring if it flops out every now and then, personally. I've seen other have this problem too. Won't charge, and then a minute later the little light comes on and it does start charging. Is this normal?

  • bobbob

    I’m more concerned about my Macbook taking a while to start charging once plugged in, than caring if it flops out every now and then, personally. I’ve seen other have this problem too. Won’t charge, and then a minute later the little light comes on and it does start charging. Is this normal?