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HyperMac brings back external batteries sans MagSafe

updated 02:05 pm EST, Wed December 22, 2010

Requires extra Apple accessory to work

HyperMac has begun selling a new series of external batteries compliant with a settlement with Apple. 60Wh, 100Wh, 150Wh and 222Wh models are available at costs ranging from $179 to $450. The accessories are primarily meant to power or recharge MacBooks, iPads and iPhones.

In keeping with the terms of the agreement, HyperMac is no longer providing adapters based on recycled MagSafe connectors. People must instead buy a special airline adapter from Apple, adding over $49 to the total cost. HyperMac explains that the measure is only temporary. The company also mentions that the batteries can only power a notebook, not recharge it completely.

The change is just an early one in the fallout with Apple. HyperMac is eventually expected to rename itself to HyperJuice. Why such a change would be needed is unclear, since some other third-party accessory vendors also use "Mac" in their names.






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  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    name change

    is part of "punitive damages". Not only can we force you to stop producing a completely legal product, but we will also force you to change your name so you lose any brand name awareness you may have built up.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Apple...

    All for helping the consumer by pushing 'open standards' (no Flash! It's proprietary! It's bad!). Unless it is their proprietary technology. Then it's about 'protecting the brand' or 'maintaining high quality' or some other excuse to not open it up or, even worse, just license it to others.

    I guess if you sell crappy power adapters with a custom interface, it's best to make sure the consumer gets their replacements from you rather than those who might actually make a good one.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    agreed

    Really, Apple. License it or something. This is pretty lame.

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