At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Griffin Technology announced new accessories for USB-C connection ports (Apple’s 12-inch MacBook only has one port — and it’s USB-C).
With the introduction of USB-C on the MacBook, Apple removed the MagSafe connector. Enter Griffin’s BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable ($39.99), which brings back a magnetic breakaway power cable to USB-C compatible laptops, keeping them safe from drops and damage. The patented quick-release magnetic connector plugs into a laptop’s USB-C port and safely disconnects from the rest of the cable when put under stress or strain from incidents like tripping over the power cord.
The magnetic connector is only 12.8 mm deep so it can stay plugged into a laptop’s USB-C port when not in use. The BreakSafe’s included six-foot cable with the USB-C charger that comes with laptops such as the MacBook. The BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable (pictured) will be available in April.
Griffin’s USB-C to USB-A Adapter ($19.99) connects devices like tablets, smartphones or keyboards. For longer cable needs, Griffin’s new collection of three-foot USB-C cables are also available. USB-C to USB-A Cable ($19.99) charges and syncs devices through a USB-A port like a keyboard, mouse, and wall or car chargers. USB-C to Micro USB Cable ($19.99) connects devices like smartphones, hard drives, and cameras to computers with USB-C ports. The USB-C to USB-C Cable ($29.99) connects a user’s already compatible devices to each other whether at home or on the go.
The PowerJolt SE USB-C ($24.99) is one of the first car chargers made for smartphones and tablets that charge via USB-C so users can y charge their devices directly from their car with a 15-watt charging circuit. The PowerBlock USB-C ($29.99) connects to wall outlets and delivers up to 15 watts of charging. Its fold-flat prongs tuck away to extend the life of the charger by eliminating the risk of pokes and breaks. The PowerJolt SE USB-C and PowerBlock USB-C will be available in the third quarter of the year.
Griffin’s iMic USB-C ($44.99) audio interface has been updated to be compatible with new laptops using USB-C ports. It works with almost any audio application and converts analog audio like vinyl and tapes to digital audio like MP3s through the complimentary Final Vinyl app. With it you can connect your Mac to turntables, external speakers, headphones and musical instruments. The new iMic USB-C will be available in the second quarter of the year.
Griffin’s PowerMate USB-C ($49.99) is a programmable knob that replaces keystrokes with a twist or a click. Now with USB-C compatibility, PowerMate USB-C allows users to customize and control their new MacBook with thousands of customizable commands. The PowerMate USB-C will be available in the second quarter of the year.