Twelve South PlugBug

Twelve South PlugBug

$34.95

3.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 17 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    The Twelve SouthPlugBug is an ingenious device that creates a dual charger so you can power up your MacBook and iPad, iPhone, or iPod simultaneously from one wall outlet. The compact PlugBug packs 10 watts of power, providing the fastest charge possible to iPad. Snap PlugBug onto any MacBook power adapter and just like that, you have one device that charges two of your favorite Mac products at the same time. It also means one less charger to carry and one less power outlet to find wherever you roam.

  • Highlights

    • Charge MacBook and iPad, iPhone, or iPod at the same time from one power outlet
    • Powerful 10 watts (2.1 amps) provide the fastest charge possible to iPad
    • Works as a stand-alone charger for iPad, iPhone, or iPod
    • Converts an international MacBook power adapter into a North American compatible charger
    • Brightly colored simple, elegant design
    • Compact, travel-friendly size for on-the-go use
    • No more using your MacBook Pro USB port as an iOS device charger
    • Fits all current and previous generation MacBook power adapters
  • Did you notice?

    Turn any MacBook power adapter into a dual charger so you can power up a MacBook and iOS device at the same time from one wall outlet.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Travel lighter with your MacBook and iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Twelve South PlugBug 10-Watt USB wall charger
    • Cover
    • Owner's manual
  • Tech Specs

    • Power Source: AC
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 12-1112
    • UPC or EAN No.: 851522002337

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

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iPhone models

iPad models

  • iPad (1st generation)

  • iPad 2 (2nd generation)

  • iPad (3rd generation)

  • iPad mini

iPod models

  • iPod classic 80GB/160GB (2007)

  • iPod classic 120GB (2008)

  • iPod classic 160GB (2009)

  • iPod nano 1st Generation

  • iPod nano 2nd Generation

  • iPod nano 3rd Generation (video)

  • iPod nano 4th Generation (video)

  • iPod nano 5th Generation (video camera)

  • iPod nano 6th Generation

  • iPod shuffle 1st Generation

  • iPod shuffle 2nd Generation

  • iPod shuffle 3rd Generation

  • iPod shuffle 4th Generation

  • iPod touch 1st Generation

  • iPod touch 2nd Generation

  • iPod touch 3rd Generation

  • iPod touch 4th Generation

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    The Good: The PlugBug provides 10 Watts through its USB port, whereas normal/high-powered USB ports provide 2.5 Watts/5.5 Watts. The Good: The PlugBug provides 10 Watts through its USB port, whereas normal/high-powered USB ports provide 2.5 Watts/5.5 Watts. This allows quick iPad/iPhone recharging, even when your iDevice and laptop are both in use. The PlugBug connects nicely to your laptop power adapter, and together they are very easy to pack in your bag. You can even connect the PlugBug to Apple's AA battery charger or to another Apple 10 Watt iPad charger! The dimensions of the PlugBug are aligned with the dimensions of the Macbook Air's 45 Watt charger, and together they are about 40% larger than the Air's charger by itself. Finally, the combined PlugBug and charger takes up only one wall socket, which can be convenient at hotels and crowded cafes.

    The Bad: The PlugBug prevents the use of the 3-pronged extension cord that connects to your power adapter. Thus, you may have to sit six feet closer to a wall socket than you did before. The combined PlugBug and laptop charger doesn't save much overall space compared to a separate 10 Watt charger and laptop charger.

    The Ugly: The PlugBug emits a high-pitched whining/buzzing sound that is faint but persistent. If you are working in an environment with ambient noise like a cafe, then you will not notice it at all. However, if you are using it in a perfectly quiet environment, then it can be as annoying as a mosquito buzzing in your ear. Hopefully Twelve South addresses this issue with subsequent iterations of the product. (My PlugBug was purchased at an Apple store near the end of 2011.)

    • Written by from Barrie

    222 of 231 people found this useful

    Was this useful? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Awsome

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok I admit it, I love Twelve South products. However as a multiple Apple product owner I am always looking for chargers to cut do Ok I admit it, I love Twelve South products. However as a multiple Apple product owner I am always looking for chargers to cut down on the number of power plugs I have. I love the fact that it combines with MacBook power adaptor. I can charge both at the same time without pulling out my power strip. The PlugBug would be worth its weight in gold for just that part, but it does come with the plug in case you are away from your MacBook adaptor.

    I like the red color, matches great with the Apple White we are so used to. If I had one slight complaint is that I wish it could also charge my iPhone at the same time as the iPad. But that is probably asking for too much to have only one charger for everything.

    • Written by from Roy

    136 of 142 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Awsome
  • Wonderful

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    You will not regret buying this product. It really comes in handy while traveling when power sockets are scarce. Also if this is a You will not regret buying this product. It really comes in handy while traveling when power sockets are scarce. Also if this is always a part of the power brick it means one less thing to pack.

    The picture on the product shows it plugged in with a MacBook Air power brick but if it's used with a MacBook Pro power brick the product doesn't set flushed as the Pro brick is larger. No big deal at all. I must say the product manufactures really did a wonderful job of painting the product red. It stands out among the crowd and works as its own advertisement when people ask whats that thing stuck to my power adaptor.

    The build quality is very good, and light weight. I only wish they put a second USB socket.
    I hope apple incorporates this in their upcoming power supplies.

    If you are on the fence for a new power supply for your iDevice I'd say Go for it.

    • Written by from Manchester

    128 of 135 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Wonderful
  • I LOVE IT!!! One tip...

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok so I have an iPhone 5S. When I plugged my phone into the PlugBug, the screen would completely stop working. I could see my home Ok so I have an iPhone 5S. When I plugged my phone into the PlugBug, the screen would completely stop working. I could see my home screen but couldn't select any apps. The screen, although on, became completely unresponsive. As soon as I unplugged it from the PlugBug the screen worked again. It also worked fine whenever it was plugged into my computer or Apple USB block. I then plugged in my iPad Mini and that worked fine. I could still use the touch screen. I took my iPhone 5S, PlugBug, and iPad Mini into my local Apple Store and showed them what was happening. The genius brought out a test iPhone 5S. It worked fine when connected to the PlugBug...Moral of the story...The iPhone 5S had something wrong internally. It wasn't a screen issue, a software issue or a plug bug issue. My new phone works perfectly with the plug bug!

    • Written by from Temecula

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? I LOVE IT!!! One tip...
  • Neat product, but maybe lacking in quality

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I travel a lot and use this little gizmo all the time, and when it was working it was great. The problem is, it just up and stopp I travel a lot and use this little gizmo all the time, and when it was working it was great. The problem is, it just up and stopped working for no reason. It now gets quite hot and doesn't charge anything. (I've lost the original connector so I'm stuck with an extra heating unit instead of a charger) I will attest though, that when it was working, it was great. It just didn't last very long.

    • Written by from Rochester

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Neat product, but maybe lacking in quality
  • "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Review Update

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    My recently purchased PlugBug World from 12 South directly has a removable wall plug and connects to the extension cord as well as My recently purchased PlugBug World from 12 South directly has a removable wall plug and connects to the extension cord as well as other useful plugs.

    • Written by from Billings

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Review Update

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