Premium accessory maker Satechi today released a pair of new accessories designed for Mac and iPad Pro models that feature industry-standard USB-C connections.
The first new product is a handy 3.5mm headphone jack adapter that lets you listen to music while fast-charging your iPad Pro. The other is a durable, nylon-woven braided cable that supports up to hundred wats of power and data speeds of up to 480 megabits per second.
USB-C headphone jack adapter
This tiny headphone jack adapter, housed in a sleek aluminum enclosure, not only looks great but also provides a much-needed function that Apple’s own $9 adapter neglects—a built-in USB-C port for charging your device while listening to music at the same time, ensuring your iPad Pro is always juiced up when needed the most.
The USB-C port is fully compliant with the USB Power Delivery protocol, providing flexible power delivery and overcharge protection and letting you fast-charge your iPad with the included 18 watt USB-C adapter while enjoying music. The USB-C port is rated at 89 watts of power, meaning you can safely charge even your MacBook Pro through it.
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Of course, this adapter won’t work on iPhones because the other side of the cable has the male USB-C connection and iPhones are Lightning-based. But if you own a 2018 iPad Pro or want to be future proof when iPhones switch to USB-C or have other USB-C devices that could benefit from this cable, do give it a try (it doesn’t work with the Moto and One Plus 6 devices).
- USB-C Power Delivery charging and audio control support for on-the-go accessibility
- Clear audio and powerful charging housed in a sleek aluminum enclosure
- Charge devices while listening to music
USB-C 100W charge cable
Not all USB-C cables are created equal.
Some are data-only and others are only used for charging. Even with combined cables that do power and data at the same time, you need to carefully examine wattage specifications.
Satechi was one of the first major brands to manufacture a USB-C cable with the best of both worlds. Their latest charge cable is fully compliant with the USB Power Delivery protocol, giving you a peace of mind knowing you won’t overcharge your device with this cable.
It can transfer data between USB-C devices like MacBooks at up to 480 megabits per second while delivering up to a hundred watts of power, and that’s more than enough to juice up even the power-hungriest of Apple notebooks, the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
It does not support USB-C video output.
The integrated Velcro strap keeps excess cable neatly wrapped up when stored away and you’ll love the durable braided material that does a great job protecting against cable breakage.
Also, it’s a long cable (2 meters).
- Reversible USB-C connectors on each side
- USB Power Delivery is fully supported
- Data transfer of up to 480 Mbps between USB-C
- Durable design helps prevent against breakage
- Velcro strap keeps the cable tangle-free
These accessories work with 2018 iPad Pro and newer Macs that have USB-C. Of course, just about any USB-C device will also work with these gadgets without any issues whatsoever, including non-Apple smartphones, tablets and laptops with USB-C ports.