Earlier this year, Sanho — makers of the super useful Hypermac line of batteries — found themselves in a pot of hot water boiled by Apple’s legal team, who objected to Hypermac’s use of repurposed (and patented) MagSafe cable connectors to juice up hungry MacBooks.
You can’t keep a good product down, though. HyperMac has just relaunched the HyperMac line, this time working around their reliance upon old MagSafe cables so as not to draw Cupertino’s ire once more.
Here’s the new compromise. Instead of grafting discarded MagSafe cables onto their battery packs, HyperMac’s new line of batteries require Apple’s own $49.99 MagSafe Airline Adapter to work. In other words, you supply your own MagSafe cable, and HyperMac does everything else.
9to5Mac spoke to HyperMac, who say this is just a temporary solution. There’s only one problem: this new solution will power your notebook until the HyperMac runs out, but not recharge it, which is a serious bummer.
We’ve written to HyperMac to request a review copy of their new batteries. If we get one, we’ll let you all know how well they work.