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Is there a retractable power cable for a G4 laptop 15" Tbook?

Message #1 - Posted 2005/12/23 - miscellaneousmedia

Need something smaller than the odd little white box and cord I now have. What is that box for anyway?

Message #2 - Posted 2005/12/23 - Steve Hix

Previously, miscellaneousmedia@yahoo.com wrote:

Need something smaller than the odd little white box and cord I now have. What is that box for anyway?

It's a transforming power supply.

Now, you *could* just jury rig the dc connector to an AC power cord and plug it in to your laptop.

Might be entertaining. Briefly.

Expensive, though, as you'd have to replace your PowerBook afterward; although hopefully not your apartment as well.

Message #3 - Posted 2005/12/24 - miscellaneousmedia

I assume that means no one makes what I seek. I want to be able to put the Tbook in a sleek holder/briefcase and not have the powercord bulge out so much.

Message #4 - Posted 2005/12/24 - Elliott Roper

Previously, <miscellaneousmedia@yahoo.com> wrote:

I assume that means no one makes what I seek. I want to be able to put the Tbook in a sleek holder/briefcase and not have the powercord bulge out so much.

That little brick is the smallest and neatest 65 Watt power transformer/ AC to DC converter you can get anywhere, and will have to travel with you if the battery won't last. Even if it won't fit in your TiBook's posing pouch.

After my TiBook in its ever so cool leather attache case was snatched from under my arm in the Brussels Metro, I have carried its replacement in a No 6 Jiffy bag inside a dull and boring daypack.

You have noticed that you can detach the plug from it? As separates, they will hide neatly in your makeup purse.

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Message #5 - Posted 2005/12/24 - nickravo

How can I break this ugly sucker into two parts? The plug comes out? How? And what are those two flip up corners for? And if Apple was so cool and smart (white is too femme for me) why don't they just make a retractable plug?

Message #6 - Posted 2005/12/24 - Fred McKenzie

Previously, nickravo wrote:

How can I break this ugly sucker into two parts? The plug comes out? How? And what are those two flip up corners for? And if Apple was so cool and smart (white is too femme for me) why don't they just make a retractable plug?

Nick-

I have an Al PowerBook, so the power module may be different from your TBook. The flip-up corners are to wind the smaller cord around. Mine has a little plastic clip on the cord, that lets you secure the loose end.

The larger cord that plugs into the AC, is attached to the module by a slid-on connector. It doesn't pull out, it slides to the side toward the end of the module.

The PB came with a substitute small plug. The small plug connects into the same place as the cord did, and has fold-away prongs. Using it, the module can be plugged directly into an AC outlet. With the small cord wound on the flip-up corners and the small plug folded-away, the module would easily fit into a travel bag or purse.

I had an older iBook about the age of your TBook. It also had the small plug option. The power module was similar, except the large cord did not have the grounded third wire.

Fred

Message #7 - Posted 2005/12/24 - Steve Hix

Previously, nickravo wrote:

How can I break this ugly sucker into two parts? The plug comes out?

Disconnect the plug from the side of the laptop, or disconnect the ac power cord from the power supply.

How?

Grasp the plug with your thumb and forefinger, then pull straight out from the side of the computer, or pull the ac cord's plug sideways out of the transformer body. You should have a two-prong plug that fits the transformer body, so you don't have to drag around that heavy ol' ac cord.

And what are those two flip up corners for?

A place to wrap the dc connector cable.

And if Apple was so cool and smart (white is too femme for me) why don't they just make a retractable plug?

Because (you're more than a little ambiguous):

1 - It would require putting the transformer inside the computer, making it larger and heavier.

2 - It would require putting the cord inside the transformer, making it larger and heavier.

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