Jim Bennett

Senior Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, Xamarin Certified Developer, author of Xamarin In Action, blogger, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food. Opinions are my own.

  Reading, UK

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Expert Day For Xamarin
Caribbean Developers Conference

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Xamarin In Action

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The Jim And Tonic Show
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As the title really, why can't all laptops use the same charger - including laptops from the same company.

I've trvelled 45 minutes to the co-working space I'm working at only to find I've forgotten my MacBook Pro charger, and it's only got 10% left. I have my Surface and the charger for that, but of course it's not the same. I can't even borrow one as the only free chargers here are for MacBook Airs - different plug. This means I'll be heading back home soon.

Why can't they all just use the same charger - like with phones where the EU has pushed for all phones to use mini-usb to charge. If we could have a USB spec that provides enough voltage for the laptop to charge then have them all using USB chargers then life would be so much easier.




About the Author

Jim Bennett

Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, Xamarin Certified Developer, blogger, author of Xamarin in Action, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food. Opinions are mine

 

As the title really, why can't all laptops use the same charger - including laptops from the same company.

I've trvelled 45 minutes to the co-working space I'm working at only to find I've forgotten my MacBook Pro charger, and it's only got 10% left. I have my Surface and the charger for that, but of course it's not the same. I can't even borrow one as the only free chargers here are for MacBook Airs - different plug. This means I'll be heading back home soon.

Why can't they all just use the same charger - like with phones where the EU has pushed for all phones to use mini-usb to charge. If we could have a USB spec that provides enough voltage for the laptop to charge then have them all using USB chargers then life would be so much easier.