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Emergency-Charge Your Mac In Asia Without an AC Adapter

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This Instructable will show you how I was able to hack a way to charge my MacBook Pro and iPhone without a travel charger while in Korea.

Step 1: Identify the Problem...

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I'm in Korea right now, and I was planning to stay at a westernized hotel which I knew had US style AC power outlets. So I didn't bother bringing my international travel AC adapter. But at the last minute, I was offered the amazing opportunity to stay in an authentic historic Korean house called Irang through a service similar to AirBnB called Kozaza. I even met the founder of Kozaza, a very kind gentleman named SanKu Jo. Of course I jumped at the opportunity! SanKu was nice enough to drive me to the Irang House. After he briefed me on the features of the house, he left. But I soon noticed that all the AC outlets were the Asian 2-prong round type. And here I was without any adapters, and my MacBook Pro and iPhone were down to about 10% power. So what would I do? Simple...as a Maker, I got right to work.

Step 2: Scrounge Your Supplies...

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I immediately started to search the house to see what supplies I had. This was a real-life MacGyver scenario! I needed a way to connect the round female AC connectors with the male prongs of my power supply cord. I found a coat hanger, a pair of stainless steel chopsticks which are common in Korea, an Asian extension cord, and I had a rubber band in my computer bag, and my Swiss Army Knife. I was all set.
 
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chriszzz11 months ago
Ingenious, though the exposed conductors makes me nervous. I hope you didn't go out and return later to find the chambermaid dead from electrocution.
togo19191 year ago
You're scarin' me, Jim... But that's okay...

I am a lifelong electrical guy, I once saw an electrical contractor at McDonald's stretch #12 THHN across a wet floor for an emergency extension cord - made me uncomfy, but it worked!
rimar20001 year ago
A few years ago I went on vacation and forgot to bring the camera charger. I solved it in a similar way to this, adapting with clips the phone charger. It proved to be an excellent solution.