• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Grounded

    I can't recommend this product because it lacks a third prong ground. As a musician who records with my MacBook, I have to use Apple's MagSafe extension cable which has a 3rd prong ground to eliminate noise coming through the headphone jack while playing my guitar through a USB connection and charging the MacBook at the same time.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constant annoying high-pitched buzzing sound

    I was very excited when I've bought this.
    Right after plugging it in I've become aware that device emits a high-pitched sound when its plugged in, with or without any device connected to it. Unfortunately, I'm traveling right now and can't return this product, but if you consider buying it - be aware of this possible outcome.

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Grounding (earthing) issue

    Another reviewer mentioned the buzz/tingle felt when using this charger. It turns out that when using the plug attached directly to the Apple chargers you have exactly the same issue, because there's no earth (ground) connection. When using the power cable, connection is made to earth and there is no tingle.

    So this isn't unique to the PlugBug.

    Note that the tingle isn't present when the mains are 100 / 110 volts as in Japan, Taiwan, Canada, the US, etc. I've only felt this at 220 / 240 volts.

    This is a clever device but as someone else mentioned it's pretty big.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as you would expect

    Works like you think it would, and it works well, however, it essentially doubles the overall size of the charger footprint. My pack is packed pretty tight most of the time, so I am always looking for space-saving options.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for travellers

    Great bit of kit. I have had mine in frequent use for years with no problems, including no problems with the USB (not sure about the reason of the other reviewer having issues...not much specified in the review).
    When in use in Europe the 2 pins do not have earthing, hence a 'buzzing' feeling when in use. You will notice that the Apple Original product is exactly the same - that is to ensure that you can use it in a socket that doesn't feature an earth facility (common enough in Europe). To avoid this, you can use the another cable with an adaptor which is earthed.
    I would, and do, recommend this to anyone who travels with a MacBook.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works in Europe, But Caution

    I am rating this a 2 for very specific reason, it does not have a grounding connection on the adapters.

    I went to Zurich, Switzerland, Athens & Crete, Greece recently(March/April 2015), at all 3 locations, my macbook "buzzed" when I was touching it while charging

    This is 100% due to no grounding in the plug bug. I replaced the plug bug with a long cable that has the european connector with grounding and the buzz went away.

    The USB worked well, however, my iPhone experienced the same buzz as my mac did while charging both at the same time.

    This is an expensive adapter to not have grounding.

    I do NOT recommend purchasing.

    Make sure whatever you buy has a grounding connector. Looks like a square metal spring tab at edge of european plug.

    131 of 156 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    I bought this for a trip to France this summer, knowing that i'd want to charge my iPhone, and one of the two iPads we own. This charger includes adapters for Continental Europe, Asia, the US and the UK, and it allows for charging of one or two devices depending on whether or not you bring your additional Apple charger too. I was incredibly impressed with this charger, the included bag helps with organization, and really can not find a single fault, plus it was great value too!

    119 of 128 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, No Issues Whatsoever, A Small Issue

    This is an excellent product. After doing my research, I figured that the PlugBug World Charger would be a better revision of the original PlugBug (US Version) that only worked for the US , eliminating the heat and noise issue perhaps.

    And I was right. This is my first PlugBug and I absolutely love it. No heat and noise issues as stated by reviewers of the original PlugBug. Saves me time and hassle by allowing me to simultaneously charge my iPhone or iPad along with my MacBook Air.

    Easy to set up, a little bit bulky but that's certainly obvious, given that you're given an extra outlet for the USB charging capability. Comes with the plugs that allows you to charge in other countries and a small bag to hold those plugs.

    One design limitation, however, is the US adapter plug provided with the PlugBug isn't retractable like the Apple adapter plug. Simple fix around that is to use the Apple adapter plug, even though it sticks out just a little bit. A minor concern.

    Highly recommended piece of gear if you own a MacBook and an iPad or an iPhone.

    129 of 154 people found this useful