MIGHTY MINI LEADS THE CHARGE: While full-featured laptops keep getting slimmer and lighter, their chargers typically remain bulky galumphs that heavily hog space wherever we roam with them. Dear readers, please give it up for a rousing Power to the People — specifically the people at FINsix Electronics. They have liberated the masses from the massive (chargers) with the diminutive new Dart Laptop Charger.
Compatible with most PC laptops and notebooks, thanks to the included 9 interchangeable power port tips that connect to the Dart’s detachable 6-foot cable, the charger is a mere 2.75 inches long by 1.5-inches wide, and 1-inch thick. Using something called high frequency switching technology (if you must know), the developers managed to shrink the innards of the typical mid-cable brick, while retaining the standard 65-watt output power. While they were at it, our heroes added an in-line 5-volt, 2.1-amp USB port, so you can charge your cell phone or other device while powering up your laptop.
Did we mention the charger has a two-prong plug, (no more need for a three-prong outlet) And the Dart’s versatile 100-240VAC input means you won’t need a voltage converter anywhere in the world (just the right-shaped plug adapter).
The Dart doesn’t work with those cutting edge USB Type-C laptops (such as the new MacBooks, Chromebooks, and similar tech-forward models). But FINsix felt your pain, and is about to roll out the Dart-C so you too can get a load off. (Whatever laptop you’re toting, be sure to check the company website compatibility guide to make sure your model isn’t among the unfortunate 5 percent that just can’t get along with a Dart.)
FINsix Dart Laptop Charger in blue, magenta, gunmetal, orange or silver is $99.99; Dart-C, available soon, will also cost $99.99; optional USB Type-C cable for standard Dart charger will be $34.99; at www.finsix.com.