Laptop power adapters are probably not the most exciting thing to write about. Yet these days they are an essential piece of equipment. In Papua New Guinea where we have power outages and surges as a frequent occurrence, there is every chance that your current laptop power adapter may give up the ghost.
Like everything in PNG, you need back-up and for many things you even need back- up for the back-up. There are other reasons to invest in a back-up power adapter for your laptop. Power adapters are easy to break and they are easy to lose – especially if you travel often or lug your laptop between meetings.
I travel with my laptop between home and the office every day, so I decided to buy a second power adapter for the office and leave the other at home – one less thing to pack and carry each day, and one less thing to lose or break. One less thing in my growing swag of rechargers.
If you need to replace or buy a second laptop power adapter in PNG it could be a very long wait until you source an official spare part.
My advice is to get proactive and ensure you have a back-up power adapter at the ready in case the inevitable happens.
Huntkey’s Universal Notebook Adapter provides a cheap replacement or spare power adapter at a more affordable price than an official spare part. Even better news is that they are now readily available in PNG in 45w, 65w or 90w.
Huntkey’s adapter claims compatibility with models from Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, Lenovo, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Viewsonic. Ten plugs are provided, along with a table suggesting which plug(s) may suit your make of laptop. The permanent plug on the end of the cable, that connects to any of these ten adapters, is itself compatible with a huge range of laptops, giving you an eleventh option.
It’s a nice thin piece of equipment. The 40w mini adapter is just 86.2mm long x 36mm wide x 24.6 mm high and weighs less than most power adapters weigh, so it really does travel well with notebooks and smaller laptops.
The 65w ES Ultra Edition adapter is 108mm x 46mm x 29mm and like the other models is energy-saving and safety rated.
For higher-powered laptops a 90w version is also available. This measures a larger 129mm x 53mm x 30mm and weighs around 550 grams including the power cable. It supports a similarly wide range of laptop manufacturers, and comes with eight adapter plugs to fit various models. Like the 65w and 40w version it caters only to laptops in the 18-20V DC range.
Before I talk more about the 90w model, a few words about Huntkey.
Shenzhen Huntkey Electric Co (SHEC) was founded in 1995. Based in Shenzhen, China (the home of Huawei), they specialize in the development, design and manufacture of power supplies. Their power supplies cover all market segments from home use to business environments where custom-tailored designs are needed.
SHEC is a member of the Power Supply Manufacturer Association (PSMA) and has been the top PC power supply manufacturer in China since 2000 and is ranked in the top 5 of world power supply manufacturers. Among its customers are Lenovo, Huawei, Haier, ZTE, Dell and Bestbuy.
So we are talking about a reputable and highly-acclaimed manufacturer and their 90w universal notebook power adapter is best proof of their capability. Branded the X-MAN, the 90w adapter is the result of a special production process, allowing its dimensions to shrink so its physical volume is reduced by 45% compared to normal power adapters and at the same time power output remains at high levels.
Thanks to the special design the adapter’s lifespan is increased as well.
The X-MAN also comes with a 5V USB power port which can deliver up to 2A, so it can easily charge a wide range of tablet PCs besides other common devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, speakers and so on. To provide safe power even in unstable power grids such as PNG, the X-MAN is equipped with four protections commonly used in desktop PSUs: Over-Voltage Protection (OVP), Over-Current Protection (OCP), Over-Temperature Protection (OTP) and Short-Circuit Protection (SCP).
If that’s not enough, Huntkey proudly advertise a product liability insurance of US$2 million on the front of their packaging.