Boston-based company FINsix was recently awarded the 2014 CES Innovations and Design Engineering Award for their sleek 65 watt laptop adapter which promises to bring power without the burden of a brick. The relatively tiny power adapter makes use of the company’s patented very high frequency (VHF) switching to shrink the size of the device to nearly the size of a USB flash drive.
The most striking feature of the FINsix laptop adapter is its size. FINsix claims it to be four times smaller and six times lighter than traditional laptop power cables. The one-socket wall plug design eliminates the bulky cable block and thick AC-side cord commonly found on laptop chargers, and the thin, flexible cord is smooth. It weighs only 45 grams (one tenth of a pound), and has a total volume of 2.4 cubic inches. The adapter also includes a built-in 2.1A USB port which can fast-charge smartphones and other mobile devices alongside a laptop simultaneously.
FINsix will include multiple DC cable end tips to connect the cable to a broad range of laptops. The company is also currently working on getting approval from Apple to create a MagSafe version of the adapter for MacBooks. The FINsix adapter has over-voltage protection, short circuit protection, over-temperature protection, is output current limited and will meet all applicable electromagnetic interference regulations.
While pricing has not been fully established, FINsix says it will be competitive with laptop adapters currently on the market (likely in the $90 range). Production of the FINsix laptop adapter will begin in mid-2014, and units will be available for presale in March 2014 in a variety of colors.