The HyperMac MBP-222 is not an inexpensive option, at $499.99 it is an exceptionally pricey way to take your MacBook on the trail. It also has a high cost in weight at 4.7 pounds. For the average tech-reliant hiker this flavor of HyperMac might not be the option.
Thankfully there are a few more options out there for you to choose from. They start at 60-Watt hours for $199.99 and move up from there. As an additional bonus, as of this writing, you can get a free HyperMac Car Adapter with any HyperMac of 100 Watt Hours and above. This is a $150 value according to the HyperDrive site. For me the HyperMac MBP-222 is right on the line of excessive in price, as I do not personally own a Mac I found myself wanting a universal adapter so that I would be able to bring a PC. I think that this product would be a better value if something like this was included or at the very least an option.
Support for your HyperMac is setup through an sending a message to HyperDrive. This form can be found on the support tab
of their web page.Conclusion
I am in two minds about the HyperMac and in particular the MBP-222. On the one side it is a great idea and can provide a considerable boost to any MacBook that you plug it into. It can also provide power to any USB chargeable device. This makes is very functional in terms of what it can do with the large exception of its Mac limitation. To give HyperDrive credit they have never advertised it as anything else.
In terms of value it is very hard to justify the cost of this. If you have a MacBook Pro and you are constantly taking it on the road or using it in presentations where there might be limited access to power then it is an invaluable product. Just as it is if you are looking to extend the life of your MacBook when away from power for an extended period of time, or need to charge a USB device like a camera or phone. HyperDrive has built an excellent external power supply. It has a rapid charging rate, excellent power retention when not in use and a sturdy construction.
But the lack of a universal adapter limits its coverage and therefore its market presence. I would love to see HyperMac offer a universal adapter, or perhaps even a version for PC as this would be an excellent product for use on the trail if it was able to power PCs or other DC devices. As a single market device I can only recommend it to enthusiast or power users that own a 15-inch MacBook Pro or above. Anything less than that would be serious overkill in terms of price and available power for the MBP-222.
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