PlugBug World brings global travel to the MacBook  USB charger

Globetrotting Mac users looking to slightly condense their cable packing will no doubt be happy to learn that the outlet-obsessed folks at Twelve South have announced the launch of the PlugBug World. The latest version of the hybrid charger adds five international plugs (US / Canada / Japan, UK / Hong Kong / Singapore, Continental Europe, Australia / New Zealand and China) to the combo MacBook / USB charger. Interested parties can pick one up now through Twelve South's site for $45 -- or £39.99 / €44.99, depending on which part of the world you're in at the moment. The domestic version of PlugBug, meanwhile, will run you $35. There's a press release after the break for your perusal.

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The new PlugBug World delivers dual charging convenience to everyone, while making any MacBook Power Adapter ready for global travel.

Twelve South is pleased to unveil PlugBug World, an all-in-one USB iPad/iPhone charger that converts any MacBook Power Adapter into a dual charger that can be used globally. The powerful PlugBug World piggybacks onto your MacBook power adapter, allowing you to simultaneously charge your MacBook and iPad or iPhone from one electrical outlet. This world version of the PlugBug charger includes five international snap-on plugs for use in the UK, Europe, Australia, China, and North America. PlugBug World is compatible with all Apple MacBook Power Adapters and is available now at twelvesouth.com for $44.99 / £39.99 / 44,99 €. More info and images can be found at www.twelvesouth.com.

PlugBug World is an international version of the popular Twelve South PlugBug. PlugBug World brings the dual charging convenience of PlugBug to Mac users everywhere. PlugBug uses the clever trick of attaching to any Apple MacBook Power Adapter by replacing its attached plug or extended power cord. When snapped into place, PlugBug not only allows for worldwide charging of MacBook, but also provides a separate 2.1-Amp USB charger for iPad/iPhone. Once attached, simply select your local plug, or use your extended cable, to power both your MacBook and iPad or iPhone from a single outlet. This powerful accessory is a lifesaver in locations where finding multiple wall outlets can be a challenge, and where charging your MacBook and iPad quickly is mission-critical to your next meeting or presentation.

PlugBug World works as a stand-alone international wall charger, too. Rather than pulling out a MacBook to charge your iPhone or iPad, simply use PlugBug World. PlugBug World can charge your iPad up to four times faster than a MacBook and your iPad mini up to twice as fast as its included charger.

The bright red PlugBug World is easy to spot in a sea of white adapters in your bag or on the wall at the airport. Because PlugBug World charges MacBook plus iPad or iPhone at the same time, you can purge the number of power cords and international converters you carry. And since MacBook USB ports are precious commodities on the road and in the office, PlugBug's extra USB charger is a welcome addition.

Since the release of the original PlugBug, many notable MacBook power users have made PlugBug an essential part of their travel gear. Andy Ihnatko, technology journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times, called the PlugBug "an exceptional product" that "has not been off my charger since I got it." Steve Sande from TUAW said, "Twelve South took a charger – and used the Apple adage to "Think Different" to create something that is extremely useful and attractive." And John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, exclaimed "How in the world did no one think of this before?" With PlugBug World, the convenience of PlugBug is finally available to international travelers and customers alike.

Andrew Green, Creative Director of Twelve South said, "PlugBug World adapts your MacBook for international travel for about the same price as the other adapter kits – but with the bonus of an extra USB charger. My USB ports get used up very quickly on the road for Internet access and Jump Drives. PlugBug gives me an extra USB charger without wasting precious MacBook USB ports on something as silly as charging. And because it's connected right to my MacBook charger – I don't forget it at home either."

Whether you're an international traveler or you just want the convenience of PlugBug in your part of the world, PlugBug World is ready to add one more handy tool to your MacBook travel pack. PlugBug World includes the PlugBug Charger, five international plugs and travel bag for holding it all. PlugBug World is the perfect solution for powering up your MacBook and iPhone or iPad wherever you may roam. PlugBug World is available at twelvesouth.com now for $44.99, and soon at The Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers worldwide. For those who use their MacBooks in the US, Canada and Japan the original PlugBug is still available for $34.99.