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Nifty tip for retaining the detachable plug on an Apple Power Supply

Steve Sande, @stevensande
April 9, 2013
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Have you ever lost a "duck head"? That's the term for the detachable plug that comes with Apple power supplies. You can remove the duck head and install a full extension cord, but it's quite irritating to lose the plug if you occasionally want to use just the power supply and its thin cable. Thorin Klosowski at Lifehacker points to a clever idea to attach the duck head to the side of the power brick to avoid losing it.

The idea is relatively simple -- all you need is some Sugru, which is a self-setting rubber material that can be shaped by hand, and a round head paper fastener (below). In fact, the tip originated on the Sugru website.

The head of the paper fastener is wide enough sit inside of the groove that connects the duck head to the power brick, and the legs of the paper fastener are bent to either side to form a base that is attached to the brick with the Sugru.

Nifty tip for the detachable plug on an Apple Power Supply

Several Lifehacker commenters took issue with the tip, one saying that "as soon as the brick gets hot, its (sic) going to come right off." As commenters are the bane of bloggers everywhere, I looked into this and found that Sugru works fine up to 180°C (350°F). If an Apple power brick ever gets that hot, there's something very wrong with it.

Do you have any tips for keeping your duck head close to the rest of your Apple power supply? Let us know in the comments (and keep it nice, OK?).

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