The Fuse Side Winder MacBook Charger is a must-have for any Apple laptop owner. With its sleek, minimalist design and unique features to eliminate cable clutter in your life, it’s an ingenious accessory that will brighten up anyone’s day.
It might be challenging to travel with a MacBook Pro charger. It’s large, tough to pack, and it’s not ideal for cramming it into the bottom of your bag with a tangle of connections.
The Fuse Side Winder is a wheel that keeps your MacBook charger neatly tucked away. Fuse launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Side Winder in 2022, garnering much more money than their target and shipping out the first orders in the spring of 2022.
The Side Winder seems to add weight to your pack at first look, but it saves space compared to letting your charger run wild. The whole package fits better in pockets and decreases the charger’s amount of space by enclosing the wires. We’ve been using the Fuse Reel Side Winder for six months and are pretty pleased with its convenience. It’s nearly enough to make us forget about our other problems (almost).
Usage & Features
The Side Winder is available in two versions: MagSafe and USB-C. The MagSafe is compatible with Apple’s MagSafe chargers, and the USB-C version (who’d have guessed?) is compatible with Apple’s USB-C chargers. Both function only if you have an extra extension cord.
We tested the USB-C version, which we’ll be talking about in this review. This version includes a USB-C cable that has been carefully engineered to fold up neatly within the winder (you can’t use the Side Winder without it). Fuse also sells wheel inserts for various charger sizes, so be sure you get the proper one for your charger.
The Side Winder comes in two color options: white and black. Although both colors have been intentionally created to imitate Apple’s clean aesthetic, we chose white since it shouts “Apple” to us.
The most delicate element of the Side Winder, as previously said, is how well it organizes your charger. It does, however, keep it safe. A MacBook charger may wrinkle or flex awkwardly if not appropriately supported, resulting in fraying and, ultimately, the charger breaking completely. The charger will be less likely to cause harm if it is carefully coiled up.
All you have to do now is place the Power Brick inside the wheel, shut it (listen for an audible “click”), and begin rolling. The Power Brick fits perfectly within, and closing the rotation around the brick held together by magnets is strangely pleasant.
Fuse says that you can now charge your phone in under 6 seconds. On occasion, we’ve found this to be true; however, the winding process may be tricky. It only takes a little time and effort to wind everything up correctly.
Furthermore, the cables often seem to wind unevenly. One side will have some excess wire hanging out, while the other will be pressed against the wheel. Most of the time, it’s OK to leave it hanging like this, but on rare occasions, it’ll be so uneven that you’ll need to open the wheel and adjust it.
Pull-on the string to relax. Isn’t it straightforward? Not always, to be sure. The wheel may get quite sticky, and unspooling the cable can require both time and effort. You don’t want to pull too hard, however! This may cause harm, but it could also create quite a mess. The clasp has come undone a few times after a little too much tugging, causing the wheel to explode open, and when the revolution comes empty, the cords spring out, and well, it’s not beautiful. So, please take note of our advice and exercise caution.
If your charger is stuck, Fuse suggests opening the wheel and resuming the winding procedure from the beginning. And, as uncomfortable as that may be, we’re going to agree with them on this one.
It’s also worth noting that you can’t unwind the charger using the winder; instead, you must pull the cable. But, since it doesn’t function, you’d probably find it out on your own relatively fast.
We like how the Side Winder keeps your charger clean no matter how far away or near you are from an outlet—unfold it enough to plug in. Then, when you get closer to an outlet, you can twist your fingers to wrap in the extra cable.
Let’s speak about the USB-C cable that comes with the device. Without it, you won’t be able to utilize this Side Winder. The USB-C cord runs parallel to the power brick’s side, making it easy to wind up. Unfortunately, apple’s USB-C cable will not fit in this slot.
Others have said that this cable isn’t designed to last, implying that the whole device isn’t meant to last. We’ve experienced no problems thus yet, but we’ll watch it. Updates may always be found in the Usage Timeline below.
Testing & Durability
The Side Winder hasn’t had any serious concerns with durability, although it’s a little dented and scratched after six months of usage. As previously noted, Fuse also offers it in a black hue, which will most likely show less dirt.
We’ve also found it’s becoming more sticky and difficult to use with time. We’re praying this tendency doesn’t continue since the product will become too sticky to use shortly if it does.
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