Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Nov 2015 23:14 UTC

Have you ever wondered what's inside your Macbook's charger? There's a lot more circuitry crammed into the compact power adapter than you'd expect, including a microprocessor. This charger teardown looks at the numerous components in the charger and explains how they work together to power your laptop.

Fascinating little bit of technology you don't really pay much attention to.

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RE[2]: All that for a transformer?
by timl on Thu 26th Nov 2015 14:00 UTC in reply to "RE: All that for a transformer?"
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And don't forget the cost aspect.

The bigger transformer will contain more material (ferrites and copper are relatively expensive), and will cost more to ship accross the world. Exchanging that for some passive components, a few semiconductors, and a bunch of engineering hours is probably quite a profitable way to go..

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