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Our 30w charger is now on runout at $14.95.

This 30w charger is ideal as a power source for your iPad and now the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 13 will accept up to 25w charging - the highest power input of any iPhone to date.

We've been working hard to have Google find us in searches for Thunderbolt and related Thunderbolt products.

In aiming to improve these rankings we've updated to Liquid 2.0 and fully re-optimised the website to provide the fastest page loads we can achieve.

Additionally we've been publishing multiple articles and news items on Thunderbolt and Solid State Drives .... we hope you've been reading some of these.

Thunderbolt docking stations rarely include the ability to add two Solid State Drives internally within the Thunderbolt docking station.

HomeKit Australia's Thunderbolt docking station allows for an easily accessed double bay for Solid State Drives.

The area is fan cooled so as to ensure the SSD bay does not overheat and reduce the performance of the NGFF or NVMe SSD's.

Our 2TB Thunderbolt Solid State Drive continues its popularity.

At just $499.95 this 2TB Thunderbolt drive is probably the best priced Thunderbolt Solid State Drive available in Australia, indeed the world.

If you need the highest performance data storage for your professional studio, photography, gaming or currency mining, then please consider this Thunderbolt SSD.

If you own an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, you can now make use of these silicon MagSafe phone grips.

The grips' embedded magnets will hold these silicon grips tightly on your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. To remove the silicon grip, just give them a good pull to separate the magnets.

The embedded magnets match your iPhone MagSafe magnets perfectly.

New this week is our Thunderbolt video dock.

The Thunderbolt video dock is perfect for the studio or video professional with direct monitor access and peripheral connection so that you only need to connect a single cable to your portable device or computer.

This Thunderbolt dock is the best priced Thunderbolt docking station we stock.

There's a swathe of new products to HomeKit Australia's online Thunderbolt store.

New products include 10w, 18w and 30w AC chargers from $8.95 to $11.95 - all an absolute bargain.

There's 2 new MagSafe chargers both offering more than phone charging.

We've just added Client Reviews to the HomeKit Australia online Thunderbolt store.

There's well over 100 reviews that you can check.

We use a service called Yotpo to send out Review requests after you purchase and receive a product.

You might have noticed that there is an improved product layout on the HomeKit Australia online Thunderbolt store website.

Most importantly we have upgraded the store to Liquid 2.0 and subsequently have heavily optimised the loading speed of all pages.

Hopefully you will have noticed already that webpages load almost instantly, even on slower connections.

We regularly receive questions and queries about Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt products .... so we decided to print a text only version of our article "Thunderbolt - A Striking History" within the News section of the HomeKit Australia website.

Intel’s Thunderbolt interface has had a somewhat rocky uptake but has now established itself as the premium interface protocol for studio professionals, gamers, crypto-miners and more recently mainstream consumers.

HomeKit Australia subscribers have just received a $20 off discount voucher for our 65w AC charger.

The charger boasts GaN technology with 2 x USB-C and 1 x USB ports.

These 65w 3 port chargers come with both AU (Australian) and USA power heads.

We've settled on our longest Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 cable being 1.8 metres in length.

When Thunderbolt 4 hits 2 metres the throughput can begin to degrade so we've opted to stay on the conservative side and use 1.8 metre Thunderbolt cables.

Both our 1m and 1.8m ultra-premium Thunderbolt 4 cables are produced under contract in an Apple MFI certified factory.

Our 65w 3 port GaN charger has been slashed in price to just $29.95.

This 65w charger has 5 star reviews, is in good stock and can ship the day you order.

This week Apple announced it's own GaN charger but it has only a single USB-C port and costs $149.

What a great idea.

MagSafe silicon phone grips for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

Simply attach the silicon grips to the rear of your iPhone and if you don't want them there, just peel them off.

You may have already read that Thunderbolt pricing is due to increase for the remainder of 2021 and into the middle of 2022.

Thunderbolt chips are in very short supply and production will not ramp up until likely June 2022.

So, if you are considering a Thunderbolt 4 purchase, it is wise to do it now.

Thunderbolt 4 cables will immediately connect a Mac or PC with USB4, Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 3 or 4 devices.

This may include SSD drives, hard drives, docking stations, external graphics, eGPU cards and high end monitor displays.

Our Thunderbolt cable also allows you to connect a USB4, Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac in target disk mode.

HomeKit Australia pursues a “factory direct” procurement policy. This ensures we can offer products to you at highly competitive pricing.

Products include our own HomeKit Australia 1TB and 2TB Solid State Drives, Thunderbolt SSD's, hubs and docking stations, specialist Apple HomeKit products, GaN (Gallium Nitride) AC chargers, wireless chargers, Apple MagSafe charging and Apple Watch products. 

Products are available for desktop and laptop computers plus both Apple and Android phones and devices.

Remember, we only sell what we use ourselves.

Thanks for stopping by HomeKit Australia online Thunderbolt store - we are 100% Australian owned and operated, with all stock held in Australia ... and please remember we have a new weekly Super Special every Monday.

.... and always we strive to fulfil our credo -

"At HomeKit Australia, Quality is not an occasional concern but a relentless dedication."

Frequently asked questions

How do HomeKit Australia’s products have such low prices?

HomeKit Australia offers you affordable products as we source directly from our supplier and OEM factories. In doing this, we totally remove the "middleman" or state and national distribution and agencies, all of whom need to make their own profit, prior to a retail selling price being set.
We also remove the cost of shifting stock between warehouses and deliver orders above $99 with free Express delivery within Australia.

How long will my order take to reach me?

We use Australia Post to deliver our products and almost always ship from our warehouse the same day as you order.

The fastest way to receive goods (apart from local collection) is to select Express Post delivery at checkout. If you place an order for $99 or above this is automatically provided to you, free of charge.

Express Post can take from overnight to 3 days, depending on your location. COVID delivery restrictions in some Australian states may delay deliveries.

Standard Post can take from 1 to 10 days for delivery. We suggest that if you live in an eastern seaboard state, you choose to pay an extra $2 for Express delivery.

Of course if your purchase totals $99 or more you receive Express Post for FREE.

Expect 7 to 15 days for international delivery.

All deliveries, including international orders, are live tracked by Australia Post and you will receive updates and advice of impending delivery.

Please be aware that we are only able to lodge deliveries with Australia Post on business days which do not include weekends nor local public holidays.

Feel free to also check our Shipping Policy.

My product is not as I thought. Can I return it?

We will always accept returns or make good on products that are incorrectly processed or delivered or damaged during shipping.

If the product is not as described, you may also return this product.

However, we do not refund purchases where size, dimensions and the like are clearly outlined but not read or checked by the purchaser.

Also, please read the shipping and returns policies for a more expansive answer or simply email us at shop@homekitaustralia.com.au

How long does a MagSafe wireless charger take to charge?

Magsafe charges your iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and some Android devices at up to 15w. So an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 will charge from flat to 50% battery power in an hour.

Please be aware that most Mag chargers will max out at around 12w power output (many cheaper units much less than this) and only Apple branded or Certified Apple MFI MagSafe chargers will provide the full 15w charge.

Does the Thunderbolt cable come with all Thunderbolt products?

Very often, the simple answer is no, you will need to purchase a separate Thunderbolt cable.

When we first began stocking Thunderbolt products we reviewed likely competitor offerings and they almost never included a certified Thunderbolt cable.

In order to be judged apples vs apples we elected to do the same and reduce the cost of purchasing each Thunderbolt product.

However, you will find that we offer what we consider as equal to world's best Thunderbolt cables in lengths of 1 metre and 1.8 metres .... and at reasonable cost.

Our latest Thunderbolt video dock does include a Thunderbolt cable, so please always check each product description and specification summary.

All our cables - including Thunderbolt cables - are produced for us in a facility that holds four separate Apple MFI cable certifications.

So, not all our cables are MFI certified. You will see in our product descriptions, which cables are Apple MFI certified and which not. Please read both the product description and specification product specifications prior to placing your order.

Is Thunderbolt faster than an internal SSD?

And how long is a piece of string.

There's no definitive answer to this general question but often the answer is "yes".

One of the real attractions of Thunderbolt 4 is that it accesses the host's internal PCIe bus, so for the first time, you can use external devices connected by Thunderbolt without installing the device - like a Solid State Drive - internally within the computer.

We have some very in-depth articles that we've written on Thunderbolt, so please start to explore these Thunderbolt information articles in our News Blog.

Can I use an iPad or laptop charger to charge my iPhone?

If you are using a HomeKit Australia GaN charger, the answer is -

Yes, you can.

Most of our AC chargers produce a higher wattage than required by your iPhone.

However, our GaN chargers are "smart" chargers and only supply the power being requested by your device.

For example an iPhone 13 that is near flat will request up to 25w from the AC charger and then a trickle charge once it hits 80% charge.

Please be aware many "cheapie" chargers do not offer your device or its battery, this level of protection.

Is a USB-C hub the same as a docking station?

The terms can be easily interchanged.

At HomeKit Australia we prefer to use the term hub for USB and USB-C devices and reserve the term docking station for Thunderbolt devices.

For example we have an 8 port USB-C hub and a Thunderbolt docking station.

The Thunderbolt docking station is a much more powerful device and simply they are quite different devices with quite different prices.

What is MFI?

MFI means Made For iPhone.

Our MFI products are clearly identified in the product descriptions and specification.

For example all HomeKit Australia cables are made within a facility that holds four separate Apple MFI certifications.

The process to obtain MFI certification is long, arduous and expensive.

Unfortunately many retailers will say their product is MFI certified but often it is not. You can request the factory name holding the MFI certification, confirm that the accreditation matches the product and check the certification at Apple's MFI webpage.

Just so you know, all of our cables are exclusively produced by SOCW and you will see their 4 separate MFI certifications on Apple's website.

Do you carry Apple HealthKit accessories?

Yes, we do have Apple HealthKit accessories ... but they are running out fast.

Whilst we still have stock, check out our Smart Apple Healthkit Body Scale.

These HealthKit scales have their own app for additional niceties like body fat, subcutaneous fat rate, and BMR.

It can also synchronise with other Apple devices.

Does external SSD faster than a traditional hard drive?

Yes.

When you add an SSD, it will be significantly faster than a traditional HDD.

For instance, quick system shut down, reboot and app launch, everything will happen in a blink of an eye as compared to traditional hard drives.

What is the safe distance between a mobile phone and people when it is charging?

Bottom line is .... if you purchased the charger from a reputable Australian retailer and your charger has Australian electrical safety certification - that's RCM (nee SAA), you should not have any safety issues.

However, if the charger you buy is not tested and certified for safe use in Australia, we would be very reticent about ever using it.

Your charger should have at least RCM (SAA) and usually a combination of CCC, CE, ROHS, GS, CB, PSE, or ETL.

All components of such chargers will be designed and produced in accordance with these standard specifications.

An AC charger meeting these specifications will have multiple protection functions such as over-current protection, over-voltage protection and short-circuit protection.

At HomeKit Australia we follow a simple policy - if it plugs in, it must have RCM (SAA) certification.

If not, we don't sell it.

Should I upgrade RAM or SSD to speed up my laptop?

In our opinion, you need to do both.

Installing a SSD and upgrading RAM will considerably speed up even an ageing notebook.

Solid State Drives provide a substantial performance boost, and RAM will get the most out of your operating system and apps that you use.

Remember, we now carry 2.5" external HDD or SSD cases for your old hard drives.

Is Thunderbolt faster than any other SSDs in the market?

Short answer, yes.

Thunderbolt 4 offers up to 40Gbps data transfer, dependent on the actual SSD that is inside the Thunderbolt case or Thunderbolt docking station.

There's a whole host of other advantages of Thunderbolt, and you are you are welcome to read up on the latest Thunderbolt articles in our News Blog.

Are Thunderbolt drives worth buying?

Certainly.

These SSD drives are generally used in editing videos, capturing professional videos, and encoding devices.

It will cost you more than say USB-C external SSD's, but the performance of this device is worth the money.

What’s better—USB or Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt lets you transfer data at up to 40Gbps.

This is twice as fast as the 20 Gbps maximum throughput speed of the fastest USB-C ports, and four times as fast as the original Thunderbolt interface.

This gives Thunderbolt SSD's a significant performance advantage over USB SSD's.