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Which MacBook Pro charger do I need?

If you need a charger for your MacBook Pro, you need to check multiple factors such as model, screen size, and year and if you are purchasing an official MacBook charger from Apple then you must be assured to choose the right type of charger to your device as there is a variety of charges available that ranges from 29/30W up to 87W but the more powerful ones will not overload your machine or affect your battery. They also will not make your MacBook charge any faster than normal, so purchasing the top power rating will not give you fast charging capabilities.

Find the right power adapter and cable for your Mac notebook

Follow the below steps that will help you to choose a charging device compatible with your MacBook Pro model:

  1. You need to identify the model of your MacBook Pro as there are various ways to know the information about the model, production year of your Mac and its unique serial number.
  2. You need to choose the Apple menu then About this Mac in your MacBook Pro and the first tab Overview contains all the necessary information.
  • The bottom panel of your Mac that is next to the marking also keeps its unique serial number. So, you can use this number on the Apple official website to check the model of your device.
  1. When you have accurately checked the model of your MacBook Pro, then you need to identify the power adapter of the required capacity.

There are 60, 61, 85, and 87 W power adapters for MacBook Pro depending on the computer model. It is important to buy an appropriate power adapter for a specific Mac model for the correct operation of the computer. You can use a higher power adapter but this does not increase the computer speed or charging speed. Therefore, it is necessary to choose a charging device with a compatible power connector for your MacBook Pro.

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Choose a charging device of the required power

You can choose a charging device of the required power. The power connector of the charging device will also be different depending on the MacBook Pro model. The MacBook range is consists of the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air and each of these needs a different charger such as:

MacBook Power Adapter
MacBook 2015 and later 30W USB-C Power Adapter
MacBook Air 2018 and later 30W USB-C Power Adapter
MacBook Air non-Touch ID 45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
13in MacBook Pros 2016 61W USB-C Power Adapter
15in MacBook Pros 2016 87W USB-C Power Adapter

It is necessary that you are using the correct USB-C charge cable

You can verify that you are using the correct version of the Apple USB-C Charge Cable with your Mac notebook and it’s USB-C AC Adapter. The serial number of cable is printed on its external housing next to the words Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China and next to these will also be an alpha-numeric serial number that signifies to which charger they belong. 

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Chargers for older Macs

MagSafe 2

15-inch MacBook Pro models that were introduced in 2012 through 2015 85W MagSafe charger with MagSafe 2 style connector
13-inch MacBook Pro models that were introduced in 2012 through 2015 60W MagSafe charger with MagSafe 2 style connector
MacBook Air models that were introduced in 2012 through 2017 45W MagSafe charger with MagSafe 2 style connector

About the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter

If you have an older MagSafe adapter, you can use it with new Mac computers that have MagSafe 2 ports using a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter.

MagSafe L and T shaped adapters

MagSafe L and T shaped adapters
60W MagSafe charger or power adapter with T style connector 60W MagSafe power adapter with L style connector
13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2009 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2010 through 2012
MacBook models introduced in 2006 through mid-2009 MacBook models introduced in late 2009 through 2010
85W MagSafe power adapter with T style connector 85W MagSafe power adapter with L style connector
15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2006 through 2009 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2010 through 2012
17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2006 through 2009 17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2010 through 2011
45W MagSafe power adapter with L style connector
13-inch MacBook Air models that were introduced in 2008 through 2011
11-inch MacBook Air models that were introduced in 2010 through 2011

The replacement adapters with AC cord and plug are available at the Apple online store, an Apple reseller or an Apple store and a replacement adapter may not be the same size, color, shape, or wattage as the original adapter that came with your computer but it should power and charge your Mac as the adapter that originally came with your computer.

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