How to Find the Right Power Adapter and Cable for Your MacBook?

Here you can learn which power adapter, cable and plug works with your Mac notebook computer.

As you may know, power adapters for Mac notebooks are ready in 29W, 30W, 45W, 60W, 61W, 85W, 87W and 96W varieties. You can use the suitable wattage power adapter for your Mac notebook. You can use a well-matched higher wattage power adapter without issue, but it won’t make your computer charge faster or operate differently. If you use a power adapter that is lower in wattage than the adapter that came with your Mac, it won’t prepare enough power to your computer.

Mac notebooks that charge via USB-C come with an Apple USB-C Power Adapter with detachable AC plug (or “duckhead”) and a USB-C Charge Cable. 

Mac notebooks that charge via MagSafe come with an AC adapter with MagSafe connector and detachable AC plug, and an AC cable.

The following pictures show the style of adapter that comes with each MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. If you’re not sure which model Mac you have, use these articles:

USB-C

Apple 29W or 30W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable
MacBook models introduced in 2015 or later
Apple 30W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable
MacBook Air models introduced in 2018 or later
Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable
13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016 or later
Apple 87W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable
15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016 or later
Apple 96W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable
16-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2019

Make sure you’re using the correct USB-C charge cable

In order to the best charging experience, you can use the USB-C charge cable that comes with your Mac notebook. If you use a higher wattage USB-C cable, your Mac will still charge normally. USB-C cables rated for 29W or 30W will work with any USB-C power adapter, but won’t prepare enough power when connected to a power adapter that is more than 61W, such as the 96W USB-C Power Adapter.

It’s better to verify that you’re using the correct version of the Apple USB-C Charge Cable with your Mac notebook and its USB-C AC Adapter. The cable’s serial number is printed on its external housing, next to the words “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” 

when the first three characters of the serial number are C4M or FL4, the cable is for use with an Apple USB-C Power Adapter up to 61W.

when the first three characters of the serial number are DLC, CTC, FTL or G0J, the cable is for use with an Apple USB-C Power Adapter up to 100W.

when the cable says “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China” but has no serial number, you might be eligible for a replacement USB-C charge cable.

About the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter

85W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector
15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 through 2015
60W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector
13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2012 through 2015
45W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector
MacBook Air models introduced between 2012 and 2017

When you have an older MagSafe adapter, you can use it with newer Mac computers that have MagSafe 2 ports using a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter (shown)

MagSafe “L” and “T” shaped adapters

60W MagSafe power adapter with “T” style connector
13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2009
MacBook models introduced between 2006 and mid 2009
60W MagSafe power adapter with “L” style connector
13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2010 and 2012
MacBook models introduced between late 2009 and 2010
85W MagSafe power adapter with “T” style connector
15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2006 and 2009
17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2006 and 2009
85W MagSafe power adapter with “L” style connector
15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2010 and 2012
17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2010 and 2011
45W MagSafe power adapter with “L” style connector
13-inch MacBook Air models introduced between 2008 and 2011*
11-inch MacBook Air models introduced between 2010 and 2011

Mag safe 2/USB C (charging port Replacement)

This Repair service fixes charging issues. If you are experiencing charging issues you’re your mac first follow up some steps before calling to either Apple or TopTek system.

Check on both the power adapter and the power port on computer to see if any debris or object blocking the port. The object can be removed with dry toothbrush. If after this step you still have issues with charging port please call us or make an appointment online.

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