Find the Right Power Adapter and Cable for Your Mac Notebook

Learn which power adapter, cable, and plug works with your Mac Notebook computer

Which MacBook Charger Do You Need?

There are 29W, 30W, 45W, 60W, 61W, 85W, 87W and 96W power adapters for Mac notebook computers. You ought to use a suitable wattage power adapter for your Mac notebook. You can use a compatible higher wattage power adapter without issue, however, it will not make your computer charge quicker or run differently. If you use a power adapter that is lower in wattage than the adapter that came with your Mac, it will not provide enough power to your computer

Mac notebooks that charge via USB-C include an Apple USB-C Power Adapter with detachable Air Conditioner(AC) plug, 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

Essential Differences In MacBook Chargers

Checking out all the variations of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro power adapters, you will see that the first thing is wattage, which ranging from 29W to 87W. Normally, the higher it is the more power your Mac gets

However, contrary to the common belief, getting a higher wattage Apple MacBook Pro charger would not charge your Mac faster, but also would not harm your Mac, given that it’s officially supplied by Apple. This is why it is so crucial to carefully choose the right charger for your MacBook Pro. If you use a charger lower than any requirement, your MacBook may not charge at all

The second thing the name of the MacBook Pro charger informs you is its type. Since 2021, just three versions have been released: MagSafe, MagSafe 2 and USB-C. The latter is used for the latest MacBook models

The last thing to think about is the form of the connector. Although MagSafe and USB-C always used the same connectors on all models, But MagSafe is divided into T-shaped and L-shaped connectors, each has its advantages and disadvantages

Check your MacBook model first

Because there are many MacBook chargers to choose from, the most important thing to do before buying is to check your MacBook model. Not only do you need to understand the Air or Pro (you may only need to check the bezel of the monitor) and even the screen size, you also require to understand its production year or even the year of production (for example, in 2018 or early 2019)

To see your MacBook’s model: 

  1. Click on the Apple logo in your menu bar

  2. Select About This Mac

  3. Record the first line (e.g. MacBook Air, 13-inch, Early 2015)

about this Mac model MacBook

Once you have your MacBook information, navigate to the appropriate section below to see the type of Mac charger you need

Apple chargers for a MacBook

For a long time, MacBook was the only laptop produced by Apple, and the last laptop of this original type was produced in mid-2010. But in 2015, Apple renamed the ultra-light, ultra-portable MacBook model for a few years, and only recently stopped

Generally speaking, different MacBooks use three different types of chargers

The latest models — MacBook (12-inch, 2015 and later) use 29W or 30W USB-C power adaptors (for which the serial number on the cable reads C4M or FL4)

MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010) and MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) use a 60W MagSafe Power Adapter with an L-shaped connector

Almost all other MacBook models are work with 60W MagSafe adapters with T-shaped connectors. The exact list of models is: 

  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)

  • MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)

  • MacBook (13-inch, Late 2008)

  • MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)

  • MacBook (13-inch, Late 2007)

  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2007)

  • MacBook (13-inch, Late 2006) 

  • MacBook (13-inch, any older model)

 

Apple chargers for a MacBook Air

The popular MacBook Air was first released in 2008 and shocked the world because it didn't have an optical drive (it looks interesting today). Since then, the model has been improving and the latest version was released in 2019

The latest MacBooks Air models (13-inch, 2018 and later) use a 30W USB-C Power Adapter

The Apple MacBook Air charger for mid-2012 models without Touch ID is a 45W MagSafe 2 power adapter. The specific models are:

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)

Older MacBook Airs use a 45W MagSafe Charger with an L-shaped connector. These models are:

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)

  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

  • MacBook Air (Late 2008)

  • MacBook Air (the original model)

MacBook Air MagSafe adapter

Apple chargers for a MacBook Pro

Since the first model came out, MacBook Pro has always been the laptop of choice for professionals in various fields.

 

The newest MacBook Pros has changed to USB-C cables, so if you have a 13-inch version of 2016 and later, you will use a 61W USB-C Power Adapter . If you have a 15-inch version of 2016 and later you will use an 87W USB-C Power Adapter

Older MacBooks are divided into many categories.  The 85W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 type connector is suitable for:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2015)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2014)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)

The less powerful 60W MagSafe charger works with such Retina-enabled laptops as: 

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2015)

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2014)

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2012)

The older 60W MagSafe adapter with L-style connector works on: 

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) 

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)

Another L-style 85W MagSafe Power Adapter is compatible with: 

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)

Finally, the T-Style connectors work on the oldest of MacBooks. The 60W MagSafe adapter with T-style connector is good for:

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)

Its bigger cousin, the 85W MagSafe charger with T-style connector covers the rest:

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4 or 2.2 GHz)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4 GHz)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Core 2 Duo)

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch)

  • MacBook Pro (17-inch)

  • MacBook Pro (original)

MacBook Pro 16-inch Mac adapter USB-C

Where to buy Apple power adapters

There are many unnamed (or even counterfeit) Apple-like products on the market, and they may not work as advertised, or in some cases may harm your Mac. This is why it is only suggested to buy Apple power adapters only from trusted large stores: