Get the Proper AC Adapter and Cable for Your Apple Notebook

Find out which model of cable, power adapter, and plug is the best to be used with your Apple laptop.

Before moving on, it is necessary to recognize that several types of power adapters exist for Mac. The varieties include 6 types, which range from 29 to 87 Watt (with 45, 60, 61, and 85 Watt in between). It is necessary to know which power adapter wattage is right for your specific model. It is possible to apply a wattage adapter of a higher power without any problem. However, the machine will not charge speedier or something. It will function in the usual manner. As for the lower adapters, they cannot deliver enough power.

Do you know what MagSafe adapters include? The three elements are AC cable, connector + adapter, and the plug.

If we take MacBook of 2015 and up, the devices arrive with an Apple 29 Watt USB-C Power Adapter. They possess the AC plug and a charge cable of USB-C type. Since 2016, MacBooks are released with an Apple 61/87 Watt USB-C Power Adapter. These models have the plug and cable of that type as well.

Look at the photos below. They represent the design of the adapter, which arrives along with every type of MacBook. Those are Pro, Air, and original MacBook

USB-C

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Apple 29 Watt USB-C Power Adapter + USB-C Charge Cable

  • MacBook (2015 and later)
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Apple 61 Watt USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable

  • 13″ MacBook Pro with four Thunderbolt 3 ports (2017)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports (2017)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro with four Thunderbolt 3 ports (2016)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports (2016)
87w usb c power adapter
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Apple 87 Watt USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable

  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2017)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2016)

Check whether the USB-C charge cable you use is the right one for your specific Mac

usb c charge cable
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A Mac owner may confirm that he/she is using the proper type of the Apple USB/C Charge Cable. Otherwise, the Apple device will not charge at all or properly.

Check the serial number. You can see it on the external housing of the cable. The serial number is near the information on the designer’s location and assembly.

  1. Do you have C4M/FL4 as the first three figures? It means a user can apply this cable only with the Apple 29 Watt USB-C Power Adapter.
  2. Have you noticed DLC or CTC as the initial three characters? These letters stand for the Apple 61/87 Watt USB-C Power Adapter.
  3. Finally, a cable that lacks a serial number, it might mean that it is better to replace USB-C charge cable.

MagSafe 2

MagSafe 85 Watt power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

  • 15″ MacBook Pro Retina (2015)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro Retina (2014)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro Retina (2013)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro Retina (2013)
  • MacBook Pro Retina (2012)
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MagSafe 60 Watt power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

  • 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (2015)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (2014)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (2013)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (2013)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro Retina (2012)
magsafe2 60w charge
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MagSafe 45 Watt power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

  • 13″ MacBook Air (2017)
  • 11″ MacBook Air (2015)
  • 13″ MacBook Air (2015)
  • 11″ MacBook Air (2014)
  • 13″ MacBook Air (2014)
  • 11″ MacBook Air (2013)
  • 13″ MacBook Air (2013)
  • 11″ MacBook Air (2012)
  • 13″ MacBook Air (2012)

 

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More information on the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter magsafe 2 converter

In case you possess an old MagSafe adapter, it is possible to use it to power the latest Macs that are equipped with MagSafe 2 ports. You can do that with the help of a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter.

MagSafe adapters with “L” and “T” shaped connectors

MagSafe 85 Watt power adapter with “L” style connector

  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2012)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2011)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2011)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2011)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2011)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2010)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2010)

MagSafe 60 Watt power adapter with “T” style connector

  • 13″ MacBook Pro (2009)
  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2.53GHz, 2009)
  • 13″ MacBook (2009)
  • 13″ MacBook (2009)
  • 13″ MacBook (Aluminum, 2008)
  • 13″ MacBook (2008)
  • 13″ MacBook (2008)
  • 13″ MacBook (2007)
  • 13″ MacBook (2007)
  • 13″ MacBook (2006)
  • 13″ MacBook

 

MagSafe T shaped adapter
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MagSafe 85 Watt power adapter with “T” style connector

  • 15″ MacBook Pro (2009)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2009)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2009)
  • 15″MacBook Pro (2008)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2008)
  • 15″MacBook Pro (2008)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2008)
  • 15″MacBook Pro (2.4/2.2GHz)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (2.4GHz)
  • 15″MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)
  • 15″MacBook Pro (Glossy)
  • 17″ MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Pro

MagSafe 60 Watt power adapter with “L” style connector

  • 13″ MacBook Pro (2012)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro (2011)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro (2011)
  • 13″ MacBook Pro (2010)
  • 13″ MacBook (2010)
  • 13″ MacBook (2009)

 

MagSafe 45 Watt power adapter with “L” style connector

  • 13″ MacBook Air (2011)
  • 11″ MacBook Air (2011)
  • 13″ MacBook Air (2010)
  • 11″ MacBook Air (2010)
  • MacBook Air (2009)*
  • MacBook Air (2008)*
  • MacBook Air (Original)*
MagSafe L shaped adapter
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Discover more information

In the Apple Online Store, it is possible to obtain additional adapters or a substitute for one with cable and plug. You can also use an Apple Reseller or Store.

Such adapter may have a different size, shape, or whatever. Even the wattage may be different. Just make sure it really charges the target device the same way the original adapter did.

 

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