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Which charger do I need for my MacBook?

Power adapters come in various wattages. Your MacBook requires a power adapter with the right wattage. You can easily use a compatible charger with a higher wattage, though it won't charge your MacBook any faster. If you use a charger with a lower wattage, it won't provide enough power for your MacBook. A MagSafe power adapter consists of 3 parts: a connector and adapter, a power cord, and an AC power connector.

Which MacBook do I have?

When choosing a new charger for your MacBook, it's good to know which MacBook you have. Don't have a clue which model it is? Read the article below on how to find out which MacBook you have.

USB-C chargers

Choose the right adapter

29W or 30W

  • MacBook Air (2018)
  • MacBook (2015 and newer)

61W

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)

87W

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)

Use the right USB-C charging cable

Not sure whether you're using the right USB-C charging cable for your MacBook? You can easily check this. The cable's serial number is written on it, next to 'Designed by Apple in California'.

  • Are the serial number's first 3 characters C4m or FL4? In that case, you're using the cable with a USB-C power adapter of 29W or 30W.
  • Are the serial number's first 3 characters DLC or CTC? In that case, you're using the cable with a USB-C power adapter or 61W or 87W.

MagSafe chargers

MagSafe 2 charger

45W

  • 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)

60W

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13 inch, mid 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, late 2012)

85W

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, mid 2012)
T-shaped MagSafe adapters

T-shaped MagSafe adapters

60W

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53GHz, mid 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, mid 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, early 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch, aluminum, late 2008)
  • 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)

85W

  • 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, 2.4/2.2GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHz)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Core 2 Duo)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, glossy)
  • MacBook Pro (17-inch)
L-shaped MagSafe adapters

L-shaped MagSafe adapters

45W

  • 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 (original)*

60W

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2012)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, late 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, early 2011)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2010)
  • MacBook (13-inch, mid 2010)
  • MacBook (13-inch, late 2009)

85W

  • 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)

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