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Which MagSafe Power Adapter Do I Need For My MacBook?


How do I know which MagSafe power adapter to buy for my MacBook Pro?
- Asked by Paul D. September 26th, 2016   


MagSafe Power Adapters exist in four different wattages - 29W USB-C, 45W, 60W, 61W, 85W, and 87W. There are a few straightforward rules to determine which wattage your computer requires.

The 12-inch MacBook (first introduced in March 2015) uses a 29W USB-C adapter. As of this writing, that adapter can only be used with the 12-inch MacBook.

The MacBook Pro 13 inch released in 2016 (and later) use a 61W USB-C adapter while the MacBook Pro 15 inch released in 2016 (and later) use a 87W USB-C adapter.

The MacBook Air uses a 45W MagSafe Power Adapter.

The MacBook (pre-2011 version), every MacBook Pro 13 inch, and the 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro 15 inch (mid 2009) use the 60W MagSafe Power Adapter.

Other than that one MacBook Pro 15 inch model listed above, every other MacBook Pro 15 inch BEFORE 2016 and every MacBook Pro 17 inch uses the 85W MagSafe Power Adapter.

You can use a higher wattage than is permitted, but you should not use a lower wattage. For instance, the MacBook Pro 13 inch uses a 60W MagSafe, but you can use an 85W MagSafe to charge or power it (although it will not charge any faster). You should not use a 45W with the MacBook Pro 13 since that is lower than its 60W requirement.

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