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Intel-Based Apple notebooks: Identifying the right power adapter and power cord

Learn which power adapter, power cord, and plug are appropriate for each Intel-based Apple notebook. Remember that size, shape, and color of replacement adapters and cords may vary.

General MagSafe information

Note: This article is for identification purposes only. If you need to troubleshoot a MagSafe adapter issue, refer to Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe Adapters.

Power adapters for Intel-based Apple notebooks are available in 45W, 60W, and 85W varieties. Although you should always use the proper wattage adapter for your Apple notebook, you can use an adapter of a higher wattage without issue.

For instance, if you have a MacBook (13-inch Late 2009) that normally uses a 60W adapter, you can also use an 85W adapter with that computer. You would not use a 45W adapter with that computer; it would not provide enough power for that MacBook. 

Using an adapter of higher wattage than the adapter that came with the computer will not cause the computer to charge more quickly or otherwise operate any differently than using the adapter that came with the computer. The tables further down in this article show the style of connector that initially shipped with each model of MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. 

Note: If you are looking for a PowerPC-based power adapter please use the article PowerPC-based Apple Portables: Identifying the right power adapter and power cord.

Every MagSafe adapter consists of three pieces, two of which can be in use at a time: the Adapter, AC cord, and the AC plug or "Duckhead". Note: AC cords and AC plugs may appear different than the examples below based on your location.

 There are three styles of MagSafe connector available: a "T" style connector,  "L" style connector, and the new MagSafe 2.


 

MagSafe 2

  • 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)

85W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

 

  • 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)

60W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

 

  • 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)

45W MagSafe power adapter with MagSafe 2 style connector

Note: MagSafe 2 connectors are not backwards compatible, so you cannot use a MagSafe 2 connector with computers that do not have a MagSafe 2 port. However, you can use your older MagSafe power adapter on newer computers with a MagSafe ports by using a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter:

  


 

About MagSafe "L" and "T" shaped adapters 

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)

 

60W MagSafe power adapter with "T" style connector

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)

60W MagSafe power adapter with "L" style connector

 

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)
MacBook Pro

85W MagSafe power adapter with "T" style connector

 

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)

85W MagSafe power adapter with "L" style connector

 

MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
MacBook Air (Late 2008)
MacBook Air (Original)

Note: Adapters that shipped with the MacBook Air (Original), MacBook Air (Late 2008), and MacBook Air (Mid 2009) are not recommended for use with MacBook Air (Late 2010) models. When possible, use your computer's original adapter or a newer adapter.

45W MagSafe power adapter with "L" style connector

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)

45W MagSafe power adapter with "L" style connector

 

 You can find extra or replacement adapters with AC cord and AC plug at the Apple Online Store, an Apple Reseller, or the Apple Store:

Note: Although the replacement adapter may not have the same connector shape ("T" or "L") or wattage as the original adapter that came with your computer, newer adapters should power and charge your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air just like the adapter that originally came with your computer.

Additional Information

These articles can help you determine which MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model you have:

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