Find the right power adaptor and cable for your Mac notebook

Learn which power adaptor, cable and plug works with your Mac notebook computer.

Power adaptors for Mac notebooks are available in 29W, 30W, 45W, 60W, 61W, 85W, 87W and 96W varieties. You should use the appropriate wattage power adaptor for your Mac notebook. You can use a compatible higher wattage power adaptor without issue, but it won't make your computer charge faster or operate differently. If you use a power adaptor that is lower in wattage than the adaptor that came with your Mac, it won't provide enough power to your computer.

Mac notebooks that charge via USB-C come with an Apple USB-C Power Adaptor with detachable AC plug (or "duckhead"), and a USB-C Charge Cable. 

Mac notebooks that charge via MagSafe come with an AC adaptor with MagSafe connector and detachable AC plug, and an AC cable.

The images below show the style of adaptor that comes with each MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. If you're not sure which model Mac you have, use these articles:

USB-C

    

Apple 29W or 30W USB-C Power Adaptor and USB-C Charge Cable

  • MacBook models introduced in 2015 or later

Apple 30W USB-C Power Adaptor and USB-C Charge Cable

  • MacBook Air models introduced in 2018 or later

 

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adaptor and USB-C Charge Cable

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016 or later

 

Apple 87W USB-C Power Adaptor and USB-C Charge Cable

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016 or later

 

Apple 96W USB-C Power Adaptor and USB-C Charge Cable

  • 16-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2019

Make sure you're using the correct USB-C charge cable

For the best charging experience, you should use the USB-C charge cable that comes with your Mac notebook. If you use a higher wattage USB-C cable, your Mac will still charge normally. USB-C cables rated for 29W or 30W will work with any USB-C power adaptor, but won't provide enough power when connected to a power adaptor that is more than 61W, such as the 96W USB-C Power Adaptor.

You can verify that you're using the correct version of the Apple USB-C Charge Cable with your Mac notebook and its USB-C AC Adaptor. The cable's serial number is printed on its external housing, next to the words "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China." 

  • If the first three characters of the serial number are C4M or FL4, the cable is for use with an Apple USB-C Power Adaptor up to 61W.
  • If the first three characters of the serial number are DLC, CTC, FTL or G0J, the cable is for use with an Apple USB-C Power Adaptor up to 100W.
  • If the cable says "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China" but has no serial number, you might be eligible for a replacement USB-C charge cable.

MagSafe 2

    

85W MagSafe power adaptor with MagSafe 2 style connector

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2012 and 2015

60W MagSafe power adaptor with MagSafe 2 style connector

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2012 and 2015

45W MagSafe power adaptor with MagSafe 2 style connector

  • MacBook Air models introduced between 2012 and 2017


About the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter

If you have an older MagSafe adaptor, you can use it with newer Mac computers that have MagSafe 2 ports using a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter (shown).

MagSafe "L" and "T" shaped adaptors 

     

60W MagSafe power adaptor with "T" style connector

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced in 2009
  • MacBook models introduced between 2006 and mid 2009

60W MagSafe power adaptor with "L" style connector

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2010 and 2012
  • MacBook models introduced between late 2009 and 2010

85W MagSafe power adaptor with "T" style connector

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2006 and 2009
  • 17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2006 and 2009

85W MagSafe power adaptor with "L" style connector

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2010 and 2012
  • 17-inch MacBook Pro models introduced between 2010 and 2011

45W MagSafe power adaptor with "L" style connector

  • 13-inch MacBook Air models introduced between 2008 and 2011*
  • 11-inch MacBook Air models introduced between 2010 and 2011

* Adaptors 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 adaptor or a newer adaptor.

Learn more

You can get extra or replacement adaptors with AC cable and plug at the Apple Online Store, an Apple Reseller or an Apple Store.

A replacement adaptor might not be the same size, colour, shape or wattage as the original adaptor that came with your computer. But it should power and charge your Mac like the adaptor that originally came with your computer. 

If you need help using your MagSafe adaptor, see Apple Portables: Troubleshooting power adaptors.

If you're looking for a PowerPC-based power adaptor, see PowerPC-based Apple Portables: Identifying the right power adaptor and power cable.

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