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How to fast charge your MacBook

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Justin Duino / Instruction Geek

Apple has supported fast-charging iPhones for years, but it wasn’t until late 2021 that fast-charging finally made an appearance on MacBooks. To fast charge your MacBook, you’ll need to make sure you have the correct combination of model and power adapter.

What MacBook models support fast charging?

The easiest way to tell if your MacBook supports fast charging is if it has a MagSafe 3 charging port (not to be confused with MagSafe on the iPhone). This port appears on most MacBook models released in 2021 and 2022, especially the MacBook Air with M2 and the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air M2 (2022) MagSafe 3

The 13-inch MacBook Pro (with M2 chip, released in 2022) lacks a MagSafe 3 port and therefore does not support fast charging. The original MacBook Air M1 released in 2020 also lacks fast charging capabilities.

Older MacBooks, like the Retina MacBook Pro first released in 2012, also featured MagSafe, but only models produced after 2021 support fast charging. You can see exactly which Mac you have by clicking the Apple logo in the upper right corner of your screen and selecting the “About This Mac” option.

information screen "About this Mac" on macOS 13 Ventura

Apple announces that MacBooks that support fast charging can reach 50% capacity in 30 minutes. The closer the charge percentage is to 100%, the slower your MacBook will charge.

Some models need a power adapter upgrade

Although the aforementioned models support for fast charging, not everyone is capable of it out of the box. Only the 16-inch MacBook Pro (all models) and 14-inch MacBook Pro (M1 Pro with 10-core CPU or M1 Max versions) have the necessary power adapters in the box to enable fast charging.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro with an 8-core M1 Pro CPU ships with a 67w USB-C Power Adapter and requires an upgrade to Apple’s 96w USB-C Power Adapter to use fast charging (using the same USB-C to MagSafe adapter in the box).

Apple 96W USB Type-C Power Adapter

Apple 96W USB Type-C Power Adapter

Quickly charge your 14-inch MacBook Pro (M1 Pro, 8-core CPU) with this aftermarket charger. You can also quickly charge other products like an iPhone or a MacBook Air M2.

MacBook Air M2 variants (released in 2022) ship with either a 30w (M2 with 8-core GPU) or 35w (M2 with 10-core GPU) USB-C power adapter in the box, neither of which can quickly charge the laptop. You’ll need to upgrade to the Apple 67W USB-C Power Adapter to fast charge your MagSafe MacBook Air.

Apple 67W USB Type-C Power Adapter

Apple 67W USB Type-C Power Adapter

Quickly charge any M2 MacBook Air (2022) model with this 67w USB-C power adapter. You can also use it to fast charge your iPhone or iPad, with the appropriate USB-C to Lightning adapter.

You can also use third-party chargers that provide sufficient power with most MacBook models. Some devices, like Apple’s Pro Display XDR, can fast charge the MacBook Air M2 via Thunderbolt. See Apple’s recommendations for more information.

Can it be fast charged via USB-C?

MacBook Pro (2021) 16-inch models only support fast charging with the included USB-C to MagSafe cable. The 14-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air M2 models can be charged via USB-C, as long as the cable is rated for power delivery.

Learn more about USB Power Delivery and how gallium nitride chargers improve the size and efficiency of modern chargers used by Apple and third parties.

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