Should I purchase the 45W MagSafe 2 Adapter for my 11" Air (2nd gen, 2011)?
The answers I'm reading are not too clear. I have the Mac Air 11" 2nd gen (mid 2011). I recently left my MagSafe Power Adapter at an airport and need a replacement. But upon discovering that Apple has just come out with a Mac Air 11" 3rd gen (mid 2012) and and with a slightly different power adapter, calling it the MagSafe 2, I'm left to ponder what should be a non-decision. Would I be better advised to purchase the MagSafe 2 even though my Mac Air is the previous year's?
I sort of liked my old MagSafe with the tiny cylinder-shaped plug that was shaped to look like part of the cable (it was practically a necessity with my 1st Mac Air from 2008 because the receptacle was toward the bottom of the machine instead of on the side). But the MagSafe 2 appears to use a less stylish, squarish magnetic connector that's similar in appearance to all of the MagSafe connectors that preceded the 1st Mac Air.
Is the MacSafe 2 the better bet for use with the preceding Mac Air (2nd gen 11", 2011)? Besides being smaller and employing a more conventional-looking connector, are there any substantial improvements and advantages to consider? Is it perhaps more rugged with a longer, more wrap-able cable?
- Asked by fn from Kenosha
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4 Answers from the Community
Your MacBook Air is not compatible with the new MagSafe 2 charger. Only the new 2012 models are. I agree that the previous design was better, but luckily that won't effect us with the 2011 MacBook Airs.
- Answered by Benjamin T from Pacific Palisades
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MagSafe 2 only fits the 2012 laptops. If you adapt it, it will not fit. Use the original cable.
- Answered by Timothy M from Hillsboro
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No. DO NOT PURCHASE. Mag Safe 2 is not compatable with 2011 MacBook Air. I found out the hard way and had to return the Mag Safe 2 charger.
- Answered by Paul L from Westfield
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I disagree with the last post I think it will work but the only way to find out is by trying it. I have eight MacBooks And the only restriction I have seen so far is that the charger has to be at least the charger wattage requirements (ex. air's can be charged with a 45. 65, and 85). If you want to spend the money to purchase the same thing you're already have- by all means I own apple stock. I will concede the point that the mega safe 2 is more durable and takes up less space but if it's not broken don't fix it. Save that money and get ITunes Match in your iTunes (assuming you have an iPhone)
- Answered by Joseph A from Livonia
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- Oct 24, 2012
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