Questions & Answers for 87W USB-C Power Adapter
19 Questions from the Community
Can I charge my iPad Pro with a 87W Power Adapter? Will it damage my iPad Pro?
- Asked by Joyce H from Charleston
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Yes, you can charge your iPad Pro with the 87W Power Adapter. Your iPad will only "ask" the adapter for so much current, and the adapter will not give more than that. Depending on if your iPad is equipped with fast charge, it may charge your iPad faster.
- Answered by Sam F from Olathe
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Can I use a MBP 61 W / 87 W charger with an USB C to lightning connector to charge an iPhone SE without damaging the battery?
- Asked by Oliver H from Boulder
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can this charge my air pods?
- Asked by Jonathan L from Santa Barbara
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Ideally, you should use the 87W charger with a proper 5A/100W cable, but lower-powered chargers will also work.
Keep in mind that running a CPU or GPU intensive task (like encoding a video) with an external monitor attached can easily draw 60W, so anything less than the 87W adapter will result in curtailed charging speed wile doing computationally intensive tasks.
On the other hand, using lower-powered chargers can provide portability and flexibility advantages.
Assuming that the 2017 is the same as the 2016, you can actually (slowly) charge your MacBook Pro 15" with any decent apple-coded 5V, 2.4A 12W charger (like an iPad charger) via a USB-A to USB-C cable. Such a charger could also provide most of the power needed for lightweight tasks, like checking email, without drawing much power from the internal battery.
The MBP 15" also works with a 15W (5V @ 3A) USB Type-C chargers, and many higher-powered USB Type-C chargers with USB-PD support. I'm running mine off a 30W USB-PD capable external battery right now. I've also powered it with a 27W capable USB-PD compliant car charger and a (somewhat) pocketable 27W USB-PD wall-wart.
- Answered by Erik S from Seattle
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Apple's USB-C Power Supplies utilize PD. This is a USB-C power delivery protocol that allows for multiple power output profiles. If you look at the side of your power supply you can see all of the profiles listed. There is a profile for 5.2V 3A which will deliver essentially 15W at a safe voltage to a mobile device. (MFi standards for an iPhone are not to exceed 5.25V).
New iPhone and iPad models can accept higher than the prior MFi Maximum 12W power (5.2V 2.4A). In these scenarios, the iPhone can "quick charge", or can re-charge about 50% of the battery in about 30 mins.
No worries about damaging the iPhone because the power supply requires essentially a "handshake" with the mobile device (iPad, Macbook, MacBook Pro) to pass higher voltage. If the device cannot handle the higher current / voltage PD profiles, the power supply will revert to the lowest profile.
Hopefully, this helps clear this up. USB-C is a very cool standard and I think because it is new there is not much press around its versatility. Could be an opportunity for Apple to market up these features and educate users while also building more value around its products ;)
- Answered by Derick D from Ladera Ranch
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Can you attach an older 3-prong (grounded) cord to this brick?
This might be a dumb question, but I'm wondering if I can use the three prong extension cord off my old (2015) macbook's power cable. I'm assuming there is no special amp/wattage etc. considerations to be made for this addition?
- Asked by Jeremy W from Cheyenne
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Yes I did this without any issue. Used the old cord from my 2011 MacBook Air and attached it to the brick provided with my MacBook Pro 2016
- Answered by Saba K from Miami
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yes you can
- Answered by David P from Sutton In Ashfield
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Yes, it can be used. It will not damage the iPhone.
Does this product work with ios devices?
- Asked by Danny K
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Yes but, It has to be an iPhone 8 and up to be able to and you are going to need a USB-C to Lightning which apple sells in the accessory department. There are two options for the cables (1 m) or (2 m)
- Answered by Christian C from Corona
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My friend is getting me a MacBook Pro from US. I stay in India. Do I need a power converter to use in India to change from 110 v to 220 v.
- Asked by Stephen A from Hyderabad
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No, you just need an adapter for whatever plug type is used in India. The charger will handle the voltage conversion.
- Answered by Jared M from Prospect
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Does this charger sense when it's connected?
i.e. If left plugged in to a power outlet when not connected to a device will it still draw current?
I'll be using it to charge a Touchbar MBP 15". With my previous MBP I would charge it from my Thunderbolt monitor, which only supplied current when the MBP was connected. Since a MagSafe to USB-C adapter is not available I will have to use this charger instead but will need to leave it connected to the wall socket behind my desk and I don't want it to be wasting current through the transformer all day while I'm out.
Thanks in advance.
- Asked by Andrew G
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Can I use a Magsafe to USB-c adaptor to charge the new MBP 2018?
I have several Magsafe-1 or 2 chargers for older Macbooks that will just need an adaptor to be usable again with my new MBP, will this be possible?
- Asked by Alberto B from Nyc
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Can I use the 61 watt and 86 watt power supplies interchangeably between 1) Macbook pro 13" 2016 2) Macbook pro 15" 2017 (newest model) both are USB-Best Answer:
Yes you can, the 13" won't charge any faster with the 87W, the 15" will charge slower with the 61W but they will both work.
I tried to charge my iPhone 8 from 1% battery to 100% with 87W power adapter and USB-C to Lighting 1 meter long Apple cable. It took 1 hour and 35 minutes. Not bad when I am in rush and need to charge ASAP. However I am using good old 1A chager from the iPhone box on regular basis in order to save the battery life.
- Answered by Alexander K
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Is there a 12volt charger for the latest MacBook Pro?
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- Asked by Douglas T from Fairfield
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With the MacBook Pro it can depend on what model you have for charging. This one you selected is for the 15inch MacBook Pro 2016 or later models They would have the Thunderbolt 3 ports. It would be awesome to have a 12Vt charger however it wouldn't have enough power to push it.
- Answered by Megan G from Buckeye
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I read somewhere that it might actually charge the iPad Pro 12" slower than the 29W USB-C power adaptor. The reason is the 87W USB-C charger outputs specific voltages and currents designed for the MacBook. To fast charge the iPad Pro 12" an output voltage is needed that isn't provided by this power adaptor, so it will pick the lowest common denominator (which I believe is a 12W output).
- Answered by Jeremy A
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What are the dimensions of this power adapter?
W cm x H cm x D cm?
- Asked by Luke W
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