Can I Use a Different Power Adapter To Charge My iPhone, iPad or MacBook?

You can use almost any USB charger with your MacBook, iPhone or iPad. If the charger doesn't provide enough power your device may charge slowly. But a higher-powered device won't hurt. Quality does matter though, in how longer a charger will last before it may break.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Can I Use a Different Power Adapter To Charge My iPhone, iPad or MacBook?”

    Cheryl Fleming
    1 month ago

    Very helpful information. Interesting how much confusion there is about this topic. An Apple Store team member once told me that using an iPad charger to charge my MacBook Pro could destroy the laptop. Thanks, Gary.

    Roger Emnett
    1 month ago

    Gary,
    Nice to know that I was correct in my assumption that almost any charger will work if you have the right cable. I have never had a problem.

    I look forward to your Tutorials and always learn something. I am amazed that you are able to come up with something that is useful as well as well as informative.
    Thank You

    Warren Nagourney
    1 month ago

    Thank you for this informative article, and thanks for mentioning the inefficiency of inductive (erroneously called wireless) charging. Someone did a study and found that the efficiency of inductive charging was rarely above 60-70% and was very dependent upon the positioning of the phone over the charger (dropping to zero if the positioning is poor). MagSafe helps with this, but still doesn't provide nearly the efficiency of a direct connection.

    Ken O. Bowman
    1 month ago

    Great explanation. Thank you.

    Gustavo 🇦🇷
    1 month ago

    Great session !!! Love it always get confusing. One warning about magnetic charger, is to have the right iPhone protector: the goal is to avoid overheating (makes your battery life miserable). One question is regarding the "multiple charging docks": will make any difference, any comments? I'm still worried about charging mi iWatch (or iPhone) with a MacBook charger. Thanks Gary !!!

    1 month ago

    Gustavo: Not sure what you mean by "multiple charging docks." Do you mean power supplies that offer more than one USB port? Those are perfectly fine to use.

    Fran
    1 month ago

    Thank you for a great, simple, straight forward instructional video. You answered a number of questions I have long wondered about. I appreciate that your videos, while they support the Apple environment, explain it without blinding prejudice to any specific company and helps to dispel any misconceptions. Your explanations are clear and concise... and I understand your passion and need for expediency but there is always the pause and replay option that can be used. Thank you.

    Steve
    1 month ago

    I always stay with original Mac chargers, cords etc. Small price compared to MacBook Air cost.

    joe gerardi
    1 month ago

    Had an odd thing happen with my M1 macbook pro. The fingerprint reader would NOT work when connected to an aftermarket charger, rated for well about the requirements. It would work when just on battery, when connected to the Apple charger but not when connected to a chinese charger I bought here in Thailand.

    Sheldon
    1 month ago

    Thanks bunches

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