Comparing Magnetic Power Adapters for USB-C MacBooks

MacBook users miss the old MagSafe power adapters. Third-party products offer an alternative in the age of USB-C power cables. You insert one part into your MacBook and leave it there, and the other part connects to it magnetically. However, since they stick out somewhat, people are afraid that they could inadvertently damage their MacBooks if they catch that edge on something. I take a look at three popular magnetic power adapters for the MacBook and MacBook Pro and compare them.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Comparing Magnetic Power Adapters for USB-C MacBooks”

    Alan Meyer
    5 years ago

    I found the following adapter at Solid Signal and purchased the Lightning version. The part that inserts into my devices is so small that it is barely noticeable and it appears to work well. I ordered two more so that all my device connectors are interchangeable.

    Lightning to Magnetic Charging Adapter for iPhone (MAGSNAP-LTN)

    Bill Waggoner
    5 years ago

    I would be interested to hear if the charging performance is less than the Apple standard cable for any of these.

    5 years ago

    Bill: I would expect it would be exactly the same. It is just a cable, really. Power will flow through it at the same rate.

    Charles Stewart
    5 years ago

    I love my USB C MAGNITTO Magnetic Charger-Adapter 87w with a high-quality 6.6ft cable and very nice small round zippered case it all fits in which I bought from Amazon (Prime) for $29.99. The reversible connection and extra length of the cable are perfect for me, and I've had no problem with it whatsoever.

    5 years ago

    The ideal adaptor would be able to use the old Magsafe charger to USB-C. I have 5 Magsafe chargers, one is plugged in in my family room, one in the bedroom, one is in my car, the other is in my office, and I keep one in my briefcase. The only reason I don't buy a new MacBook Pro is because I do not want to buy 4 new additional power adaptors on top of the already ridiculously overpriced MacBooks. At least if I could keep using the power adaptors I currently own, I could save $250-300.

    Charles King
    5 years ago

    I’m looking forward to Gary‘s follow-up comments regarding durability and reliability over time. And thanks for the product information!

    Roger Emnett
    5 years ago

    I have been using a Basevs Magnetic USB C Cable for MacBook Pro for a year now and have had no problems, I probably connect and disconnect at least 5 times a day or more and it has been very dependable. Coms with a quality braided cord. Was $16.90 when I purchased it however I checked today and it is listed at $24.90. I would still buy it again if the need arises.

    Lali Raj
    5 years ago

    I bought "NewerTech Snuglet for MagSafe 2" from Amazon. Description says: "S/N: 19874279 MFG: 2715004781" It is a very little piece that goes inside the MagSafe 2 port. So for it has been working ok. It cost me $15.00. Do you think it is ok. I am not able to attache a picture with this comment, sorry.

    5 years ago

    Lali: That's a very different type of thing than what I am describing in the video. You have an older Mac with a MagSafe adapter already. The product you got just makes the connection stronger, so I guess you figured you needed that. I've never used it so I can't give you an opinion on it.

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