Replacement MacBook Chargers That Won’t Break the Bank

High-quality chargers for your computer are widely available.

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Whether MagLock or USB-C, you don’t have to break the bank to get another MacBook charger.Pixabay

Computers have historically been difficult to charge; they often use weirdly specific cables, which allows the companies to make lots of money selling them. MacBooks don’t use the most standard cables in the world, but there are lots of replacements available—often for not all that much money.

USB C Charger, RAVPower 90W 2-Port Wall Charger PD 3.0 GaN Tech Type C Fast Charging Adapter Compatible with MacBook Pro Air

Super Versatile

This item can power a large laptop in less than two hours and has a slot for a second cable.RAVPower

Newer MacBooks, including the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, use a form of a standard port. This port is both a USB-C and Thunderbolt 3; it’s confusing, because they’re the same shape and any Thunderbolt 3 port can use both a Thunderbolt 3 cable and a USB-C cable. But Thunderbolt 3 delivers much more power, which is needed for an item with a huge battery, like a laptop.

Mac Book Air Charger Replacement, AC 45W T-Tip for for 11 inch and 13 inch After Mid 2012


This product will work with earlier models and magnetically stays in place, but easily pulls away without moving the computer if you accidentally step on the cord.AsanoTech

A MagSafe connector is held to the laptop with a strong magnet, meaning that if you accidentally trip on the cable, it’ll be safely disconnected from the port. With other cables, kicking a cable could result in serious damage to your computer. While MagSafe is not the standard for charging anymore, any MacBooks produced before 2017 use it.

USB C Charger for 2020/2018 iPad Pro 12.9 Gen 4/3, iPad Pro 11 Gen 2/1, MacBook Pro, New MacBook Air 13 inch, MacBook 12 inch, 45W Thunderbolt 3 USB C Power Adapter, 6.6ft USB C to C Cable, LED

Super Speedy

This option has a light to guide you to the port in dark rooms or areas and will also work with compatible smartphones.SZPOWER

The nice thing about Thunderbolt 3 is that it can also charge USB-C devices, which are more and more becoming standard. Gadgets including tablets, speakers, gaming consoles, smart home devices, and even phones (though not iPhones) all use USB-C, and you can use a Thunderbolt 3 cable to charge those too. But when shopping for a new MacBook charger, make sure it uses Thunderbolt 3 and not simply USB-C; many USB-C chargers aren’t powerful enough.