How to Choose the Right MacBook Charger Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Welcome back to Laptop Plus, episode number three. Today, we're going to be talking about Apple chargers and AC adapters. Generally, Apple uses a largely unique connector for their own chargers, and their adapters are also unique as well. But within that, there is a little bit of a confusion, because they have six different types. These six different types come in two different groups. MagSafe 1, and MagSafe 2. So if your laptop was purchased prior to mid-2012 in Australia, the chances are that's the MagSafe 1. But if it is purchased sort of towards the end of 2012 until now, it's either MagSafe 2, or USB-C.
Now I'm gonna talk about what are the variation of each. But before that I want to show you what's it look like, each types. So this one is the older style, which is called a MagSafe 1. The orientation of the connector is like an L shape, if you look at it like that. That's the connector in relation to the cable. Or if you like, you can say it's look like a toothbrush. So, yep. This is the MagSafe 1.
MagSafe two is a T shape. As you can see, it looks like a T, and generally are slightly bigger than the MagSafe 1. If I hold it like that, you can see the difference, so you might be able to plug this one into your newer MagSafe, but it wouldn't plug in, it wouldn't work, and this one wouldn't fit in anyway.
So that's the difference between the two different AC adapters/Laptop chargers; MagSafe 1 and MagSafe 2.
Now, within these variations you have 45 watts, 60 watts, or 85 watts. At the back of your laptop in the center near the hinge, generally it displays a serial number, the model, and also what type of input you need. The input says the voltage and amps. If you times the two together, it gives you whether it's a 60 watt, or 45 watt, or 85 watt. So to purchase, you'd better look at the back of your laptop first, find the model number, type the model number on our website at the very top in the search bar, and as soon as you place, you click search, it will find it for you, and generally it's one of these three.
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