What kind of charger comes with MacBooks? Explanation of Apple’s connector options

What kind of charger comes with MacBooks?  Explanation of Apple's connector options

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  • But it’s not quite as simple as that: there are additional features, too, while Apple also ships MagSafe 3 (2021 MacBook Pro M1 14- and 16-inch, 2022 MacBook Air M2) and USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 (2022 MacBook Pro M2 13-inch, 2020 MacBook Air M1) charging functionality for different products. Buy a 2022 MacBook Air M2 and and its base spec ships with a 30W charger. That’ll take around 2.5 hours to fully recharge the system, so it’s not very speedy.

  • The MacBook Air M2 has three connector options, but why should you choose one over another and why should you buy it? It used to be so easy: you simply purchased the best MacBook for you, which included a charger. It’s done. However, depending on the MacBook you purchase, Apple’s selections for the various charger types have varied as well. But why are there several types of chargers? It all comes down to charging speed, to put it simply. You can tell how rapidly a system like this can recharge a Mac laptop’s battery by looking at the related wattage rating, which is 30W. The pace increases with the size of the number.

If you opt for the step up Air M2 (10 core GPU and increased storage), however, you’ll see it comes with a 35W charger (as pictured above). Not a massive increase, but you’ll get a full charge at just over the 2 hour mark. You can add this to the base Air M2 for £30/$20 if you want instead. More interestingly with this 35W charger, however, is that it features two USB-C ports. This means you can charge two products simultaneously at this rate, should you want to plug an additional gadget into the socket.

However, it doesn’t stop there! You can also invest in faster still options, with sold-separately 96W (£/$79) and 140W (£/$99) options also compatible with the Air M2 – check out the widget below for up-to-the-minute pricing. If you need quick top-ups and are on the move all the time, then that extra tonne of cost is actually probably worth it, as it’s four times speedier than the default plug in the box.

Then there’s a third option for a 67W charger, as the M2 Air is the first time this series has been compatible with faster charging. I’d opt for this one all day long, as it’s also £30/$20 extra, or a freebie for the step-up model. A no-brainer, as you can do 50% top-ups in just 30 minutes at the plug.

Tech Editor at T3, Mike handles all things tech – from phones, tablets and laptops, to gaming and computing. He’s been working as a consumer technology journalist for the best part of 15 years, previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, and has provided freelance work to publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more over the years. In addition to his tech expertise, Mike is also a bit of a travel fiend, having travelled the globe extensively for both personal and work-related pursuits. You’ll always find him setting up a new mobile phone, or critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next get-away. Fiido X folding electric bike: the perfect e-bike at a price that’s right

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