Borrowing From Your Mac: The Scoop on Using MacBook Pro Chargers for iPhone Fast Charging

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Will Young

Let’s face it, we’re all in constant pursuit of that elusive 100% battery. And when we hear about ‘fast charging’, it’s like music to our ears. But here’s a poser: can you fast-charge your iPhone or iPad using a beefier USB-C charger from your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

Fast charging is a sweet deal, offering up to 50% battery in just 30 minutes. But let’s say you’re not so keen on buying a brand new USB-C to Lightning cable and a 20W charging block from Apple that’ll set you back a cool $40. You might be pondering, “Can I use something that’s already lounging in my tech drawer?” Third-party options can help you save a penny or two, but what about leveraging your existing Apple gear?

Well, my friends, here’s some good news. Your modern iPhones and iPads are quite friendly with all MacBook USB-C chargers. Yes, you read that right, even the power-hungry 140W model!

If you’re furrowing your brows, thinking this sounds a tad odd, fear not! It’s perfectly safe to play matchmaker between Apple’s higher-powered USB-C chargers and your iPhone or iPad. You see, it’s your device that calls the shots on how much power it needs, not the charger. Apple has done its homework and tested the whole shebang of its USB-C power adapters with its devices.

One little nugget to remember: the power your device pulls is influenced by the current capacity of your battery. So, a battery charging at 10% will suck in more power than one chilling at 80%.

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So, which iPhones and iPads can fast charge with MacBook chargers, you ask? Apple has given a thumbs up for the following iOS devices to pair up with its 18W, 20W, 29W, 30W, 61W, 87W, 96W, and 140W adapters for a quick juice up:

iPhone 8/8 Plus and the cool kids that followed
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (from the 1st generation and onwards)
iPad Pro 11-inch (also from the 1st generation and onwards)
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Air from the 3rd generation and onwards
iPad mini from the 5th generation and onwards
And you don’t just have to stick to Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable. A comparable third-party USB-C power adapter supporting USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) should do the trick, like Anker’s Powerline series, for instance.

If you’re in the market for a versatile USB-C charger or just want an extra one handy, Anker’s 40W dual-port USB-C charger and 65W 3-port charger are pretty solid choices to fast charge iPhones and iPads simultaneously.

And here’s the cherry on top. With the iPhone 13 and 14 Pro Max capable of pulling up to 27W of power, using 30W+ power adapters will get you to that coveted 100% in a jiffy. So, go ahead, borrow a charger from your Mac. It won’t mind.

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