Can You Use a MacBook Energy Adapter to Quick Cost Your iPhone? Is It Secure?

IPhone doesn't come with a power adapter, so you could keep an eye on your MacBook adapter instead. But is it safe to use?

Since Apple chose to remove power supplies from iPhone boxes, you may be wondering if you can use a higher powered USB-C adapter (like the one for the Mac) instead of a separate 20W adapter for To buy your iPhone. But is it safe?

You will be pleased to know that it is completely safe to do so. And indeed, you can use MacBook chargers to quickly charge your iPhone!

Below we discuss which iPhones and iPads you can charge using a MacBook or similar third-party charger.

What power supplies can you use with an iPhone?

Apple has included an 18 W USB-C power adapter with the iPhone 11 Pro models. With the iPhone 12 series, however, Apple does without a power adapter in order to be more environmentally friendly (and perhaps also to save shipping costs).

If you've recently picked up an iPhone (or are planning to buy one anytime soon), you can purchase an Apple 20W fast charging adapter separately, which costs around $ 20. However, you can also use an existing MacBook charger that you may have in your house.

Fast loading has become an important requirement for many users in recent years. Quick charge allows you to quickly charge your device's battery, with some devices charging up to 50% of the battery in 30 minutes. The minimum requirement for a quick charge adapter is around 20W, but you can also use a more powerful MacBook USB-C charger to quickly charge your device.

Related: How does fast charging work and which phone charges the fastest?

The good news is that all modern iPhones and iPads will work with the more powerful MacBook USB-C chargers. Depending on the MacBook they came with, these adapters vary from a 30W adapter for the MacBook Air to a 96W charger for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

While this may seem a bit risky at first, it is perfectly safe to use one of Apple's USB-C chargers because your iPhone determines how much power it receives, not the charger.

Which iPhone or iPad models support fast charging?

Apple says the following iPhones and iPads are compatible with 18W, 20W, 29W, 30W, 61W, 87W, and 96W adapters for fast charging:

  • iPhone 8 or newer

  • Any iPad Pro except the original 9.7-inch model

  • iPad Air (3rd generation) or newer

  • iPad mini (5th generation) or newer

Apple also advises that you can use its USB-C to Lightning cable that came with your iPhone or iPad with a "comparable third-party USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery." . This means that any USB-C adapter that delivers a decent wattage should work.

Hence, you can use any of Apple's official MacBook adapters or any third-party adapter to quickly charge your iPhone.

Easier power cable management

One benefit of the big tech companies moving to USB-C is that power cables are easier to manage. For example, I can charge my MacBook, iPad, GoPro, and more with the same MacBook Pro charger. This saves you from having to keep track of additional adapters and cables.

Hopefully the iPhones will also switch to USB-C soon, which makes cable management even easier.

A guide to Apple's adapters and connectors for Mac and iPhone

Are you wondering which adapter you need for your Mac or iPhone? Here are all of the adapters Apple sells so you can find what you need.

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Shujaa Imran
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Shujaa Imran is a die-hard Apple user and loves helping others with their macOS and iOS issues. Apart from that, he is also a cadet pilot who wants to become a professional pilot one day.

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