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Here’s all you need to know about fast charging the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

Apple highlighted support for quick charging when it unveiled its new MacBook Pro series earlier this month. This allows you to charge up to 50% of your battery in around 30 minutes, but there are certain limits to be aware of. For complete instructions on how to fast charge your 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro, see the section below.

In a new support page, Apple explains:

The 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro with Apple silicon support fast charge. When you connect the appropriate power source and cable, you can quickly charge your battery up to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

Fast charging options for owners of the 16-inch MacBook Pro are limited. Apple claims that their 140W USB-C Power Adapter + USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable is the only way to rapidly charge. This implies that, despite the fact that the 16-inch MacBook Pro supports charging through a conventional USB-C to USB-C connection, owing to USB-C constraints, you can only take full benefit of rapid charging when using MagSafe 3.

Your 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 140W USB-C Power Adapter and a USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable. Apple sells a standalone 140W USB-C Power Adapter for $99 and a USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable for $49. If you want various different configurations, you can buy a USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable for $49.

According to Apple, there are numerous alternatives for the 14-inch MacBook Pro:

  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter + USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable 
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter + USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable 
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter + USB-C charge cable
  • Pro Display XDR + Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • External display with 94W power delivery + Thunderbolt 3 cable or USB-C cable

This implies that the 14-inch MacBook Pro does not require MagSafe for rapid charging. Any USB-C cable will work as long as the attached power brick is 96W or above.

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