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Apple MagSafe 2 Power Adapters are power supplies introduced in 2012 by Apple for use with MacBook Air and Pro models with MagSafe 2 ports. The adapters are available in various wattages, to support different power requirements of devices.[1]


The MagSafe 2 Power Adapter features a thinner and wider magnetic DC connector than previous MagSafe devices to accommodate thinner designs. Like previous chargers, it features extendable cord holders, and the magnetic connector can safely disengage to reduce the risk of damage when the cord is accidentally tripped over. The T-shaped connector has been updated to reduce fraying of the power cord with use.[1]

When the magnetic connector is securely attached, the delivery of a current is indicated by a small LED light at the head of the connector. The LED light will appear in an amber color to indicate that the device is charging, while a green color will indicate that the battery has been fully charged. The electrical transformer is enclosed in a white polycarbonate block with a removable "duckhead" AC connector that can be swapped for a Power Adapter Extension Cable or another connector from a World Travel Adapter Kit. It can continue to supply power to a device in which the battery is depleted or missing, though this may lead to CPU throttling to prevent spontaneous shutdowns caused by the device drawing more current than available.[2]

Supported Macs[]

MagSafe 2 Power Adapters are interchangeable as long as the adapter can supply the minimum wattage required by the device. Attaching a low-wattage adapter to a high-wattage device can electrically overload the adapter, causing it to fail or for throttling to be activated.

Older MagSafe Power Adapters can be used with newer devices with MagSafe 2 ports by using a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter.[3]

Product history[]

MagSafe 2 was introduced with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display on June 11 at the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference. Older MagSafe Power Adapters can still be attached to the thinner and wider MagSafe 2 ports by using a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter.[3][4]


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