So, you’ve lost your Apple charger and are wondering how to charge your Macbook Air without a charger. Or perhaps, your official MacBook charger is currently unavailable, but the near-dying battery of your laptop is making you seek a quick fix.
Either way, you’ve landed on the perfect spot.
In this guide, we’ll explore the seven most effective ways to charge a MacBook Air without its charger. If you’re in a hurry, note that you can use a type-C connector, a universal adapter, or a super battery.
But for detailed, step-by-step information, let’s dive in.
How to Charge Macbook Air Without Charger
Here we’ll look at seven useful ways to charge your MacBook Air without a charger.
Use a Type-C Connector
The simplest way to charge your MacBook Air without its charger is by using any type-C connector available nearby. I like to use my OnePlus phone’s USB-C wrap charger. If that’s unavailable, I sometimes also get away with my Infinix USB-C charger.
If your type-C connector gives a higher wattage than what’s supported by your MacBook (usually 30W), it’s fine. Your laptop will only use the wattage needed and drop the extra watts. The same applies if your connector’s voltage is lower, as your laptop will still charge at a slow speed.
Whichever connector you use, note that using an unofficial charger for the long term is not recommended for the safety of your Macbook’s battery.
Get a USB-Type C Converter if Needed
If your other adapters don’t support USB-C, you can always opt for a USB-C connector to charge your Macbook Air. For instance, if you have a micro-USB charger, you can hook it up with a micro-USB to USB-C connector to charge your MacBook Air using it.
Use a Universal Adapter
A universal power adapter lets you provide power to various devices without needing different adapters for each. Universal adapters generally pack one or more USB-A outputs, giving you the freedom to insert any lead whose one end is USB-A into them. This means you can plug a USB-A to USB-C charging lead into a universal adapter to charge your MacBook Air without its original charger.
Use a Super Battery
Super batteries are yet another quick way to charge your Macbook Air without a charger. Whichever super battery you have, you might be able to find a DC power to USB-C power delivery cable. Using this cable, you can charge your laptop using the super battery. But note that this method can be a little complicated and unsafe, particularly for not-so-tech-savvy users.
Use a Power Bank
If you have a power bank at hand, you can use it to charge your MacBook Air without a charger. As you might expect, it’ll require a charging lead with USB-A input and USB-C output or USB-C on both ends. This way, the output side will insert into your power bank, and the input end will connect to your MacBook.
Use a Portable Solar Charger
Another great way to charge your MacBook Air is using a solar charger. The solar chargers that support the USB-C output will be able to charge your MacBook. But as solar chargers provide varying wattage, it’s important you choose an efficient one, so it doesn’t damage your laptop’s battery.
Use Your Car Charging Socket
You can also use the charging socket in your car to charge your MacBook Air without a charger. This socket should support USB-C output, depending upon your MacBook version, to be able to charge your laptop.
Things to Consider When Charging a MacBook Without a Charger
Before you start charging a MacBook without its official charger, keep the following things in mind.
It Can Affect Your MacBook’s Health
Using an unofficial charger for charging your MacBook may affect its battery health in the long run. Even if the charger belongs to a renowned brand, it may exclude all the components included in Apple’s standard chargers. So, it’s recommended to only use your MacBook’s official charger for charging it whenever possible.
Your Laptop Might Charge Slow
Using a third-party charger to charge your MacBook Air may slow its charging speed. Even if you plug a 65W charger into your 30W MacBook, the wattage will be limited to 30W. But as it’ll be a third-party charger, it won’t be well-optimized to charge your laptop fast. The charging speed will automatically be low if you use a charger offering a lower voltage than 30W.
People Also Asked
Here we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions regarding charging a Macbook Air without its charger.
Q1: Is USB-C the same as Thunderbolt?
Ans: USB-C and Thunderbolt ports look precisely the same, but their functions may be slightly different deep inside. A thunderbolt port offers more features that differentiate it from regular USB-C ports. For instance, thunderbolt ports allow charging your MacBook and hooking up a second display using the same port. The MacBooks generally pack thunderbolt/ USB 4 ports.
Q2: Will a 20W charger charge a MacBook?
Ans: You can certainly charge your MacBook with a 20W charger if it provides USB-C output. But note that using an unofficial 20W charger belonging to a third-party manufacturer may put your laptop’s battery health at risk. However, if you’re using an official 20W charger, your 30W Macbook will charge considerably slower.
Q3: Do all MacBook Airs have the same charger?
Ans: Unlike the lightning ports of iPhones, Macbook Airs don’t have the same chargers. At the same time, some of them use Magsafe chargers, and others ship with USB-C ones. With that at hand, you must get the correct charger for your particular laptop model. But more often than not, Macbook Airs use Apple’s popular 30W USB-C power adapter.
Q4: How do I add USB-C ports to my MacBook Air?
Ans: Get a USB-C extension hub to add more USB-C ports to your MacBook Air. If your laptop contains USB-A ports, use a USB-A hub as input. But if you have a newer MacBook Air that only packs USB-C ports, choose a hub offering a USB-C port input.
Charging your Macbook Air without its official Apple charger may seem complicated, but there are many quick ways to help you do that. For instance, you can charge your Macbook Air using any type-C connector, a universal adapter, a power bank, and even a solar charger.
While it’s okay to temporarily use an alternative Macbook Air charger, it should never be your long-term solution, as unofficial chargers can damage your laptop’s battery. Until next time, cheers!