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Adapters for the Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C port on your Mac

Learn about different adapters for the Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C ports on your Mac.

The adapters and cables in this article work with these Mac computers:

  • Mac models introduced in 2016 or later with Thunderbolt 3 ports or Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. These ports support both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections.
  • Mac models introduced in 2015 or later with USB-C ports. These ports support USB-C connections.


  

To find the right cable or adapter for your Mac, check the connector on the end of the cable meant to plug into your computer.
  

 

Thunderbolt 3  Thunderbolt icon

If you're using a Thunderbolt 3 cable, such as the Apple Thunderbolt 3 Cable with your display or other device, it will connect to your Mac without an adapter.

The Apple Pro Display XDR and LG UltraFine 5K Display use Thunderbolt 3.

 

 

USB-C  USB icon

If you're using a USB-C cable, such as the mophie USB-C Cable with USB-C Connector with your device, it will connect to your Mac without an adapter. 

The LG UltraFine 4K Display uses USB-C.

 

Thunderbolt  Thunderbolt icon or Thunderbolt 2  Thunderbolt icon

If you're using a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 cable with your Apple Thunderbolt Display or other device, use the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter. 

Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 are not the same as Mini DisplayPort Mini DisplayPort icon. They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.

 

Mini DisplayPort  Mini DisplayPort icon

If you're using a Mini DisplayPort cable with your display, use a USB-C to Mini DisplayPort cable, such as the mophie USB-C Cable with Mini DisplayPort Connector. Check with its manufacturer for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

Mini DisplayPort is not the same as Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 Thunderbolt icon. They have the same shape, but use different symbols on the cable and port.

DisplayPort

If you're using a DisplayPort cable with your display, use a USB-C to DisplayPort adapter or cable.

 

DVI

If you're using a DVI cable with your display, use a USB-C to DVI adapter or cable. Check with its manufacturer for compatibility with your Mac and display model.

 

 

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A new MacBook Pro comes with either two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. A new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those MacBook ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt, which is compatible with USB-C. A 24-inch iMac comes with two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports; some models also include two USB-C ports. You probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new 24-inch iMac, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

If you don’t want a dock, or you can’t find a dock with the mix of connections you need, Apple or another company probably has an adapter for you. We’ve come up with this guide to help you sort out what you need, and we link to the appropriate adapter in the online Apple Store or on Amazon.

Be sure to check the return policies; sometimes adapters from third-parties don’t work. Read user reviews whenever possible, and read the specifications to make sure the adapter can do what you need it to do.

If there’s a connection we missed, or you have advice on what adapters to buy, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

How to connect USB-C devices

The Thunderbolt ports in the current 24-inch iMac, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air work with USB-C devices, which have the same connector shape. If you want to use a USB-C device, you can just plug it into one of the Thunderbolt ports. No adapter necessary. Whew.

How to connect USB-A devices

USB-A is the USB connector with which you’re probably most familiar. It’s the USB connector that was on the previous MacBooks. (Terms like USB 4, USB 3 and USB 2 refer to the speed at which data travels through the connector.)

You can get a dock, like the before-mentioned Satechi. Or you can get Apple’s $19 USB-C to USB AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link.

Apple USB-C to USB Adapter

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If you need to connect multiple USB-A devices, get a USB-C to USB-A hub. Anker sells a USB-C to 4-Port USB 3.0 HubEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link ($25 on Amazon) that provides four USB-A ports. 

How to connect micro B SuperSpeed devices

This connector is often used with external storage devices. You’ll need a new cable, like the $15 StarTech USB C to Micro USB CableEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link. 

The name of the cable is confusing, because it could be mistaken for micro USB. But if you check the product page on StarTech’s website, you can see a clear shot of the micro B SuperSpeed connector on the cable, which is quite different from micro USB.

How to connect an iPhone or iPad

For the iPhone and iPad, if you are still using the USB-A to Lightning (or 30-pin if you’re using an older device) cable that came with your device, you can get the USB-C to USB AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link mentioned above in the USB-A section.

Don’t want an adapter? Buy a $19 Lightning to USB-C CableEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link (1m). You can also get a 2-meter version for $29.

More recent iPhones and iPads include a USB-C to Lightning cable, and the iPad Pro includes a USB-C charging cable, so you don’t need the adapter for those devices.

How to connect the Lightning EarPods

There’s now a USB-C to Lightning adapter, thanks to the folks at Anker. It’s $25 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link.Remove non-product link This adapter has a female Lightning connector on one end, so you can plug in your Lightning earphones. The other side is a standard USB-C connector that you plug into your MacBook or 24-inch iMac.

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How to connect headphones with a 3.5mm headphone plug

You’re in luck. The MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and 24-inch iMac have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Just plug it in and you’re good to go. That was easy.

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Now, say you need a second headphone jack. You can use a splitter, like the Belkin Speaker and Headphone 3.5 mm AUX Audio Cable Splitter ($5 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link). The $12 Belkin RockStar 5-Jack Multi Headphone Audio SplitterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link plugs into the headphone jack and adds five jacks.

How to connect Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 devices

Older versions of Thunderbolt have a different connector than the Thunderbolt connector on the current MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and 24-inch iMac. The adapter you need is Apple’s $49 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link.

Thunderbolt 3 USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

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How to connect an external display

This one can eat up a chunk of your budget, because there are so many different types of display connectors. Be prepared to buy several adapters.

DisplayPort and mini DisplayPort

To connect to a DisplayPort display, you need a USB-C to DisplayPort cable or adapter. Amazon sells the Cable Matters USB-C to DisplayPort Adapter cableEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link for $18, and it supports 4K video at 60Hz.

To connect a display with mini DisplayPort, you need an adapter like the Answin USB C to Mini DisplayPort adapter ($18 on AmazonRemove product link).

HDMI

Apple offers the USB-C Digital AV Multiport AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link, a $69 device that also provides a USB-A port and a USB-C port that’s for charging only. Be warned: Apple released a new version of this adapter (model number A2119) in August 2019 that supports HDMI 2.0. The older version (model number A1621) supports HDMI 1.4. When shopping, check the model number (at an Apple store, you likely will get the new model). Apple has a support document that details the differences between the two adapters.

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If you don’t want to spend that much, you can get an adapter that’s just a USB-C to HDMI adapter, such as Anker’s USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($17 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link). We really like the Nonda USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($18 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link). When shopping for such adapters, look out for at least 1080p support. The Nonda adapter has 4K video support.

DVI

Cable Matters has a 6-foot USB-C to DVI Adapter ($20 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link). They also sell 3-foot ($19) and 10-foot ($23) versions.

VGA

To connect a VGA display, Apple has a USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter ($66 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link). In addition to a VGA to USB-C connection, it also provides a USB-A port for connecting a USB device, and a USB-C charging port to keep your laptop battery happy.

On the more affordable side but without the USB ports is the Benfei USB-C to VGA Adapter, which is available on Amazon for $13Edit non-product linkRemove non-product link. 

How to connect to ethernet

You’ll probably use Wi-Fi most of the time, but using an ethernet connection has its advantages. To connect to an ethernet network, you need an adapter like the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, which is available on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link for $27.

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How to connect SD cards

If you use a DLSR or other type of stand-alone camera, it might have a way to transfer your files wirelessly. If not, you need an adapter to access the SD card, like the Cable Matters Dual Slot USB C Card Reader ($10 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link).

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If you have a USB-A card reader, you can try using the Apple’s $19 USB-C to USB AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link, or get a USB-C dock.

How to connect FireWire devices

If you have a FireWire to USB-A cable, you can try using Apple’s $19 USB-C to USB Adapter. If you have a device with a FireWire 1394 4-pin connector—it was commonly used on video cameras and looks like this—and you need a way to connect, you can try using a USB-A to FireWire 1394 4-pin cable ($8 on Amazon) with the Apple’s USB-C to USB Adapter.

Trying to connect FireWire 400 and 800 devices gets iffy. Apple has a Thunderbolt to FireWire AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link for $29, but it has a older Thunderbolt connector that doesn’t plug into the Thunderbolt port on a new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or 24-inch iMac.

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You could try daisy-chaining adapters, but that’s always risky and may not work, not to mention potentially bad for the adapters. Plug the Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter into Apple’s $49 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link and then plug that into the Mac.

How to connect a printer with USB-B

Many printers nowadays have wireless support, so there’s no need for a cable. But maybe you have an older printer, or you find wireless printing unreliable. Most consumer printers have a USB-B port. It’s a squarish connector, much different from USB-A or USB-C.

You need a cable like the Cable Matters USB C Printer Cable, which has a USB-C to USB-B connection. A 1 meter cable is $7Edit non-product linkRemove non-product link; other lengths are available.

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If you already have a USB-C to USB AdapterEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link, you can take the USB-A to USB-B cable that came with your printer and plug it into the adapter. Then you plug the adapter into the laptop.

How to add a classic MagSafe power connector to the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro

The power adapter that comes with the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air doesn’t have a breakaway MagSafe connector. MagSafe was a laptop lifesaver in instances where someone tripped over the power cable.

But you can still add a MagSafe connector. Tesha’s USB C Magnetic Charger Charging Cable  ($20 on AmazonEdit non-product linkRemove non-product link) is a power-only cable that has an adapter that acts like a MagSafe connector. It is available in silver or black.

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* Monthly pricing is available when you select Apple Card Monthly Installments (ACMI) as payment type at checkout at Apple, and is subject to credit approval and credit limit. Financing terms vary by product. Taxes and shipping are not included in ACMI and are subject to your card’s variable APR. See the Apple Card Customer Agreement for more information. ACMI is not available for purchases made online at special storefronts. The last month’s payment for each product will be the product’s purchase price, less all other payments at the monthly payment amount.

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Charger macbook thunderbolt

There was once a time when buying a new laptop charger was difficult and expensive, but computers with USB-C charging have made replacements easier to get and more affordable than ever. The best choice for almost any modern tablet or laptop is Nekteck’s 60W USB-C GaN Charger. This adapter is just as powerful and reliable as a replacement from your laptop’s manufacturer, and it’s smaller than almost any other we’ve seen. It’s safety-tested and certified, and it comes with its own USB-C charging cable, making it a particularly great value at its very low price.

Whether you need to replace your original charger or just want to have an extra at home or the office, you should get the Nekteck 60W USB-C GaN Charger. It will charge almost any USB-C laptop at full speed, and it will fast-charge lower-powered laptops, tablets, and most modern smartphones, as well. The Nekteck is also smaller than just about any other 60- or 65-watt charger we’ve found and comes with a detachable cable, which is something that usually costs $10 to $20 on its own. This charger, like most of Nekteck’s products, is USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) certified, which means an independent third party has tested it and ensured it meets performance and safety specifications. This certification is the biggest difference between the Nekteck and the ZMI zPower Turbo 65W, our runner-up pick. If the Nekteck’s price rises above $30, though, we recommend you consider the non-certified ZMI model.

Port 1: 60 W USB-C
Dimensions: 1.97 by 1.97 by 1.2 inches
USB-C cable: 6.5 feet, detachable

Nekteck’s 60W USB-C GaN Charger is the best charger we’ve tested, but if it’s out of stock or if the price jumps to over $30, we recommend grabbing ZMI’s zPower Turbo 65W USB-C PD Wall Charger instead. Its 65 watts is plenty of power for most laptops and any tablet, and like the Nekteck charger, the ZMI comes with a sturdy cable. The main reason it’s not our top pick is that the ZMI charger isn’t USB-IF certified. While that’s not a dealbreaker altogether, we think it’s worth a few more dollars to get the Nekteck charger.

Port 1: 65W USB-C
Dimensions: 1.97 by 1.97 by 1.1 inches
USB-C cable: 4.9 feet, detachable

We think you should choose one of our top picks (even if you have a tablet or a computer like the MacBook Air that requires less power) because they’re an incredible value, they’re quite small, and they provide more flexibility if you choose to upgrade to a more power-hungry machine in the future. But if size is your most important consideration and your devices only need 30 watts, Anker’s Nano II 30W is the charger to get. Its volume is less than half that of the Nekteck and ZMI picks, and its compact design won’t block any outlets when you plug it in.

Port 1: 30 W USB-C
Dimensions: 1.25 by 1.2 by 1.5 inches
USB-C cable: not included

Almost all computers that charge via USB-C have a maximum charge speed of 60 watts—but the 15-inch MacBook Pro can charge at up to 87 watts, and the 16-inch model maxes out at 96 watts, making them the most noteworthy exceptions. For these laptops, the best option is Nekteck’s 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger. This 100-watt charger, which is notably smaller than Apple’s own charger, comes with a detachable USB-C charge cable and costs less than half the price of what a full replacement set would cost from Apple. Like our 60-watt pick, it’s independently tested and certified for safety.

Port 1: 100 W USB-C
Dimensions: 2.7 by 2.7 by 1.2 inches
USB-C cable: 6.5 feet, detachable

The Amazon Basics 100W Four-Port GaN Wall Charger matches the speed of our 15- and 16-inch MacBook Pro charger pick and has a second USB-C port plus two USB-A ports in a body that’s about the same size. This charger has a combined total output of 100 watts, which means you can use the USB-C ports (one of which delivers up to 100 W, and the other 18 W) to charge a single 15- or 16-inch laptop or a MacBook Air at full speed alongside an iPhone at just shy of its 20 W max. Having these two powerful ports in such a small package makes the Amazon Basics a great value for anyone who wants a single, travel-size charger for a laptop and a phone or other device. The USB-A ports charge at 12 watts, which is good enough for a reasonably quick charge with most modern smartphones when the USB-C ports are occupied.

Port 1: 100 W USB-C
Port 2: 18 W USB-C
Port 3: 12 W USB-A
Port 4: 12 W USB-A
Dimensions: 3.2 by 3.2 by 1.2 inches
USB-C cable: not included

Nekteck’s 5-Port 111W USB Wall Charger is a powerhouse if you’re dealing with multiple devices. It not only provides up to 87-watt charging from its USB-C port—suitable even for power-hungry laptops like the 15- or 16-inch MacBook Pro—but it also has four USB-A ports for all your other devices and accessories like your phone, headphones, or a power bank. It comes with a USB-C charging cable, which makes it an even better value. But the weight and large size make it best suited for a permanent position on your desk.

Port 1: 87 W USB-C
Port 2: 12 W USB-A
Port 3: 12 W USB-A
Port 4: 12 W USB-A
Port 5: 12 W USB-A
Dimensions: 6.3 by 3 by 1.1 inches
USB-C cable: 3 feet, detachable

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Why you should trust us

I’ve been covering power accessories since 2011 and reviewing them for Wirecutter since 2015. This includes several previous iterations of this guide and earlier versions of our Lightning cable, Micro-USB cable, and power bank guides.

Who this is for

This guide covers chargers for laptops that get power via a USB-C connection and specifically use USB Power Delivery (USB PD), a technology that lets USB-C transmit the high power required to charge a laptop. Most modern laptops, including almost all of those in Apple’s current lineup, charge using USB-C; cheap Windows laptops and gaming computers are the major exceptions.

With USB-C becoming common across phones, tablets, and laptops, you no longer have to rely on your device’s manufacturer to be the only source of a safe charger. Every computer comes with a charger, but at times you might need or want an extra: Some people like to have one charger that they leave on their desk and another to toss in their bag; others like to have a charger in every place they work. And, of course, sometimes chargers get lost or broken, so you need a replacement.

Charger speeds of popular notebook computers

DeviceIncluded-charger wattage
MacBook Pro (13-inch)61 W
MacBook Pro (15-inch)87 W
MacBook Pro (16-inch)96 W
MacBook Air (2018/2020)30 W
Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA45 W
Samsung Chromebook Pro30 W
Dell XPS (9380)45 W
iPad Pro (2018/2020/2021)1
20 W

Larger laptops often need more powerful chargers to fill up their batteries at top speeds.

1iPad Pros from 2018 and 2020 originally shipped with an 18-watt charger, which has since been replaced with an upgraded 20-watt model. However, all 2018–2021 iPad Pros can actually charge at 30 watts.

Some tablets, most notably the iPad Pro lineup, also charge over USB-C, and our picks will allow you to charge them much faster than you can with the power brick that comes in the box. According to our testing, the 20-watt charger that comes with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will charge the iPad’s battery to 18% after 30 minutes and 35% in an hour. A 30-watt or faster charger almost doubles that, providing 33% charge in half an hour and 65% in one hour.

Thankfully, USB-C charging is starting to become cheaper and more accessible. You can also use one of these chargers with any USB-C tablet or smartphone, though most phones won’t benefit from higher USB PD rates—if you aren’t regularly charging a laptop, you can save a good amount of money by getting a lower-powered USB-C charger made for phones.

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How we picked and tested

Five different USB-C chargers stacked one on top of the other.

The fact that so many companies can make similar, inexpensive USB-C laptop chargers—as opposed to the old days when you mostly just bought a charger from the company that made your computer—means it can be difficult to find the best charger among hundreds of options. We pored over the USB charging catalogs of Amazon, Anker, Apple, Aukey, Google, iClever, Nekteck, RAVPower, Satechi, Scosche, and ZMI, companies that have proven track records of making good charging products, to find the best competitors.

From there, we whittled the list down based on the following criteria:

  • USB-C ports with 30-watt or higher output: Since many laptops charge at 45 watts or higher, that’s the minimum we initially considered for the chargers we tested. Anything lower than that will still charge these devices, but won’t do so at the maximum rate. We also tested 60-watt and 87-to-100-watt chargers, which are capable of charging more powerful computers faster. For our most recent update, we tested five 30-watt chargers to find a smaller alternative that can still charge the MacBook Air and some Chromebooks at their highest speeds.
  • USB-A ports with 12-watt or QuickCharge 3.0 output (if applicable): USB-A charging maxes out at 12 watts (5 volts, 2.4 amps) for Apple devices and many Android phones, while some of the latter can charge faster with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 standard. For our picks with both USB-C and USB-A ports, we only considered chargers capable of this output. With the generally low prices of these chargers, you won’t find significant savings by choosing a slower one.
  • Power-to-dollar value: We considered the price of the charger relative to the total power it can put out across its ports. This comparison allowed us to rule out models that were more expensive but didn’t otherwise offer a higher power output or extra features.
  • USB-IF certification: Although not required for our picks, certification by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) means an independent third party has tested the charger to make sure it adheres to specifications and is safe. While we test every charger we recommend, certification helps bolster the credentials of a charger, signaling that it’s well-made and that the company behind it has invested in its own reputation. Given two identical chargers, we’d choose the one with the certification.

We then tested a variety of chargers, including some with just USB-C ports and some with both USB-A and USB-C. To find the top options in each category, we put the finalists through a number of tests.

  • USB-C ports: We used Total Phase’s USB Power Delivery Analyzer and its Data Center Software to measure and record the power rates the chargers made available to connected devices, the actual power output observed when connected, how those compared with the advertised figure, and if there were any errors in how the charger and device talked to each other. USB-C uses digital communication between devices to verify charging speeds in a way that USB-A doesn’t; with this tool, we can observe and record what’s going on in the communication between the charger and the device you’ve plugged in.
  • USB-A ports: We tested how much power each USB-A port can provide. To do this, we plugged in a variable power load and an ammeter, which allowed us to finely control the power flow. We started with the power load set to 0 amps, and then turned it up until it matched the promised amperage, ensuring the voltage stayed within 4.75 volts to 5.25 volts. Then we repeated that test on each charger’s other ports, ensuring every port behaved as expected and that combined they matched the right output.
  • Combined power output: After assessing each port, we tested the combined output when all of them were in use by devices that take a lot of power. The best chargers will support full-speed charging to your phone on the first port even as you plug your headphones into the second port, a power bank into the third, and so on down the line.
  • USB-C cable testing: For the chargers that came with a USB-C cable, we used Total Phase’s Advanced Cable Tester to make sure the cable was safe and worked as labeled. The Cable Tester checks the wiring and signal integrity, DC resistance, and compliance with USB-C specifications. Nonstandard cables have been known to cause problems, including sometimes destroying the devices they’re meant to charge. We won’t recommend a charger that comes with a cable that fails our tests.

Our pick: Nekteck 60W USB-C GaN Charger

Our pick for the best replacement USB-C laptop or tablet charger, the Nekteck 60W USB-C GaN Charger.

Nekteck’s 60W USB-C GaN Charger is the best charger you can buy if you need a replacement for almost any modern laptop with a 13-inch (or smaller) screen that charges via USB-C. It’s also a great option for the iPad Pro. It will charge your device fast, it’s small, and it’s safe, since it’s one of the few chargers (especially at its price) to be certified by the USB-IF. It’s also quite affordable—a fraction of you’d pay Apple for a replacement—even though it includes a 6.5-foot, 60-watt USB-C cable in the box.

Charging performance is the single most important factor in this product category, and this Nekteck brick performs exactly as expected: It offers enough power for almost any 13-inch laptop, including the more power-hungry 13-inch MacBook Pro. USB-C charging is standardized into different power levels, and the most common ones used with computers and tablets are 45 watts (15 volts, 3 amps) and 60 watts (20 volts, 3 amps). This charger supports the former but will automatically switch to 15-watt, 27-watt, and 36-watt rates as needed to fast-charge phones and other devices. When plugged into a 13-inch MacBook Pro, it properly charged at 60 watts with 20.4 volts. It passed the Total Phase tests, as expected.

The Apple 61W Charger next to the Nekteck 60W USB-C GaN Charger to show the difference in size.

Nekteck’s 60W USB-C GaN Charger (right) is notably smaller than the Apple 61W Charger (left), just as fast, and much less expensive. Photo: Michael Hession

Close up of the Nekteck’s 60W USB-C port.

The Nekteck’s 60W USB-C port can power almost any 13-inch or smaller laptop at full speed. Photo: Michael Hession

The 60W USB-C GaN Charger has often been on sale, sometimes for well under $20. Even at its historical high price of $29 (as of this writing), it still costs only a third of what Apple charges for its comparable charger and cable. It’s such a strong value that we don’t think you should buy a lower-powered charger even if your device requires only 45 watts; those slower chargers aren’t any cheaper, and the 60-watt option will potentially be more useful in the future.

In fact, it may even be worth it to buy the charger if you simply need a new cable, because the price is about the same. USB-C charging cables have come down in price alongside USB-C chargers themselves, but good ones still normally cost $10 to $15. Nekteck includes cables with its chargers—and quality ones at that. This one only supports 60-watt charging, though, so don’t expect to get full speed if you use it with more powerful chargers.

Nekteck is one of the few companies with USB-IF certification across its entire product line. That means an independent lab has verified that it meets an industry-standard set of criteria for safety and performance. Since we test all of our recommendations ourselves, we don’t rely exclusively on USB-IF certification to make a pick. But that stamp of approval on the company’s designs and adherence to USB-C standards gives the Nekteck charger another advantage over the competition.

Close up of a Nekteck charger connected with a cable to a laptop port.

The Nekteck charger is nearly the smallest USB laptop charger we tested at this power level, just a hair bigger than the ZMI zPower Turbo. Measuring 1.97 by 1.97 by 1.2 inches, it has a volume that’s about half that of Apple’s 61W USB-C Power Adapter, and it’s small enough to throw in a computer bag or a jacket pocket. Folding prongs make it that much more compact.

Nekteck’s standard warranty period is 12 months, but a six-month extension is available if you sign up for the company’s newsletter. We’ve found the customer support to be helpful, both in terms of response speed and addressing our concerns.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

It’s hard to find fault with the 60W USB-C GaN Charger; it’s small, fast, and affordable. We don’t expect chargers to look beautiful, but if you do, or if you want something in an Apple-y white, you might be disappointed, as Nekteck’s charger only comes in black.

Runner-up: ZMI zPower Turbo 65W USB-C PD Wall Charger

A ZMI zPower Turbo 65W USB-C PD Wall Charger with usb-c cable connected.

ZMI’s zPower Turbo 65W USB-C PD Wall Charger is the best charger you can buy if the Nekteck 60W charger is out of stock, or is selling for more than $30. It offers 65-watt charging in a relatively compact package about the same size as the Nekteck. Like the Nekteck, it passed our Total Phase tests without any issues, which means that it will charge safely and correctly match the power level of whatever you plug it into. However, it doesn’t have USB-IF certification like the Nekteck charger does. ZMI includes a 5-foot, 100-watt USB-C cable in the box, and that cable also passed our tests.

Close up of the ZMI’s single USB-C port.

The ZMI charger properly powered a 13-inch MacBook Pro at 60 watts, and it showed the expected results in the Total Phase tests. Although it can provide up to 65 watts, the zPower Turbo’s extra power will only be accessed by more power-hungry devices, and even then, it won’t make a big difference in charging speeds. Although nice to have, the extra 5 watts doesn’t provide any practical value.

Measuring 1.97 by 1.97 by 1.1 inches, the zPower Turbo is almost identical in size to the Nekteck 60W charger and once again about half the size of Apple’s 61W USB-C Power Adapter. The plain black box isn’t going to win any design awards, but with the contrasting glossy and matte surfaces it does look nicer than many chargers.

The 5-foot cable that comes with the 65-watt charger is designed to support up to 100 watts, which we verified with Total Phase testing. The charger and cable combo comes with an 18-month warranty, as well.

For a MacBook Air and some Chromebooks: Anker Nano II 30W

The best laptop charger for MacBook Air and Chromebooks, the Anker Nano II 30W

We think most people should choose the Nekteck 60W USB-C GaN Charger or ZMI zPower Turbo 65W USB-C PD Wall Charger even if they use a device that only draws 30 watts, like a MacBook Air or Chromebook. That’s because despite delivering more power than necessary, they’re still quite small, their prices are very affordable, and they come with cables. They’ll also provide more flexibility down the road, if you upgrade to a more powerful computer. But if you want the smallest charger that will power your thin and light computer or tablet at its fastest rate, choose Anker’s Nano II 30W. It’s as small as the 5W charger Apple used to ship with iPhones, but our tests showed it properly can charge at up to 30 W.

At 1.25 by 1.2 x 1.5 inches, the Nano II is smaller than any of our other picks and will take up little space in a bag. It won’t block other outlets when you plug it in, either. On the downside, the prongs don’t fold; if that bothers you, we have some other models worth considering in the Competition section. And unlike the Nekteck and the ZMI, the Anker doesn’t come with a cable, so be prepared to provide your own.

For a 15- or 16-inch MacBook Pro: Nekteck 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger

Nekteck’s 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger connected to a usb-c cable.

Nekteck’s 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger provides enough power for a 15- or 16-inch MacBook Pro at less than half the price of one of Apple’s 96W USB-C Power Adapters. It’s smaller, too. You can find even smaller high-power-draw chargers, but they’re a lot more expensive than this particularly affordable model. We think it provides a great balance of price, size, and power.

An Apple’s 96W Charger next to a The Nekteck 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger to show the difference in size.

The Nekteck 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger (right) is far smaller than Apple’s 96W Charger (left), and much less expensive, too. Photo: Michael Hession

Close up of the Nekteck 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger's usb-c port.

The 100W charger can power anything that charges over USB, from phones to the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Photo: Michael Hession

The square power brick is quite compact: Apple’s charger is 3.2 inches square and just over an inch thick, while Nekteck’s is 2.75 inches square and about 1.2 inches thick. Both the Apple and Nekteck chargers have fold-out prongs, but the prongs on Nekteck’s charger can’t be removed and replaced with a longer cord as they can on an Apple charger.

Like the company’s 60 W charger, the 100 W Nekteck charger is USB-IF certified, meaning an independent lab has verified that it meets a set of criteria for safety and performance. This Nekteck charger includes a 6-foot-long removable USB-C cable, adding to the value of the package. And if anything happens to the charger itself, Nekteck provides a 12-month warranty.

Upgrade pick: Amazon Basics 100W Four-Port GaN Wall Charger

The best charger for charging USB-C computer and additional USB-powered devices, the Amazon Basics 100W Four-Port GaN wall charger.

The Amazon Basics 100W Four-Port GaN Wall Charger is the best solution for charging both your USB-C computer and additional USB-powered devices (such as a phone or Bluetooth speaker), and it can even handle two laptops at the same time. It’s a little larger than the Nekteck 100W PD 3.0 GaN Wall Charger and offers the same amount of power, but it splits it up over more ports: two USB-C and two USB-A. You can get the full 100-watt output from the top USB-C port, while the second supports 18-watt speeds ideal for fast-charging phones like the iPhone or Google Pixel 5. The two 12-watt USB-A ports, meanwhile, have a combined 17-watt output, so you can charge one phone quickly or two at a slower rate.

The four ports on the Amazon Basics 100W Four-Port GaN Wall Charger.

Few travel-size chargers offer two USB-C ports, and even fewer offer the same overall power delivery as this Amazon charger. It can handle a wide array of devices, too: It allowed a proper 60-watt draw when charging a 13-inch MacBook Pro in our tests and was just as fast with the more powerful 16-inch model as the included Apple charger.

That speed drops when you plug in a second device; combined, all four ports max out at 100 watts. This means you can plug in a 13-inch MacBook Pro (charging at 65 watts) and an iPhone (charging at 18 watts), and both will charge at full speed. But plugging in a 16-inch MacBook Pro and an iPhone will result in slower than maximum charging speeds.

Amazon offers a 12-month warranty on its products. This charger isn’t USB-IF certified, but having tested dozens of products from the company and evaluating customer reviews, we’re confident in this charger’s safety and durability.

Also great: Nekteck 5-Port 111W USB Wall Charger

A Nekteck 5-Port 111W USB Wall Charger with a usb-c cable connected.
A close up of the Nekteck charger's ports.

This five-port charger is the second most powerful USB wall charger we’ve ever tested, with a combined output of 111 watts. We verified with the Total Phase tests that 87 watts are dedicated to USB-C charging. That’s the maximum charging speed of almost any laptop that charges via USB-C, although it’s just shy of the 16-inch MacBook Pro’s 96-watt rate. The remaining power is split between the four USB-A ports. Despite the charger listing each port as capable of 12-watt charging when used individually, the highest we measured was about 10 watts—enough to charge your phone pretty fast but not at the absolute fastest rates USB-A offers.

The Nekteck 5-Port 111W USB Wall Charger is designed for your desk, not to be carried with you. It’s more than 6 inches long and 3 inches wide, and it weighs almost a full pound. But those dimensions (and the slightly slow USB-A charging) are a lot more acceptable at a desk, where the charger is likely to stay in one place and you might not need to gobble up power in a short period of time.

Other good USB-C laptop chargers

If you want the smallest and least-expensive 30-watt charger out there, go with Xcellon’s Mighty Mini 130 30W GaN USB Type-C Charger (sold exclusively through B&H Photo Video). It worked well in our tests, however we don’t have extensive experience with the brand or its products, and since the charger isn’t USB-IF certified, we can’t vouch for its long-term reliability. This isn’t to say it’s not a good product, but rather that we’ll need to test it further before issuing a full recommendation.

If you want the smallest 65-watt charger available and don’t mind paying extra to get it

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