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pev

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So, I got my 16" MacBook Pro but left the charger at someones house 3 hours drive away. No worries I tell myself, I need to get a second charger anyway - except apple don't have any for sale anywhere in the UK until December earliest...

This seems a bit insane. Is anyone aware of any 3rd party alternative for sale?
 

terraphantm

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Do you have any other usb c chargers? It’s slower, but in a pinch the laptop will still charge. I just used my Nintendo switch charger (39W) successfully.
 
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jerryk

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Just get a USB C charger. As terraphantm mentions they all work, just slower. I have 60 and 30 watt units I got on Amazon. Probably buy something wattage higher when available, but these work fine for now.
 

pev

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Nope, only got a USB-C iphone charger which is clearly useless...

I get that about lower power, but thats only true when charging whilst asleep / off - in use you need at least a certain amount of juice to cope with runtime power draw before you can even start to recharge? With the 60W unit mentioned, can you confirm that that charges a 16" whilst in use with moderate load for example?
 

nickf1

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You can buy another 16", put on your credit card, use the charger and return it before Jan 8 and buy the other charger early December ?. But I would get an 87W if they're available and return/get a new one when they become available. 87 vs 96W will not be much slower.
 

bsbeamer

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can get it in less than a week in some areas
 

pev

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can get it in less than a week in some areas
In the US maybe but not over here in the UK - plus I need to sort something ASAP rather than a week really :-/
 

bsbeamer

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Only 100w available that I’m aware of:


 
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Daniel L

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Nope, only got a USB-C iphone charger which is clearly useless...

I get that about lower power, but thats only true when charging whilst asleep / off - in use you need at least a certain amount of juice to cope with runtime power draw before you can even start to recharge? With the 60W unit mentioned, can you confirm that that charges a 16" whilst in use with moderate load for example?

Yes, a 60W USB-PD charger does continue to charge with a moderate load. When I was first setting up the notebook and the Photos app was analyzing the content of my library, the computer slowed down from about 45w of input to around 10-20w of charging input since the rest of the power was allocated to the computer. The 86W adapter charges at an almost identical current when the battery is drained.

I even tried plugging the computer into the 12W USB iPad charger with a USB-C to USB-A cord and that was enough power to keep it from draining while idling but I didn't leave it on overnight to see if it slowly charged. The computer uses between 6-12w just doing casual browsing so I would guess your 18W iPhone charger could at least keep it going.
 

TimothyB

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Only 100w available that I’m aware of:




There's this one too from Wacom:


Tested the one I have and it started charging, but can't confirm anything beyond that.
 
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pev

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Only 100w available that I’m aware of:


Those are really interesting, thanks!
[automerge]1574169839[/automerge]
(for posterity) also found this from anker but seems to be not available in UK!

 

bsbeamer

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also found this from anker but seems to be not available in UK!

I've seen mixed reports that this MIGHT not provide the full 100W when using only one device, but suspect those reviews are using a lower wattage cable that could be causing the issue.
[automerge]1574170696[/automerge]
I know its 87w but it should cover your usage and charge unless you max out 24/7.

There are plenty of options for 85W/87W chargers available. The 96W/100W chargers are a little more difficult to find right now.
 

terraphantm

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Nope, only got a USB-C iphone charger which is clearly useless...

I get that about lower power, but thats only true when charging whilst asleep / off - in use you need at least a certain amount of juice to cope with runtime power draw before you can even start to recharge? With the 60W unit mentioned, can you confirm that that charges a 16" whilst in use with moderate load for example?
Depends entirely on the load you're running. If you're constantly taxing the laptop you'll drain it. For simple web browsing and such, even the 39W I was using was able to recharge it.
 

pev

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Nekteck USB C Wall Charger, 111W 5 Port USB Wall Charger USB-IF Certified with One 87W Type C Power Delivery Port for 2017 MacBook Pro, Pixel 3/2/XL Galaxy S9 Plus iPad Pro 2018 and More
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Return eligible through Jan 31, 2020
$49.99

I just got one of these from Amazon, I know its 87w but it should cover your usage and charge unless you max out 24/7.
Yeah, I've considered that - I do run a bunch of VMs that I give lots of cores to for large compilations that can take an hour or so so I'm a little dubious knowing that that would totally cane a battery on my old 2015!
 

Rafterman

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I ordered some spares from Apple and they arrive towards the end of November. So I wonder if they are even available anywhere yet.
 

powerocool

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You can use the old 87W charger without any problem. (if you don't constantly run it at max load)
 

Tomb01

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I know it is not timely, but there is a kickstarter option which looks very promising. Initial allocation all sold out, but taking orders for a February delivery, search for hyperjuice
 

chefwong

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It's not just about W on 3rd party charger IME but also the charge profile. I have a 130W from our Dell, and sometimes won't charge other lower level USB C stuff (like a JetPack) I plug in due to the what the charger will support
 

danwells

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Zendure SuperPort is a 100 watt charger on its main USB-C port plus it has extra power for three auxiliary ports (one more USB-C at 15W and two USB-A ports at 15 W). Total power is about 135 W, so you can't load all four ports fully at the same time.

I have verified with a meter that it will put out an honest 100W over the high-power USB-C port while simultaneously quick-charging an (older) iPhone and running a USB-A camera battery charger. That combination is around 125W, so the rated power number is at least mostly accurate (I didn't have a fourth load handy).
 
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alphaod

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Any 100W USB-C charger will work. I've been using 100W third party chargers for years now.

Although, I don't really like posting links to Kickstarter, but I've gotten many products from this company and they are pretty reputable:

I PO'd two of them.
 
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