Macbook Air Charger That Takes AAs?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by thriii, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. thriii macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2007
    Are there any chargers for a Macbook air that takes AA batteries?
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Do you mean you want to charge your MBA with AA batteries, or use your MBA to charge batteries?
  3. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2007
    Use AAs or any type of battery to charge my MBA
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Well considering that the MBA uses an 18volt charger (if I remember correctly), that means you would need at least 12 AA batteries (that's 1.5V per AA * 12 = 18). That's a whole lot of batteries.....

    Also the Apple MagSafe and MagSafe 2 are proprietary connectors so you can't use a third party adapter (at least it isn't legal to sell you an adapter by a third party using the Magsafe connector) and Apple doesn't currently make a AA battery charger for the MBA....
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, you can't do that. AA batteries are not compatible with the charging technology that Apple uses, involving the built-in battery, the MagSafe adapter and the Mac's logic board.

    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
  6. quasinormal, Nov 5, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012

    quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    It should be possible to put 11 AA batteries in series to make 16.5 volts and connect it to a MagSafe cable, but with a capacity of 2500 mAh it wouldn't last too long. It might be a better idea to use D cells and get about 6 times more capacity.

    I've been meaning to try 3 x 6 volt lantern batteries in series to see if it powers a 15" Mbp (18.5 volts)

    The. MagSafe cables are readily available on ebay if you don't have a dead adapter to cannablise.

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