MacBook Pro Charger

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  1. Rossagues macrumors regular

    Rossagues

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    My MacBook Pro charger has stopped working it only charges if you put it into a certain position and I can clearly see the pins get stuck in the charger itself.

    I need to buy a new charger for my MacBook Pro 17-Inch (Mid 2009) model. I am confused which one I should buy. Can anyone help?

    Option One: (85W MagSafe Power Adapter):
    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/M...pter-for-15-and-17-inch-macbook-pro?fnode=5a#

    Option Two: (60W MagSafe Power Adapter):
    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/M...for-macbook-and-13-inch-macbook-pro?fnode=5a#

    It may be a stupid question but both say for 17-Inch models when clicked.

    Thanks,

    Ross
     
  2. SpyderBite macrumors 65816

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    They're backwards compatible and the same price. You're fine with either. You just don't want to buy too little power. Eg. 45w adapter cause they're not upwards compatible.
     
  3. Rossagues thread starter macrumors regular

    Rossagues

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    So the 85W one with the most power?
     
  4. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Yes

    You want the 85w.

    The 17" MacBook Pro requires a lot of power.

    If you're used to a 60w, it should charge faster.
     
  5. Rossagues thread starter macrumors regular

    Rossagues

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    Cheers! Can anyone explain the difference?
     
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    Take it into an apple store and get a genius to look at it. If there are signs of charring or burns, they may give you a brand new charger for free. Ifvyou have one of the older t-style mag safes, they're known for having issues.
     
  8. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    85W is meant for 15" and 17" MacBook Pros. 60W is meant for MacBooks and 13" MacBook Pros. 45W is meant solely for MacBook Airs regardless of size. 85W MagSafes will, in theory, charge and power every Mac laptop. 60W will, in theory, only power 15" and 17" MacBook Pros, while being able to power and charge everything else. You might find that a 60W Magsafe will charge a 15" or 17" MacBook Pro, albeit substantially slower than an 85W. I don't know about the 45W adapter as that one I'm pretty sure only should be used with the MacBook Air.

    Given that your machine is a 17" MacBook Pro (Mid 2009), you should go with the 85W MagSafe and nothing else. If you're further confused, just look at the box and it'll tell you which computers it is compatible with.
     
  9. Rossagues thread starter macrumors regular

    Rossagues

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    Thats great Yebubbleman! Thanks for the help!
     
  10. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    No worries. There is one exception that I forgot to mention. If you have a 15" MacBook Pro from the Mid 2009 generation and it has a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo and ONLY an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M (and NOT an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT alongside it), the proper charger for that machine is a 60W MagSafe. Again, as is the case with all 13" MacBook Pros and MacBooks, you can power and charge said Mid 2009 15" MacBook Pro with the 85W, but due to the lack of the discrete graphics processor in that model, Apple only included a 60W adapter and as such only a 60W adapter is required for powering and charging that particular 15" MacBook Pro. For all other 15" and 17" MacBook Pros, 85W is your best bet.
     

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