Macbook Retina 12" with Google 15W Charger

mleok

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I just wanted to let people know that I recently ordered the Universal 15W USB Type-C Charger from the Google Store,

https://store.google.com/product/usb_c_charger

I am happy to report that it is compatible with the Macbook Retina 12", and it is capable of charging the Macbook, albeit slowly. At $25, it a cheap second charger and a decent alternative to the $78 it would cost to get another Apple charger and charging cable.
 

Admiral

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I just wanted to let people know that I recently ordered the Universal 15W USB Type-C Charger from the Google Store,

https://store.google.com/product/usb_c_charger

I am happy to report that it is compatible with the Macbook Retina 12", and it is capable of charging the Macbook, albeit slowly. At $25, it a cheap second charger and a decent alternative to the $78 it would cost to get another Apple charger and charging cable.
Monoprice has USB-C connector (albeit USB 2.0) charging cables at US$12.99. That's where I'll save my money.
 

mleok

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Monoprice has USB-C connector (albeit USB 2.0) charging cables at US$12.99. That's where I'll save my money.
I do have the charging cable from Monoprice. The problem is finding a USB 2.0 power supply which will deliver an adequate amperage to actually charge the Macbook. The best I could find was something designed to charge an iPad, which delivers 12W of power, and that will power the Macbook, but not charge it, unless it is shut down.
 

whodatrr

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Anyone use a USB-C to USB3 cable, in conjunction with a portable battery? Wondering how fast or slow that charging goes? I've read that many can maintain a charge (eg. use an external battery for 12+ hours of transatlantic flying). But don't know if there are any that can actually charge relatively quickly? Anyone?
 

magbarn

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Can the google charger charge the rMB while on? My iPad charger can only charge when off/closed like mentioned above.
 

lulla01

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I just wanted to let people know that I recently ordered the Universal 15W USB Type-C Charger from the Google Store,

https://store.google.com/product/usb_c_charger

I am happy to report that it is compatible with the Macbook Retina 12", and it is capable of charging the Macbook, albeit slowly. At $25, it a cheap second charger and a decent alternative to the $78 it would cost to get another Apple charger and charging cable.

I use a USB C cable and an iPad power brick lol.
 

mleok

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Jan 12, 2005
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Can the google charger charge the rMB while on? My iPad charger can only charge when off/closed like mentioned above.
Yes, that's the point I was making, it can charge the Macbook even when I'm using it, albeit more slowly than the Apple charger.