MBP 2016 non TB save alternative chargers?

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  1. Unrealmac1988 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    can anyone recommend me a cheap alternative charger for my mbp without touchbar?

    As we have heard there are some black sheep around that can damage your usb-c MB/MBP, so I am kind of scared to buy just anything..

    Also: what do I have to look for in a charger to be save? This whole usb-c situation is just confusing atm!

    Thanks for recommendations!
     
  2. Calby macrumors 6502

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    Buy Apple branded, I would never relay on a 3rd party charger not for my computer or phone
     
  3. ressac macrumors regular

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    even a cable? for charger?
     
  4. Calby macrumors 6502

    Calby

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    Yes, but only when it's about chargers.
    I'm not willing taking the risk, if something breaks or burns apple will fix it if I'm using apple branded.
    If I not using apple branded they might not help me and Bleim the 3rd party cable.
     
  5. ressac macrumors regular

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    and what if just not tell them about this ? :)))
     
  6. Calby macrumors 6502

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    Well, I'm honest so that's not an option for me.
     
  7. ressac macrumors regular

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    does apple honest with us? nope, so why we should?
     
  8. Calby macrumors 6502

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    I can't speak for all, but I'm just honest and I think that if I'm honest good stuff will come my way.

    But that's just me, it's up to every one to decide by them self what they will do.
     
  9. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    In my opinion, in the case of USB-C, people may be hesitant to recommend many third party chargers, because they can destroy a MacBook Pro (or other device.) If a 3rd party charger ruins a device or causes personal injury, and the charger is at fault, then this is damage that is not covered under the Device Maker's warranty or implied liability (because it is damage caused by misuse, and not due to a problem with the computer itself.)

    Many of the current aftermarket USB-C chargers and charging cables on the market for the MacBook Pro are not USB-IF Certified. Some of these are safe, some of these are iffy, and some of these could destroy the MacBook Pro - considerable variability. Some of these dangerous products have even gotten good professional reviews from Apple publications. For example, this positively reviewed product is dangerous as was discussed in a thread here a ways back. Many of the IF-Certified products are more expensive, and so the difference between the price of an OEM charge setup and a 3rd Party IF-Certified charge setup are much smaller than between OEM and a non-certified product.

    Ultimately, regardless of how one may view Apple, using a quality charger is protecting oneself more than it is protecting Apple Inc. If one chooses to use a non-certified charger, there are arguably greater risks. Consequently, many may recommend OEM.
     
  10. asfalloth macrumors member

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    Apple knows what AC charger(s) you have used on the machine see screenshot.

    Screenshot 2017-03-02 17.19.20.png
     
  11. ressac macrumors regular

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    omg. lol

    and cable? do they know about a cable too?
     
  12. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

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    I use a Anker at work w/ a non apple USB-C cable. The Anker is a 'power station' that has 1 USB-C and 4 USB outlets. My iPhone stand charger is also connected. Works great. Charge my iPhone, my AirPods, and my 13" TB. No issues. That's kinda the premise behind USB-C. Non proprietary chargers will make life easier. Your MacBook nt should have no issues controlling the wattage. The only thing it can't do is create more wattage. I've used an Anker battery pack to charge my TB.

    Using this wall charger
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D8C6ULO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    With this USB-C cord
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AS8U7GU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    This power brick
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQ5KHJW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    With this cord
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A6F3WHG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Takes forever but works.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 2, 2017 ---
    http://www.usb.org/kcompliance/view/USB Type-C Cable Certifications.pdf
     
  13. bartvk, Mar 2, 2017
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    bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Get a charger and a cable from the following spreadsheet. It's properly researched by guys like Nathan K. and Benson Leung:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vnpEXfo2HCGADdd9G2x9dMDWqENiY2kgBJUu29f_TX8/edit

    To save you the trouble, there's two chargers that are 45W and work fine with the new MacBook Pros:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D8C6ULO
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ET762XS

    As for cables, get the Apple one. It's one of the best, and actually cheap for what you get. If you REALLY want to save $5, have a look at the first tab in the sheet. Don't buy < $10 Chinese stuff, I've tried them but even the connectors themselves are machined weirdly and often simply don't even fit correctly.
     
  14. jerryk macrumors 68020

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