Odd question, but can I charge my Macbook Pro 2018 from an iMac Pro via USB-C?

iMacDragon

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Personally, i would hate to have you try, for fear of the consequences.
What consequences? usb c is designed to negotiate between devices if cable is plugged between. It shouldn't do any harm.

Though I wouldn't expect it to do much.
 
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theluggage

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Title says it all. Looking for a quick answer on this.
Personally, i would hate to have you try, for fear of the consequences.
Hooking up two computers via a Thunderbolt cable is a perfectly legitimate thing to do - it works as a fast network link between machines and should show up as "Thunderbolt Bridge" in the networking control panel at both ends.

Whether it will charge the MBP is another matter (I'd guess "no" but maybe it will trickle charge at 15W if the MBP is off/idle) but there's no reason not to suck it and see.
 

Gravydog316

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Hooking up two computers via a Thunderbolt cable is a perfectly legitimate thing to do - it works as a fast network link between machines and should show up as "Thunderbolt Bridge" in the networking control panel at both ends.

Whether it will charge the MBP is another matter (I'd guess "no" but maybe it will trickle charge at 15W if the MBP is off/idle) but there's no reason not to suck it and see.
I'm just being flip.
It will charge if it has enough power, so really, you have to test it.
 

LogicalApex

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Personally, i would hate to have you try, for fear of the consequences.
What consequences? It is USB... I hooked my MBP 2018 to my old USB wall socket that has only USB-A via a USA-A to USB-C cable and it worked just fine. Only connected at 15W I think it was and supplied that amount of power without a problem. Not enough to charge... But no damage. It is USB...
 
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Brookzy

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I occasionally trickle charge my MBP from a USB-C port on my 2017 (non-Pro) iMac when I'm too lazy to find the power adapter. :D
 
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