Which USB Charger for 2016 MBP 15"

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  1. nick0 macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to get a second USB charger for my MBP (coming in 2 weeks) to set up permanently on my desk and charge other USB items (GoPro, Phone, iPad etc). I know the Apple 87W charger is the fastest charger but what is the best third party one available?

    At this stage I'm looking at this: https://www.anker.com/products/A2053111
    Which will charge at 45W.

    Are there any others on the way?
     
  2. Kanders78 macrumors member

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    I don't know too much about those 3rd party ones, it's kind of risky. If you spent $2500 on a new MacBook, is saving $50 worth it on a 3rd party charger?
     
  3. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    The one you have linked has been independently tested and found to be safe.

    The majority of the USB-C chargers on the market are unsafe, however.

    If you need a greater than 60W charger the Apple one is the only way to go unfortunately.
     
  4. Amigaman macrumors regular

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    My travel charger is the 60W NuPower from NewTech. I've used this charger quite a bit and I've never had an issue with it. Just make sure the USB-C cable that you use is rated for a minimum of 60W and you'll be fine.
     
  5. HeyGreggie macrumors 65816

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    I've ound and ordered a ordered a few.

    1. Targus 45W USB Type-C Laptop AC Wall Charger (APA93US) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BYKIYUW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    It's 45 watts, but will work just as fine. Fits in a backpack and not ultra heavy at all.

    2. I also use a combination of a Moshi 6 foot USB-C to USB-C cable (https://www.moshi.com/usb-c-charge-cable) and Lumsings Dual Port USB-C drive. With this one I can actually charge both my MacBook Pro as well as my other devices. When I'm not charging my MacBook I use the USB-C five port cable to charge multiple devices at the same time.

    Lumsing Dual Port: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I1OIO4A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    USB-C - 4 in 1 cable by Chaffon (Two lightning port ends, one micro USB end, one USB-C end): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XDB51VL/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Also: In terms of portable Battery packs, I use Aukey's 30,000MAh Battery pack in my bag (it's the only battery pack I need to carry around.) It has two USB ports (one quick charge 3.0), and what's more is you can charge the battery pack from either a USB cable, or your own lightning cable which makes this to me great.

    https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-30000m...F8&qid=1490710014&sr=1-3&keywords=usb-C+aukey
     
  6. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    Please cross-reference anything you buy with this list, OP. Some of what has been linked above is flat-out dangerous. Unfortunately USB-C is a minefield of dangerous cables and chargers, even amongst normally reputable manufacturers. Independent, volunteer testers like the one I linked are maintaining lists of tested products as a result.
     
  7. Amigaman macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry but that list is subjective at the very least. It lists the NuPower as being a bad (-3) charger. It's not. I've been using it for months and I've never had a problem.
     
  8. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    Sigh. Take a look at Nathan K and his methods. The man is an expert, and his tests are fundamentally objective.

    Indeed, "it works fine for me" is about as subjective as a test gets.

    The USB-C spec is tough and non-compliance is the norm. What is at stake is not just a $2000+ MacBook, but you and your family's safety.
     
  9. Amigaman macrumors regular

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    I know who he is and I've read his reviews on Amazon. All I'm saying is that I've used the NuPower PSU for months now and nothing dreadful has happened.
     
  10. ZapNZs, Mar 28, 2017
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    ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    :-/


    It appears there was a potentially serious issue, and OWC has suggested (but not confirmed, to my knowledge) that a change to the design was made.

    The 15-inch appears to be most vulnerable.
    https://plus.google.com/102612254593917101378/posts/PnKoaHWvaB9

    OWC had also said the product is NOT compatible with the 15-inch.
     
  11. Amigaman macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the video! I've been using the same PSU (for months now) with my 2016 15" MacBook Pro w/TouchBar and one of the cables that he recommends (Naztech) and I haven't had an issue yet. Thanks again.
     

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