Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter Review

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter
Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter

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This review is of the Apple 61W USB-C power adapter included with 2016-2017 13-inch MacBook Pros (MNF72LL/A). In 2018 Apple released an updated version included with 2018 MacBook Pros (MRW22LL/A). The 2018 model supports more standard power profiles and better meets USB-C specifications.

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter – A good MacBook Pro charger, but a hit and miss non-Apple charger

Model: MNF72LL/A

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter side

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter side

Tech Specs:

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output:
    • 60W USB-C Power Delivery 2.0 (5V/2.4A, 9V/3A, 20V/3A)
    • Apple 2.4A
  • Input: 100V–240V, 1.5A, 50/60Hz
  • Size: 2.9 x 2.9 x 1.1 inches | 72 x 72 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 6.8 oz | 193 grams

Learn more about USB Fast Charging Standards.

Included In Box:

  • Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter
Top: Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter. Bottom: Inateck 60W PD USB-C.

Top: Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter. Bottom: Inateck 60W PD USB-C.

Good For:

  • Fast charging:
    • iPhone 8/X
    • USB-C PD Android phones
    • iPad Pro (pre-2018)
  • Nintendo Switch (handheld)
  • MacBook Pro, 13-inch model

Pros:

  • Designed by Apple specifically for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and smaller Apple devices
  • Travel friendly design
  • Works worldwide with 100-240V power input (may need a plug adapter)

Cons:

  • Missing 15V/3A power profile most other 60W USB-C PD chargers offer
  • Doesn’t included a USB-C to USB-C cable when bought separate from the MacBook Pro

First Impression

The Apple 61W USB-C power adapter (MNF72LL/A) was among Apple’s first USB-C power adapters. It came with the 2016-2017 13-inch MacBook Pros. A USB-C to USB-C cable was also included with the laptop. But if you bought a second power adapter no cable was included. The design was almost the same as the MagSafe power adapters that came before it. The biggest difference, other than USB-C, is the lack of an extension cable that came with the older models. Its power output was designed with the 13-inch MacBook Pro and iPhone 8 and X in mind. So much so that Apple didn’t provide a 15V power profile, which has since bit them in the butt.

Power Meter Readings

iPhone 8
iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power meter

iPhone 8 power negotiation

iPhone 8 power negotiation

The iPhone 8 fast charges when using a USB-C to Lightning cable. That’s the main reason Apple included a 9V power profile on this charger. We see the usual power negotiations. Connection starts at 5V, then moves up to 9V. Learn more about fast charging iPhones.

Moto G6
Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power meter

Moto G6 power negotiation

Moto G6 power negotiation

The Moto G6 does regular charging via USB-C. This will be the same for Samsung and Quick Charge enabled Android phones. While the 9-10W provided is a decent charge, it isn’t fast charging. The Google Pixel and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery will fast charge on the USB-C port. Learn more about fast charging various Android phones.

Nintendo Switch
Switch gaming power meter

Switch gaming power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch sleeping power meter

Switch power negotiation

Switch power negotiation

The Nintendo Switch charges at its max rate, charging while you play. Its charge rate while sleeping is also normal. While most 60W USB-C chargers will power the Switch in TV mode the older Apple 61W USB-C is a big exception. It doesn’t offer a 15V power profile, which the Switch’s dock requires. The 2018 version of this charger will work with a docked Switch. Learn more about charging the Switch.

The PD protocol negotiation with the Switch is typical. It connects at 5V and moved up to 9V after negotiations. Current steps up once the 9V connection is made.

You can read my review of this charger specifically for the Nintendo Switch at Switch Chargers.

MacBook Pro, 13-inch
MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power meter

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

MacBook Pro 13-inch power negotiation

As the MacBook Pros’ included power adapter of course it work well. It can also support other 12-inch and 13-inch laptops. But provided they accept 20V input. Some 12-inch laptops are 15V only, and those won’t work as the charger lacks 15V output. A 15-inch MacBook Pro could work with this charger running office, Internet, and entertainment apps. If playing video games or using CPU intense apps it may only extend battery life. But either way you get a lot more uptime. Learn more about charging USB-C laptops.

Compared To Similar Chargers

ChargerApple 61W USB-C Power Adapter (MNF72LL/A)Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter (MRW22LL/A)Inateck 60W PD USB-C

Review
Nekteck 60W USB-C PD Charger
Price$69.00$64.80$32.99$21.99
Output60W USB-C PD60W USB-C PD60W USB-C PD60W USB-C PD
PortsUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CUSB-C
FeaturesIncluded with 2016-2017 13-inch MacBook Pro

Only supports 5V, 9V, and 20V power profiles
Included with 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro

Supports 5V, 9V, 15V, and 20V power profiles
USB-IF Certified from the factoryUSB-IF Certified
CableNo cableNo cableUSB-C to USB-C cableUSB-C to USB-C cable
Dimensions2.9 x 2.9 x 1.1 in
6.8 oz
2.9 x 2.9 x 1.1 in
6.8 oz
2.8 x 2.3 x 1.2 in
5.4 oz
2.8 x 2.4 x 1.1 in
9.6 oz

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2019-06-20.

You can see more USB-C chargers here.

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with Moto G6

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with Moto G6

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with Nintendo Switch

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with Nintendo Switch

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter with MacBook Pro 13-inch

Apple’s Shift To Better USB-C Chargers

When Apple introduced new MacBook Pros in 2016 they it was their second product to include USB-C. The Apple 29W USB-C power adapter had come out in 2015 with the 12-inch MacBook. All their early USB-C chargers followed similar design guidelines. They were made to support only current Apple products. And all three went against what would be USB-C specifications for such chargers. Even though Apple was a founding member of the USB-IF. In Apple’s defense, USB-C standards were still in flux when these early chargers were designed. And USB-IF certification wouldn’t be available for more than a year after their retail release.

Apple’s Early USB-C Chargers

Apple’s tunnel vision for current Apple products made these chargers less desirable for non-Apple products. And it has even affected their performance with the latest iPad Pro models.

The 29W USB-C power adapter offered 5.2V/2.4A and 14.5V/2A. Neither of those voltages are allowed under USB Power Delivery 2.0/3.0. They were allowed under USB Power Delivery 1.0. Literally to include support for Apple’s existing charger.

The 61W USB-C power adapter (MNF72LL/A) in this review offered 5V/2.4A, 9V/3A, 20V/3A. Its voltages are compliant with USB Power Delivery 2.0, except it is missing 15V/3A. That would disqualify it from USB-IF certification. It also means it won’t support devices that want 15V and not 20V. It won’t power a Nintendo Switch in TV mode (15V/2.6A required). It also won’t fast charge the 2018 iPad Pro with USB-C (15V/2.3A required).

The 87W USB-C power adapter offers 5.2V/2.4A, 9V/3A, 20.2V/4.3A. Like the 29W model it is using a voltage not supported under current USB PD specifications. And it is missing 15V support like the 61W model. This charger also takes a weird approach to how it verifies whether the USB-C cable can support its full 87W. Most similar chargers offer a device up to 60W until the cable is verified. Apple only offers 5.2V/2.4A (12.5W) until it is done verifying the cable. This has been known to cause crashes with the Nintendo Switch, partly due to the Switch’s own inadequacies.

Apple’s Newer USB-C Chargers

In 2018 Apple replaced their 29W and 61W USB-C chargers with new 30W and updated 61W USB-C models. They also introduced an all new 18W USB-C power adapter, including with the new iPad Pro with USB-C. All three of these new chargers conform better to USB-C standards.

The 18W USB-C power adapter offers 5V/3A and 9V/2A. That’s typical of many 18W chargers. The 12V/1.5A power profile some 18W chargers offer is optional under the standard. And almost no devices depend on it.

The 30W USB-C power adapter offers 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A. That’s what almost all other 30W USB-C chargers offer. And can support a wide range of devices up to a 12-inch laptop.

The 61W USB-C power adapter (MRW22LL/A) offers 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A. That’s what other 60W USB-C chargers support. It can now support most any USB-C device up to a mid sized laptop.

The 87W USB-C power adapter, unfortunately, has not updated. It is still missing 15V support. Hopefully we’ll see a change with a future 15-inch MacBook Pro update.

Summary

The Apple 61W USB-C power adapter (MNF72LL/A) is ideal for a 13-inch MacBook Pro. And will fast charge a newer iPhone or pre-2018 iPad Pro. But its lack of 15V support makes it under perform less expensive peers with other devices. Including the 2018 iPad Pro with USB-C.

As a 61W USB-C PD charger with 9V and 20V support it can fast charge small and large devices. Newer iPhones and Android phones that support USB Power Delivery. Any pre-2018 model iPad Pro. The Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. And most 13-inch or 14-inch laptops with USB-C. It would even power some 15-inch laptops under the right conditions. It won’t fast charge Android phones that use Quick Charge or similar tech. But it will charge such phones at a normal rate.

The lack of 15V sets it apart from other 60W USB-C PD charger. It should offer 15V/3A under USB-C standards. Lack of 15V means it won’t power a Nintendo Switch in TV mode. It’ll also fail to fast charge the 2018 iPad Pro. It’ll charge some, but not all larger USB-C power banks. And it should only be used with other USB-C laptops which you know support 20V power input.

The charger doesn’t offer anything to make up for its lack of 15V support. Even discontinued it costs more than Anker, Inateck, and Nekteck 60W USB-C chargers. And it is larger and heavier than most of them. Its only redeeming value is Apple support. But unless you bought AppleCare that doesn’t matter now.

If you already have this charger it will best serve you by living at your workstation. If you only own a MacBook Pro and iPhone then it’ll work as a travel charger, too. Otherwise get a more flexible 60W USB-C charger that can work with all your devices. And use it for commute and travel.

About Apple

Apple has U.S. based support (retail, web, chat, email, phone) and a 12 month warranty. If you purchased AppleCare for your MacBook Pro it also covers the included charger.

Bottom Line

The Apple 61W USB-C power adapter is great at what it was designed for: powering the mid sized MacBook Pro. If you need a second charger for your MacBook Pro it is worth considering, especially if under AppleCare. But there are other great 60W USB-C PD chargers available for much less.

The newer model of this charger (MRW22LL/A) costs the same but works with more devices. If you’re going to buy an Apple charger get the newer model over the one in this review.

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