There are a few essential components that make up any computer. You need a screen, a keyboard and a mouse or trackpad for sure. But what else? If you have a laptop like a MacBook Pro, it’s going to run on battery power when it’s not plugged in. And how do you charge this battery? You need a charging cord and adapter, obviously. It’s one of the most critical aspects of your computer and is an essential accessory.
Over the course of owning your MacBook Pro, you might need to get a new charger. Since these are external accessories to your computer, you might accidentally lose it or someone might steal it or it’s not charging the battery. These charging cables can also wear out over time or become damaged in which case, you’ll need to find a replacement. Luckily, finding a new charger for your MacBook Pro is easy so here is a look at where to buy a new one.
Why Buy a MacBook Pro Charger
As I touched on above, there are a few different reasons you might need to get a new charger for your MacBook Pro. The fact of the matter is that you absolutely need a charger to use your computer. Without it, once your battery dies you will have no way of recharging and using the computer.
If you accidentally lose your charging cable or if it gets stolen, you’ll obviously need a new one. You might be able to borrow a friend or something for a while but without a cord to yourself, you won’t be able to use your computer as often as you’d like.
If you are experiencing issues with your current charging cable, it might also be time to consider purchasing a new one. If you see any signs of significant damage on your charger such as exposed wiring or a broken wire cover, it’s only a matter of time before the charger breaks completely. A damaged cable may work for a while, but it will eventually stop leaving you in need of a new one.
MacBook Pro Chargers – Different Types
If you do need to buy a new charger for your MacBook, you need to know what type of charger you’re looking for as different models require different chargers. If you still have your old charger and need a new one because it is broken or damaged, bring it into the store when you purchase a new one so you can reference the type and buy the correct charger.
Power adapters for MacBooks come in 3 different connections and a wide variety of wattages. You need to know the required adapter for your specific model. You can find out which model MacBook you have here. Wattage is an important consideration because if you get an adapter that has less wattage than intended for your computer, it will not charge. A higher wattage adapter will work but it won’t charge your computer any faster.
The three main types of adapter connects are:
- MagSafe (Which comes in L and T shapes)
- MagSafe 2
Where to Buy a MacBook Pro Charger
MacBook Pro chargers are easy to find and replace. They are not the cheapest accessory for your computer but because they are so important if you need one you will have to buy it. Once you have figured out which charging adapter you need based on your MacBook model, you can either purchase a new one online or from a physical store that sells these products. Here’s a look at some good options for either.
Online Retailers that Supply MacBook Pro Chargers
With any of these online retailers, simply type in the type of charger you are looking for and your results will be listed. I always shop around at a few different online locations to try and find the best price for any product. If you want to get a power adapter created by Apple, that’s fine but sometimes there are cheaper options made by other companies on Amazon or New Egg.
Physical Retailers that Supply MacBook Pro Chargers
- The Apple Store
- Best Buy
Almost every physical store that sells these chargers has an online store so it’s really up to you how you go about buying a new MacBook Pro charger. If you don’t know exactly what charger you need, sometimes it’s nice to go talk to a customer service person at one of these store locations. To find a location near you, Google the name of the store and the city you are in and you should see a list of nearby stores that sell the chargers.
If you don’t have a charger for your MacBook Pro, you basically don’t have a computer at all. It’s like having a car without gas – it might look good, but you won’t be able to operate it. Luckily, it’s easy to find a new charger either online or in-store for a replacement. A simple search of MacBook Pro chargers will point you in the right direction but visit any of the online or physical locations mentioned here and you’ll be able to find the correct charger for your MacBook.
Have you ever needed a new charger? Where did you buy it?