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MacBook Air M2: fast charging not standard

One of the new functions of Apple’s brand new MacBook Air M2 is the ability to charge the computer from 0 to 50 percent within 30 minutes, as is already the case with the MacBook Pro M1 Max and M1 Pro. However, this only works with certain power supplies – and the manufacturer does not supply these in the two standard configurations, as a newly published support document shows.

The two versions of the MacBook Air M2 that Apple sells pre-configured from the factory come with either a 30-watt USB-C power adapter (entry-level device for 1,500 euros) or a 35-watt dual USB-C power adapter (model with 512 GB SSD instead of 256 GB and two more GPU cores for 1850 euros). However, at least 67 watts are required for fast charging to work.

After all, Apple charges buyers of new devices a lower surcharge than the 65 euros that this power supply costs individually – or none at all. With the entry-level MBA M2, you have to shell out 20 euros more if you want the fast charger. It is commendable that Apple does not charge a fee for the MBA M2, which costs 1850 euros, but the 67-watt version has to be explicitly selected, which can change delivery times. It also has the disadvantage that it only has one USB-C port.

The quick charge feature can prove extremely useful when you travel a lot and don’t have much time to charge. After a stay on trains or planes where there was no power connection, you can quickly refuel at any socket. The feature works reliably if you have the right power supply.

In addition to the 67 watt power supply from Apple, to which a MagSafe 3 or USB-C charging cable can be attached, the other two current power supplies from Apple with 96 and 140 watts can of course also be used. The MacBook Air M2 is also fast-charging ready for the Apple Stuido Display with a Thunderbolt cable and the Apple Pro Display XDR with a Thunderbolt 3 cable. In addition, according to Apple, any other external display with at least 85 watts of power delivery function can be used if you use a Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C cable. With the 14-inch MacBook Pro M1 Max and M1 Pro, it must be at least the 96-watt power supply or an external display with 94 watts, with the 16-inch model nothing goes below the 140-watt power supply, which is tolerable despite the new GaN technology applies.

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