It’s the little things

The original 85W MagSafe adapter on the left and the NEW 85W MagSafe adapter on the right.


If you have a MacBook Pro, one thing you’ve probably noticed is how freakin’ big the AC adapter was. Apple has quietly addressed this and made a NEW 85W MagSafe Power Adapter (Part# MA938LL/A) available. I ordered mine immediately when I found out about it as my notebook bag is already heavy enough. Anything I can do to lighten the load is worth it. This new adapter is on par with the MacBook adapter which is a 60W MagSafe Power Adapter. Although the MacBook adapter will power a MacBook Pro, it doesn’t provide enough juice to charge the battery. So you really want the 85W adapter if you have a MacBook Pro. The 85W adapter will work with either the MacBook Pro or MacBook.

Now if only the folks over at iGo could figure out a way to make a MagSafe tip for their universal adapters (or get Apple to license the technology to them), I’d be in heaven.

7 Replies to “It’s the little things”

  1. Did you (can you?) weigh the two? I’m thinking of getting a new one for the same reason – weight.

  2. Dear Terry
    Thank you for the info on the power adapters. I purchased the new macbook to replace my macbookpro – need lighter weight to travel. An extra power cord is important to keep one at home and one at the office. Apple is saying NOT to use the 85W with the macbook. Your post says it’s okay. Can you expand on that so I can be comfortable that i will not blow up my new macbook. Thanks for your helpful information.

  3. Alice,
    I don’t want to be responsible for your MacBook blowing up, so it’s probably best to go with what Apple recommends. However, I use the 85W adapter with a MacBook ALL THE TIME and never had any issues with it.

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