How to charge your MacBook without a charger

It’s frustrating when you forget to bring the MacBook charger with you when you go on a trip somewhere or you’re at a coffee shop for work. Fret not, there are simple methods that can help to juice up your MacBook without the charger. Note that these solutions aren’t permanent. They’re only temporary fixes if you don’t have any other choice.

Use a USB-C phone charger

Thanks to the USB-C port, you can charge your MacBook with the cable for your phone. All you need to do is plug the cable into the MacBook and charge it from the power outlet. However, because the phone charger is generally more limited in terms of output power, it may charges your MacBook quite slowly.

Use a USB converter

If you have a PC on hand, you can use it to charge your MacBook with a USB 3.0 to USB-C converter cable. Simply plugging the USB end of the cable to your PC and the USB-C end to your MacBook would do the trick.

Use a power bank

Depending on the MacBook version you’re using, you can also charge it with a power bank. It should also features a USB 3.0 port for this to work, and make sure that the power bank supports 12V or higher to charge up your Mac in a normal speed. Anker 45W PowerCore+26800mAh PD Portable Charger is recommended if you don’t know which one to choose.

Keep in mind that these are all temporary fixes. If you still have some battery left on the MacBook, try to preserve it as much as possible, like decreasing brightness of the display, turn off Bluetooth, quit unecessary applications etc. Be sure to take the charger with you if you just forgot it at home, or buy a new charger if it’s broken.


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