Did you know you don’t need a charger to charge your Mac? You can charge it using other devices. Your Mac has a universal USB-C charging port. This means you can use any device with a USB-A port to charge your MacBook laptop. If you are not near a power outlet or traveling somewhere without a charger, here are several ways to charge your MacBook without a charger. These methods may be old, but they work. You probably have these things lying around in the house. If not, go to Amazon or any local electronics store. Each will come in handy at some point.
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Use a Windows or Android Phone to Charge Your MacBook
If you don’t have a Mac computer handy to charge your Macbook, you can use another USB-A device to charge it. That would mean that your only choices are other PCs and mobile devices that use USB-A. So, your best bet would be to use a Windows or Android phone charger to charge your Macbook. This method only works if your Macbook is running on the latest version of macOS because the feature is only available on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later. Windows and Android devices cannot charge the MacBook through its USB-C charging port unless you’re running the latest versions of their operating systems. You can charge your Android devices with a Mac running macOS Sierra with the USB-C cable that comes with the device. You can also use an Android phone charger to charge the MacBook. All you need to do is connect the USB-A end of the charger to the USB-C charging port on the MacBook and then use the USB-A port to connect the charger to an electrical outlet.
Use a Mac to Charge Your MacBook
This is one of my favorite methods for charging a Macbook without a charger. Simply connect a power bank to your Mac with a USB-C cable. You can use a power bank of any brand or capacity. You just need to make sure it can charge your Mac laptop. There are power banks that can charge your Macbook. Power banks can charge Macbooks at a slower rate than a wall charger or computer charger. It will take several hours to charge your laptop entirely. The good thing is that you can use the computer while it is charging. There have been instances when a MacBook was connected to power but not fully charged. The system automatically shuts down after a certain period without a fully charged battery. So, if you plan to use your laptop for an extended period, ensure it is charged enough.
Use a USB Flash Drive to Charge Your MacBook
This is probably one of the most creative ways to charge your Macbook without a charger. Connect a USB flash drive to your Mac via the USB-C charging port. Now, the Macbook won’t read the data from the flash drive. It will only use the power from the USB port to charge itself. This method is ideal if you don’t have an extra power bank. You can use any USB flash drive to charge your laptop. Choose a flash drive with a high mAh (milliampere-hour) rating. The higher the rating, the longer it will take to charge your Macbook. You can use this method while working on your laptop or writing an article, a blog post, or anything else that doesn’t require much power. However, it is better to plug the laptop into a wall socket if you are watching videos or playing games.
Use an iPad to charge your MacBook
This is one of the simplest ways to charge your MacBook without a charger. All you need is a USB charging cable for your iPad. Now, there are two ways you can do this. You can either use a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge your MacBook. This method is ideal if you have an iPad with a USB-A port instead of a Lightning port. Or, you can use a USB-C to Lightning cable to charge your MacBook with an iPad. This method is ideal if you have an iPad with a Lightning port. Both methods work just fine. However, using a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge your MacBook with an iPad is a bit slow compared to using a USB-C to Lightning cable. You will also need to keep unplugging the USB-A to USB-C cable every time you use the laptop.
Use a Kindle to Charge your MacBook
This is another quirky way to charge your Macbook without a charger. All you have to do is connect a USB charging cable to a Kindle reader. The Kindle needs to be an older model with a micro-USB port. It can’t be a Kindle Paperwhite or a Kindle Voyage because they have a USB-C port. Simply connect the Kindle to the MacBook using a USB charging cable. Again, this is a slow charging method but can come in handy in a pinch.
Use an iPhone to charge your MacBook
This is another classic method to charge your Macbook without a charger. Simply use any Lightning cable to connect your iPhone to the USB-C charging port on your laptop. The advantage of using an iPhone cable is that it will charge both your iPhone and your laptop at the same time. This method is slow but may come in handy if you forget to charge your iPhone, which is almost out of battery. You can also use the iPhone charger to charge your headphones if they have a Lightning connector at one end.
Using a Mac-enabled iPad charger
If you have an old iPad charger, you can use it to charge your Macbook. The iPad charger has both a USB-A port and a USB-C port. You can use the USB-A port to charge your MacBook with a USB charging cable or the USB-C port to power your MacBook directly. However, you have to be careful when you use the USB-C port. Make sure that your Macbook is not charging when you plug it in. If it is charging, the laptop will detect the power from the USB-C port and stop charging from its battery. This is why you need to unplug the iPad charger from the wall socket before you plug your Macbook in.
Using an iPhone Charger With USB-C Cable
This is another method you can use if you have an iPhone charger with a USB-C cable. Simply connect the two and plug the charger into a wall socket. Your Macbook will start charging from the USB-C charger.
Use a USB battery pack to charge.
Connect a USB battery pack to your laptop using a USB-A to USB-C cable. This is another way to charge your Macbook without a charging port. However, you will have to choose a USB battery pack that can provide enough power to charge your Macbook. The best USB battery packs can provide 1 or 2 Amperes of power. A good rule of thumb is choosing a battery pack with a higher mAh rating than your Macbook. For example, if your MacBook has a 59-watt-hour battery, you should look for a USB battery pack that can provide at least 60 watts.
That’s it, folks! We have come to the end of this article, and we hope you have found it helpful. We understand that finding a power source to charge your devices can be challenging when you are out and about. These 8 Ways to Charge Your MacBook Without a Charger will come in handy in such situations. You can use one of these methods whenever you need some extra power. Whether you are traveling and don’t have a wall socket nearby or just need a little bit more juice to finish off a project at the office, these methods will help you out.