Can You Use a New 30W USB C Power Adapter for All Apple Devices and Why?

By Carrie Tsai, Last Updated: August 21, 2020INDUSTRY

Early this month, Apple just silently released a new version of its 30W USB C power adapter carrying the new model number MY1W2AM/A out of the blue. Since the new version was introduced, the previous 30W version with the model number MR2A2LL/A has been taken off the shelf from Apple’s official website.

In fact, Apple releasing something new is always unexpected, which always causes a great stir. This new 30W USB-C power adapter model, once released, has made most of the public numbed with shock as well as causing many rumors and conjectures. These rumors are almost related to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12.

There is always a rumor claiming that Apple will not include both a free pair of EarPods and a free power adapter in the iPhone 12 box. Not long ago, Apple has confirmed that its upcoming iPhone 12 won’t come bundled with a free pair of EarPods. So many individuals are now conjecturing that the release of Apple’s new 30W USB-C power adapter model may indicate that the iPhone 12 won’t come with a free power adapter.

If the power adapter will indeed be excluded from the iPhone 12 box, it means that the buyers (new-comers of Apple devices) will have to additionally buy it (most likely to buy the new USB C power adapter model). For iPhone users who need to replace their wrong power adapter, they may be also confused about whether to buy the new 30W version. So the question here is — is Apple’s new 30W USB C power adapter worth buying? Well, the answer is No. Continue your reading and you can find the reasons.

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It’s Limited in Fast Charging Efficiency When Charging Devices that Don’t Support PD Fast Charging

There is no essential difference between the new and the previous Apple’s 30W USB C power adapter. They both have the same outward design, are equipped with a USB-C port, support the PD 2.0 protocol, and own the charging gears of 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/2A, 20V/1.5A. The noticeable difference is that the new’s model number is MY1W2AM/A whereas the older MR2A2LL/A. But in fact, there is another difference between them — the new model (MY1W2AM / A) is compatible with more devices.

“The Apple 30W USB‑C Power Adapter offers fast, efficient charging at home, in the office, or on the go. While the power adapter is compatible with any USB‑C-enabled device, Apple recommends pairing it with the 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina display for optimal charging performance. You can also pair it with selected iPhone and iPad Pro models to take advantage of the fast-charging feature.”

The above words are an overview of Apple’s new 30W USB-C power adapter from Apple’s official website. As is indicated from the overview, the new 30W power adapter model has made improvements in device compatibility. Compared with the previous version, the new version is capable of working with more devices (any USB‑C–enabled devices).

However, although it remains compatible with any USB-C enabled devices, due to supporting only the PD fast charging protocol, it cannot take advantage of the optimal fast charging performance when charging devices which don’t support PD fast charging. In other words, only if it charges devices that support PD fast charging protocol can it take advantage of the fast charging feature.

Therefore, on the one hand, for those iPhone and iPad series that don’t support the PD fast charging protocol, they cannot use the Apple’s new 30W USB C power adapter for fast charging. For example, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S which are before the iPhone 8 and don’t support PD charging cannot use the new 30W version for fast charging. Similarly, for 9.7-inch iPads which also don’t support PD charging, the new 30W model cannot achieve fast charging performance when charging them.

On the other hand, a plethora of different brands still use their own protocols as an advertising advantage rather than using PD fast charging protocol. Hence, for the devices which support other fast charging protocols, Apple’s new USB C power adapter can only charge them slowly for around 10W rather than fast 30W.

In short, even though Apple’s new 30W USB-C power adapter is compatible with any USB-C enabled devices, it cannot achieve the optimal fast charging performance when charging devices that don’t support PD fast charging protocol. Also, not all Apple devices can use it for fast charging.

Note:

PD fast charging, introduced by the USB-IF back in 2012, is fundamentally a kind of fast charging protocol that is making full use of the USB Type-C port. It works by implementing a data protocol to communicate between the charger and the charged device. It can realize much more power delivery than standard charging.

It’s Expensive and Less Affordable than the Same Level Power Adapters

According to what is shown on Apple’s official website, Apple’s new 30W USB C power adapter sells for the same price of $49 as the original version. However, this price is, in fact, a little bit expensive given that it doesn’t support multiple fast-charging protocols and is limited in fast charging performance while charging non-PD supporting devices.

If the rumor claiming that the upcoming iPhone 12 won’t come with a free power adapter comes true, it isn’t worthwhile for iPhone 12 buyers to spend a lot of money to buy this extra power adapter which is expensive and limited in fast charging performance on non-PD enabled devices.

Moreover, there are other peers charging power adapters that are more affordable and can also offer you excellent fast charging experience on the market. Thus, whether for the new-comer of the Apple devices or for the Apple devices users who’d like to replace their power adapters, it seems that the Apple’s new 30W USB-C power adapter isn’t worth a try.

The 30W USB C Power Adapter Doesn’t Come with A Charging Cable of Its Own

In addition, Apple’s new version of the 30W USB C power adapter doesn’t come bundled with a charging cable of its own, meaning that buyers will have to repurpose their existing cables or choose to buy new ones.

For those who need to additionally buy new cables, buying Apple’s new UB C power adapter indeed costs more. That said, in order to charge your Apple devices, you will need to buy a set of Apple’s charging accessories including the 30W USB-C power adapter and the extra data cable, which costs you a bundle.

Also, for compatible iPhone and iPad fast charging, you’ll have to additionally buy a USB-C-to-Lightning cable which can be used with the 30W USB C power adapter. All these make the purchase of Apple’s new 30W USB C power adapter seem unworthy.

After all, Apple’s new 30W power adapter model is essentially expensive and is limited in taking advantage of fast charging performance when charging devices that don’t support PD fast charging. Coupled with the fact that this new version doesn’t come with a free charging cable, it isn’t worth purchasing.

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There Are Better Alternatives — A Plethora of Apple MFi-Certified Power Adapters in Much Lower Cost

There is another reason why Apple’s new 30W USB-C power adapter isn’t worthwhile to buy. It lies in the fact that there are better alternatives to Apple’s new 30W model — a great number of excellent power adapters which are Apple MFi certified and are at much lower prices.

Note:

Apple MFi certification is a program for companies that want to build Apple-certified hardware accessories. It means that the manufacturers of accessories for Apple devices must have their hardware certified by Apple. When a product is Apple MFi-certified, it’s safe to use.

The third-party power adapters which are passed through Apple’s MFi certification can bring 1:1 Apple official power adapter using experience. Also, they are power-efficient and produce less heat during the charging, making themselves safe to use. With the 1:1 Apple official using experience, they are still much more affordable than the Apple’s new 30W USB C power adapter, which makes them the better power adapter choice.

Besides, many of the Apple MFi-certified USB C power adapters support multiple fast charging protocols, making them compatible with many more devices and capable of taking advantage of the fast charging feature when charging these devices.

Moreover, the majority of the USB C power adapters which are Apple MFI certified come bundled with a free data cable, meaning that buyers don’t have to additionally buy new ones. Furthermore, it’s worth noting that some MFi-certified power adapters are better in product quality than the official Apple USB C power adapter version such as the matching data cable with explosion-proof design.

All in all, you don’t have to pay much more for buying Apple’s new version of the 30W USB C power adapter. Choosing a powerful Apple MFI-certified power adapter may be the better option. After all, the majority of the power adapters which are MFi-certified are powered with 1:1 Apple user experience and safe to use, more powerful in device compatibility as well as much lower in price.

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Final Words

Apple’s recently-released new version of its 30W USB C power adapter with the model number MY1W2AM/A may indicate that Apple won’t include a free power adapter in the iPhone 12 box. Anyway, due to its limitation in fast charging performance when charging non-PD supporting devices, its high price, it's unfixing with a free data cable as well as its inferiority to many Apple MFi-certified power adapters, this new 30W power adapter version seems unworthy of being purchased.

Compared with Apple’s new USB C power adapter, whether in price or in devices compatibility or in additional powerful features, it’s always the Apple MFi-certified power adapters that take the advantage. Choosing an MFi-certified USB C power adapter supporting multiple fast charging protocols, coming with a free data cable, and offering many other powerful features a lower price is the way to go. Hope this article can give you any help.

Carrie Tsai is part of team Neway and is always active to share her ideas of Neway. She enthusiastically dives each day into the depths of the mobile industry.