16-inch MacBook Pro ships with Apple’s most powerful USB-C adapter to date, at 96 watts

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro, available starting today, ships with a 96-watt USB-C power adapter in the box to power the notebook’s bigger battery, rated at a hundred watt-hours.

By comparison, the former 15-inch MacBook Pro that the new 16-incher has replaced in Apple’s lineup shipped with the 87-watt USB-C power adapter. The new 96-watt adapter for charging the new 16-inch MacBook Pro files as Apple’s most powerful notebook adapter to date.

To complete the picture, here are all the chargers that Apple currently ships with their notebooks, as well as rated wattages of their built-in batteries.

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro: 58‑watt-hour battery, 61-watt USB‑C power adapter
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro: 100‑watt-hour battery, 96-watt USB‑C power adapter
  • MacBook Air: 50-watt-hour battery, 30-watt USB-C power adapter

The new 96-watt adapter can be purchased as a standalone accessory from Apple for $79 a pop (keep in mind that a charging cable is sold separately).

Here’s Apple’s description of the new power adapter:

The 96W USB-C charger offers fast, efficient charging at home, in the office or on the go. While this power adapter is compatible with any USB-C\ device, Apple recommends pairing it with your 16-inch MacBook Pro for optimal charging performance.

And here are all the Mac notebook models this charger is compatible with:

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015-2017)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016-2019)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

According to Apple’s official technical specifications for the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, having a 100-watt-hour battery in the new MacBook Pro gives you up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing, up to 11 hours vide playback in the TV app and up to 30 days of standby time.

Aside from the notebook and the new charger, the box includes a 2-meter USB-C charge cable. If you’re going to be using your own charge cable to power this computer, be sure that it’s rated at 100 watts because not all USB-C charge cables are made equal.

As for me, I use rugged 100-watt USB-C charge cables from both Nomad and Mophie.