Laptop Adapters and Chargers guide

Laptop Adapters and Chargers guide

Unlike a AC inverter generators the Voltaic V88 Laptop Battery uses DC power to charge electronics away from the grid. While this will not effect how you charge USB devices such as smartphones and tablets, an adapter is required in order to charge laptops. This laptop adapter guide will help you find the correct DC adapter for your laptop.

Choosing the Correct DC Adapter for Your Laptop

Unless your laptop charges from a USB Type C cable, you’ll need to use a Voltaic adapter to charge from one of our solar laptop chargers or the V88 Portable Laptop Battery. The style and size of your laptop adapter will be determined by a couple of factors including your computer’s brand, model and year.

The size of your laptop adapter is defined by its Outer Dimension, Inner Dimension and Center Pin Size (if applicable). These dimensions are measured in millimeters.

For a precise measurement, we recommend using a pair of calipers. However, since most laptop brands have a ‘large’ and a ‘small’ adapter, a quick measurement of the Outer and Inner Dimensions with a standard ruler will help you decide which adapter you need based on our glossary below. Due to the large variety or model numbers, this is a partial glossary.

Standard vs. Optional Laptop Adapters

A set of 10 adapters is included with any purchase of a V88 Laptop Battery or a Solar Laptop Charger.

Adapters which are included as Standard Adapters are marked as “Standard”. If the adapter is marked as “Optional”, you must purchase that adapter along with your laptop solar charger in order to charge from the Voltaic V88 Battery.

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Acer Laptop Adapters

Acer laptops will charge from either their Small Pin (3.0 x 1.0 mm) or Large Pin (5.5 x 1.7 mm) Adapter.

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
5.5 x 1.7 mmAspire M3, M5, V5, V7Standard
3.0 x 1.0 mmAO1-131, AO1-131M, AO1-431, C730, C730E, C738T, C810, CB3-111, CB3-131, CB3-531, CB5-132T, CB5-311, CB5-311P, R5-471T, R7-371T, SF314-51, SW5-171, SW5-171P, SW5-173, SW5-271, V3-331, V3-371, V3-372, V3-372T, S7-392Standard

Apple Laptop Adapters

Unlike other laptop adapters, Apple MacBooks use a proprietary MagSafe cable or a Thunderbolt (USB-C) cable to charge. To determine which adapter you need, please use the chart below:

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)MacBook Air Retina 13″ (2018 and later), MacBook Pro 13″ (2016 and later), MacBook Pro 15″ (2016-and later), MacBook Pro 16″ (2019)Optional
MagSafe 2MacBook Pro Retina (Mid 2012), MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (Late 2012, Early 2013, Late 2013, Mid 2014, Early 2015), MacBook Pro Retina 15″ (Early 2013, Late 2013, Mid 2014, Mid 2015), MacBook Air 11″ (Mid 2012, Mid 2013, Early 2014, Early 2015), MacBook Air 13″ (Mid 2012, Mid 2013, Early 2014, Early 2015, 2017)Optional
MagSafe 1MacBook (Mid 2011 or earlier), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or earlier), MacBook Pro (Mid 2011 or earlier), MacBook Pro 13″ (Mid 2012), MacBook Pro 15″ (Mid 2012)Optional

For more information on charging your MacBook from solar, visit our Solar MacBook Guide.

Asus Laptop Adapters

Asus laptops will charge from one of two adapter, our standard “C” Adapter (5.5 x 2.5 mm) or our optional 4.0 x 1.35 mm Adapter.

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
4.0 x 1.35 mmUltrabookOptional
5.5 x 2.5 mmQ301 Q301L Q301LA Q301LA-BSI5T17 Q301LA-BHI5TO2Standard

Dell Laptop Adapters

Dell laptops will either charge from our standard “DELL” Adapter (7.4 x 5.0 x 0.6 mm) or our optional Dell Right-Angle Adapter (4.5 x 2.8 x 0.6 mm).

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
Dell
7.4 x 5.0 x 0.6 mm
Chromebook 11, 3120; Inspiron 15 3537, 15R 5537, 17R 5737, 3737, 7537, 7737; Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme (7404), 3150, 3330, 3340, 3350, 3440, 3450, 3540, 3550, E5250, E5440, E5450, E5540, E5550, E6440, E6540, E7240, E7270, E7440, E7470 E Port Plus; Inspiron 15 75XX, 7720, M5110, One 2020; Latitude 3340, E4310, E5430, E5440, E5520, E5530, E6230, E6320, E6330, E6420, E6430, E6440, E6530, E6540, E7240, E7440; Precision Mobile Workstation M2400, M2800, M4400, M4500, M4700, M60, M6700, M70, M90; XPS 14, 15, 17Standard
Dell
4.5 x 2.8 x 0.6 mm
Inspiron 11 3147, 11 3148, 13 7347, 13 7348, 3059, 5458; Latitude 5175 2-in-1; OptiPlex 3040 (micro), 7040 (micro), 9020 (micro); Venue 11 Pro (7140); XPS 13 (9333), 13 (L321X), 13 (L322X), 18 (1810), 18 (1820); XPS 15 (9550 9560 9530 9570) Chromebook 7310; Inspiron 13 7348, 14 3467, 15 3567, 15 7558, 3452, 3458, 5559, 5758; Latitude 3490, 3590; OptiPlex 3020 (micro); Vostro 3252, 3459Optional

NOTE: HP and Dell adapters have the small measurements but are not interchangeable.

HP Laptop Adapters

If you are charging an HP Laptop, you will require an additional adapter. Most newer style HP laptops will charge from the optional HP Right-Angle Adapter (4.5 x 2.8 x 0.6 mm). If you have an older HP Business laptop you will likely need our optional HP Adapter (7.4 x 5.0 x 0.6 mm).

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
HP
7.4 x 5.0 x 0.6 mm
All HP Business Notebooks including: EliteBook 840 Business Notebooks and HP ZBook 14 Mobile WorkstationsOptional
HP
4.5 x 2.8 x 0.6 mm
HP Stream 11/13 HP Pavilion Series HP Spectre Series HP Envy SeriesOptional

NOTE: HP and Dell adapters have the small measurements but are not interchangeable.

Lenovo Laptop Adapters

Most Lenovo laptops will charge from one of our included standard Lenovo adapters: Lenovo Square Adapter (10.5 x 4.2 mm),  “G”  Adapter (4.0 x 1.7 mm) or “K” Adapter (7.9 x 5.6 x 0.9 mm). However, some Lenovo’s will require the optional Lenovo Slim Tip Adapter (7.5 x 3.0 mm).

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
Lenovo SquareMost Lenovo Laptops Including: ThinkPad Helix, T4301s, U330p, U330 Touch; U430p, U430 Touch; S500, S500 Touch, S410/ S510 Flex, S410P/S510P Flex 14”, Flex 15Z710Z410/Z510Z510, Touch: G700, G710, G400, G500, G405/G505, G410/G510Z, G series(Lancer): G400S/G500S, G405S/G505S, G400S Touch/G500S Touch, G410s/G510s, Flex2 series(Mybo); Flex2 Pro-15(Viper 5A) B/E/N (Freelander/Discovery/Boxster), Flex 3 15XX(Camaro5); Flex 3 Pro-1580 & Edge 2-1580 Tesla (S41), U41, U31, Lenovo Ideapad 500S-15ISK (U51) Gx1Zx1Bx1K/M41(Macan)Standard
4.0 x 1.7 mmYoga 710 11”/14”/15”; Flex 4-1435(#80SC); Flex 4-1470(#80SA); Flex 4-1570(#80SB); Flex 4-1130(#80U3); Miix 510; IdeaPad 100s 14”; IdeaPad 110 14”/15”/17’ IdeaPad 100 14”/15”; IdeaPad 310 14”/15”; IdeaPad 710s 13”; IdeaPad 310s 11”/15”; IdeaPad 110s 11”; Flex 4-1480(#80VD); Flex 4-1580(#80VE); IdeaPad 510s 13”/14″Standard
7.9 x 5.6 x 0.9 mmThinkPad T W SeriesStandard
Lenovo Slim TipFlex 3 11”; Flex 3 14”/15” Integrate; IdeaPad 500s 13”/14”/15” Integrate; IdeaPad 300s 14” Integrate; IdeaPad 300s 11”Optional

Microsoft Laptop Adapters

Microsoft Surface, Surface Book, and Surface Pro laptops use a proprietary cable to charge. To determine which adapter you need, please use the chart below:

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
Surface Pro/BookMicrosoft Surface Pro 7/6/5/4/3, Surface Laptop 3/2/1, Surface Go, Surface BookOptional
Surface Pro 2Surface Pro 1, Surface Pro 2Optional

Samsung Laptop Adapters

If you have a Samsung laptop you will use either our standard “H” (2.5 x 0.7 mm) or “C” Adapter (5.5 x 2.5 mm).

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
2.5 x 0.7 mmChromebookStandard
5.5 x 2.5 mmSeries 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Chronos, ATIV Book 2, 4Standard

Toshiba Laptop Adapters

Toshiba laptops have three distinct adapters, two of which are part of our standard set: “G” Adapter (4.0 x 1.7 mm) and “C” Adapter (5.5 x 2.5 mm). Alternatively, some Toshiba laptops will charge from our larger “B” Adapter (6.3 x 3.1 mm), this adapter is not part of the standard set.

AdapterLaptop Model (partial list)Adapter is…
4.0 x 1.7 mmPortége WT20, Z20t notebook PCs, Chromebook2 (CB30 – B/C Series)Standard
5.5 x 2.5 mmTecra C40 / C50 / A40 / A50 / Z40 / Z50 Series, Portege A30 / Z30 Series, Satellite L655D / L305 / T210D / L655Standard
6.2 x 3.1 mmSatellite M115-S3, Satellite Pro 6000 / 6100 SeriesOptional