There is this great question: What happens if you plug more than one charger in the new MacBook Pro (2016)?

It doesn't tell me how to find out from which source the MacBook is charging though. Right this moment I have a power bank and a MacBook charger (small, not proper wattage) connected to my MacBook Pro and my battery is at 3%. I'd like to know which one I can unplug.

Is there a way to know which port is giving the power? I'm looking for a precise answer, e.g. from a command line tool. It'd also be good to know with exactly how much Watt it's charging. I don't want to rely on whatever is indicated on the charger.

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The one that has the most power is the one that does the charging

From Apple's support page Connect with Thunderbolt 3 on your new MacBook Pro (that was linked in the question), it states that

  • If you connect multiple power supplies to your MacBook Pro, the one that provides the most power will be used, regardless of the order in which you connected them.

You need to check the specs of the power bank and the charger. How many watts to each have. To get this info, use the simple calculation:

Volts = Watts x Amps

If you power bank give you 5V at 2A it's capable of delivering 10W. If your charger is capable of 12V at 5A then it's capable of delivering 60W. The one with the most is charging your Mac.

Most likely, your power bank is nowhere close to an AC adapter - that's the one you should disconnect.

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    Yeah, I saw that support page. I'm hoping there's a tool that tells me precisely which port is used for charging and with how much it's charging.
    – the
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 20:16
  • You can find out how much power your MacBook thinks an power source provides by running pmset -g ac. It doesn't say which source it is using, but if you attach one at a time you can find the Watts of each. In my experience, my MacBook prefers the 45W power source from the monitor over the 60W no-name power source. Weird.
    – RobM
    Commented Mar 6, 2018 at 18:42

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