Apple has introduced a new addition to its MagSafe series of products with the MagSafe Battery Pack. The accessory offers a portable charging option for iPhone owners who want the convenience of wireless charging along with the easy connection to MagSafe.
This battery pack comes almost a year after the introduction of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro and the reinvention of MagSafe technology that had been present on Apple’s MacBooks. Surprisingly few MagSafe-branded accessories have come out since the launch, and many of them have been cases that do little to take advantage of the technology. So, the introduction of the MagSafe Battery Pack definitely helps to cushion the offerings for this product category.
At $ 99, however, the MagSafe battery pack can struggle to entice. The package sticks to Apple̵
Limited power and high price
The MagSafe battery pack, now available in the Apple Store in the US, UK and Australia, is really just splashy because it comes directly from Apple and uses MagSafe technology. Beyond that, it does not offer much. Apple does not even notice the battery capacity – which may not be very surprising – but it is listed on the package itself as only 1,460 mAh. It’s less than a single charge of even the battery of the iPhone 12 Mini.
Charging speed is also quite limited. When charging wirelessly on the go, the MagSafe battery pack maintains a low 5-watt charging speed. On the plus side, it can encounter up to 15 W of wireless charging while connected to a 20 W power adapter, which will also see the battery charge again at the same time.
But the low charge and capacity specifications certainly question the value of a $ 99 product. The market is packed with battery banks that cost a fraction of that while carrying much more cost. A notable example is the $ 45 Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K, which is not technically a MagSafe accessory, but which attaches magnetically to an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro while offering 5000 mAh juice and hitting the same 5-watt wireless charging speed.
So while Apple’s MagSafe portable charger may stand out as a specialty product, it can be difficult to land among the top portable chargers.