Apple’s magnetic MagSafe battery pack for iPhone 12 costs $ 99. It charges the iPhone using MagSafe magnets on the back of the iPhone. It’s a typical Apple accessory. It only comes in white, works out of the box and is charged with lightning.
But it is not without problems. It has a small 1460 mAh battery that can not even charge the iPhone 12. There is no fast charge (it is charged at standard 5W speed). It has reverse charging, but it only starts after the iPhone is 80% charged.
Unless the integrated Apple experience is critically important to you, MagSafe battery pack is not worth the price. Especially when yYou can find third parties battery packs that fully charge the iPhone wirelessly, while costing half as much. But first …
Things to know before buying a magnetic battery pack for iPhone
The world of magnetic battery packs for iPhone 12 is fairly new. These are essentially wireless battery packs with clickable magnets on the back of iPhone 12 (and supported cases).
Before you buy one, there are a few things you should know.
- Capacity: Most reliable magnetic battery packs will charge at 5000 mAh, and with good reason: Not only are 10,000 mAh battery packs heavy, but they also run quite hot. You can find compact 10,000 mAh battery packs on Amazon, but you should stay away from them for your own safety.
- Charging speed: The magnetic battery packs listed here are MagSafe compliant only, not MagSafe certified. This means that the charging speed is limited to 7.5 W, while most people will charge the iPhone at 5 W (which is based on Qi charging standards). You will find battery packs that advertise 15W charging speeds, but that’s just marketing hype, not reality.
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