Apple MagSafe Battery Pack review: Power on the go
For the last few years, Apple has followed the new iPhone models with the release of a Smart Battery Case to extend their battery life. Normally, a case with a built-in battery is something that you put on the phone and then forget about, but the cost is significantly increasing, as is the overall size of your phone.
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The appeal and sales pitch for using Apple’s battery case is that it often features some sort of built-in functionality beyond what third-party cases can do. For example, the battery widget displays the iPhone’s battery and the case’s charge level. Or, as was the with the iPhone 11 Smart Battery Case, there’s an extra button that triggers the iPhone’s camera and makes it easy to quickly start taking photos.
Nearly a year after the iPhone 12 was announced, Apple announced a new battery product to help power the phone through a long day at work or while traveling. Only instead of a case, Apple released a battery pack that attaches to the back of all iPhone 12 models using its new MagSafe feature. That means the battery magnetically attaches to the back of the case and wirelessly charges the phone.
The price? 99. It’s a price that’s received some criticism, mainly because the likes of Anker, Hyper, and Mophie have all released similar battery packs with larger capacities for under 50.
So, the question has to be asked: Is Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack worth the price? After over a week of testing, I have an answer. It’s best summed up as: Well, that depends.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack: Design
Looking at pictures of the MagSafe Battery Pack on Apple’s website left me with the impression that it was covered with the same rubber-like material that the Smart Battery cases had used. When I received the review sample from Apple, I was mildly disappointed to discover that it actually has a plastic shell. I’m sure the material change has something to do with how the battery pack handles the heat, a byproduct of wireless charging. That said, the part that sits against your phone is a soft rubber material that will prevent scratches.
Another mild disappointment is that the pack is limited to one color: White. Granted, because it’s plastic, it’s not likely to absorb as much dirt and grime as another material would, but a space gray or black option would have been nice as well. For what it’s worth, it didn’t take long for Nomad to announce a leather cover for the battery pack that will launch in November.
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The pack, comparatively, isn’t big. I lined it up alongside four similar products, and it was the second smallest battery pack, with only the Oisle Ultra Thin MagSafe Power Bank being smaller.
On the magnetic side of the pack is a circle with a small line just below it. The ring indicates where the magnets are in the pack, while the line, I believe, lets you know which direction the bottom of the pack is in. It’s a similar design to what we’ve seen used in Apple’s own MagSafe cases (by the way, the pack is compatible with MagSafe cases and will charge your iPhone through the case).
On the bottom of the pack is a Lightning port, along with a small indicator light. Other than the Apple logo on the outward-facing side of the pack, that’s all there is to it. It’s a very minimal, if not basic, design.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack: Charging
The design doesn’t really mean a whole lot if the battery pack doesn’t do its primary job of charging your iPhone 12. This is also where some of the hesitation comes from those in the market for a battery pack for the iPhone 12. The fine print on the battery pack states it has a capacity of 1,460mAh or 11.13Wh. To put those numbers in perspective, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro both have a battery capacity of 2,815mAh or 10.78Wh.
Anker, Mophie, and Hyper all have a MagSafe compatible battery pack for under 50 that offers 5,000mAh and around 18Wh of charge.
In other words, the hesitation surrounding Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is in how much of a charge it’s able to provide to an iPhone 12 due to its lower capacity.
In my testing, which consisted of completely draining an iPhone 12’s battery until it turned off and then connecting the MagSafe Battery Pack to it and letting it charge until the pack was out of battery, I saw the iPhone 12’s battery charge to 60%.
The reason the MagSafe Battery Pack doesn’t charge the iPhone 12 to 100% despite having a higher capacity (when you look at total watt-hours) is that wireless charging is highly inefficient. And you’ll never see a 100% transfer rate of capacity, regardless if you’re wirelessly charging or using a cable.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack: Built-in features
Third-party battery packs with larger capacities will, of course, provide a longer charge, but you’re giving up some of the features that Apple built into iOS for the battery pack.
Not only is there a fancy animation when you connect the pack to the back of the iPhone that shows the charge level of your phone and the pack, but if you add a battery widget to the home screen or the today view, you can check on the pack’s charge level whenever it’s connected. In addition to integration with the battery widget, your iPhone will recognize that the pack is connected and limit itself to a 90% charge to prolong your iPhone’s battery health. If you want to charge to 100% you can use the Low Power Mode icon in Control Center to bypass battery optimization.
Charging the battery pack itself can be done a few different ways, one of which is a completely new iPhone feature we’ve only heard rumors of, but were yet to see put to use.
Naturally, you can plug a Lightning cable into the battery pack and it will charge, just like your iPhone. Normally the wireless charging rate for the battery pack, when it’s connected to your iPhone is 5W. However, if you connect the pack to a 20W wall charger, it will act as a wireless charging pad and charge your phone at a full 15W. In that setup, your iPhone will charge first, and then the pack will finish charging.
If you want to charge both the pack and your iPhone at the same time, you need to place the pack on your iPhone and then connect a Lightning cable to your iPhone, and the other end of the cable to a 20W or higher wall adapter. In that scenario, your iPhone will use reverse wireless charging to charge the battery pack at the same time the phone itself is charging.
Interesting, right? As I already said, we’d heard rumors and leaks saying Apple has been working on reverse wireless charging for the iPhone, similar to what Samsung’s Galaxy phones and the latest Google Pixel have now. The feature turns your phone into a makeshift Qi charging pad that can top off any Qi-compatible device, like earbuds or a smartwatch.
For now, however, Apple is limiting this feature to only charging the battery pack. It’s hard to imagine that this isn’t some sort of feature test and that soon we’ll see Apple expand reverse wireless charging to other devices like Airpods or, perhaps, an Apple Watch.
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It’s unclear if that sort of functionality will be limited to the next iPhone model, or if it can be enabled via a software update in the same way that iOS 14.7 added support for the MagSafe Battery Pack.
As for real-world use, I’ve found the battery pack incredibly convenient. Instead of always having a bulky case attached to my phone, I can put the pack on when I need it and remove it when I don’t. It’s done a good job of preventing my iPhone from dying by the end of the day.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack: The bottom line
The MagSafe Battery Pack at 99 is more expensive than the competition, but it comes with features that third-party accessory makers can’t implement. For some, those features.- like the ability to check on the pack’s charge level, reverse wireless charging, and ease of use.- are worth paying extra for.
For those who balk at the price tag, Anker or Mophie’s equivalent battery packs are worth considering.
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Unlike previous years, Apple didn’t launch a battery case for the iPhone 12 series, and therefore, people have been waiting for a similar accessory with MagSafe support. The new MagSafe Battery Pack, which snaps onto the back of your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, is the closest thing you can buy right now.
However, we suggest you avoid this accessory since it doesn’t meet everyone’s expectations. Apple‘s MagSafe Battery Pack falls short in multiple departments, especially when compared against third-party alternatives.
Here, we’ll discuss three reasons why the MagSafe Battery Pack is not worth your money.
What Is MagSafe Battery Pack?
Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is basically a power bank that you can use to charge your iPhone 12. Since it supports MagSafe, you don’t have to use cables. All you have to do is align the magnets and snap the battery pack to the back of your iPhone to charge it wirelessly. The MagSafe Battery Pack also doubles as a wireless charging pad and, theoretically, supports speeds up to 15W when connected to AC power.
Slower Charging Speeds Than Expected
The MagSafe Battery Pack can only charge your iPhone at just under 5W, which is underwhelming since people expected faster speeds from an official accessory. If the battery pack is running hot, it’ll charge even slower, meaning you can’t game and efficiently charge your iPhone. On the other hand, third-party magnetic power banks support above 5W, with some even touching 7W speeds.
If you intend to use it as a charging pad, Apple claims wireless charging speeds up to 15W, but you need to realize that this is not the speed at which the battery pack charges your iPhone. According to Max Tech (YouTube video link), the wattage that goes into your iPhone is roughly around 9W when connected to AC power. This makes the MagSafe Battery Pack 40% slower than the standard MagSafe charger for the iPhone 12.
Much Lower Battery Capacity Than Third-Party Options
Apple‘s MagSafe Battery Pack is thin and compact for sure, but its sleekness comes at the cost of its battery capacity. If you’re someone who prefers function over form, you’ll be disappointed with the MagSafe Battery Pack. Its battery capacity is only 1,460mAh (7.62V, 11.13Wh), which is not even close to what the competition offers.
Considering the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro packs a 2815mAh battery, Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack will not be enough to charge them fully. As we learned from Max Tech’s real-world tests, it’s only good enough to get your iPhone to 50-60%. Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic 5K, which packs a 5000mAh battery (3.6V, 18.5Wh) can’t fully charge them either, but it’ll get you to 85-90%.
Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack Is Really Expensive
We all know how expensive Apple’s official accessories are, but we still cannot overlook the fact that you can buy a third-party option for half the price. In this case, these options are better, too. The MagSafe Battery Pack will set you back at 99, which is absurd for its capacity and charging speeds.
In comparison, Anker’s 5000mAh magnetic battery pack is just 45.99. Yes, it’s not as sleek as Apple’s offering, but you can certainly get more charge out of it. Plus, it doesn’t have any issues charging your iPhone when gaming, unlike the MagSafe Battery Pack. Also, if you want faster-charging speeds, you can get the HyperJuice Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack instead for only 39.99.
The MagSafe Battery Pack Disappoints
Most of us had huge expectations for the MagSafe Battery Pack, especially since it’s an official accessory and the first power bank from Apple. Even though the capacity isn’t bad for its size, the charging speed is underwhelming for MagSafe’s standards. It seems like Apple limits the MagSafe Battery Pack’s performance to minimize heating issues and make sure it lasts in the long run.
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The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini have smaller batteries than their counterparts. Most of the time, this isn’t an issue. However, sometimes, you may want more battery life than even Apple’s largest iPhone could offer. When that happens, it’s time to reach for a battery pack. You have many to choose from. Battery packs for our mobile devices have been around for years. I even have a large, rugged solar-powered battery pack. However, with MagSafe, we got a new option: just slapping a battery pack on the back of your iPhone. Sure, wireless charging is slower and less efficient than wired charging, but the convenience is enough to make these options more attractive.
I already tried out Hyper’s HyperJuice MagSafe battery pack. It’s huge, but stores a lot of juice. I also found that it can cause your iPhone to overheat, so it’ll reduce the brightness of the screen and other functions while charging. For something smaller, with tight Apple integration and no heat issues, you could instead choose Apple’s MagSafe battery pack. That’s what I did. I’ve been taking it with me, occasionally using it while I’m out, but, the truth is, I need it far less often than I thought I would. That’s part of the reason I’ve been holding off on this review for months now, I just haven’t been using it enough.
What does the Apple MagSafe battery pack offer than third party choices can’t? And is it worth it, despite the reduced battery storage and price that’s about double that of other battery packs? For some people, yes.
Charging and Battery Life
While the HyperJuice charges faster, it really only reaches 80%, only about 10% more than the Apple MagSafe Charger.
Apple’s MagSafe battery pack can easily give you multi-day battery life if you’re Smart about it. To absolutely maximize battery life, you can use low power mode, and only use the battery pack between about 20% and 70% of your battery. Charging past 80% is more difficult, and requires more power to fill up your batteries. You don’t need to top off your batteries, they won’t be damaged from a partial charge. In fact, constantly topping off your battery can damage it over time. Instead, only use the battery pack when your phone can quickly take on a charge, when the power is already low.
While the HyperJuice has an 18Wh battery, vs the 11Wh battery in Apple’s battery pack, it doesn’t translate to much more battery life. The HyperJuice can’t push through to charge the iPhone much higher than 80%, even with low power mode on and the phone idle. As a result, it only offers about 10% more of a charge than the Apple MagSafe battery pack, from zero.
By not being wasteful with the electricity stored in the battery pack, you can easily make Apple’s MagSafe battery pack keep your iPhone 12 or 13 mini going for two days or more. While other battery packs may offer more battery life, you just don’t need it. Whether its keeping you entertained through a flight or just helping you go off the grid on a weekend camping getaway, Apple’s MagSafe battery pack will last you long enough. Certainly long enough for a day away from the charger, which is the most likely scenario.
As always, I wish Apple made these in different colors. I hate Apple’s obsession with white. Still, it’s at least a simplistic design. A gray Apple logo on the back and a single LED on the bottom next to a Lightning port are all that’s featured here.
On the back, there’s a bit of a rubberized surface along with MagSafe. The battery attaches well enough to your phone that it’ll hold your phone’s weight. In fact, it’s a better connection than Apple’s MagSafe wallet. The connection actually improves your hold on your iPhone, especially for the iPhone 12/13 mini.
Apple made this battery pack specifically for their lineup, with the iPhone 12 mini in mind. While some battery packs, like those from Mophie, forget that iPhone mini buyers may have more battery concerns, Apple knew this would be popular with iPhone 12/13 mini users. It matches up perfectly along the sides and bottom edge. This makes your phone thicker, but, as we’ve been telling Apple for years, the iPhone could stand to be a bit thicker.
The battery pack on your iPhone fits in the hand well enough to simply use your iPhone with it attached. If not for the fact that it’s better to remove it when you’re not in need of extra juice, you may even want to keep it on the back. The design is simple, but, once again, Apple did a good job matching up products within their ecosystem.
Apple often makes features unique to their own ecosystem. Like how you can’t find the same Bluetooth capabilities on third party earbuds that you can on the Airpods. For Apple’s MagSafe charger, that’s battery life and wireless bi-directional charging.
Within the battery section of iOS, you can view how much battery life your battery pack has left. Unfortunately, this is the only way to tell how much battery life is stored in your MagSafe battery pack. The LED on the outside only displays orange or green when you plug it in to a Lightning cable or charge it via your iPhone. It’s only an indicator of whether or not the battery pack is charged or charging.
And that brings me to the second point. The iPhone can wirelessly charge your battery pack. So, if you’re out, you can use a Lightning cable to charge your iPhone, then put the battery pack on the back. Your iPhone will send excess power over to the MagSafe battery pack. Despite adding MagSafe to the Airpods 3 and Airpods Pro, the only accessory you can charge using your iPhone is this battery pack.
There are actually problems with these Apple-only features though. For example, that’s a Lightning port on the bottom of Apple’s MagSafe battery pack. Power from it is unidirectional. Apple doesn’t make any Lightning to Lightning cables, and even those made by unsupported third party vendors wouldn’t work. Lightning charging is one way. While I can use my HyperJuice battery pack to charge up my iPad, headphones, or anything else via USB-C, the MagSafe battery pack is only for an iPhone.
Too Slow from Zero?
I ran into a strange problem with this, and it’s surprising that Apple didn’t test their product in this scenario before sending it out. If you let your iPhone die completely and try to charge up from zero, you may watch your iPhone restart multiple times. This is because, as it boots up, it uses more electricity than the battery pack can give it. It assumes the battery life is too low and has to shut down. I had this happen as many as three times before it was able to finish booting up. Once it did, I had about 4% of my battery already charged.
It’s a strange problem. Apple could have identified that the device was charging and then not require a reboot. Or, it could simply wait for more of a charge before trying to start up. Either way, it was an issue I didn’t see on the HyperJuice battery pack. This is because the HyperJuice delivers more power more quickly, at the expense of heat and battery longevity. Apple’s solution definitely is the better between the two, but sometimes it leads to strange issues.
There are many MagSafe battery packs here. I’ve mentioned the one I tested frequently, the Hyper HyperJuice magnetic battery pack. This one is a decent option, that costs half the price of Apple’s battery pack at 50. There’s a bit more battery power in it as well, although it’s significantly thicker.
Mophie has a thin battery pack, for 50, but it’s much too large for the iPhone 12/13 mini. In fact, their inappropriately named “snap juice pack mini” almost touches the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro. You’ll see this often. Companies trying to hit that “magical” 5,000mAh mark end up making battery packs that are useless for most of the people who want them.
Belkin also makes their own charger. It has less storage than Hyper’s, but is also 40. It’s also only a little thicker than Apple’s. However, for 40, it has the least amount of power from Apple’s competitors. It might have more than Apple’s charger, with 2,500mAh vs Apple’s 1,460mAh, but without knowing the wattage, it’s hard to say if it would translate to more power going into your device. Belkin’s is compatible with the iPhone 12/13 mini, though it comes close, and may require a case to fit right on the edges.
Then there’s Anker’s battery pack. This one is 60, but you can use it to stand up your iPhone while you charge with a kick stand. Anker also has a few color options, including blue, black, white, green, and purple. Here’s the bad news though. It won’t fit on an iPhone 12/13 mini. It’s tall enough to block the camera, like Mophie’s. It’s silly, mini users are the most likely to want a battery pack, but most will simply ignore this. Anker might wonder why it’s not selling well, all while making a product that doesn’t appeal to many of their potential customers.
None will have the features that allow Apple to make their battery pack provide the optimal balance between charging and heat. Still, they’re good options, and they cost significantly less than Apple’s offering. Each one has trade-offs that make them either incompatible with the iPhone mini, or simply so thick it’s awkward to use. Frankly, they all seem to have forgotten why these are necessary: just to add a little bit of juice. People really only need an extra hour or two out of their phone for an emergency. The rest of this? The obsession with exactly 5,000mAh? It’s all senseless and ruins the product. Belkin has the right idea with their 2,500mAh battery pack, but it’s still larger than Apple’s.
I don’t know how this happened. Every single one of the companies that could compete with Apple have the schematics for the iPhone. They could easily build something just like Apple’s but with USB-C and undercut Apple on price and no one would buy Apple’s charger. Instead, they all made their battery packs in strange shapes, trying to hit some specific storage capacity that’s completely arbitrary. Anker’s would be my pick if it simply came in a size that wasn’t awkward to use on an iPhone 13 mini. Instead, it’s too big to fit and blocks the camera.
Lightning is a pain, USB-C would be much better here so you could charge with anything. Apple wanted you to be able to charge with just one cable, but, since the battery pack can be charged from the iPhone, that’s already true. Because it’s Lightning, this only works for the iPhone, and yet…
If I were to buy one battery pack right now, it would be Apple’s.
Apple’s battery pack is the only one that:
- Fits the iPhone 12/13 mini well
- Controls the battery discharge as to not overheat and damage the lifespan of your iPhone’s battery (though others claim to have overheat protection, and might)
- Still can keep your iPhone going for days.
That’s it. It would have been so easy to beat Apple on this, but those first two items are deal breakers, especially the first. It has to fit on the device you want to use it on, that’s the whole point of something like this!
If you don’t want to spend 100 for a battery pack, I have one piece of advice: don’t get a MagSafe battery pack. Just get something that can charge your iPhone. Third party battery packs that use a cable can be any size, and don’t have to worry about fitting on your iPhone. They can store far more juice as a result. They come in a variety of sizes, with some even being able to charge wirelessly or charge your Apple Watch. Hyper even has two that are also compact mirrors.
If you want something that attaches to the back of your iPhone with MagSafe, Apple’s is the best one with the fewest compromises. Unfortunately, it also costs about twice as much as the competition, at 100. Still, if this is the only way you want to charge your device on the go, it’s the best way to do it. If I had to do it all over again, I’d only get Apple’s MagSafe battery pack.
The best MagSafe battery packs for backup power whenever your iPhone needs it
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- The best MagSafe battery packs make wireless, on-the-go charging secure and convenient.
- You’ll want to keep in mind charging speed, size and weight, and magnet strength when choosing a battery pack.
- Our picks include battery packs from Apple and trusted third-party brands like Anker and Belkin.
As we rely more and more on our smartphones, it’s become more of a necessity to ensure that you can charge your phone from anywhere. While portable power banks are a common accessory, the more recent introduction of wireless MagSafe battery packs presents a simpler solution for on-the-go charging.
If you use an iPhone 12, 13 or 14 model, your phone is equipped with Apple’s MagSafe technology that allows you to charge your device without the hassle of needing a cable and outlet. Though MagSafe charging is typically less efficient than charging via cable, the simplicity and added convenience makes the investment more than worth it.
Our list of MagSafe battery packs includes some of the best options available today, as well as other quality choices that are geared more toward style or budget.
Apple MagSafe battery pack
If you’re an Apple purist, the Apple MagSafe battery pack is an easy choice. With Smart features like reverse wireless charging (allowing you to charge your phone and the battery pack at the same time) and an iOS-integrated battery widget showing the pack’s charge status, this battery pack is definitely the most sophisticated on the market.
Importantly, as an official Apple product, this pack is able to take full advantage of MagSafe technology, providing 15W wireless charging with precise magnetic alignment. While it only is available in white and is on the more expensive side, its Smart features and ease of use make it a worthy investment.
Anker 622 Magnetic Battery (MagGo)
Anker’s 622 MagGo is one of a few options on this list that includes an integrated kickstand that you can use to prop your phone up while attached — a feature that certainly sets it apart in terms of functionality, beyond the fact that the battery pack itself is a reliable choice for regular, Pro, and Max iPhone 12-14 models (it’s not recommended for the mini due to its size).
The strong magnet provides perfect alignment every time both horizontally and vertically, and has LED lights on the base to indicate remaining battery life. In three pastel shades as well as classic black and white, this is an excellent option that won’t add too much bulk to your phone while charging.
Moft Snap Stand Power Set
This modular power bank set serves as a MagSafe battery, wallet, and stand, all within a sleek faux leather package. Compatible with all iPhone sizes in the 12-14 series (including Mini and Max models), this power bank provides a seamless experience overall. The wallet can hold up to three cards and can be magnetically detached from the battery pack base — meaning you can use the wallet and stand on its own if you don’t need the battery for charging.
An additional feature of note is that the stand allows for either vertical or horizontal magnetic orientation while in use, making it ideal for video streaming or standard vertical use. It also supports pass-through charging, so your phone will be charged primarily when charging via the breakaway magnetic USB-C cable.
Anker 633 Magnetic Wireless Charger (MagGo)
The Anker 633 MagGo, compatible with all iPhone 12 and 13 models, is a great dual investment for both a portable power bank and an at-home charging stand. The stand will charge the battery and your phone simultaneously (prioritizing your phone with pass-through charging), and you can orient your phone horizontally or vertically while in use. You can also adjust the stand’s viewing angle up to 40° to your preference, a small detail but one that certainly adds to the luxury experience this product provides.
The feature that sets the Anker 633 apart, however, is the stand’s Qi-enabled base that allows you to wirelessly charge your Airpods case. The battery pack comes in black and white as well as a pale blue, and the stand will match the color you choose for the pack.
OtterBox Wireless Power Bank for MagSafe
The OtterBox wireless power bank includes much of the same appeal as the company’s high-quality cases, namely the protective-but-not-bulky design made of grippy textured plastic. The power bank has LED lights at the base to show its remaining power, and can be used as a standalone corded power bank if needed to charge Airpods or other small devices. You can even use it to charge your Airpods wirelessly, provided you have Apple‘s Wireless Charging Case.
Casely Power Pod
Casely consistently provides the highest amount of aesthetic variability in their products, and their Power Pod is no different. The Power Pod is light and compact, making it an ideal choice for iPhone Mini models, and provides impressive 15W charging. You can even match your Power Pod to a Casely phone case for further personalization.
It also comes with a separate magnetic adhesive ring, which will allow you to use the Power Pod with phones that have wireless charging compatibility but aren’t equipped with MagSafe charging, so you can have the benefit of the signature MagSafe magnetic “snap” into place when charging.
Belkin BoostCharge Magnetic 10k MAh Power Bank
This Belkin power bank is about as large as the iPhone itself, so while it’s not a power bank like some of its competitors it provides a higher charging capacity. It supports pass-through charging and can be used as a standard wired power bank to charge another device (like your Airpods) while your phone charges via the MagSafe magnets. It’s a highly functional power bank, and is ideal if you’ll be unable to plug your phone in for a long period of time — think layovers or weekend trips.
Mophie Snap Juice Pack Mini
For a low-profile battery pack that’s.friendly, look no further than the Mophie Snap Juice Pack Mini. It’s thinner and smaller than some of its competitors, and has a nice fabric finish to add texture. It also conveniently comes with a magnet adapter to enable magnetic wireless charging on iPhones and Androids that are not MagSafe-enabled.
This battery pack is the smaller version of their larger power bank sold directly through Apple, and is a nice alternative to the larger model as a more portable option while still providing a full phone battery’s worth of charge. For true 15W wireless charging, however, you’ll want to opt for the larger Mophie Powerstation, which has the same pass-through charging capabilities as the Snap Juice Pack Mini but with the addition of an adjustable stand and tripod socket as supplemental accessories.
Belkin Magnetic Wireless Power Bank 2.5K
With a strong magnetic connection and unfussy design, this portable MagSafe power bank from Belkin is ideal for a quick charge in a pinch. Due to its smaller size, its battery capacity and charging speed are lower than the Belkin BoostCharge listed above, but for iPhone Mini users (or those looking to spend a minimal amount of money on an easy-to-use charging bank) it does the trick.
Anker 521 Magnetic Battery
A wallet-friendly version of Anker’s 633 MagGo (included on this list above) is conveniently available in the Anker 521 magnetic battery. The Anker 521 is available in purple, green, and blue in addition to basic black and white, and is slightly smaller in size, making it ideal for iPhone Mini models. With short circuit protection, temperature control, and built-in foreign object detection, this is a high-quality choice at a reasonable price.
Are MagSafe battery packs worth it?
Charging through a MagSafe battery pack doesn’t generally provide the same charging efficiency as using a cable, but the benefits of carrying fewer cords make them a Smart and simple choice. Especially if you are someone who relies on their phone for work, content creation, or streaming, a MagSafe battery pack will likely come in handy to ensure that your device maintains its battery throughout the day.
Can MagSafe battery packs be used to charge Airpods and Apple Watches?
Yes, you can use a MagSafe battery pack to charge Airpods and Apple Watches like any other Qi wireless charger, however your Airpods will need to be charged while in a wireless charging-enabled case. If you don’t have one, you can use most wireless battery packs as a standard wired power bank.
What should I look for in a MagSafe battery pack?
Depending on your expected use, you could select any number of options for a wireless battery pack. For example, if you just need a quick charge to keep in your bag for commuting, you may not need a larger battery capacity like the Anker 622 MagGo and may choose a smaller, lighter option like the Mophie Snap Juice Pack Mini.
If your primary use of the pack is for travel, a higher battery capacity (and thus a larger battery pack) will likely be your best choice. Beyond your basic usage habits, you might also consider the charging speed (does the pack provide 15W charging?) or compatibility (will the battery pack obscure my phone camera while in use?).
Do I need a MagSafe case to use a MagSafe battery pack?
It’s safe to assume that your phone case will need to be MagSafe compatible in order to use a MagSafe battery pack to its proper charging capacity. If your case is thin enough, however, it may not need to be officially MagSafe compatible in order to charge via Qi wireless charging with one of these packs — though, in order to achieve MagSafe’s signature 15W wireless charging, you’ll need to use a proper MagSafe case or remove your iPhone case for charging.
At Insider, Eve reviews consumer technology as a Tech Fellow with the Reviews team. She comes with background at a connected fitness tech startup, where she worked directly with consumers translating complex technological information into accessible, user-friendly material. She has also worked in public radio at WBUR Boston, where she produced segments on broadband internet access and Smart-home technology. Prior to working at Insider, Eve has also worked in documentary film production for episodes of PBS’ American Experience, museum operations in Prague, Czech Republic, and at a Persian/French bakery in Cambridge, MA. She double-majored in Art History and Peace and Justice Studies at Wellesley College, concentrating on visual media as it relates to representation and social activism. She was an editor for the Wellesley Review and is an Anchor Point Fellow. Reach out to her on @eve_montie.
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