With the introduction of the iPhone 12 line in September 2020, Apple introduced MagSafe. MagSafe chargers are distinct because they can charge your iPhone 12 with 15 watts of power if used in conjunction with a 20-watt brick. Other manufacturers are making magnetic chargers, but they are not officially MagSafe, as they will only charge at a maximum of 7.5 watts. It can be difficult to know which chargers are the best to buy, so let’s take a look at the best MagSafe chargers that you can buy with your hard-earned cash.
Made by Apple:
Apple MagSafe Charger
The official Apple MagSafe charger is a simple magnetic disk that attaches magnetically to your iPhone 12 line phone to provide 15 watts of charging power when used together with a 20-watt charging brick. The charging brick is not included, so you will have to buy that separately. The MagSafe charger maintains Qi compatibility, so you can charge any wireless compatible device with it; it just won’t attach magnetically or charge at its maximum of 15 watts unless it is attached to a MagSafe compatible iPhone.
3 chargers in 1:
Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE PRO 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe
Belkin’s Boost charger will not only charge your iPhone on its official MagSafe charger, but your Apple Watch and AirPods too, all in a compact, all-in-one solution. Perfect for your nightstand or desk, you can charge all three devices at once. Since it’s an official MagSafe charger, the iPhone will charge with 15 watts of power. Though pricey, it does come with the AC adapter, a feature that is becoming increasingly rare.
Magnetic with a stand:
Moko Armor Wireless Charger
The Moko Armor Magnetic Charger is not an official MagSafe charger, so it will only charge with a maximum of 7.5 watts of power. However, while other chargers lay flat, the Moko charger has a stand, so you can charge your iPhone and watch a movie or TV show simultaneously. While inexpensive, you will need to purchase the charging brick separately.
Budget magnetic charger:
yootech Magnetic Wireless Charger
The yootech charger looks like a basic Qi charger, but it does attach magnetically to an iPhone 12 series phone. Because it’s not an official MagSafe charger, it will only charge at a maximum of 7.5 watts of power. It will also act as a regular Qi charger for other devices that can be charged wirelessly.
Apple MagSafe Duo Charger
The MagSafe Duo charger will charge your iPhone 12 series phone with 15 watts of power while charging your Apple watch at the same time. Because it folds up, this is a great charger to pack up and take on the road. When considering the price, note it does not come with the recommended 20 watts charging brick.
Anker Wireless Charger, PowerWave Magnetic 2-in-1 Stand
The Anker 2-in-1 wireless charger will charge your iPhone magnetically and your AirPods at the same time. The stand will charge your iPhone 12 series phone with 7.5 watts of power. You can attach the iPhone either vertically or horizontally if you want to watch a movie while charging.
Which MagSafe charger should you buy?
Apple has created a new system of accessories with the introduction of MagSafe. An official MagSafe charger can charge an iPhone 12 series phone with 15 watts of power wirelessly. Official MagSafe chargers will always have the “Made for MagSafe” badge on them. Other chargers that are attached magnetically to an iPhone 12 series phone will charge at a maximum of 7.5 watts of power. And keep in mind, in most cases, you will have to purchase a 20w power brick to get the maximum charging power.
Apple’s MagSafe charger is the best way to get started with MagSafe accessories. It is relatively inexpensive by Apple standards, and it will charge your iPhone quickly and efficiently. Remember that you will need to purchase the 20w power brick separately if you don’t already own one to get the maximum charging power. If you are already entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, the Belkin Boost 3-in-1 charger is another great official MagSafe option. It will charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously.
If you are looking to save a few dollars and usually charge overnight, take a look at the Moko Armor charger. It’s not an official MagSafe charger, so it will only charge with 7.5 watts of power, but this will not be a concern if you usually charge overnight. It has a unique stand, so while it’s charging, you can prop up your phone to watch a movie or TV show. It’s also half the price of the official MagSafe charger.
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