MagSafe for iPhone 12 through 15 is Still the Coolest Thing Since Sliced Bread
MagSafe for iPhone 12, 13 & 14
is Still the Coolest Thing Since Sliced Bread
Everything You Wanted To Know About Apple's New Magnetic Charging Tech & All the Accessory Recommendations
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MagSafe for iPhone 12, 13, & 14 is the Coolest Thing Since Sliced Bread
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Apple's New Magnetic Charging Tech and All the Accessory Recommendations
With the iPhone 12 launched in late 2020 amid Covid related delays, Apple somewhat quietly introduced a completely new charging technology for iPhones and even AirPods.
Clearly MagSafe is here to stay with the launch of the iPhone 14 Family in September of 2022.
At Apples annual product event on September 14, 2021, Apple MagSafe technology was extended into the full iPhone 13 lineup. Including the iPhone 13 Mini, 13, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.
"MagSafe," is the old name for breakaway magnetic charging cables on a MacBook. The new MagSafe name still means magnet-based charging accessories, but this time, designed for iPhones. All iPhone 12 models have a ring of magnets built right into the back of the phone.
The magnets are wrapped around a Qi wireless charging coil. The magnets and charging coil are always in the same predictable place to work seamlessly with MagSafe compatible accessories including cases, chargers, powerbanks and stands.
MagSafe is included on all the new iPhones including iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
This quick guide outlines everything you need to know about MagSafe and probably a little more. And we're throwing in a few accessory recommendations.
How MagSafe Works
MagSafe uses a ring of magnets in all iPhone 12 models to connect to accessories that also have magnets built inside. So, for example, Apple’s MagSafe Charger snaps right on to the back of your phone, pretty much like a strong magnet snaps right onto your refrigerator.
The core benefit of MagSafe is the dramatic yet simple improvement to basic wireless charging. With old-school Qi wireless chargers, if your phone isn't PERFECTLY centered on the coil, the phone will charge at a much slower speed and you won't even know it. There is no "Alignment" light, beep or notification. It's a small thing, but you can't just throw your phone down on a Qi charger and expect great results.
MagSafe improves this experience by using the magnets to properly align and center your phone with the charger. This guarantees the phone placement will maximize the wireless charging speed. A MagSafe charger will deliver up to 15W of power to the iPhone. This is twice the speed of the fastest traditional Qi chargers and the magnets ensure you are always running as fast as possible.
Now you're thinking, "So what? That's a pretty small benefit for the cost of all these new accessories". Maybe so, but I would argue the point isn't the small improvements. The point is, you don't have to think about it anymore. The friction is removed from the process of "charging my battery". Now, I literally can: "Throw my phone on the charger". And I don't have to think or worry about anything else. This frees up cycles for the things I prioritize in my life. Much like the 1-click order button on Amazon. It's a very small thing - and once I have used it a couple times, I can't imagine how I lived without it.
Simple MagSafe Charger
The MagSafe Charger looks something like a larger Apple Watch Charging Puck with an aluminum body and a 1m white USB-C cable.
The charger snaps onto an iPhone 12 with magnets inside, perfectly aligning the charging coil in the MagSafe Charger with the charging coil in the iPhone.
There's some soft white material on "front" of the charger to keep from scratching your phone (if you're naked) or the back of your case, if it's prone to scratches. Some owners of leather cases have complained of the dreaded MagSafe ring imprinted on the case.
It feels very much like a large Apple Watch charger but for the iPhone. That should have been my first clue that was going to like it. The little Apple Watch magnet just works.
But wait, it still has a cord that needs to be plugged in. True, but even wired MagSafe Chargers have some advantages. Slapping a MagSafe charger on your phone is still easier and faster than plugging in a wired Lightning cable. And, unlike portable powerbanks or battery cases, the MagSafe charger doesn't tend to heat up. Great for using your phone while it's charging with a MagSafe charger.
Apple MagSafe Charger
This is the Apple version. And hence the Apple price. Even at $30+, you probably can't go wrong with this one.
Fair warning: This is the charger and a cable. It does NOT come with the required 20W wall charger, and older wall chargers won't work. 100% of the 1-star Amazon reviews are from people pissed they bought this charger and had nothing to plug it into.
WUDN MagSafe Charger for iPhone 12, 13, & 14
The WUDN wireless magnetic charger compatible with MagSafe makes wireless charging a snap. The perfectly aligned magnets attach to any iPhone 12 family phone or Airpods and provide faster wireless charging up to a full 15W (12W for iPhone 12 Mini).
So it's a normal, high-quality MagSafe compatible charger. But this is WUDN. We cover pretty much everything we can find, in high-quality real wood veneer that we cut on the laser right here in Hidden Springs, Idaho. Real wood is elegant while simultaneously being masculine.
We have 7 different standard wood species options, and you can custom laser engrave the charger to your specifications. Design, image, initials, monogram, whatever you want.
Charging at Full 15W Speeds
Achieving 15W (or 12W on iPhone 12 Mini & 13 Mini) charging speeds requires a 20W power adapter to plug into the wall.
MacRumors even did testing with Apple’s prior-generation 18W iPad charger and a 96W MacBook Pro charger, and proved that those power adapters do not allow the MagSafe Charger to reach the full 15 watts and hence full charging speed.
If you are saving a few bucks on a non-Apple PD, make sure it meets these specs: Power Delivery 3.0 at 9V/2.22A or 9V/2.56A. The iPhone 12 mini can hit maximum charging speeds with a 9V/2.03A power adapter.
Charging Your iPhone with Cable is Still Faster
Testing suggests the MagSafe Charger charges an iPhone about half as fast than a wired 20W USB-C charger.
With the 20W charger (plugged in), a dead iPhone charged to 50 percent in just under half an hour, and the same 50 percent charge took about an hour with MagSafe.
Do I need a MagSafe case or will the magnets work through any iPhone case?
This is important to keep in mind as you rush to pick up a case for your new iPhone. If you grab a case that's too thick, MagSafe just won't work. Even if you can feel the magnets, they won't be at full power.
Especially for mounts and stands; you want your phone secured.
Fortunately WUDN has a line of MagSafe integrated iPhone cases has the magnet ring built-in. This ensures the strength of the magnets are not diminished by the case and you can have confidence your phone, in your new case, will work with all MagSafe accessories including chargers, powerbanks, car mounts and desk stands.
WUDN MagSafe Compatible Phone Cases
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Other MagSafe Charging Products - Our Recommendations
These look to be the best and the best prices MagSafe charging accessories out there. WUDN does NOT earn a commission or a referral on these products.
The Apple MagSafe Leather Wallet
Apple released some other accessories including a leather wallet (at $59). Instead of using that nasty adhesive that's normally used on smartphone wallet attachments, the MagSafe wallet snaps onto the back of your iPhone magnetically.
Well, that's cool, but that also means it pops off magnetically. The grip is pretty good, but if you are the kind of person that keeps your phone in your jeans pocket (especially the front) then this wallet attachment style may not be for you.
If you tend to keep your phone in a wallet case along with a credit cards or two, Apple has a MagSafe wallet model that's similar in function– It's a wallet that magnetically attaches to the back of your phone.
There are four colors to choose from but they're all leather, so you vegans will have to wait for an alternative.
MagSafe Will Destroy My Credit Cards
But, of course, the magnets will immediately ruin my credit cards and hotel keys.
Not so fast. According to Apple's site, "the leather wallet is shielded so it’s safe for credit cards." That shield protects both Low Coercivity (LoCo) and High Coercivity (HiCo) cards — which is a kind of awesome way of saying how resistant something is to being demagnetized. So, LoCo cards are hotel keys and gift cards while credit cards fall under HiCo. Having said that, when was the last time you swiped a card and didn't use the chip? Exactly.
Probably still a good idea to avoid doing these:
• Avoid putting single use cards like hotel cards against the magnet in the iPhone or the MagSafe Charger
• Don’t put credit cards, security badges, passports, or key fobs between the iPhone and MagSafe Charger because magnetic strips and RFID chips can be damaged
• And like all iPhones, the iPhone 12 models with their MagSafe technology can cause interference with medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators. Apple recommends keeping iPhone 12 and all MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from implanted medical devices.
What's Next for MagSafe?
In a newly granted patent, Apple envisions a type of connectivity port using an iteration of its magnetic MagSafe charger to charge an iPhone, potentially paving the way for a future without Lightning.
A reliable Apple analyst recently Ming-Chi Kuo poured cold water on hopes that Apple would switch the iPhone to a USB-C cable. USB-C has lower specifications compared to Lightning and MagSafe. If a future iPhone eliminates Lighting, it would likely adopt a port-less design.
Seems we have gone full circle. MagSafe was originally designed for power cords, and maybe this is how Lightning cables are eliminated and your phone becomes 100% waterproof. Time to start throwing people in the pool again.
Something Genuinely New
Apple really has done something genuinely new here. MagSafe is an entirely new iPhone accessory ecosystem.
This will certainly drive adoption of iPhone, add serious revenue to Apple's bottom line, and drive innovation in the accessory space.
WUDN is a very small player in the accessories market, and even we are adopting MagSafe capability into our products as fast as we can.
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