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Does MagSafe Charging Damage Battery – Your Questions Answered

If you are planning on getting a MagSafe charger for your phone, you must be thinking about the rumors of battery damage. The truth is, using a MagSafe charger can damage your phone’s battery life. In this article, we would be sharing some of the reasons why a MagSafe charger can damage your phone’s battery. Let’s dive in:

How a MagSafe Charger Can Damage Battery:

Overheating:

When your phone comes in contact with a MagSafe charger, there is little or no space between the device and the charger. Therefore, the main reason why you would see a reduction in your phone’s battery capacity is that the charger fails to prevent overheating.

The MagSafe charger has a magnetic coil that is automatically aligned between the Magsafe charger and iPhone. Due to this alignment, the charging power is automatically increased from 7.5W to 15W under stable current conditions. However, this increase in power leaves no room for thermal sensitivity between Magsafe and iPhone built-in components. When your phone heats up, it causes irreversible loss of battery capacity.

According to sources, the high-speed MagSafe charging of 15 W flows only the first few minutes of charging. The constant contact between the charging coil and the iPhone causes it to heat up and leads to battery loss.

Frequent Charging with MagSafe:

As we now know that using a MagSafe charger, your iPhone is heated more than usual. Thus, doing so for a long time can reduce the battery capacity level. The damage caused to your iPhone might not be drastic if you only use a MagSafe occasionally. However, if you put your iPhone on MagSafe for an overnight charge, the constant heat would keep it warm and cause no good to the battery.

Is cable charging a better option?

As we know that charging with a MagSafe is not “healthy” for your phone’s battery, charging with a USB cable is the only second-best option. USB-C cable also heats your battery as close to a MagSafe charger, so a USB-C cable is not the best option either. However, it is the second-best alternative when we have to choose between fast and battery-saving.

How can you prevent your MagSafe from ruining your battery?

Here are some tips that you can follow to keep your phone’s battery healthy:

  • If you have an iPhone 13, try charging it when then the battery is less than 50%.
  • If you feel that your phone is heated up more than normal, avoid charging it with a MagSafe or charging it all immediately.
  • Avoid using your phone while it is on charging.
  • Keep a check on the health of your phone’s battery and the health of your MagSafe charger as well.
  • Lastly, get your MagSafe Charger from well-known and qualified manufacturers.

Below we have listed some of our top recommendations to purchase a MagSafe charger:

HaloLock™ 2-in-1 Wireless Charger with CryoBoost™

Price: 59.99 only!

To prevent the main heating issue of your battery, this charger comes with a wireless charging stand, a phone-cooling fan, and a magnetic Airpods charging pad.

Three-plug-ins: It has US, EU, and UK plug-in styles. This charger is compatible with iPhone 14/13/12 models, Airpods 3/2/Pro/Pro 2.

Adjustable view: Another best thing about this MagSafe charger from ESR is that it offers an adjustable view. As we read earlier that to prevent overheating you must not use your phone while it’s on charge. However, with this charger and cooling fan, you do not have to worry about overheating a use your phone as it charges. The phone-cooling fan and heat-dissipating design will unlock the true MagSafe benefits.

Optimal temperature: The Phone-cooling fan and heat-dissipating technology ensure that your phone maintains its optimal temperature and as a result, it gives a boost to the charging speed. It keeps the charging speed maximum even while you are watching videos for up to 4 hours than the official Apple MagSafe charger.

Two-in-one technology: This MagSafe charger is built to charge your iPhone and Airpods at once. The magnetics automatically align and give you fast and easy tap-and-go charging in all places.

Strong Magnetic Lock: The magnetic is strong enough to keep your phone connected while it is on the fan stand. It has a holding force of 1,000 g to keep your iPhone securely mounted. over, you can also combine this force with an ESR HaloLock™ case for an even stronger magnetic hold.

Sleep-friendly: Lastly, the charger is sleep-friendly so you can wake up to fully charged batteries without worrying about damaged batteries. You can charge at night with dark charging mode for uninterrupted sleep.

HaloLock™ Kickstand MagSafe Compatible Wireless Charger

Price: 34.9 only!

Next on the list, we have a MagSafe-compatible wireless charger that offers fast charging at any angle. It is small in size and portable for your continence. The charger is compatible with iPhone 14/13/12 models along with other official MagSafe cases.

Adjustable Angles: The compact size of the charger allows you to choose a portrait angle of your choice. You can charge your phone while browsing your favorite shows with a built-in kickstand to rest your palm.

Heat prevention: The charger has intelligent fast charging with heat management. It allows a charging speed even faster than the official MagSafe charger which can make the battery levels go from 0 to 100% in just 2.5 hours.

Extra-long cable: Lastly, it has an extra-long cable so you can charge your MagSafe while it charges your phone. You can remove the cable and put the portable charger in your and take it wherever you go.

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OEM MagSafe Chargers vs Cheap Imposters: Teardown for Truth

Anywhere premium products are produced, there are unsavory folks trying to make a quick buck selling cheap knockoffs. It happens in every industry, from clothes to food to tech. But in recent years, counterfeit electronics have surpassed nearly all other categories of counterfeit goods by dollar value, and Apple, being the de facto high-end electronics manufacturer, makes for a prime target.

But you’d never be caught buying counterfeit electronics, because you can tell the difference, can’t you?

A Brief History of Apple Counterfeits

One of the most common Apple products, where knockoffs are passed as OEM, are MagSafe adapters. There was even a huge controversy a few years ago where Amazon was selling knockoffs as OEM; Amazon has since fixed that particular issue, but knockoffs are still out there, and detecting them is getting harder.

How To Spot A Fake?

If you’re looking to buy a replacement charger and want to know if the one you are getting is real, it may be hard to tell. It used to be that knockoffs were easy to spot. Recently, these counterfeiters have started doing a pretty good job replicating Apple’s exterior design to look quite a bit like the OEM parts they are trying to replace. Of course, the easiest thing to do is make sure you buy your charger from a trusted source.

At Beetstech, we make sure everything we send out is thoroughly tested before it reaches the customer. Obviously, anything that advertises itself as third party should be taken as such. There are a few cosmetic differences on the less than honest brands, often the lettering will be a slightly different shade, darker, or even a little blurry. These differences can be hard to spot without a side by side comparison.

Notice the knockoff (bottom) has darker text.

But let’s say you already bought one, or maybe you bought a MacBook secondhand and suspect it came with a less than reputable MagSafe. Luckily, there a few easy ways to tell a fake from the real thing, once you have them in your hands.

The quickest way is to plug it into your MacBook. If the LED turns on right away, or in less than one second, it’s definitely a fake. OEM MagSafe LEDs are turned on by the actual computer. There is a brief handshake protocol where the Mac looks to make sure everything is working correctly with the MagSafe. When it is satisfied everything is in order, it sends a signal to MagSafe internal chip to turn the LED on. This process takes a little over one second, causing a noticeable delay in the LED. The LED on fakes may also stay on after they unplugged. I have seen some that have stayed on for close to five seconds, a sure sign they were fakes.

OEM The knockoff comes on

Several sources online told me that you can also check the authenticity in the system information. Go to About this MacSystem ReportHardwarePower, then scroll to the bottom.

OEM MagSafe Counterfeit MagSafe

This has all the information about the MagSafe, including the serial number. Some knockoffs might not have this information, but sometimes good fakes do have some of the correct looking information that looks reliable to the untrained eye. It is possible that the serial number doesn’t match anything, but since Apple has no way to search these serial numbers, I can not always recommend this as a reliable way to determine the authenticity of the MagSafe. One thing I have noticed is that a good knockoff may be labeled as a certain wattage, but the System recognized it as a different wattage. So, that’s something to watch for. This information is stored in a microchip in the MagSafe connector, so it may be the knockoff simply used the wrong one.

There are a few other indicators that a MagSafe is not real. One quick test is the weight. Often knockoffs will be lighter since they use cheaper smaller components. Again, the easiest way to know is holding a known OEM MagSafe in one hand and the suspect one in the other hand and comparing. When I weighed the two 85W chargers I was comparing, the OEM weighed in at 306 grams and the knockoff was 200 grams. Not a huge difference, but it is noticeable.

There are a few other indicators that a MagSafe is not real. One quick test is the weight. Often knockoffs will be lighter since they use cheaper smaller components. Again, the easiest way to know is holding a known OEM MagSafe in one hand and the suspect one in the other hand and comparing. When I weighed the two 85W chargers I was comparing, the OEM weighed in at 306 grams and the knockoff was 200 grams. Not a huge difference, but it is noticeable.

There also may be noticeable differences in the seams. Apple has fairly strict manufacturing standards, while the cheap ones usually don’t. This often leads to the seams being less-than-perfect. The collapsible cord holder tabs can also be looser, or sometimes they can be harder to extend. Apple’s will be secure yet operate smoothly

The fake MagSafe has uneven seams. Apple‘s cord-holding tabs fit snugly.

Teardown

Let’s get into the insides, the place where the differences become stark. This is where the answer to, “Does it really matter?” becomes most obvious.

The first thing I noticed when taking these apart is how much easier the knockoff MagSafe came apart. I barely had to apply any pressure in order to crack the glue. Once it was cracked the entire thing came apart easily. With the OEM charger, it was much more of a fight. A lot more pressure was required to even crack the glue, and even then I had go along the seam and keep pulling glue apart. That shouldn’t really be a big deal considering there is no reason to take them apart, other than to see what’s inside.

OEM MagSafe Knockoff Charger

Now that we are inside, the differences are clear from the start. Apple’s MagSafe is extremely well protected. The whole thing is encased in a copper sleeve with a protective tape underneath it. This is most likely to protect the device from any outside interference and to keep it from causing any interference, a small Faraday cage. The knockoff has a small piece of cheap steel. This doesn’t seem to provide much of anything other than a little bit of extra weight. We can also see that, sure enough, the ground post is not hooked to anything. Even if was made of metal (it’s not, it’s chromed plastic) it would not provide any connection to a ground from a wall outlet. It is literally cosmetic. Another small difference of note is the screws. Apple has taken the time to countersink their screws, where the knockoff’s don’t. This probably has more to do with saving space than anything else, but it does show an extra layer of care by Apple.

When we remove those “protective” layers, it’s like we’re not even looking at the same item.

OEM MagSafe Knockoff Charger

Apple’s MagSafe is crammed full of components. There are two transformers. The main one is a bit larger, making it a bit more reliable. These two transformers provide higher and lower voltage. The knockoff only has one, which is why it has a constant output of 20 volts. It’s hard to tell, but to the right of the larger transformer (the big yellow tape covered one) is another covered piece: an internal processing chip that communicates with the laptop to decide which power setting to use.

Then, there are the safety issues. The knockoff charger uses smaller and cheaper resistors, transistors, and capacitors. The main capacitor in the knockoff is larger, but the rating is actually higher on the Apple OEM MagSafe. Cutting these corners means there are more places where things can go wrong. I’ve witnessed what happens when a resistor pops, and it’s not fun to see smoke and a funny smell coming from your electronics.

There are also whole components missing; some of them just provide more channels to keep the electricity in check, but a big one that is missing is the Power Factor Controller This device makes sure you are pulling the right type of power from your AC wall socket. It is required in Europe, and not having it can lead to higher costs from energy companies and a less-than-efficient conversion from AC to DC (the whole point of a MagSafe).

When we flip these over, we can see even more problems.

OEM MagSafe Fake Charger

With more components, we would expect to see more circuitry on the back, but wow! What a difference. Again, we see Apple using resistors with much higher ratings. Also, despite having vastly more components, Apple has a more organized circuitry. On top of that, they have kept the proper distance for parts that should never touch. You can see a clear line of delineation (starting in the bottom left corner and heading 45 degrees up) that keeps high and low voltage separate. Even with the all the extra space the knockoff has, it’s harder to see any such safety line.

In fact, there a few places where the solder just overlaps onto other components or comes dangerously close. This is visible in the lower left of this image. Two components are accidentally soldered together.

Fake Charger with bad soldering job

Remember, you’re plugging this into a wall socket and then into your computer. These kinds of mistakes can mean more than just a failed charger; they can ruin your computer or, worse, start a fire. Considering the complete lack of any other safety measures in the knockoff charger, I wouldn’t want to take that gamble.

Takeaway

Ultimately, I would say it’s best to always buy from a trusted source. Even then, check your MagSafe to make sure it is a legitimate. If you end up with a fake, don’t use it. If you bought from a reputable retailer, you should be able to get a refund or exchange. It might cost a little more to know you’re getting an OEM MagSafe, but it is definitely worth it. The lack of any quality control or safety measures are worrisome, and the simple fact that it doesn’t behave correctly means a risk to your battery and your power bill. They might be cheaper initially, but they will cost you more down the road.

Does using a non-Apple charger ruin your battery?

Chargers have become an essential part of everyday life. Whether it’s for your phone, iPad, or MacBook, packing the right charger when you go on a trip or even just out for the day is essential. Many of us have multiple chargers for different locations or even just as a backup in case the main charger gets lost or damaged. And all those chargers can be expensive, especially if every piece you buy is always an Apple original charger. That’s why so many of us choose non-Apple chargers. However, one question most of us wonder about is: does using a non-Apple charger ruin your battery? We’ll answer that here and also tell you how you can keep your battery working well.

Does using a non-Apple charger ruin the battery?

The short answer is, in most circumstances, no. However, there are a few things to be aware of. Let’s deal with the Mac first.

The quickest way to check the health of your battery, and the one we recommend, is to use CleanMyMac X’s menu bar item. CleanMyMac X has a whole suite of tools to help you keep your Mac running smoothly. You can download it for free here.

  • Click CleanMyMac X menu bar item and select Battery.
  • You will now see a dashboard that shows the percentage and time remaining before it runs out of charge, the number of charging cycles completed, the operating temperature, and the indicator of its health.
  • To find out more about Health or Temperature, click Learn

Using a non-Apple charger with a MacBook

Over the last few years, Apple has shipped its portable Macs with two different types of charging ports: MagSafe and USB-C.

MagSafe

MagSafe was the standard until 2015 when Apple switched to USB-C. However, in 2021, it reverted back to MagSafe. If your Mac has a MagSafe charger, it’s safest to only use an Apple original charger. That doesn’t mean that non-Apple chargers will ruin your battery, but it does mean that there is a risk attached to using one. Unlike Lightning, another proprietary Apple connector, Apple never licensed MagSafe to third-party manufacturers. And those chargers, while they look just like a power brick, contain some pretty sophisticated components, some of which are there to prevent the charger from overheating.

Most third-party MagSafe chargers don’t have those sophisticated components, and so pose a greater risk of catching fire or giving you an electric shock. Those sold in reputable retailers should comply with local safety laws, but that doesn’t mean they will work reliably.

USB-C

USB-C is a different story. It’s an open standard, and lots of reputable companies make chargers and cables. What’s more, there are lots of Thunderbolt docks on the market that are designed to charge your MacBook. Some large displays even have USB-C connectors that charge your Mac as well as carry the video and data signals. You should make sure that the USB-C charger you use is from a reputable manufacturer, the cable is designed for charging, and the power output is sufficient to charge your MacBook. So, as long as you do that, you can use third-party USB-C chargers safely with your Mac.

Using a non-Apple charger with your iPhone

For the last decade or so, every iPhone Apple has shipped used its Lightning connector for charging. And there are thousands of Lightning cables on the market that can be used with USB charging plugs to safely charge your iPhone. Apple licenses the Lightning connector, and those manufacturers whose charges meet Apple’s standard for approval carry the ’Made for iPhone’ label. So, when you buy a third-party iPhone charging cable, look for that logo. At the very least, buy a cable from a reputable manufacturer. It will last longer and is less likely to cause problems for your iPhone.

Can I charge my iPhone with an old charger?

Yes, as long as the connector on the charger matches the charging socket on your iPhone, you will be able to use it for charging. Recent iPhones can also be charged wirelessly using a wireless MagSafe charger. If your iPhone is MagSafe compatible, you can charge it using any MagSafe iPhone charger.

Can I charge my Mac with an old charger?

This is more complicated than using an old charger with an iPhone. As we said above, Apple moved away from MagSafe for its MacBooks and used USB-C sockets for charging. Now, it’s gone back to MagSafe. However, there are now three generations of MagSafe, and the connectors are not compatible with each other. On top of that, the power rating of a MacBook Pro 16in charger is different from that of a MacBook Air. If the chargers have the same power rating and the same connector, then yes, you can use an older charger to charge your Mac. However, for the reasons we’ve already discussed, that’s unlikely.

Can I use MacBook charger for phone?

No, as we said earlier, MacBooks use either USB-C or MagSafe to charge. The iPhone still uses Lightning. There’s no way to connect a MacBook charger to an iPhone (the one rare exception is if you had a USB-C MacBook charger and USB-C to Lightning cable, then it may theoretically be possible). You can, however, use a MacBook USB-C charger with an iPad Pro or recent iPad Air, as those have USB-C ports for charging.

Using a non-Apple charger is very unlikely to ruin your battery. And in the case of the iPhone and iPad, third-party chargers are very common. The Mac is slightly different, and particularly for those MacBooks with MagSafe connectors, it’s best to use an Apple charger. If you have a USB-C MacBook, you can charge it from another source, such as a Thunderbolt hub or a monitor, as long as it delivers enough power.

MagSafe Battery Pack review: One year later, still the one to beat

After spending a year with the MagSafe Battery Pack we’re more certain that the controversy and concerns at launch were overblown.

The MagSafe Battery Pack continues to be our favorite portable power bank

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The MagSafe Battery Pack is a direct successor of the Smart Battery Case for iPhone. It takes advantage of the MagSafe accessory system found in iPhone 12 and later to charge with minimal user interaction.

When the MagSafe Battery Pack was first announced, we were excited by the prospect of this simple attachable battery extension. Using the Smart Battery Case on previous iPhone models was a chore, and some even kept it attached at all times.

Mired in controversy

Once iPhone users learned the specs like charge speed and battery capacity, an uproar broke out. People considered it a weak offering that wouldn’t function near as well as existing cheaper options.

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After we received one to test, we quickly made it our go-to charging accessory and scored it a 4 out of 5 on the review. Controversy aside, the math didn’t lie.- this was the most efficient MagSafe battery pack you could buy at this size.

As always, with Apple products and hot takes, the whole story wasn’t known at the onset. Third-party battery packs could attach using magnets, but they weren’t MagSafe.- a big factor in determining worth.

The efficiency of Qi charging is low enough that a 5,000mAh battery would still only charge the iPhone 14 Pro Max to about 50% despite it having a 4,323mAh battery. Conversely, the MagSafe Battery Pack with a 1,460mAh capacity could charge an iPhone 14 Pro Max to about 40% capacity.

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These numbers may not make much sense, but that’s because there is a missing crucial value.- voltage. The MagSafe Battery Pack has a 7.62V rating, making it an effective 2,920mAh when compensating for the iPhone’s lower 3.81V.

Apple packed a lot of charging technology into this tiny battery

Combine this number with the high efficiency of MagSafe charging, and it makes sense how the MagSafe Battery Pack can provide an effective 1,729mAh to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. We get into the math more in our capacity breakdown. The controversial hot takes lacked this data.

At the time, 99 for a MagSafe Battery Pack with those dimensions and charging capacity was an easy decision. Customers had to decide between a low price and a bulky pack or a higher price and a minimalist pack.

One year with the Apple MagSafe battery Pack

Our initial impressions and review ended up proving true in the long run. The MagSafe Battery Pack remained our favorite way to charge the iPhone when away from a dedicated charger.

We’ll cede the fact that Apple has a lot of proprietary tricks available that third-party accessories do not. It’s the same reason why we favor Airpods over other earbuds. The Apple ecosystem is a significant advantage and, to an extent, an unfair one.

Apple has an ecosystem advantage, but that’s not all the MagSafe Battery Pack has going for it

The MagSafe Battery Pack gets a unique launch animation that shows how much battery is left in the pack. It also doubles as a 15W MagSafe charger when connected to an external 20W power source.

These features aside, it still offers a great capacity with magnetic attachment in the smallest package available. Apple’s battery pack is so small it fits in any or bag without any problem.

Apple even increased the usefulness of the MagSafe Battery Pack with a mid-life update. In April 2022, Apple increased the battery pack’s charging speed from 5W to 7.5W.

Over the last year, we’ve had multiple great use cases for this battery pack.

The MagSafe Battery Pack is a lightweight way to charge the iPhone

For example, we’ve gone on a few road trips in a vehicle without any means to charge a phone. The iPhone was able to play music to a Bluetooth speaker and provide GPS directions on a six-hour trip while attached to the MagSafe Battery Pack.

Sure, the battery pack was drained by the halfway point of the trip, but it provided enough power to get us there with battery life to spare. Otherwise, we’d have been running cables from our extra large battery.

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Another great use case has been on outdoor trips like amusement parks or nature trails. We could keep our iPhones charged while walking around without needing a bulky battery.

And, since it’s MagSafe, it fit everyone’s iPhone as long as they had an iPhone 12 and newer with a MagSafe case. Other battery packs can do the same, but some of those original ones released in the summer of 2020 are so big they’d be incompatible with the oversized camera bump on the iPhone 14 Pro.

Overall, the MagSafe Battery Pack has been an excellent investment over the past year, and we’re interested in what Apple does next in this space. Competitors are catching up, though, and offer some unique options.

Catching up with Apple

Battery and charging technology has changed a lot since the summer of 2021. However, the magnetic battery pack ecosystem hasn’t gained much.

Competitors still struggle to match Apple’s battery pack size and efficiency

Apple didn’t update how MagSafe worked with the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14. So, they still operate using the same magnets at the same 15W max charging rate.

The iPhone still defaults to 5W or 7.5W wireless charging speeds when using Qi. Only official licensed products have access to MagSafe 15W, so everything else still uses the less-efficient Qi standard.

Third-party battery packs have gotten much smaller. Some, like Anker’s MagGo 621, are nearly the same size as Apple’s pack.

The reduction in size, multiple color options, and some unique features make Apple’s pack less of a standout. The Qi efficiency issues are still there, and Apple’s is still the best for its size, but there’s more to it.

Get the Anker 622 battery pack and it has a fold-out stand. It may be bigger than Apple‘s, but the utility of a built-in stand can’t be understated.

There are other battery packs on the market, but few come as close to Apple’s as Anker. We hope to see other companies try to compete in the space, but most make such large packs they may as well be separate banks.

So, if we were to make a recommendation today, it is only slightly more complicated. Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is still 99, while competitors’ options start around 40.

Anker has made great progress in its magnetic battery pack offerings

If you can get Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack on sale, or even open box, do it. It’s an okay buy at 99 for what you get, so anything less is a steal.

The previously mentioned Anker battery packs are great options if you’re not willing to spend more. The added stand in the 622 model is also worth checking out.

Competitor’s options are still around 5,000mAh despite getting smaller. The low efficiency of Qi means more energy lost during charge, which translates to more heat during charging.

heat means more battery degradation in the iPhone. Keep that in mind when choosing options other than Apple’s since the MagSafe Battery Pack will provide power with less heat loss.

The MagSafe Battery Pack is still the one to beat for its size versus efficiency ratio. Though it isn’t perfect, and Apple could easily release an updated version.

MagSafe Battery Pack 2.0 wishlist

The MagSafe Battery Pack is already about as minimalist as things come. There are no buttons, no flashing displays, nor any fans.

This stark white battery pack stands out on dark cases

However, we’d love to see some color options, if not a black model at least. The stark white material is easily dirtied and clashes with dark cases. We’ve even taken to using a silicon cover to make it appear black.

Another annoying factor is charging the device itself. We’ve minimized our travel bag to wireless charging and USB-C.- except for the MagSafe Battery Pack and Airpods Max.

Today, Lightning makes sense for a product that charges an iPhone, which is also a Lightning product. However, rumors suggest that iPhone 15 could have USB-C. We’d love to see USB-C on the next MagSafe Battery Pack.

Also, the magnets on the MagSafe Battery Pack are the same polarity as a MagSafe Charger, so it cannot be charged via MagSafe. Apple could add MagSafe or some wireless charging option to the other side of the MagSafe Battery Pack.- but that’s not strictly necessary.

Of course, the most obvious and likely upgrade is more battery capacity. Battery cells can (theoretically) be shrunk as material science improves, or different materials can be used to make them smaller, but we’ll see how that goes with time.

The MagSafe Battery Pack is available via Amazon for 99. There aren’t any rumors about a second-generation model coming anytime soon, so now is just as good as a year ago to buy.

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What to Look For in a MagSafe Power Bank

Best Overall: ESR HaloLock Kickstand MagSafe Battery

ESR earns our top spot overall for the HaloLock Kickstand MagSafe Battery that delivers both power and quality. In terms of charging, this battery touts a 10000mAh capacity. That’s plenty of juice to give you more than a full charge and can get you through an entire day, even in the most demanding scenarios.

One nice little feature is the metal kickstand, which is a rare find in power banks. It works well in portrait or landscape. Another is the ergonomic curve of the battery itself. Even though the battery is a little bulky, the curvature fits nicely in the palm of your hand.

The standout feature, though, is the connection strength. “HaloLock” refers to ESR’s patented magnet technology. You can feel safe knowing that your phone is being held securely to the charger, but not overwhelming to where it would be a danger to the phone’s components or difficult trying to pull them apart after charging. The ESR HaloLock Kickstand MagSafe Battery comes available in white and black color choices.

ESR HaloLock Kickstand MagSafe Battery Pack, 10,000mAh MagSafe Charger Portable, MagSafe Power Bank with USB-C Cable, Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger Compatible with iPhone 14/13/12 Series, Black

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Best Premium: Anker 633 MagGo 2-in-1 Charging Station

Getting the best of both worlds is usually a good thing and Anker supplies in this version of their most recent battery pack. The 633 MagGo 2-in-1 acts as both a battery pack and a charging station. Use the battery on the go, and when you are ready, just slide it into the base for charging both your phone and the bank. The base also has a Qi (pronounced “chee”) wireless charging area at the bottom of the base for your Airpods.

The battery is 5000mAh, so you can get a fairly good charge out of it. The only drawback is that many power banks offer the ability to wirelessly charge your phone while allowing for a second device to be charged through a wired connection simultaneously. This version of the MagGo does not. The 633 MagGo 2-in-1 comes in three available colors: Interstellar Gray, Dolomite White, and Misty Blue.

Anker Magnetic Wireless Charger, 633 MagGo 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Station, Detachable Portable Charger, Only for iPhone 13/13 Pro / 13 Pro Max / 12/12 Pro and Airpods Pro (Interstellar Gray)

Get the best of both worlds with a MagSafe battery pack and a wireless charging station for your phone and your Airpods.

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