In the past, Apple used MagSafe to refer to the MacBook chargers. They were designed to snap on and off easily and connect to the device even in the dark. The charger was secured by a magnet to minimize incidences of broken laptops. Technology has since advanced, and Apple now offers wireless charging for iPhones through MagSafe chargers. For an iPhone to be fast-charging when using MagSafe, it must use a MagSafe compatible charger. Besides speed, MagSafe chargers also boast ease of use since wireless charging can be hectic looking for the ideal spot to enable it to charge. Although Apple was the first to offer a MagSafe charger, other electronics companies have entered the market. So far, these are the five best MagSafe chargers money can buy.
1. Belkin Boost Up Charge Pro
If you have the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 models, this is the perfect charger for you. It is appropriately named 3-in-1 because it charges your iPhone 12 and 13 models, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch. The charging puck powers the watch, while the wireless charging divot at the base is for your AirPods Pro. As Forbes reviewed, this MagSafe charger has the advantage of having well-spaced charging ports and landing spots. This feature ensures that no device is bumped off its charging spot. Amber LED light notifies you when the devices are not charging; white LED signifies they are charging optimally and are well aligned. Depending on your preference, you can charge your iPhone in portrait or landscape to optimize your video-viewing experience. The charger also boasts an architecturally-inspired design to make it ideal for any space. Since it delivers up to 15 watts, you can be sure that even charging for a few minutes will boost the power. It is available in black and white and comes with a two-year warranty. The charger goes for $149.99 at Belkin.
2. MagSafe Duo
It is a 2-in-1 charger that can power up any iPhone 12 models and Apple Watch. According to Apple Insider, this charger is ideal for those who are ever on the go because it folds in half, making it convenient to toss in your traveling bag. However, with time too much folding will wear out the hinge. Tests revealed it would take about two years of folding and unfolding once every four days. Its charging limit is 14 watts when using a 27-watts power brick; otherwise, you will have to be content with 11 watts device using the 20-watts power brick. It can work with any Qi-enabled device and costs $129.00. If you find the price is steep, Apple offers the monthly installment purchase option where you pay $10.75 for 12 months. The charger comes with a one-meter long USB-C cable; you purchase the power adapter separately. It, however, has the benefit of a two-year warranty.
3. Otterbox 3-in-1 Charging Station for MagSafe
Using this MagSafe charger, you can charge all your Apple devices in a space-saving stand. The stand is designed to ensure that you can still interact with the devices as they charge without disturbing the charging process. Besides, it is steady enough to withstand any constant clicking of the iPhone as it charges. In dim lighting, no need to grope for the charger because it glows in the dark. If you hate to see fingerprints smudges on your surfaces, you will be glad to know that the sleek design is fingerprint-resistant. The Apple Watch charger is sold separately because only wireless charging capable AirPods cases are compatible. The charger is affordable, going for $79.95. A 36-watts wall charger powers the stand. If you already have an Apple MagSafe charger, you can go for the Otterbox folding stand instead, selling at $39.95. It helps to hold the iPhone in your preferred orientation while streaming, interacting, or charging.
4. Apple MagSafe Charger
Although it can deliver up to 15 watts, the actual power varies with the wattage of the system conditions, such as temperature and activity, and power adapter. For instance, the charger delivers up to 12 watts for an iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 12 mini model. For quick and safe wireless charging, you must place the MagSafe charger face up on a flat surface without any metallic or foreign objects. It then adapts to the conditions to optimize the charging process. The magnets align perfectly with your device for optimal attachment. This charger can be used on any Qi-enabled device. However, the compatibility is for any iPhone 8 or later model and AirPods models with wireless charging cases. The magnetic alignment is for iPhone 12, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro models. At $39, it is among the most affordable MagSafe chargers, and Apple even extends to you the option of paying monthly installments of $3.25 for 12 months.
5. Nomad Base Station with Magnetic Alignment
Just when you thought things could not get any better, Nomad launched an improved version of its Base Station Mini in August 2021. According to 9to5Mac, the charger is the first from Nomad to be MagSafe compatible. It has perfect alignment every time because the MagSafe magnet aligns with those in your iPhone, making it easy to find the charging spot. It supports up to 15 watts of powerless power and 7.5 watts for iPhones. It also supports the charging of Qi-enabled devices but at lower speeds. Unfortunately, it is a single-device charger; thus, it pales in comparison with the 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 MagSafe chargers. Still, it has unique advantages, such as the low price of $70 and an ambient light sensor that dims LED at night. Although the USB-C cable is in the package, the power brick is sold separately.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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