Apple iPhone MagSafe Battery Pack
Nine months after Apple launched its latest flagship smartphone, the California giant has just introduced its first official wireless battery pack for the iPhone 12. MagSafe Battery Pack, this new accessory clips onto the back of your phone using magnets hidden inside the handset, charging it without the need for cables. It is compatible with iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini.
Apple already sells magnetic phone cases and wireless chargers under the MagSafe banner, but this is the first on-the-go charger in the range. The new product was announced with little fanfare, but the timing couldn’t be better as many of us are hitting the road again. Here’s everything you need to know:
The MagSafe Battery Pack has a 7.62V, 11.13Wh battery, with a mAh of 1460. By comparison, that’s slightly more than the iPhone 12 itself, meaning you’ll probably get about one full charge.
With wireless charging, the battery pack has about the same capacity as the iPhone 12 battery and charges your phone with up to 5W of power – the same as Apple’s regular chargers. When connected to a power source of 20 W or higher, it shoots up to 15 W.
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The new MagSafe Battery Pack sticks to the back of the iPhone
The battery itself charges fastest with a MacBook-style 27W charger, but will also work with regular wall chargers. You charge both the charger and your phone at the same time – handy if you’re short on time. Interestingly, it can also charge in reverse, meaning you can use your phone to charge the battery.
The MagSafe battery pack is only available in white (so far) but true Apple style looks premium with its sleek rounded corners. It also has a premium price. For £99 on the Apple Store, if you order one now, it should arrive at the end of July.
However, you must purchase the USB-C power adapter and USB-C to Lightning charging cable separately.
One problem is that your phone must have iOS 14.7 or later, which is not yet available to consumers. However, Apple has just given access to the new OS to developers and testers, meaning a full release should be just around the corner.
The reactions online are mostly positive. Tech influencer Daniel Rotar pointed out on Twitter that Anker makes magnetic battery packs for the iPhone 12, which cost just £39.99 on Amazon.
Another user replied: “They’re so heavy they slip half the time and they’re pretty inefficient. The Apple solution is expensive, no doubt, but I don’t think there’s any actual competition right now for those who have such a really need a solution.”
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