MagSafe Charger: What Is It and Why You Need It!

 

MagSafe: What is it?

If you have any of the new iPhone 12 Series phones, MagSafe is something you definitely want to know about. MagSafe, an abbreviation for Magnetic Safe, is an upgraded charging technology built directly into the internal engineering of all iPhone 12 Models. This includes the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. MagSafe utilises magnets to safely and efficiently charge your iPhone, delivering double the power of standard Qi wireless chargers. Not only this, but you will be open to a whole new ecosystem of cool MagSafe compatible accessories, some of which you will see below.

magsafe for iphone

MagSafe: How does it work?

MagSafe is a series of magnets positioned around the iPhone 12’s internal charging coil, which detects MagSafe compatible accessories and snaps seamlessly and securely into place. 

 Simply hover your iPhone over a MagSafe charger and watch it align perfectly to the charging coil, preventing any disconnection from slippage. iPhones only recognise compatible MagSafe accessories, so there is no need to worry about other magnets interfering or attaching to your phone. When a MagSafe charger is detected, the system intelligently adapts to conditions to optimise charging for iPhone 12’s at up to 15W of peak power delivery for faster wireless charging. This is quite spectacular considering 7.5W wireless Qi charging led the industry for so long. 

What are the Advantages of Using a MagSafe Charger? 

The concept of MagSafe was first introduced as a breakaway magnetic charging cable for the MacBook Pro in 2006. With the release of the iPhone 12 Models in October 2020, Apple has reinvented MagSafe for the iPhone with tons of new advantages.

Easily Detachable

The MagSafe charger snaps onto your iPhone just like how a magnet snaps onto a fridge. Simply hover the charger over the back of your iPhone and it will snap into place. It is easy to attach but stays on securely so your phone stays charging uninterrupted. 

Faster Wireless Charging

Charging with the MagSafe Charger is faster than any other Qi-based charger available in the market, which maxes out at 7.5W. MagSafe is optimised to charge your iPhone 12 at up to 15W of peak power delivery, double the industry standard. The iPhone 12 mini maxes out at 12W due to its smaller size.

Less Wear and Tear on Cables

Since you don’t need to plug anything into your iPhone, there is less wear and tear on charging cables. Say goodbye to frayed and broken cables for good!

Thousands of Accessories

Apple has released cases and wallet attachments to use with MagSafe iPhones. But as usual, the range is limited and can be quite expensive. Third-party case and accessory makers such as Mophie and Choetech are also creating a wide range of MagSafe compatible products at more affordable prices. You can find wireless charging stands, car chargers and more here.

 

Can I use MagSafe if I don’t have an iPhone 12?

Absolutely! It is super simple to add MagSafe compatibility to any Qi-enabled smartphone, which includes all iPhones from the iPhone 8 and all Samsung phones from the Galaxy S6. Transformation kits like the Mophie Ring Kit allow you to easily upgrade your existing device to the clean and convenient magnetic mounting system of MagSafe. Snap the rings on your phone and say hello to thousands of MagSafe compatible accessories. Check out the latest MagSafe accessories below.

Mophie Ring Kit

mophie ring kit

Easily upgrade your existing device to Mophie's Snap magnetic mounting system. Two included metallic rings add snap compatibility to any Qi-enabled smartphone. The Mophie Ring Kit adds MagSafe compatibility to any current or older Qi-enabled devices. The magnetic array on the included rings works with MagSafe compatible devices such as the new iPhone 12 series phones. Buy the Mophie Ring Kit here.

 

Mophie Snap+ Wireless Charger

Mophie Snap+ Wireless Charger magsafe

The Mophie Snap+ Wireless Charger features a magnetic array that works with all MagSafe compatible devices. Attach the included metallic ring to any smartphone to make it compatible with the snap+ wireless charger. The magnetic array ensures accurate placement so charging begins on contact. The snap+ wireless charger can charge through cases up to 3mm thick, so need to take your case off your phone. The Snap+ is engineered to deliver up to 15W of power, offering a quick charge for when you need it the most. Buy the Mophie Snap+ Wireless Charger here.

 

4 in 1 MagSafe Compatible Charging Stand

4 in 1 charging stand for magsafe

The 4 in 1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand is a multi-functional MagSafe compatible accessory that allows multiple devices with compatibility of wireless charging functions to be charged. Compatible devices include, MagSafe compatible iPhones, iWatches and Earbuds with Wireless charging. An external USB output port is available for additional devices. The mobile phone charging component is designed with a magnetic double coil, which allows charging at multiple angles. You can put your phone down vertically or horizontally without affecting the charge. Buy the 4 in 1 MagSafe Compatible Charging Stand here.

 

Choetech MagSafe Compatible Charging Pad

Choetech charging pad white

Charge your iPhone 12 Series phones with the Choetech MagSafe Compatible Charging Pad, that features an ultra-thin, magnetic wireless charging. The charging pad comes with a cable integrated wireless charge with strong integrity for better reception. The type-C cable is compatible with PD quick charge ensuring that your phone is charged efficiently. Compatible devices include the new iPhone 12 Series and all QI wireless charging enabled devices. Buy the Choetech MagSafe Compatible Charging Pad here.

 

Choetech 2 in 1 MagSafe Compatible Charging Stand 

choetech 2 in 1 charging stand magsafe wireless charging

The Choetech 2 in 1 MagSafe Compatible Charging Stand features a MagSafe magnetic wireless charge making it the perfect tech accessory for the new iPhone 12 series. Not only can you charge your phone on the stand, but you can also place your AirPods on the base for a quick charge too. Charge your phone vertically or horizontally, while playing your favourite game or watching a movie. The bracket is adjustable to 30 degrees, offering a comfortable angle for all viewing angles. Buy the Choetech 2 in 1 MagSafe Compatible Charging Stand here.

 

Choetech MagSafe Compatible Car Mount

 choetech car mount magsafe wireless charger

The Choetech MagSafe Compatible Car Mount is the perfect accessory for the tech savvy driver. Featuring a magnetic suction bracket, operate your phone safely with easy, one hand operation. The 360 degree adjustment angle allows you to position your phone horizontally or vertically for the optimum viewing angle. Buy the Choetech MagSafe Compatible Car Mount here.

For more MagSafe Accessories click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can MagSafe Chargers damage credit cards?

Don’t place credit cards, passports, or key fobs between your iPhone and MagSafe Charger as this might damage the magnetic or RFID strips in those items.

Do MagSafe Chargers affect pacemakers?

Apple highly recommends keeping iPhone 12’s and MagSafe accessories at least 15cm away from pacemakers or other implanted medical devices to prevent any interference.

Do MagSafe Chargers charge older iPhones?

The MagSafe Charger maintains compatibility with Qi charging, so it can be used wirelessly charge iPhone 8’s or later.  

Can MagSafe Chargers charge airpods?

MagSafe Chargers can also charge Airpods with a wireless charging case and other earphones that are Qi-enabled. 

Can MagSafe Chargers charge the Apple Watch?

Unfortunately, MagSafe Chargers can’t charge Apple Watches. 

Can MagSafe Chargers charge iPad Pros?

As of yet, iPad Pros aren't compatible with MagSafe. 

Can MagSafe transfer data?

No, MagSafe does not transfer data. 

Can MagSafe work with any case?

It is best to use a case specifically designed for MagSafe. If your case is too thick, the magnets in your iPhone may not activate MagSafe's features.