With the iPhone 12, Apple introduced its new MagSafe technology – which is basically a smart array of magnets on the back of the iPhone that can be used to quickly snap on a charger without worrying about plugging into a port (and could lead the way to eliminate ports entirely in the future). But MagSafe has a ton of potential beyond charging, as the magnetic back can be attached to nearly anything.
One accessory Apple promised is a battery pack that would snap onto the back of an iPhone 12 and provide a charge when there are no outlets nearby. It’s a much better option than fumbling around with a loose battery pack that also needs a cable connection – the problem is that Apple hasn’t released it yet.
Tired of waiting? Several other companies have started selling their own battery packs designed to work with MagSafe, and they’re looking like excellent buys if you’re getting impatient. Let’s take a look!
Note: iPhone cases can influence your MagSafe connection, and thicker cases may prevent a MagSafe battery pack from attaching or working. There are a couple of ways around this: Apple and others sell thinner, magnetic iPhone cases that are made to support MagSafe (or you could just slip your case off whenever it’s necessary to use a battery pack).
Anker’s slim PowerCore battery pack is small enough for the back of your iPhone 12 but holds an amazing 5,000 mAh cell capacity, the highest currently available. We also really like the small LED dots that indicate how much life the pack has left and when it’s finished filling back up. Recharging is handled via a USB-C connection (which you can use while the battery pack is attached for pass-through charging, a trick that works on all of these packs), so make sure you know if you need to order a USB-C charging brick or not before you buy. The only major downside to this pack is that it’s currently available only in black, which may clash with some iPhone colors, but that’s a minor quibble compared to this pick’s overall quality.
Belkin and Apple have a history of partnering for very high-quality accessories and compatible smart devices, so it’s great to see Belkin releasing a MagSafe battery pack as well (note that the pack isn’t quite available yet, but the price is set and you can sign up to be notified when it’s in stock). This pack holds a 2,500mAh charge with USB-C and also has those handy LED lights to indicate how much charge is left while you’re using it. Two quick notes about this model: First, it’s slightly contoured to better latch onto the back of the iPhone 12 in a comfortable way. Second, it’s available in both a white and a black option to better match your iPhone.
This compact, 4,225mAh OISLE case is very colorful – not only do you get your pick of several body colors, but the LED indicator also uses changing colors instead of dots to show how much life is left! If your LED reaches red, your pack needs recharging. Pretty neat. Otherwise, it’s a simple and effective battery pack that gets the job done, but the ample color options are particularly cool for anyone who plans to use the pack regularly in their set of accessories.
This beautiful pack has our favorite design so far and is available in three different colors to make it easier than ever to match your iPhone. The 5,000mAh pack is a 15W wireless model (20W when charging), which means it excels at charging your iPhone 12 at high-speed and may even out-charge your charging cables – an excellent feature when you are short on both time and battery life. There are no LED indicators for this model, so you’ll have to keep note how much charge is left on your own.
Like Anker’s model, this 7.5-watt HyperJuice pack charges with USB-C and has a hefty 5,000mAh power rating for an extra boost. LED indicators are available as well (this time on the back instead of the side). It’s a bit bulkier than other packs to accommodate that extra charge, which may be a dealbreaker for some.
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