Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack offers on-the-go wireless charging for $99

Polycount

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Highly anticipated: Are you loving your fancy new iPhone 12 but struggling to keep it juiced up while out and about? If so, Apple's got some good news for you. Starting today, you can snag a MagSafe Battery Pack for $99. As the name implies, it's a magnetic battery that attaches to the back of your phone for "safe and reliable" wireless charging no matter where you are.

To be clear, the MagSafe Battery Pack is not the same thing as Apple's dedicated, plug-powered MagSafe Charger. That product is less than half the price (at $39) and is designed to sit on your desk or some other static surface.

The Battery Pack, on the other hand, is primarily meant for on-the-go battery top-ups. You can technically keep it plugged in and sitting on your desk for a similar effect to the ordinary MagSafe device, but that's probably not the ideal way to use it.

The MagSafe Battery Pack only has one 1,460mAh capacity option, so it won't be quite enough to fully juice up your iPhone 12 while out on the town, and it'll charge slowly at just 5W when used without an adapter. If you wish to connect it to a wall adapter, charging speeds will increase, but you'll have to buy one separately -- and Apple does recommend you do so.

Currently, an Apple-branded 20W USB-C power adapter costs $20 on the company's website. Naturally, the USB-C cable itself isn't included in that package, so you'll need to shell out another $20 if you want an official version of that. All in all, if you prefer to go with only official Apple products, you're likely going to spend around $140 on the MagSafe Battery Pack and its "recommended" accessories, assuming you don't already have the latter at home.

That's not to say the device isn't worth the money, of course. That's for you to decide. One thing is certain, though: Apple fans have been clamoring for a portable cable-free phone charging solution ever since the MagSafe product line was revived last year. And of course, the classic "Apple" fit-and-finish is present here: the all-white design of the Battery Pack is attractive and likely to pair well with a variety of differently-colored iPhone 12s (and their cases).

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QuantumPhysics

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I carry a Mophie Powerstation and a long cable.

When I go to an event and record in 4K, I deplete my phone battery and then use the Mophie to continue recording while I charge.

Then I deplete the phone battery again and then plug it in again to recharge it. The Mophie can recharge my iphone 12PRO MAX three times.

But the real problem is that when it’s hot outside the phone will start to overheat and it will turn itself off to protect itself. I would really like someone to create a liquid cooling frame for the phone that can simultaneously charge it.
 

VitalyT

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The MagSafe Battery Pack only has one 1,460mAh capacity option, so it won't be quite enough to fully juice up your iPhone 12 while out on the town

OMG, for that money you can pick up two universal chargers that can charge your iPhone 12 in full 3 times or more. What a horrible Apple rip-off!

For example, Anker Portable Charger 20000mAh can be found for just $49. And it can provide 5 full charges for iPhone 12.
 

Timmeer

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I'm against this product, and it is over priced.
But this is just not true:
The MagSafe Battery Pack only has one 1,460mAh capacity option, so it won't be quite enough to fully juice up your iPhone 12 while out on the town

mAh cannot be compared like this, because Voltage is not considered.
The battery capacity of iPhone is advertised with 3.7 Volts, while this powerbank has a voltage of 7.62 Volt.

1460 mAh * 7.62V / 1000 = 11.13 Wh

iPhone 12 = 10.78 Wh

So this powerbank can fully juice a iPhone 12