The best MagSafe accessories in 2021: chargers, gamepad, stand
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The iPhone 12 is packed with impressive features, including an all-new industrial design, support for super-fast 5G networking, an improved camera system, and the introduction of two additional sizes. But the feature that stands out the most is that the iPhone 12 is called MagSafe.
What is MagSafe?
Apple’s latest smartphone has a cluster of built-in magnets on the back that allows you to attach accessories to the device without cables.
The magnets are strong enough that these accessories don’t accidentally fall off, but don’t require a lot of effort to put them on and take them off. It took a little while for companies to find the best uses for MagSafe, but this technology has led to the creation of unique accessories that make using the iPhone a bit easier.
We’ve done some research and hands-on testing to find the best MagSafe accessories you can get right now.
1. Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger
The iPhone has supported wireless charging for several years, but MagSafe doubles its maximum charging speed from 7.5W (watts) to 15W. That’s a huge difference and it brings wireless charging speeds closer to what you would get by plugging the phone into a power adapter.
The Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger can charge an Apple Watch, true wireless headphones and an iPhone 12 at the same time. The iPhone 12 will also charge at its maximum speed. The Belkin Charger matches the minimalist aesthetic of Apple’s gear and looks great on a nightstand or desk.
We’ve tested this charger for ourselves, and it’s by far our favorite MagSafe accessory to date. It charged all the devices we tested very quickly every time. We’re also happy that this charger comes with its own power adapter, so you have everything you need to use it in the box.
2. Otterbox mobile game clip
Otterbox’s latest accessory is a MagSafe Game Clip, which allows you to attach an iPhone to an Xbox Series X controller without a traditional bracket. It effectively turns your iPhone into a true mobile gaming system giving you much more precise control over your games.
Previous generations of this accessory required you to put your iPhone in a clamp, which made the stand bulky. This new version is significantly smaller and more streamlined, making it even easier to pack in a bag or take on a trip. If you’re a serious console and PC gamer who wants the same gaming experience while playing iOS games, the Otterbox accessory is a must-have.
3. Satechi 2-in-1 Aluminum Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand
The Satechi 2-in-1 Aluminum Magnetic Wireless Charging Cradle quickly became one of our favorite MagSafe accessories due to its ultra-efficient design. It can charge an iPhone 12 at a maximum speed of 7.5W and has a slot to charge a pair of true wireless earbuds. Our favorite feature is the ability to tilt the wireless charging puck up and down, so your phone is always facing a comfortable angle.
Note: Satechi does not provide its charger with an AC adapter, so we recommend using Apple’s 20W USB-C AC adapter, available for $ 16.47 on Amazon.
4.Anker PowerCore Magnetic Wireless Power Bank
Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic Power Bank is one of the most innovative MagSafe charging accessories we’ve been able to test so far.
The 5000mAh battery snaps directly into the back of the iPhone 12 has enough juice to almost fully charge it at a rate of 5W. That’s slower than the iPhone 12’s MagSafe maximum charge speed, but the convenience of being able to charge your phone on the go without a cable more than makes up for it.
This disadvantage is further mitigated by the USB-C port of this power bank, which allows you to charge your iPhone 12 at a speed of 10W if you plug it in with a cable. The USB-C port also lets you charge non-iPhone devices, from true wireless headphones to Android devices.
5. Spigen OneTap car holder
Using a dashboard phone mount lets you keep your eyes on the road while keeping your GPS app of choice in your peripheral vision. Spigen’s OneTap car holder is the first we’ve seen that supports MagSafe.
You can fix this phone holder on any surface of your car thanks to the suction cup attached to its base. We recommend that you choose a location that will not obscure your view of the road. The base is attached to a movable arm, which allows you to control the angle of your phone, which ends in a MagSafe washer.
It’s a great accessory for anyone who commutes to work or is fed up with keeping their phone in the cup holder of their car.
6. Nomad MagSafe Pro tripod mount
IPhone 12 is an amazing camera and video camera, and Nomad’s MagSafe Pro Tripod Mount can help you get professional-looking photos.
The aluminum mount can be attached to any tripod with a 1/4-inch connector and has a cold shoe mount on the top so you can add another accessory like lighting or an external microphone. Nomad says the holder has padded contact points to prevent scratching your phone, and a network of custom magnets to ensure your phone stays in place.
If you are an avid iPhone photographer looking for an accessory to give you more ways to record memories, then don’t skip this accessory.
7. Incipio MagSafe case
The iPhone 12’s magnets are built into the back of the phone, which means using a standard case will block them and make your device incompatible with MagSafe accessories. The solution is to get a MagSafe compatible case, and we recommend Incipio’s Grip.
The textured case protects the back, sides and corners of the iPhone 12 and makes it even easier to hold. Incipio says the case offers up to 14 feet of drop protection, doesn’t interfere with your 5G cellular signal, and is both scratch and fade resistant.
The material Incipio uses is antimicrobial, which the company says provides protection against up to 99.9% of surface bacteria. Numerous studies have shown that your phone screen is the dirtiest surface you touch every day, so this is an extremely welcome feature.
If you plan to use MagSafe accessories, but want to keep your phone free of bumps and scratches, Incipio’s Grip is the case we recommend.
8. Moft Snap-On Magnetic Holder and Wallet
Moft makes some of the most innovative accessories we’ve tested this year, and their Snap-On magnetic holder and wallet is one of the coolest.
It is only 5mm thick, but can hold three credit, debit or ID cards in its back pocket. The back of the wallet can also fold outward (as seen in the photo above) to become a stand. This makes it easier to view videos in portrait or landscape orientation.
If you’re looking to cut down on your daily transportation, Moft’s Snap-On Magnetic Holder and Wallet is a great solution.
9. PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe
The PopGrip has become one of the most popular iPhone accessories of all time because it makes the smartphone much easier to hold. This is useful when you are using the camera with one hand or need a little help stabilizing your shot before taking a picture.
The accessory traditionally requires you to stick it on using an adhesive, which might become less sticky over time, but this new generation uses MagSafe instead. This means that it will last the life of your device and be easy to transfer to your next iPhone or iPhone case.
When extended, the PopGrip doubles as a stand, allowing you to rest your phone on a desk. This makes it easier to watch videos on your iPhone 12 completely hands free.
10. Apple MagSafe Charger
If you only want to wirelessly charge your iPhone 12 at the fastest possible speed, the best accessory you can get is Apple’s MagSafe Charger. The washer-shaped charger supports speeds of up to 15W and has an impressive magnetic plug in our experience. Apple does not provide its MagSafe charger with an AC adapter, so we recommend that you get this one.
This is the simplest MagSafe accessory we recommend, but it works consistently and does its job very well. If you are put off by its simple appearance, you can fit it into a good posture that better matches your personal aesthetic.