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MagSafe: The magic
What is MagSafe?
MagSafe is a method of wireless charging using magnets that was developed by Apple. It's similar to traditional Qi wireless charging, which passes power from the magnets in your charger to the coils in your phone. With MagSafe, the magnets and coils are more perfectly aligned, which enables faster charging.
What is a Magsafe case?
MagSafe cases are designed to take advantage of magnetic charging without removing your phone from the case. These types of cases have charging magnets tucked neatly inside, ensuring the magnets are perfectly aligned to the coils inside your iPhone, so you get more power, quicker.
Which iPhones work with MagSafe?
MagSafe works with iPhone 12 and later. The best part is that it provides faster wireless charging: up to 15 W.
Which Airpods use MagSafe?
AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case and AirPods Max with Smart Case are all MagSafe.
Does MagSafe wear down the battery?
Not necessarily. Charging your iPhone can cause it to get a bit warmer, which can affect the battery. If the battery is getting too warm, there is software built into your iPhone that will limit how much you're able to charge the phone (under 80%) to help preserve battery life. Once your phone cools, you'll be able to continue charging again. You can also try charging in a cooler location. If your phone is charged for an extended period of time, MagSafe Battery Packs offer a feature that helps maintain the health of the battery.
Here’s to charging on the go.
Are all portable chargers wireless?
There are three types of portable chargers. The first is a traditional power bank that connects to your phone using cables. The second type is one that charges wirelessly, transferring charge using a magnetic field. And finally, the third type lets you connect either with cables or wirelessly, so you can charge multiple devices at once.
How do wireless chargers work?
Wireless chargers work through the scientific magic of magnetic induction. They use an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between devices. The coils in the charger share energy with the coils inside the device. The result? Your battery gets powered up.
Can I bring a portable charger on a plane? What size can I take?
Yes, you can bring your portable charger with you when you travel, but it has to be packed in your carry-on bag. It cannot be stored in your checked baggage. Most airlines allow you to bring two large, spare batteries (up to 160 watt hour). You should always check with your airline carrier regarding their guidelines before going to the airport.
Are portable wireless chargers safe or bad for my phone?
You'll be happy to know that portable wireless chargers are generally safe to use. They don't affect your battery any more than a traditional charger. But here’s a good tip for you: If you're looking to preserve your battery, make sure it's always at least 10% charged. On the other hand, don't over-charge it either. Keeping it at 80% charged helps extend the life of your battery.
Do portable chargers come charged?
It all depends on which charger you choose. Some come pre-charged while others need to be charged before you use them. Check the packaging to find out.
How long do portable chargers take to charge my phone?
Battery life and charge time vary depending on your phone usage, but it can usually take up to 1-2 hours for chargers with a smaller battery (2,000 mAh) and up to 3-4 hours for those with a larger one (10,000 mAh).
What is a power adapter?
A power adapter is an external battery you plug into your wall that converts AC voltage to DC voltage so that you can juice up your device. Basically, it makes sure that the power coming out of the wall is the right power for your device.
Which power adapters work for MacBook and MacBook Pro?
There are a lot of different types of power adapters that work for these kinds of computers. The latest MacBooks charge with Apple 29W or 30W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C Charge Cable. The latest MacBook Pros charge with Apple 67W or 96W USB-C Power Adapter and USB-C to MagSafe 3 Cable. They can also charge with a USB-C charge cable. For a complete list, visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201700.
Which iPhones can charge wirelessly?
If you're looking to charge wirelessly, you'll need iPhone 8 or later. If you have iPhone 12 or later, you can use a MagSafe charger.
Can I use my old charger and cables for my new iPhone?
Yes, as long as you're using a Lightning cable, your old charger should work. The Lightning cable doesn't have to be new, either.
Does the latest iPhone come with a charger?
Yes, the latest iPhone comes with a charger. When you buy iPhone 14, you get a USB-C-to-Lightning cable. One note: you'll need your own charging adapter.
How much are iPhone chargers, and are there other brands that work with iPhone?
Many brands make chargers that work with your iPhone. If you have an older model iPhone, you can use a 5 W charger that usually starts around $4. If you have an iPhone 12, iPhone SE (3rd generation) or newer phone, you'll want a power adapter that has a minimum power output of 20 W for faster charging. You can choose the Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter or opt for another brand with the same wattage. These usually run under $40. If you just need a Lightning cable, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $29. Be sure to check out our great offers on chargers.