After using the iPhone 12 Pro Max for two solid years, I cautiously took a few steps up the line when I bought a newer model, switching to the vanilla iPhone 13. I was tired of the bulky phone and of course wanted to save some cash. The battery anxiety was real, though. I had found the 12 Pro Max’s IRL power to be good, but not great, so I was understandably nervous taking the downshift. I was right.
It soon became clear that the iPhone 13 needed a few hours charge before the end of my typical day. I considered upgrading less than a year after the switch, but it would wipe out all the savings I had made. What came to the rescue was the Anker MagGo range. Specifically, it was a powerhouse found in our guide to the best portable chargers, the Anker 633 Magnetic Wireless Charger ($120).
Battery problem solved
The MagGo line capitalizes on the MagSafe capabilities of the iPhone and stays true to Anker’s longstanding appeal: convenience and value. A pop of color doesn’t hurt either, with soft pastel hues available on MagGo. There are pearl white, soft black, light purple and baby blue options. The range includes batteries, charging stands, magnetic grip and car charger. But it was the 633 that saved me a lot of hassle.
The 633 includes an alternative to Apple’s own MagSafe battery ($97) as part of the package. MagGo Wireless Magnetic Batteries come in several varieties: with a small rigid stand, with a foldable stand, and with no stand at all. My pick is the latter variety, and it packs 5,000mAh, which usually gives me a bit more than a full charge. The charging speed is 7.5W. This is less than the official Apple MagSafe chargers (15W), but it could change on future products. After all, Anker just announced its first full-fledged MagSafe product with 15-watt charging for the iPhone in the form of a 3-in-1 charging cube. ‘integrate into future products, we have nothing to share at this time.’
Those are the basics, but what made it an ultra-convenient and anti-anxiety energy generator for me was its team with charging stand. The holder sits on my desk at WIRED HQ in London and charges the battery simply by sliding it into the holder. This, for me, is essential. Batteries are a useful tool, but remembering to recharge them often eludes me. Now the booster is taken out of the equation: I take the pack home to use, put it in the holder to charge when I get back to work (removing it if necessary) and repeat. You can also use the USB-C port to charge the pack at 25 watts. In addition, when the pack is in the holder, it becomes a magnetic charging station and offers space for a second device on the base.
On the outside, the 11.9mm thickness of the pack makes it easy to place in a bag, pocket or purse and not be too intrusive. The same is true when the charger is tucked away on the back of your phone. And although he is not officially MagSafe, connecting to my phone is reassuringly secure.
In the past, I would have cringed at the thought of carrying a charging pack every day, but the Anker 633 has eased the burden – and it’s only about $20 more than the MagSafe Solo Battery Pack. ‘Apple.
Get a grip
The Anker 633 Wireless Charger may be the only MagGo product that has truly changed my daily habits, but I can vouch for (almost) the entire range. The big sale takes advantage of the iPhone’s MagSafe capabilities at more reasonable prices than those offered by Apple.
Buying a MagGo Charging Bank ($50) alone still offers plenty of convenience and battery confidence, plus the lure of the handy stand ($80) on some models, if that’s your thing. . Something else that could be yours thing: MagGo has a smart version of the PopSocket with the Anker 610 Magnetic Phone Grip ($16). It snaps onto the back of your MagSafe-enabled iPhone and has a ring you can put a finger through for added security – and it can too act as a support.
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