The great thing about the MagSafe Dual Charger is that it does what it needs to do: charge your iPhone 12 and Apple Watch at the same time. But if you’re looking for a revolutionary charging experience (or frankly a good one), you should wait for something better and cheaper to come along.
Priced at $ 149 / MXN $ 3,499, expect the MagSafe Duo to deliver the same level of charge as the famous AirPower charger, which promised a new way of charging that Phil Schiller said “would really help with charging. move the industry forward. “. The MagSafe Duo does not. On the contrary: it is a step backwards.
The MagSafe Dual Charger is easy to carry and was clearly designed for travel, but it doesn’t seem to hold up well to regular transport in a backpack or pocket.
And even if it does, it will get dirty. It has some weight, which means it might end at the bottom of the backpack. And since it’s only available in white, you’re bound to see all the scratches and marks.
Other than that, the dual charger “hinge” is made of what looks like rubber, and I’m not convinced that it won’t break over time. I’ve only opened it a dozen times, and it has a big wrinkle inside.
But at this price nothing is seen or felt premium, so I don’t imagine that the passage of time and its use treat it well.
Simple but confusing
Despite its versatile appearance, the MagSafe Dual Feeder is pretty basic. You can open it to charge your iPhone (or other Qi-enabled device) and Apple Watch, or fold it up to charge only one device at a time. By closing it you can’t load anything which is a missed opportunity.
The magnets in the MagSafe Duo are quite strong, so your phone won’t move around, but not if you want to use it on your desk. As with the MagSafe charger, you have to unhook the charger from your mobile with your hands, and the hinge does not allow you to use it as if it were an iPhone holder.
The watch part is a bit more versatile, since you can place your watch flat, which can be a bit tricky depending on which strap you have, or vertically. It is a little easier to remove than in the movable part, so it is more convenient to use on your desk or bedside table. I don’t know why Apple didn’t do the same for the iPhone side.
Contrary to what the AirPower has promised, you have to place each device on its specific side to charge, and speeds may vary depending on the charger you’re using. Like the iPhone, the MagSafe Dual Charger comes with a Lightning to USB-C cable and not an AC adapter, so you’ll need to use your own.
However, if you use the same 20W charger ($ 25 / MXN $ 549) that Apple recommends for the iPhone 12, you will only get a charge of around 11W, while the 30W charger ($ 55/1349 MXN $) will give you a load of 14W. Unless you’re using Apple’s old 29W USB-C charger, which the company says won’t work.
Here’s how Apple breaks it down:
- USB-C connector (USB-A is not supported)
- 9V / 2.22A power adapter offers up to 11W of power
- 9V / 3A and above power adapter offers up to 14W of power
- IPhone 12 mini can achieve up to 12W for faster wireless charging with a minimum of 9V / 2.62A
- High voltage adapters of 9V / 3A or more will provide a maximum of 14W when charging iPhone 12
Even if you hit these maximum speeds, however, they are lower than the 15W charging speeds you reach using the standard MagSafe charger. In my testing I achieved charging speeds of around 10W on the iPhone 12 and around 12W on the iPhone 12 regardless of which adapter you use, so the MagSafe dual charger will not work for 0-100% fast charges.
MagSafe dual charger will not charge as fast as MagSafe charger or wired connection, its magnets are too strong to use as desktop charger, it does not support mobile so you can see the screen, it is a bit tricky and only works if it’s not open.
The list of complaints would make it difficult to sell a $ 55 charger, but at a price of $ 149 / MXN $ 3.49, it’s nearly impossible to recommend.
For more information you may want to read our article Should you buy the MagSafe Dual Charger?.
Original article published in igamesnews US.
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