after use iPhone 12 Pro Max For two solid years, I cautiously cut a few steps down the range when choosing a newer model – the move to iPhone 13. I was tired of the impractical phone and, of course, wanted to save a bit of cash. The battery concern was real. I found the IRL power of the 12 Pro Max to be good, but not great — so I was understandably nervous when downgrading. I was right to be.
It soon became clear that the iPhone 13 needs to top up for a few hours Before end of my usual day. I’ve considered upgrading after less than a year of switching, but that would erase any savings I’ve made. What came to the rescue was the Anker MagGo kit. More specifically, a powerhouse found in our guide to the best portable chargers was the Anker 633 Magnetic Wireless Charger ($120).
Battery problem, solved
The MagGo range takes advantage of the iPhone’s MagSafe capabilities and stays true to Anker’s long-term allure: convenience and value. A splash of color doesn’t hurt either, with soft pastels available via MagGo. Available in Pearl White, Soft Black, Light Purple and Light Blue. The range includes battery packs, charging holders, magnetic grip, and a car charger. But it was 633 that saved me a lot of trouble.
The 633 includes a replacement for Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack ($97) as part of the package. MagGo Wireless Magnetic Battery Packs come in several different types: with a small solid stand, with a foldable stand, and without any stand at all. My choice is the latter variety, and it packs 5,000mAh, which usually gives me just over a full charge. Charging speed is 7.5W which is lower than official Apple MagSafe chargers (15W), but this could Change on future products. After all, Anker just announced its first fully-fledged MagSafe product with 15W charging for the iPhone in the form of a 3-in-1 charging cube. “Hopefully we’ll integrate it into future products in the future, we don’t have anything to share right now,” Anker told me dryly.
Those are the basics, but what made this device so convenient, worry-free, and energy-efficient for me was its teaming with a charging stand. The stand sits at my desk at WIRED’s London HQ and charges the battery pack simply by sliding it into the stand. This, for me, is the key. Battery packs are a useful tool, but remembering to charge them often fails in my mind. Now the recall is taken out of the equation: I take the pack home with me to use it, put it in the carrier to charge when I get back to work (remove it when needed) and repeat. You can also use the USB-C port to charge the 25W package. Also, when the package is in the stand, it becomes a magnetic charging station and provides a place for a second device on the base.
Out and about, the package’s 11.9mm thickness makes it easy to fit in a bag, pocket or purse and not be overly intrusive. The same goes when the charger is placed on the back of your phone. Although there is no officially MagSafe, connect to my phone is reassuringly secure.
In the past, I’d balk at the idea of carrying a charging pack every day, but the Anker 633 lightened the load—and it only costs about $20 more than Apple’s single MagSafe Battery Pack.
get a grip
The Anker 633 Wireless Charger may be the only MagGo product that really changed my daily habits, but I can guarantee (almost) the full range. The big sale takes advantage of the iPhone’s MagSafe capabilities at more affordable prices than Apple can offer.
Purchasing a MagGo charging bank ($50) on its own still offers plenty of battery convenience and confidence, plus the allure of a convenient mount ($80) on some models, if that’s your thing. Something else might be for you something: MagGo has a clever twist on the PopSocket with the Anker 610 Magnetic Phone Grip ($16). It clips onto the back of your MagSafe-compatible iPhone and has a loop for you to put your finger in for extra security – and it can also as a stand.
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