Apple has had some unfortunate mistakes with the iPhone over the years:3D touch and the U2 debacle are just a few that come to mind, but MagSafe is emerging as one of the more useful updates the smart phone has seen it in a while. Apple’s new charging tech made some pretty good ones possible third accessories, I like Anker’s new magnetic portable charger, which so simple and convenient that it really should be included with every iPhone.
MagSafe may have been proposed as a way to improve wireless charging, ensuring that an iPhone and the charging pad are always perfectly aligned for optimal power transfer, but even Apple saw its potential as a better way to connect accessories to the smartphone, including magnetic wallets and cases.
Bloomberg even reported that anonymous sources claimed that Apple was working on a Magnetic upgrade to your Smart Battery Casebut still nowhere to be seen. Now Anker has beaten Apple with its new PowerCore Magnetic 5K wireless charger, and as long as you don’t mind sacrificing your pocketbookcapacity of your iPhone 12, it is the perfect solution to battery anxiety.
The Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K isn’t the first portable wireless charger to hit the market. I have reviewed several already, including one by Satechi which can wirelessly charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch at the same time. The lack of cables is convenient, but portable wireless chargers are difficult to use on the go given the precision with which the charging coils must be aligned for charging to actually happen. They are also all a bit chunky, wheresince Anker’s new solution is much smaller.
However, just because Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic 5K is the smallest portable wireless charger we’ve tested to date doesn’t mean it’s small. It actually adds quite a bit of junk to the trunk of the iPhone 12 while it’s plugged in, so don’t expect to slip the two effortlessly into a pocket while magnetically embraced.
At one end of the PowerCore Magnetic 5K you will find a power buttonthe charger will not automatically start transferring power when connected to an iPhone. You will also see a flashing blue LED that indicates when a device is charging and a series of white LEDs that indicate the remaining battery level. There is also a USB-C port that is used to charge the PowerCore Magnetic 5K itself (it cannot be charged wirelessly) and is used to charge other devices via a wired connection.
You can also wirelessly charge iPhones and non-MagSafe devices using the PowerCore Magnetic 5K, which is why Anker has included an illustration at the bottom that shows exactly where your induction coil is for proper alignment.
That being said, while testing has found that officially certified MagSafe charging accessories are in excess of 15Wireless Power Transfer W, Anker’s unofficial accessory (You won’t find the MagSafe term mentioned anywhere on the Anker website) delivers only 5W of power, which means it is much slower. So if you are not If you place it on the back of an iPhone 12 model, you are probably better off charging other devices with a USB-C cable.
Another thing I discovered when testing MagSafe accessories is that the magnetic connection on the back of iPhones 12 (I’m using an iPhone 12 Pro) it’s not that strong. It’s strong enough to stay aligned with a cargo bed, but I’m less confident that it’s strong enough to keep heavier accessories from falling off when both are being carried. For a stronger connection, I recommend pairing Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic 5K with a MagSafe compatible case like Moment’s. Slim case for iPhone 12 or from Nomad Rugged MagSafe Folio Case, for greater peace of mind.
If you are not an iPhone 12 user, you can probably skip the PowerCore Magnetic 5K. Anker has cheaper compact portable chargers that have much more capacity. If you’re using one of Apple’s latest and greatest iPhones, for $ 40, the PowerCore Magnetic 5K is an obvious accessory. Even if Apple releases a slimmer MagSafe charging solution that it offers faster load times and a slimmer design will certainly be considerably more expensive than what Anker is now available.