Is Magsafe Worth It: The Ultimate MagSafe Charger Review

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Ultimate MagSafe Charger Review: Which Is the Best?’ by MobileReviewsEh

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The video compares and recommends MagSafe chargers based on design, attachment strength, charge speeds, heat output, and price, highlighting the top three options: YoloVolt (MagSafe compatible), Apple MagSafe charger, and Anker PowerWave.

Key Insights

  • The video compares different MagSafe chargers, testing their design, attachment strength, charge speeds, and heat output.
  • There are two types of MagSafe chargers: those made for MagSafe and those that are MagSafe compatible.
  • Appearance-wise, some chargers use plastic while others incorporate metallic elements.
  • Some chargers have a rubber part to prevent AirPods from moving around.
  • Attachment strength is crucial for MagSafe chargers, with Anker, YOLO, and Apple having the strongest magnetic attachment.
  • Some chargers, like Spigen and Osnap, have weak attachment strength and may not stay on the iPhone securely.
  • Heat output varies among chargers, with the ESR Hail Lock charger making the iPhone hot to touch in one instance.
  • The Mophie Snap Plus and Spigen PowerArc chargers maintain cooler temperatures.
  • Charge speeds differ among chargers, with Apple's MagSafe charger being the fastest, followed by Anker PowerWave and YoloVolt.
  • MagSafe chargers have different charge distances, with ESR Haloc being able to charge through a significant distance compared to Made for MagSafe chargers.
  • The video investigates extra features like kickstands and compatibility with other MagSafe accessories.
  • The Apple MagSafe charger is the fastest, followed by Anker PowerWave and YoloVolt.
  • Price-wise, the Anker PowerWave offers a great value at $16, while Apple's charger is $40 and Spigen's is around $50.
  • The top three recommended chargers are YoloVolt (MagSafe compatible), Apple MagSafe charger, and Anker PowerWave.

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Transcript

So apparently Monty and I went into the rabbit hole of MagSafe chargers. We rigorously tested over a dozen chargers, assessing everything from design, attachment strength, charge speeds, and heat output. Our goal was to figure out what the best MagSafe charger was. But there’s more to it than just, you know, best overall.

You know, there’s two types of MagSafe chargers. There’s ones that are made for MagSafe, and there are ones that are MagSafe compatible. They’re not all created equal, and we’ll share those differences with you. And Monty decided not to stop there, because he’s going to tell you what his top three chargers are, so that you kind of know which one to get. Let’s get started.

First things first, let’s talk about appearances. There are two camps when it comes to aesthetics for MagSafe chargers. You’ve got camps that just use plastic, and fancy ones that use a little bit of metal. Companies like YOLO, Apple, Otterbox, HaloLock, ESR, and Mouse all use metallic elements in their chargers. But oddly enough, out of all these chargers, there’s only a few that have this special rubbery part right here that stops your AirPods from moving around. That’s right, folks. This MagSafe charger can charge other devices.

Now, the MagSafe charger by itself is a very simple, we’ll say, product, and so companies have tried to make a difference in their product offering by, you know, putting kickstands to their devices. And I’m actually a big fan of this. So those are the stanzas in terms of look as well as design.

Let’s talk about attachment strength. Now what’s the most important thing when it comes to charging your iPhone using a MagSafe charger? It needs to stay on. Every MagSafe charger has a series of magnets to keep the charger on the device. Hence MagSafe. Magnets. MagSafe. I tested every single charger in terms of pulling off the charger as well as pushing the charger off the device using my trusty force meter. And this Anker product was a beast in terms of magnetic attachment strength. In terms of magnetic strength after Anker, it was YOLO and then the Apple MagSafe charger. Now I had an issue with the other side of the spectrum products from like Spigen as well as Osnap. These things barely stayed on to your iPhone. My force meter only measures things up to 5 Newtons and this charger came off of it without actually registering a result on this meter. Why?

So what’s the hottest that your iPhone’s ever gotten? And to the person that was doing this video, I had this ESR hail lock charger make my iPhone too hot to touch with my hand. And I was thinking, that’s going to be an issue, but it only happened once. And I bought a second one to make sure and nothing really happened. So when it comes to charge speeds, my assumption was the faster the charger is, the hotter it got. In the process of doing charge tests for this video, I would just do a 30 minute charge test, take my laser gun, point it at the thing, take a recording. Now if heat is at the top of your mind, the coolest charger is going to be this Mophie Snap Plus wireless charger, as well as this Spigen PowerArc arcfield charger. You might be thinking, cool, these things run cool. How fast are they? They’re not. In fact, the Apple MagSafe charger, this is one of the fastest chargers and it like temperature wise sits right in the middle, fast and relatively cool. The hottest charger out of all these guys, this Anker. This thing was pretty toasty, wasn’t it puppy?

So before we dive into how close these chargers have to be in order to charge, make sure you hit the subscribe button and turn on the notifications so that every single time Monty decides to not pay attention in a video, you get notified. Now you might be thinking, why bother with a magnetic charging distance with a magnetic charger? They’re magnetic, aren’t they always going to stay on? The answer is yes, but have you ever thought about thick cases? To do the charge distance test, I would just basically put a bunch of cards and then wait until I couldn’t hear the…

Now remember at the beginning of the video I said there was made for MagSafe and then there’s MagSafe compatible, where in terms of charge distance, there’s a big difference. This ESR Haloc with a kickstand can charge my iPhone through that much distance. That’s pretty significant. Made for MagSafe ones could only go through that much distance. So it’s a difference between 4.5 millimeters and about 40 something millimeters, which is huge. But even then at four and a half millimeters with a made for MagSafe charger, you’re not getting MagSafe charging speeds. You’re only getting normal Qi charging speeds at seven and a half watts. Thick cases from Otterbox as well as Quadlock, they’re going to have an issue with this charging. Something to keep in mind.

Now one of the other things that we took into account was all the extra stuff that companies try to like pack into it. Now I mentioned in terms of design, you got the kickstand. It’s kind of nice. Other companies like the ESR Haloc allow you to use different USB-C cables if you really wanted to. Other companies would give you longer cables, like that’s a good foot that the Belkin has on top of the ESR. But my favorite was from the Rando Amazon brand because they would give you a spare charger. 20 watt PD charger apparently. Cool. And honestly, Rando Amazon brands are actually really fun. This is a charger from Galvanox and yeah, MagSafe compatible and an Apple Watch charger. That’s so smart. Too bad it charges everything incredibly slowly. Like dealing with these MagSafe chargers is such a pain. I can’t find the Apple MagSafe one to make my next point. I’m going to kill.

So there it is. The last thing in terms of extras and accessibility, I did look at how these chargers work with other MagSafe accessories. Now you guys recognize this product, right? It’s the Moff Wallet. Well, one of the standout features for the Moff Wallet, actually one of the only cool things about the Moff Wallet, is that you can actually attach it kind of like that. This is pretty handy. It’s not the strongest connection, but at least you can use your iPhone and charge it in this manner. No other charger in this video can do that. Other than ones with the metallic back, can’t do what this is doing right now.

Next thing we’re going to talk about. Now, when it comes to charge speeds, well, that’s pretty important for a MagSafe charger. To figure out the charge speeds, we took one of these, plugged it into one of these, plugged it into some power, plugged that here, beep, then we’ll take the charger and do a 30-minute charge test. Now, for consistency’s sake, we use the same 20-watt charger for all the different tests. Unless it came with one, then we’d use that one for the charge test.

So when it comes to charging your iPhone, the Apple MagSafe charger is definitely the fastest, followed by the Anker PowerWave, followed by the YoloVolt. Now this is going to charge your iPhone at 15 watts. These two are about 7.5 watts, but the difference between these two and the fastest one is only 10% over 30 minutes. So we did all our testing with an iPhone 13 mini, and the MagSafe charger would do a 90% charge in about 75 minutes. The other two, these guys, would do it in about 90 minutes. So it’s not that bad.

Let’s tackle another big question, price, because at the end of the day, you can have really fast chargers, but what happens

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Ultimate MagSafe Charger Review: Which Is the Best?’ by MobileReviewsEh