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The Best MagSafe Battery Packs for Your New iPhone

Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack isn't the only option. In fact, it might not even be the best option depending on your needs.

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Tucker Bowe

There are a number of different MagSafe-compatible portable batteries out there, all of which magnetically attach to your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 so that you can wirelessly charge it on the go — no need to bring a cable. That said, they are all a bit different.

Some have higher capacities, which also tends to make them more expensive. Some can charge your iPhone faster than others. Some support reverse wireless charging, so they can wirelessly charge your iPhone and be wirelessly charged when not attached to iPhone. And some just look nicer than others.

Apple makes the MagSafe Battery Pack, of course, but it's expensive and has a lower capacity, so it might make more sense for you to go with a third-party option. Here's what you need to know.

What to Look for

Capacity: This is the amount of charge that the portable battery pack can deliver and it's measured in milliamp-hours (mAh). The higher the capacity, the more likely it's able to fully charge your iPhone. Generally, a portable battery with a 5,000mAh capacity can almost fully recharge an iPhone 13.

Size: This refers to the size or bulk of the portable battery and not its capacity (although the two are very connected). This is important because all these portable batteries add bulk to your iPhone 12 or 13 — but some more than others. Also, larger portable batteries will take up more real estate on the back of your iPhone and could block its camera, especially if you have a smaller iPhone mini.

Recharging ability: All of the below portable batteries can wirelessly charge your iPhone over MagSafe, however how you can recharge them once they are out of juice differs. Some support wireless charging, so you can place them on a wireless charging pad. Some support reverse wireless charging, meaning you can connect it to your iPhone and then recharge your iPhone (via Lightning) and it'll charge them both at the same time. But most of the cheaper options require a separate USB-C wired connection, which is admittedly a little inconvenient.

Special features: Not all these MagSafe portable batteries have the same abilities. For example, Apple's option works particularly well your iPhone (and its Control Center) and can turn into a high-speed MagSafe Charger when connected to power. Others have integrated stands and extra ports to simultaneously charge other devices along with your iPhone. The more features, generally the higher the price.

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How We Tested
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Tucker Bowe

We've been writing about and reviewing smartphone accessories products for near-on a decade. The below selections of MagSafe-compatible battery packs are mostly products that we've had hands on experience with, although there are a few exceptions for new MagSafe portable batteries that made by brands we trust and aim to get hands-on with them in the near future.

Best Overall
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack
Apple

  • It recharges via Lightning
  • It fast charges (up to 15-watts) when plugged into power
  • Your iPhone can reverse charge it when plugged into power
  • Its battery life can be seen from your iPhone's Lock Screen and from the Batteries widget

  • It's expensive
  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged when not connected to iPhone
  • Not as high-capacity as other options

Apple's official portable battery for iPhone 12 comes with some key advantages. It charges via Lightning and can fast charge (up to 15-watts) when plugged into power. It can also wirelessly fast-charge your iPhone at 7.5 watts (thanks to an April 2022 firmware update), which is faster than any other MagSafe battery pack. And its battery life can be seen from your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13's Lock Screen and from the Batteries widget.

For a deeper look, read our review of Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack.

The Runner Up
Belkin Magnetic Wireless Power Bank 2.5K
Belkin

  • It's very affordable
  • Automatically chargers iPhone when attached

  • It doesn't have a high capacity.
  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C)

This is one of the closest alternatives to Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack. It has a 2,500mAh capacity, which is quite a bit higher-capacity than Apple's option despite being roughly the same physical size. And one of the coolest things about it is, just like Apple's option, it automatically starts charging your iPhone when it magnetically clips to the back. No need to press a button.

Mophie Snap+ Powerstation Stand
Mophie

  • It has a really high capacity
  • It doubles as a stand for your iPhone
  • It can be recharged wirelessly using a Qi-enabled charger
  • Integrated 1/4-inch tripod socket

  • It's expensive
  • Too large to make sense for an iPhone 12/13 mini

This is one of the larger MagSafe-compatible portable batteries you can buy. It has a 10,000mAh capacity and is capable of wirelessly charging iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models at a max of 7.5-watts. It also has two unique features. First, it doubles as a wireless charging stand (thanks to a kickstand leg). And two, it has integrated 1/4-inch tripod socket, so you can use with various stands mobile photography accessories.

OtterBox Wireless Power Bank for MagSafe (5,000 mAh)
OtterBox

  • More affordable than Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack
  • Available in black or white colors.
  • Dual-sided magnets allows you to attach it to stands while also attached to your iPhone

  • Lacks special features that would make it unique
  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C)

This is OtterBox's direct rival to Apple's own portable MagSafe Battery Pack. It's one of the only options that has magnets on both sides of the battery pack, so you can magnetically attach it various stands while it's also charging your iPhone. However, the opposite side don't support wireless charging, and the only way to recharge it is via a USB-C wired connection. And it has roughly the same capacity (5,000 mAh) while being about $30 cheaper.

OtterBox Wireless Power Bank for MagSafe (3,000 mAh)
OtterBox

  • More affordable than Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack
  • Dual-sided magnets allows you to attach it to stands while also attached to your iPhone

  • Lacks special features that would make it unique
  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C)

This is a slightly smaller and more affordable version of OtterBox's 5,000 mAh portable battery (above).

Hyper HyperJuice Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack
Hyper

  • It's very affordable
  • Has a pretty high capacity

  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C)
  • Lacks special features that would make it unique

Hyper's portable power bank has a 5,000mAh capacity and magnetically snaps to the back of an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. It can output 7.5-watts of power and charges via USB-C.

Belkin Magnetic Portable Wireless Charger 10K
Belkin

  • It has a high capacity and can recharge your iPhone twice over
  • Additional ports to charge other devices while also charging iPhone over MagSafe

  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C)
  • Too large to make sense for an iPhone 12/13 mini

This portable battery has a 10,000mAh capacity and is capable of fully charging your iPhone 12 twice over. It also magnetically clips to the back of your iPhone. It has USB-C PD and USB-A ports to charge your other devices while also charging your iPhone over MagSafe. The major downside, however, is size; when attached to an iPhone 12/13 mini, it gets in the way of the rear-facing camera.

Anker Magnetic Wireless Portable Charger
Anker
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  • It's affordable
  • It's available in several different colors
  • It has enough capacity to fully recharge your iPhone

  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C)
  • Lacks special features that would make it unique

This 5,000mAh portable power bank magnetically connects to the back of an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 and can output 5-watts of power. It charges via USB-C.

Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini
Mophie

  • It has a nice fabric finish
  • It has enough capacity to fully recharge your iPhone

  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C)
  • Lacks special features that would make it unique

This portable battery has a 5,000mAh capacity and magnetically sticks to the back of your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. It also can be recharged via USB-C.

Oisle Magnetic Wireless Power Bank
Oisle

  • It's very small and compact.
  • It charges via USB-C.
  • Available in a number of different colors.

  • It cannot be wirelessly recharged (requires USB-C).
  • Lacks special features that would make it unique

This is the smallest magnetic portable battery pack you can buy for your iPhone 12/13. It has a 4,225mAh capacity — not likely to fully recharge your iPhone — and is available in a number of different colors (so you can likely match your iPhone or case).

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