September 22, 2023

Best MagSafe battery packs for your iPhone, from just $20

If your phone’s battery runs out before the end of the day, it might be a good idea to buy a mobile charger (also known as a power bank). Most mobile chargers require a cord, but if you have an iPhone 12, 13, or 14, you can simply clip one onto the back of your iPhone thanks to MagSafe technology. (Yay, magnets!) With so many charger options on the market, it can be challenging to find the best MagSafe battery, but I’ve highlighted four MagSafe power banks that I consider to be the strongest picks given their functionality.

The case you keep your smartphone in should be MagSafe-compatible so that the charger snaps onto it and can still magically deliver the wireless charging power to your phone. Look for the telltale “magnifying glass” design on the inside or outside of the case to see if the case is MagSafe compatible for a power bank.

iPhone with a black cover

If you’re using a case with your iPhone, make sure it’s MagSafe compatible; you can tell by looking at this “magnifying glass” design on the inside or back. (Photo: Apple)

How do MagSafe batteries work?

These wireless charging pads are nifty little gadgets that use magnets instead of cords or lightning cables to connect to your smartphone. You may also be wondering how much power these portable power banks have. Three of the four gadgets have 5,000 mAh batteries, which should be good for at least one full iPhone charge. (For reference, the iPhone 13 packs a 3,227 mAh battery.) The Anker 633 raises the bar to 10,000 mAh and is only slightly thicker than the other magnetic wireless power banks. The downside is you’ll pay more for that extra juice, but it’s worth it if your phone’s battery life sucks.

One more thing to note: all four contenders for the best MagSafe battery packs come with a USB-C cable, but to actually charge them you’ll also need a USB-C power adapter. not included. If you already have a power bank that can output at least 5V/3A, go ahead and use it. Otherwise, here’s a dual-port USB AC adapter 2-pack for $13 (because you can always use a spare).

Clockwise from top left: Anker MagGo 633, Voltme MagPak 5K, Anker MagGo with Popsockets Grip.  (Photo: Rick Broida/Yahoo)

Clockwise from top left: Anker MagGo 633, Voltme MagPak 5K, Anker MagGo with Popsockets Grip. (Photo: Rick Broida/Yahoo)


The bargain to beat, Fokimdo’s battery pack is less than half the price of some of the others. The stand allows for both portrait and landscape phone viewing. I didn’t get to test this one, but it has a solid 4.3 star rating from over 400 buyers. Warranty: 12 months.

$28 at Amazon


Available in your choice of four colors (blue, pictured, green, gray and charcoal), the MagPak is just an inch thick and comes with a flip-out kickstand flip that allows you to position your phone in portrait or landscape orientation. Warranty: 18 months.

$40 at Amazon


For anyone who can’t live without a PopSocket, this is the battery pack to have. In fact, Anker has grafted one of the small flip-out handles onto an otherwise fairly standard charger. The nice thing is that it can also be used as a stand,
but only in landscape mode. Wait for a sale on this one; I’ve seen it from $40. Warranty: 18 months.

$70 at Amazon


The big kahuna of the group, Anker’s 633, has a 10,000 mAh battery and a flip-out kickstand, converting it into a charging stand. It also has a 20-watt Power Delivery USB-C port if you want faster charging via a USB-C to Lightning cable (not included). This doesn’t go on sale very often, but is already as low as $60. Warranty: 24 months.

$70 at Amazon

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