Apple revived MagSafe after killing it several years ago. But it’s not the same MagSafe that you’d associate with a certain charging cable your MacBook would suck in using magnets. Instead, it’s a new lineup of iPhone accessories that magnetically attach to the back of the iPhone 12, opening up a world of possibilities.
Apple has already given us a few examples of what MagSafe on the iPhone is capable of. There’s the MagSafe leather pocket that you can just snap to the back of your phone whenever you feel the need to carry along your credit cards along with some cash. Then there’s the lineup of MagSafe-compatible cases featuring magnets allowing you to attach Apple’s another MagSafe accessory to it—the MagSafe Wireless charger—facilitating 15W wireless charging.
Yes, the MagSafe Wireless charger is the only compatible wireless charger out there that facilitates 15W wireless charging on the iPhone. Aside from the fact that it’s also the only wireless charger in the world that can stick to the back of your iPhone right now, it follows the Qi standard—a widely accepted standard for wireless charging—but uses specific power profiles to pump in 15W to your iPhone wirelessly.
Furthermore, as part of the environmental benefit initiative at Apple (that’s what Apple says), the MagSafe wireless charger does not ship with a USB-C charging adapter leaving customers who don’t own one scrambling for it.
While there are many great USB-C charging adapters out there, you must know that there is an asterisk involved when it comes to using them with your new MagSafe wireless charger. According to a recent video posted by YouTube channel Alvin Lim, the MagSafe charger only outputs the advertised 15W when using USB-C adapters that include a certain power-profile. Apple’s 18W adapter amounts to 13W of power going to your iPhone. Any other adapters—even ones capable of offering 96W—offer less than 10W.
Considering that, here are the adapters you should buy. Thanks to Alvin Lim for conducting this test. You can watch it at the end of this story.
Best USB-C charging adapters for MagSafe Wireless Charger
Not manythird-party charging adapters are fully compatible with the MagSafe Wireless Charger right now as they don’t feature Apple’s specific power profile. That’s why even some 65W power adapters fail at producing 15W of output through the wireless charger. However, we’ll be updating this list as more and more MagSafe-compatible charging adapters become available in the future.
1. Apple’s official 20W USB-C Charging Adapter
Apple made the super-controversial decision of getting rid of charging adapters and a pair of EarPods from each iPhone box starting mid-October in favor of reducing e-waste globally and reduce the company’s carbon footprint as it will be able to fit more boxes of iPhones in a single pallet.
Apple expects that everyone already has at least one adapter at home at this point. However, not everyone has a USB-C adapter lying around in a drawer as is required by every Apple product lately. So, as an alternative, Apple is also offering a 20W USB-C charging adapter that’s upgraded from last year’s 18W charging adapter.
As expected, it is the best adapter right now capable of offering full 15W through the MagSafe Wireless charger. Since it’s from Apple, it’s perfectly optimized for MagSafe and it’s less likely that to run into performance issues in the future.
It’s available at $19 on Amazon as well as from Apple itself.
2. Apple’s official 96W MacBook Pro Charging Adapter
Apple’s 96W MacBook adapter is compatible with MagSafe since it meets the criteria for supporting 15W through MagSafe. I would avoid suggesting buying this one, although, as it costs $79.
However, if you are already on the lookout for a MacBook Pro charger, you might just as well kill two birds with one stone without having to shell another $19 on Apple’s 20W USB-C power adapter, if you don’t care about 15W fast wireless charging through MagSafe.
Finally, this advice is also applicable when you already own a 96W MacBook Pro charging adapter. This way, you may just make amends with 10W wireless power output, which is still faster than the conventional 7.5W Qi fast charging speed.
You can get Apple’s official MacBook Pro charging adapter from BestBuy and Apple.
3. Anker PowerPort Atom PD 30 Watt USB Type-C Wall Charger
This is the only third-party power adapter right now that offers even 10W on the MagSafe Wireless Charger. It’s smaller in size than Apple’s official 30W power adapter which allows you to plug it in cramped places.
It uses GaN circuits for minimized heat production and better efficiency which is why it’s the perfect alternative if, for some reason, you don’t want to use Apple’s official adapters. You can also use it to charge your iPad, your laptop, and even Android phones.
That said, you can get the Anker PowerPort Atom 30W USB-C Wall Charger at $19 from Amazon.
4. RAVPower USB-C PD 20W Fast Charger
RAVPower has earned its name offering power accessories for the longest time. It’s products are top-of-the-class, and this one is no exception. It is one of the very few chargers available right now that supports 15W charging via MagSafe.
It also has an additional USB-A port that provides 10W charging. The charger’s design is sleek and isn’t bulky at all, allowing you to carry it in your bag without taking up too much space.
There are other power adapters that ZolloTech tested. But they offer wattage that falls into the range of regular Qi-compatible wireless chargers, which may deem the MagSafe Wireless Charger essentially pointless.
It’s not the end though. We can expect third-party manufacturers to support the MagSafe Wireless Charger in the future with their own power adapters. Till then, these are the only options you’ve got. Let us know in the comments section below if you find an existing charging adapter that supports 15W charging on the MagSafe Wireless charger that isn’t made by Apple.