MagSafe didn't just allow for more precise charger placement, it opened up whole new categories of add-ons. Here are the best MagSafe accessories you can purchase for your iPhone.
"Any MagSafe accessory can simply snap onto the back of iPhone," said Deniz Teoman, vice president of Hardware System Engineering at Apple, during their October 2020 event. "We're enabling a whole new ecosystem for MagSafe."
Here are the best MagSafe accessories that you can partner with your iPhone 14.
MagSafe Battery Pack
Previous to the introduction of the MagSafe, Apple would release cases with charging packs incorporated in them. With the introduction of MagSafe to the iPhone 12 series, the case transitioned to just the battery pack magnetically connecting to the back of your phone.
The MagSafe Battery Pack supplies a safe and reliable charge via wireless charging. Your phone will automatically charge without having to turn the battery pack on or off.
It can supply up to 70% additional charge for the iPhone 12 and 13 mini, up to 60% additional charge for iPhone 12, 13, and 14 and iPhone 12 Pro, 13 Pro, and 14 Pro, and up to 40% additional charge for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, 13 Pro Max, and 14 Pro Max.
You charge the battery pack the same way you would your iPhone — through a Lightning charging cable — but if you attach it to your iPhone and then plug it in simultaneously, both the battery pack and device will charge at the same time. This allows you to multitask with charging.
A 15w charging brick is recommended, but if you use a 20w charging brick or higher, both will charge faster.
Make sure your iPhone is updated to the latest software to be able to utilize charging speeds at 7.5w speeds. You can check how much charge is left inside the Battery Pack via the Battery widget on your iPhone. It will also show how much charge is left when connecting it to your phone.
The MagSafe Battery Pack is among the best MagSafe accessories for iPhone, thanks to its simple design and ease of use. It doesn't require the user to power it on and off, adding to the convenience.
You can purchase the MagSafe Battery Pack from Amazon, with the accessory usually on sale from the regular $99 MSRP.
With the original PopSockets, you would attach them to your iPhone or case via an adhesive tape on it, and it would secure a tight seal between the two. This was a creative way to add a kickstand to the back of your phone or be able to hold it more comfortably with one hand due to the pop-out design.
The problem with them is that — once you installed the PopSocket — it was very hard to take off. You weren't able to reuse them after installing them.
The incorporation of MagSafe into PopSockets eliminates that problem and allows you to be more versatile with them. Instead of attaching to your phone or case via adhesive tape, they attach via magnets.
The old design took away the ability to enjoy the ease of wireless charging, but with the MagSafe design, you can just take the PopSocket off and then put it back on when you're phone is fully charged.
This also allows you to be able to switch and swap different PopSocket designs with the same case or phone without the hassle of having to peel it off and not being able to reuse them. The process is quick and painless.
While these PopSockets are newer, they still work as originally intended — as a phone holder and phone stand — and they also work with PopMounts that the company offers. This allows you to mount your phone via the PopSocket attached.
You can buy a PopSocket from their store for $30 to $45 — depending on the design you choose.
Just like with PopSockets, a trend that people got on was adding adhesive-based wallets to the back of their phones or cases to allow them to carry around credit cards or identification cards without having to carry around a separate wallet. Wallets can't be left out when considering the best MagSafe accessories for your iPhone.
Attaching wallets to phones was a popular practice with college students because it allowed them to carry around their student IDs without the worry of forgetting or misplacing them.
With MagSafe, you can place and connect a wallet of the same design without the restrictions of having one nearly permanently attached to your phone or case because of the strong adhesive binding it supplies.
You can store up to three plastic cards in the wallet, and it comes with many design options to choose from. The cards with be securely shielded and protected while in the wallet.
Apple sells its own — made from leather — but Amazon also offers a lot of options for a fraction of the price Apple sells theirs at.
If you do get one from Apple, it does come with the ability for you to connect it with the Find My network. This allows you to see the location of the wallet — if it gets separated from your iPhone — and be able to track it from there via Apple Maps.
The wallet accessories are a good option to choose when deciding which MagSafe products to get. It's great for being able to carry around your most important cards when you might not want to carry around your whole wallet or have a lack of storage when traveling somewhere.
You can purchase Apple's MagSafe Wallet on Amazon for $59.
While it may not be on the top of everyone's list, MagSafe car mounts are a great accessory to have if you use your phone for navigation or want a secure place to put it while driving.
While ordinary car mounts grip your phone, they may become loose after a series of pulling them open to put your phone into them. Like any other MagSafe accessory, these car mounts attach to the back of your phone via magnets.
These provide a secure placement for your phone and allow you to simultaneously charge it as well because the ports aren't blocked.
It also allows for an easy way to add and remove your phone from it without having the fuse around with the grips of a traditional car mount.
MagSafe car mounts come in two varieties — air vent and on top of your dashboard.
The air vent version is easy to install by that it just sticks into your vent, but the downside is that it takes up one of the air vents in your vehicle. Also, not all models work with all car ventilation designs.
The Belkin MagSafe Car Vent Mount is a prime example of a compatible car mount that offers MagSafe support. You just stick it into your car's air vent and then attach your iPhone like you normally would with any MagSafe accessory.
With Belkin's Magsafe car mount, you are able to swirl your phone around the face nearly any direction left or right and up or down, or can turn your phone in either portrait or landscape mode.
The Belkin MagSafe Car Vent Mount can be purchased on Amazon for $39.99.
The dashboard version installs on top of your dashboard and does not take up an air vent. The downside may be that installing it involves stationing it via adhesive tape that is provided during the setup process.
The OQTIQ Car Magnetic Phone Mount is a great car mount that attaches to your dashboard and doesn't takeover a car vent to use it. Through adhesive tap, you connect the car mount to the dashboard, hold it down for ten seconds, and then attach your phone to it.
You can either set your phone in portrait or landscape mode, and can rotate to face nearly any direction.
You can purchase the OQTIQ Car Magnetic Phone Mount from Amazon for $7.99.
You can purchase a variety of MagSafe car mount options on Amazon for relatively cheap prices.
MagSafe charging stands
MagSafe charging stands give the ease of charging your main device while also giving the option to charge one — or even two — more devices next to or under it.
A good example is the Belkin BoostCharge PRO which allows you to charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and third device — via wireless charging — as well.
The charging stand will fast-charge your iPhone with up to 15w speeds. It also offers fast charging for your Apple Watch Series 7 and later.
You can also change your iPhone's orientation from portrait to landscape while it's charging. This is great for FaceTiming or watching videos.
While different charging stands will offer different charging speeds and designs, they all house the same build to be able to charge your phone wirelessly and magnetically through MagSafe.
You can purchase the Belkin BoostCharge PRO from their website for $149.99.
Keep the magnetic connection going
MagSafe has opened the door for previous accessories to allow further versatility between them, and give people more options to switch and swap accessories easily and more efficiently.
No longer do you have to choose one accessory per case when installing them, but now you can attach and detach them with ease through the magnetic connection MagSafe offers.
MagSafe is offered on the iPhone 12 series and later. Consider the various items we've mentioned when shopping for the best MagSafe accessories.