This is what the MagSafe external battery can (and cannot)


The battery packs are only available in white and not in the current iPhone colors. (Photo: Apple)

The external MagSafe battery can be magnetically docked to the iPhone and charges it. Apple has built in a few special features. The delivery date and price are also fixed.

Sold instead of the “Smart Battery Pack” charging case solution, which was hunched in the true sense of the word Apple from now on compact MagSafe batteries as a piggyback solution. The piece costs 109 euros in this country and is initially only available on the Apple Online Store available. The manufacturer’s homepage currently states that the item is not available for collection in a stationary store. As a delivery date for last-minute buyers who have immediate access, Apple names July 21 to 23.

MagSafe Batteriepack Akku

The pack won’t fully charge an iPhone 12, but it should be enough for a few more hours of juice. (Photo: Apple)

The MagSafe battery is charged with a standard Lightning cable. This also works if it is docked at the same time, i.e. the iPhone is charging. In this case, in particular, we recommend using the 27-watt USB-C power adapter that comes with MacBooks. It also works the other way around: if you also connect a charging cable to the iPhone in addition to the battery pack, you can charge both devices. Only a few can do that in the now well-stocked MagSafe accessory market.



For all models of the iPhone 12

Apple specifically states that the MagSafe pack is for both iPhone 12 as well as 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max suitable. According to the specifications, its capacity is 1,460 mAh. However, the built-in battery of the iPhone 12 Pro has a capacity of 3,687 mAh, that of the iPhone 12 / Pro 2,815. Obviously, you cannot fully charge these Apple smartphones with the MagSafe. Apparently Apple wanted to save weight and size and therefore forego this power. The charging power of the additional pack is 5 watts, which corresponds to the small charging plugs that were included with every iPhone up to the current version. As a minimal system there Apple iOS 14.7, which will probably be released in the next few days.

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