Review: Satechi MagSafe compatible iPhone 12 dual charger

Satechi unveiled its first MagSafe compatible multi-device charger for iPhone 12 and AirPods in January and it's available now. The 2 in 1 Aluminum Magnetic Wireless Charging Cradle includes a floating magnetic holder for your iPhone 12 with a dedicated slot to wirelessly charge the AirPods below. Arriving at one of the most affordable prices for a $ 60 MagSafe compatible dual charger from a reputable brand, we had to test this new version of Satechi.

Specifications

  • MagSafe compatible wireless charging for iPhone 12
    • Compatible with MagSafe boxes
    • iPhone 12 charging up to 7,5W
  • 5W AirPods / AirPods Pro wireless charging
  • Powered via USB-C (3ft USB-C to USB-C cable included)
    • AC adapter not included (18W or more recommended)

Construction and materials

The Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Cradle has premium construction that includes aluminum, steel, and plastic for a crisp, long-lasting aesthetic.

The base is wrapped in matte aluminum with the iPhone 12 floating magnetic charger supported by a clean steel cylinder. The MagSafe compatible charger is attached via a ball joint to provide a pleasant viewing angle adjustment.

The rest of the charger is made with a glossy white plastic finish that complements the AirPods / AirPods Pro charging cases. The wireless charging cradle on the base is designed to fit AirPods Pro as well as the standard AirPods charging case.

The whole underside of the 2 in 1 wireless magnetic charging stand base is made of a rubber grip so you don't have to worry about it slipping.

in use

The design of the floating stand makes it ideal for use on desktops, nightstands, kitchen counters, etc.

I use it the most on my desk and in the kitchen and the adjustable ball head comes in handy for quickly bringing your iPhone 12 to the perfect angle. You have almost 45 degrees of flexibility.

Another aspect that I really like about the Satechi 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand is the heavy base. This gives it a really solid and quality feel and, together with the rubber base, it stays where you put it.

If you haven't used a MagSafe compatible floating charger yet, it really is a great experience. You of course have the advantage of being able to quickly attach your iPhone 12 by placing it near the charger. And another useful feature of MagSafe stands is that you can easily move your iPhone to landscape mode.

I have found it to work just as well with Apple's MagSafe Leather Case as it does without. But if you're using it without a case, keep in mind that it spins a bit easier on the charger. This could be a pro if you like to switch between portrait and landscape frequently or a con if you prefer a little more resistance.

Compromises

Okay, so with a reasonable $ 60 price tag for this MagSafe-enabled charger, what are you missing out on compared to $ 150 options like the Belkin Boost Up Charge Pro?

First of all, you don't get official MagSafe support here. This really means you get a 7,5W charge instead of the maximum 15W available with official MagSafe chargers.

Second, while the USB-C cable is included, the AC adapter is not. If you already have a spare USB-C brick, that's okay, but it could come close to a $ 70- $ 80 all-in charger if you don't.

Finally, compared to the over $ 100 options on the market that offer charging for three devices, you get wireless charging for iPhone 12 and AirPods / AirPods Pro here.

Packaging of Satechi MagSafe Compatible Dock Charger

Overall, I think the Aluminum 2 in 1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand is a great choice for anyone looking for a well-designed MagSafe compatible floating charger for iPhone 12 at a reasonable price. It'll probably be more convincing if you have an additional USB-C charger you can use it with and don't worry about the standard 7,5W Qi charging speed. But even if you have to spend an extra $ 13 for a USB-C charger, I think it's still good value for the money.

The Satechi Aluminum 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Cradle is available for $ 60 in Satechi's Amazon storefront and directly on its website.


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