After use IPhone 12 Pro Max for two solid years, I made a few steps down while taking a new model – moving to the vanilla iPhone 13. I was tired of a phone that didn’t work and, of course, I wanted to save a little. of money. Battery concerns were real, though. I found the IRL power of the 12 Pro Max to be good, but not great – so I was nervous about taking it down a notch. I was right to be.
Soon it became known that the iPhone 13 needed to be recharged in a few hours already the end of my day. I thought about upgrading in less than a year and changing, but that would wipe out my savings. What saved us was the Anker MagGo model. In particular, it was the powerhouse that sits in our Best Portable Charger guide, the Anker 633 Magnetic Wireless Charger ($120).
Battery Problem, Solved
The MagGo line is powered by the iPhone’s MagSafe and remains true to Anker’s old appeal: convenience and value. A burst of color doesn’t hurt either, with the soft pastel colors available across MagGo. There are pearl white, soft black, light brown, and baby blue options. These models include battery packs, stands, magnetic holders, and car chargers. But it is the 633 that has saved me a lot of trouble.
633 includes an optional Apple MagSafe Battery Pack ($97) as part of the package. The MagGo magnetic cordless batteries come in a variety of styles: with a compact, foldable, and empty stand. My choice is the last model, and it has 5,000 mAh, which usually makes me spend only one dollar. The charging speed is 7.5 W. It is less than the Apple MagSafe charger (15 W), but this. he can changes in the future. Besides, Anker has just announced its first MagSafe product with 15-watt iPhone charging in the form of a 3-in-1 charging cube. Anker instead dryly told me, “We hope to include it in future products, we have nothing to share.”
These are the basics, but what made this so easy, so stress-saving, so empowering for me was its combination with a stopwatch. The stand sits on my desk at WIRED’s London HQ and charges the battery simply by placing it in the holder. This, to me, is important. Battery packs are a useful tool, but remembering to charge them often confuses me. Now memory is taken out of the equation: I take the pack home to use, put it in the charging station when I get back to work (remove it when needed) and repeat. You can also use the USB-C port to charge the pack at 25 watts. Also, when the pack is in the stand, it becomes a magnet and provides space for a second device on the base.
On the other hand, its 11.9-mm thickness makes it easy to fit in a pocket, pocket, or purse and is lightweight. The same thing happens when the charger is on the back of your phone. And even if there is none legally MagSafe, the connection to my phone is very secure.
In the past, I would have balked at the idea of carrying a charge pack every day, but the Anker 633 has eased that burden — and it’s only $20 less than Apple’s own MagSafe Battery Pack.
Getting a Grip
The Anker 633 Wireless Charger may be the only MagGo product that has truly changed my daily habits, but I can vouch for (almost) the rest of the range. The biggest selling point is taking advantage of the iPhone’s MagSafe feature at a better price than what Apple offers.
Buying a MagGo charging bank ($50) on its own still offers a lot of convenience and battery reliability, as well as the appeal of a simple stand ($80) on other models, if that’s your thing. Another one that could be yours something: MagGo has a smart take on the PopSocket and the Anker 610 Magnetic Phone Grip ($16). It slots into the back of your MagSafe-compatible iPhone and has a finger ring for added security — and it’s durable. also act as a proxy.