Apple Magsafe Duo Charger Overview: Helpful, however costly and underwhelming 

By | November 9, 2020

Along with the brand new iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Professional Max, I used to be in a position to check out Apple’s new MagSafe Duo Charger. It’s a folding twin journey charger that can maintain each an iPhone utilizing MagSafe and an Apple Watch utilizing its extra conventional magnetic charger.

Does it work? Yep, works precisely as marketed. Your iPhone will relaxation comfortably on the MagSafe facet of the charger, aligning utilizing the inner magnets. The Apple Watch facet pops up and out to permit easy accessibility for closed loop bands. The entire unit folds over to make it simpler to journey with and can even fold over backwards if you happen to don’t want one facet or the opposite. It really works, for certain.

However that folding is the place we begin to get to the iffy stuff. For context, it’s a must to perceive that this factor is $129 however feels prefer it ought to be $70. While you understand that it’s a charger that doesn’t include an influence adapter, I might not be shocked if you happen to mentally downgraded it to $40. The charger does include a Lighting to USB-C cable within the field. That cable assumes, which I don’t assume is in any respect universally true but, that you’ve got a USB-C energy brick. However the Lightning port on the charger itself does make sure that you should use this with any current Lightning charging cables. 

The hinge and casing are coated in mushy contact rubber that’s type of press molded on. Whereas the hinge works nice, it’s wobbly and instantly creases. The rubber is thick sufficient that it doesn’t give the impression that it’s going to rip instantly or something — nevertheless it’s not precisely confidence inducing. That is an affordable hinge answer that you’d count on to see from a value aware third-party accent, not from Apple. 

As a result of the entire thing is press molded, there’s additionally this ridge that runs across the exterior of the unit. It has a fundamental seal on it however you may see the layers of lamination if you happen to look carefully. It seems to be ripe to nick, fray, bend and get soiled. Not nice for one thing that’s meant to throw in a bag. 

White additionally a foul alternative there, mine’s already getting dingy and I can’t even journey wherever proper now.  

The factor prices adequately quick and the units lock on properly. The Watch charging a part of it feels probably the most premium with its clean little chrome hinge. The MagSafe Pad and Watch charger are Apple’s usually properly peened aluminum, and the entire thing has an honest quantity of heft to it. For what it’s price, I used to be unable to check one factor which is whether or not it should cost an Apple Watch and an iPhone in quick cost on the similar time with the 20W energy adapter. I’ll attempt to replace this evaluate with that data.

In fact, as a result of the iPhone facet is magnetic, you do get the MagSafe advantage of having the ability to decide the telephone up if it’s hooked up, however that’s extra awkward when it’s a giant bundle of charger vs when it’s a slim MagSafe puck on the again of your telephone. Positive for a fast alarm examine in your resort possibly.

However I’m sorry to say that I discover the entire thing a bit underwhelming after the hype of AirPower and its eventual demise. Apple could very properly have had this factor deliberate the entire time that it was making an attempt to make AirPower occur, however the arc of that story touchdown on this system is unhappy trombone certainly.

The MagSafe Duo does work, and there are a few engineering shiny spots. However you’ll not really feel that it’s well worth the cash by the point you buy the $129 charger and the $19 20W energy brick to go along with it, and there are lots of third social gathering equipment in the marketplace that do that job simply nice.

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