We ordered new iPhone 12s last Friday and we still have to wait until they arrive, but the MagSafe Charger arrived early. So while we wait for our phones to arrive, we decided to test it out on, well, anything we could find.
The results were a little surprising. While the handheld puck will charge most things that are enabled with Qi charging, we could only get a max of 5W speeds no matter which power adapter we connected to the MagSafe, including Apple’s new 20W charger. And some devices that we thought it could charge—like the Apple Watch, for example—wouldn’t.
The MagSafe Charger was actually able to stick to some Android phones, including the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Pixel 5. There must be something magnetic inside those phones. The connection wasn’t anywhere near as sturdy or clicky as Apple promises the one with the iPhone 12 will be—in fact, the charger slowly slid down the devices when held at an angle—but for the most part, it worked.
It stuck a little to the iPhone 11 but didn’t stick at all to the iPhone SE. Here’s everything that’s we’ve tested with the MagSafe Changer so far.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Like the Note 20 Ultra, the MagSafe Charger stuck well to the glass back of the S10+. Stick: Yes Charge: Yes
Google Pixel 4 XL
Google Pixel 5
The MagSafe Charger stuck surprisingly well to the aluminum Pixel 5, though not as well as the Pixel 4 XL. Stick: Yes Charge: No
MagSafe is clearly an iPhone 12 feature and Apple didn’t sneak any hidden magnets into the SE. Stick: No Charge: Yes
Apple Watch Series 6
We thought the MagSafe Charger would at least stick to the back of the Apple Watch like the smaller puck charger but no dice. Stick: No Charge: No
Galaxy Watch 3
We knew the iPad Pro wouldn’t charge with the MagSafe Charger, but it also didn’t stick as well as we thought it would. It’s likely because of the shape of the charger versus the location of the magnets inside the iPad’s case. Stick: No Charge: No
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Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.