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MagSafe Charger, far from perfect but useful

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The MagSafe Charger will reportedly leave circular ring imprints on any phone case if it is used without removing before charging.

Two weeks ago, Apple released the iPhone 12 series. The lineup has four phones, but the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro were released ahead of the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

While these four phones are great on their own, the MagSafe Charger actually took the spotlight during the event. The accessory wasn’t expected to be announced, which explains why it shocked the majority of the audience. Now that the score on it has been settled, the reality of its daily usage has come out.

MagSafe Charger might leave charging ring marks

The MagSafe Charger is, so far, the best solution for problematic wireless charging. It gives users the peace of mind to sleep soundly at night without having to think whether or not their phones are properly charging. All they have to do is to wait for the oddly satisfying magnet lock to attach to the phone.

Unfortunately, wireless charging poses other problems than just proper charging. It transfers energy by way of induction so, in essence, it actually transfers heat through surfaces. As such, Apple announced in its users’ guide several ways to ensure that the MagSafe Charger is properly used.

First and foremost, wireless charging using MagSafe might leave circular ring marks. This is even true for Apple-supplied phone cases because of induction. The additional guides include reminders that users should remove anything that can be damaged by the charging.

It specifies anything that has a magnetic strip such as credit cards of train cards that can be ruined by the charging. Apple also reminded its users that simultaneous wireless charging and charging through the port will not work.

In addition, the MagSafe Charger will not work with the MagSafe wallet. As such, users that both bought the wallet and the charger will have to interchange the two every time the user has to charge.

Is a 20W charger needed to make the wireless charging function?

The answer to this question is no. However, Apple reminds its users that in order to get faster charging from the MagSafe charger, a higher-powered brick unit is needed.

As of the moment, the wireless charging provided by Apple’s latest accessory goes up to 15W. In other words, the wall brick charger has to be 20W or higher to run how it was designed. If the wall charger has a lower power supply, the magnetic pod will still work. However, the charging will be substandard.

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