MagSafe Battery Pack Overview Updated June 22, 2022

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In July 2021, Apple announced the MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 line, although it’s also compatible with the iPhone 13 line as well. Here’s everything you need to know about the Smart Battery Case successor.

MagSafe Battery case: features and design

More than six months after the launch of the iPhone 12 series, Apple unveiled a new first-party MagSafe accessory in the form of a wireless battery pack. The MagSafe Battery Pack has a 1,460 mAh battery with 11.2 watt-hours of efficiency.

It has a smooth, hard plastic finish, different from the Smart Battery Case, which was made of silicone, and is almost the same size as the MagSafe Leather Wallet, although it’s significantly thicker.

This accessory is made to give extra juice to your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, it attaches magnetically to the back of them. The user can charge the pack with a Lightning cable, and it can pass through a charge to the attached iPhone at the same time. Apple recommends using a 20-watt USB-C charger for the fastest charge times.

At your desk and need a charge? Just plug a Lightning cable into the MagSafe Battery Pack for up to 15W of wireless charging. Short on time? With a higher than 20W power adapter, you can charge both the accessory and your iPhone even faster. And you can track the status of your charge on the Lock Screen.

When the MagSafe Battery Pack is attached to an iPhone 12 or 13, a small icon appears on the Battery widget as the iPhone asks if you want it to charge up to 90% of your battery or enter Low Power Mode.

MagSafe Battery Pack prototype

Twitter user Internal Archives published a prototype of the MagSafe Battery Pack. Here’s what they say:

This unit has a side engraving and seems to be missing the fabric that is usually found on the front of these devices. There also seems to be a status LED on the front, a placement that didn’t make it to production (on bottom)

As you can see in the image, this prototype had a glossy finish, which could’ve given a cool look to the product, with an iPhone 3G-ish style.

Although Apple opted for a matte finish, it’s nice to see what the accessory could have had looked like.

Compatibility

The MagSafe Battery Pack is compatible with the iPhone 12 and 13 lines with iOS 15.

  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

This accessory works as a Qi charger, so any Qi-compatible devices are able to receive a charge from it.

MagSafe Battery Case tidbits

The MagSafe Battery Case doesn’t come with a power brick or a Lightning cable but you can use the one that you have at home. Apple says a 20W or higher power adapter on the accessory can charge the iPhone with up to 15W of charging power.

Here’s more information about this accessory:

  • MagSafe Battery Pack was designed to attach directly to your iPhone or through a case with MagSafe. If you use any other case that holds items like credit cards, remove them before charging with your MagSafe Battery Pack.
  • Your iPhone might get slightly warmer while it charges. To extend the lifespan of your battery, if the battery gets too warm, the software might limit charging above 80%. Your iPhone will charge again when the temperature drops. Try moving your iPhone and charger to a cooler location.
  • MagSafe Battery Pack includes a charge management feature to help maintain battery health in cases where your MagSafe Battery Pack is connected to power for prolonged periods of time.
  • If you have Optimized Battery Charging turned on, you’ll see a notification on the Lock screen that says when your iPhone will be fully charged. If you need to have your iPhone fully charged sooner, touch and hold the notification, then tap Charge Now.
  • If you keep your iPhone in a leather case while charging with your MagSafe Battery Pack, the case might show imprints from the compression of the leather. This is normal, but if you’re concerned about this, we suggest using a non-leather case.
  • It’s possible to use the iPhone 12 with reverse wireless charging on the MagSafe Battery Case, as you can learn more about it here.

Find all of our tidbits here.

How to update MagSafe Battery Pack firmware?

The MagSafe Battery Pack is currently in version 2.7 of its firmware. This update lets you charge your iPhone faster by offering 7.5W charging on the go, compared to only 5W before the update in April.

To update it, follow these steps:

  • Using a Mac or iPad, plug one end of a Lightning to USB cable into the Lightning connector on the Battery Pack;
  • The other end, connect it to your Mac or iPad;
  • The firmware update will take about 5 minutes.

Price

The MagSafe Battery Pack costs $99 at Apple.

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon store.

MagSafe Battery Pack review

In our first look at the MagSafe Battery Pack, 9to5Mac’s Parker Ortolani says:

The MagSafe battery pack fits nicely on the back of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max sizes, but it can feel a bit awkward because of how thick it is. On the iPhone 12 mini, though, it feels more natural. This is because the MagSafe battery pack is just as wide as the iPhone 12 mini, so it feels flush with the case. One concern I have is that you can see the thin white edges sticking out from the front of the iPhone 12 mini. This is because the magnets let the pack shift around a bit.

You can check our full video review of this accessory below:

Deals

Over at 9to5Toys, you can find the best deals on the MagSafe Battery Case and other Apple products. Download the 9to5Toys iPhone app to receive push notifications for new deals as well.

MagSafe Battery Pack Stories April 20

Apple released a new version 2.7 firmware update for its MagSafe Battery Pack that will charge your iPhone faster. It now offers 7.5W charging on the go, compared to only 5W before the update.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories January 5

The MagSafe Battery Pack was one of Apple’s most controversial products of 2021. Launched for the iPhone 12 and naturally expanded to the iPhone 13 line, it received mixed reviews about its design and usability. Apart from that, today we discovered a prototype of this product that had a glossy finish. If you could choose, which design should Apple have used for its MagSafe Battery Pack accessory?

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories December 11, 2021

One of the things Apple fans were always able to say about the company is that it paid very close attention to details. Everything always felt right in place…”it just works,” the company would say.

Last year, when Apple introduced MagSafe accessories for the iPhone 12, I was really excited about the possibilities, but over a year later, it’s starting to look like Apple might be neglecting its MagSafe accessories.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories July 25, 2021

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article where I called MagSafe the defining feature of the iPhone 12 line. Little did I know that Apple was about to release its own official MagSafe battery pack. So, of course, I bought it immediately because I wanted to see how it compared in day-to-day use with the Anker Magnetic Battery Pack. Let’s dive into my comparison of the Apple MagSafe Battery vs. Anker Magnetic Battery Pack.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories July 22, 2021

Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack hit stores earlier this week as an official Apple alternative for users who need a power bank to extend iPhone’s battery life. Now a teardown video has revealed more details about the new accessory, such as its internal design with a two-cell battery and more.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories July 20, 2021

When Apple first unveiled the iPhone 12 and MagSafe back in October, it immediately hit me that the perfect use case was for battery packs. Finally, nine months later, an official Apple MagSafe battery pack is here. We’ve got our hands on one and have plenty of thoughts to share.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories July 19, 2021

Apple’s iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack is set to start arriving to customers later this week after being announced last Tuesday, but one lucky buyer has managed to get their hands on one early. Images posted to Reddit offer our first real-world at the MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone 12, with details on fit, finish, and thickness.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories July 14, 2021

Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is here with a clean design and seamless integration with iPhone 12 and iOS. But is it worth the $99 price tag? Follow along for a detailed comparison of the Apple MagSafe Battery vs. Mophie and Anker’s solid alternatives at half the price.

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MagSafe Battery Pack Stories July 13, 2021

Apple unexpectedly introduced on Tuesday a new MagSafe Battery Pack, which is basically an official power bank for the iPhone 12 lineup. The accessory, which is now available to order from Apple’s online store, seems to confirm a long-standing rumor about iPhone 12 being capable of reverse wireless charging.

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In a surprise launch, Apple debuted its MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 lineup with a clean white design. Let’s dive into all the details on the new accessory like the capacity and how much charge it might offer, charging speed, simultaneous and reverse charging, what’s in the box, and more.

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Apple today released the MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 lineup. Although we are still waiting on details and real-world hands-on time, are you planning to buy Apple’s own solution to give extra juice to your phone through the day?

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Apple today released the MagSafe Battery Pack accessory for iPhone 12 models. Many months after the iPhone 12 series was unveiled, Apple has quietly released a new first-party MagSafe accessory in the form of a wireless battery pack. (Unofficial magnetic battery packs for iPhone 12 have been around for several months from third-party makers.)

The MagSafe battery pack attaches magnetically to the back of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max offering additional hours of battery life. The pack itself charges with a Lightning cable, and it can passthrough charge to the attached iPhone at the same time. Apple recommends using a 20-watt USB-C charger for the fastest charge times.

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