After using the iPhone 12 Pro Max for two solid years, I carefully took a few steps down the range when I picked up a newer model – switching to the vanilla iPhone 13. I was tired of the unwanted phone calls and naturally wanted to save some cash. The battery fear was real though. I’d found the IRL power of the 12 Pro Max to be good, but not great – so I was understandably nervous about taking the downgrade. I was right to be.
It soon became clear that the iPhone 13 needed a top-up for a few hours in front of the end of my typical day. I considered an upgrade less than a year after the switch, but this would wipe out any savings I made. What came to the rescue was the Anker MagGo range. More specifically, it was a powerhouse that sits in our Best Portable Chargers guide, the Anker 633 Magnetic Wireless Charger ($120).
The battery problem, solved
The MagGo lineup capitalizes on the iPhone’s MagSafe capabilities and stays true to Anker’s long-standing appeal: convenience and value. A splash of color doesn’t hurt either, with soft pastels available via MagGo. There are pearl white, soft black, light purple, and baby blue options. The range includes battery packs, charging stands, a magnetic grip and a car charger. But it is the 633 that saved me a lot of trouble.
The 633 includes an alternative to Apple’s own MagSafe Battery Pack ($97) as part of the package. The MagGo magnetic wireless battery packs come in a few different varieties: with a small rigid stand, with a folding stand, and without a stand at all. My choice is the latter variety, and it packs 5,000 mAh, which usually gets me through just about a full charge. The charging speed is 7.5 W. This is less than the official Apple MagSafe charger (15 W), but this could Change to future products. After all, Anker just announced its first full-fledged MagSafe product complete with 15-watt charging for the iPhone in the form of a 3-in-1 charging cube. Anker told me rather dryly: “We hope to incorporate it into future products down the road, we have nothing to share right now.”
Those are the basics, but what made this an ultra-convenient, fear-saving, power-giver for me was its team-up with a charging stand. The stand sits on my desk at WIRED’s London HQ and charges the battery pack simply by sliding it into the holder. This, to me, is key. Battery packs are a useful tool, but remembering to charge them often eludes me. Now memory is taken out of the equation: I take the pack home to use, put it in the stand to charge when I return to work (remove it if necessary) and repeat. You can also use the USB-C port to charge the pack at 25 watts. Even when the pack is in the stand, there is a magnetic charging station and offers a place for a second device on the base.
Out and about, the pack’s 11.9 mm thickness makes it easy to place in a bag, pocket or purse and not be too intrusive. The same goes for when the charger is nested on the back of your phone. And despite not being officially MagSafe, the connection to my phone is reassuringly secure.
In the past, I would have balked at the idea of carrying a charging pack around every day, but the Anker 633 has lightened the load—and it only costs about $20 more than Apple’s Solo MagSafe Battery Pack.
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The Anker 633 Wireless Charger is perhaps the only MagGo product that really changed my daily habits, but I can vouch for (almost) the entire range. The big sale takes advantage of the iPhone’s MagSafe capabilities at more reasonable prices than Apple offers.