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The best MagSafe battery packs of 2024: Expert tested and reviewed

The best MagSafe battery packs of 2024: Expert tested and reviewed
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Your phone is more than just like a landline. It’s your mini computer, gaming device, e-reader, wallet, health and fitness tracker, and so much more for so many of us. And since we often rely on our mobile devices to shop, communicate, travel, and more, its paramount to keep your phone’s battery boosted. But what are you to do? You can’t stay tethered to a wall outlet all the time. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to. The battery boosting market is packed with options that can bump your phone’s battery life no matter where you are. From power banks to charging stations, there’s something for everyone’s lifestyle and charging needs And battery packs that use MagSafe technology to magnetically attach to your phone offer an even more compact solution to traditional portable power banks, so you can ditch the charging wires altogether — just snap on and charge. 

Also: The best MagSafe accessories you can buy

What’s the best MagSafe battery pack right now? 

Myself and other ZDNET experts went hands-on with several of the top MagSafe battery packs (including every pick on this list), spending time testing for charge speed, function, and other features during our everyday activities. Our tested pick for the best overall MagSafe battery pack is the Baseus magnetic portable charger thanks to its strong grip, two-way device charging, recharge rate, and usability. Read on to learn more about the Baseus portable charger and which other top-tested MagSafe battery packs may be worth considering for your wants and needs.

Also: We’ve tested every iPhone accessory on this list. Here are the best of 2024

The best MagSafe battery packs of 2024

Pros

  • Strong grip to phone
  • Up to two recharges
  • Wireless
  • Charge two devices simultaneously

Cons

  • Android users need accessories to use

Not all wireless battery power packs are created equally. Take this Baseus 10,000mAh magnetic power bank, for example. Most battery power packs can only supplement a little battery boost, but not this one. You can get up to two recharges on an iPhone with this power bank, and charge two different devices simultaneously. 

This power bank is for iPhones with MagSafe, but Android users can also reap the benefits of this bank with a couple of added accessories. When ZDNET contributor Adrian Kingsley-Hughes tried out the battery pack, he said the magnetic connection was “one of the best I’ve seen” and said the power bank is “more than enough” to get you through a day of hard work. 

Review: Forget the cable: This MagSafe battery pack is good for up to two full recharges

How much juice you can get out of the power bank depends on the iPhone version you own. If you have an iPhone 13, you can recharge it about 1.8 times with Baseus’s charging capacity, and 2.1 times with an iPhone 12. For around $46, it’s also a pretty affordable bank for the battery it replenishes. 

Amazon reviewers also noted that they liked the quality, appearance, and charging performance of the Baseus power bank. Many said they appreciated the dual charging feature and the strong magnetic attachment to ensure security to their iPhone. 

Authors note: The Baseus battery pack is currently sold-out on the Baseus website as of June 6, 2024. You can sign up for restock notifications on the company’s site. The Anker 633 MagSafe battery is a comparable 10,000 mAh bank currently that retails for $80. 

Baseus 10,000mAh magnetic portable charger specs: Capacity: 10,000mAh/18.5Wh | Charging Port: Wireless Charging (7.5W and 15W) + USB-C (20W PD) | Power button: Yes

Pros

  • Fast charging
  • Minimal warming
  • Kickstand to prop phone
  • Smaller profile design than other options
  • Fits snug on iPhone
  • Several color options
  • Strong magnetic grip

Cons

  • Chunkier than some picks on this list
  • On the more expensive end

Let me start by saying that I really like this battery pack. While this Belkin pack is a true embodiment of a classic brick-style battery booster, there is a place in my heart for it because it just works so well. Similarly to many picks on this list, it provides 5,000mAh of extra juice to your phone, which is a pretty standard capacity in terms of MagSafe packs. Its design–though simple–fits snug against my phone (no bumping onto the lip of my camera lens) and remains secure. Often, you’ll see some gapping between the battery and the phone thanks to a disturbed magnetic connection, but not with this Belkin battery pack. 

Its secure grip and competitive battery speak for themselves. While testing this pack last month, my iPhone went from 26% to 62% in just one hour, and this was while I ran music in the background at the gym. What’s more is that it comes with a built in stand that easily swings in and out — no folding required — and while I originally thought this would be useless, I rather enjoyed being able to prop my phone up whenever. Perhaps the best thing about this Belkin pack is that it comes in a few fun colors, which is a nice feature many competitors still haven’t matched. 

Overall, the only flaw I found while testing this battery pack is its size. It is, in comparison to others on this list, just a bit thicker overall and protrudes more noticeably off the phone. Regardless, I love this battery pack — chunky or not. 

Current Amazon reviewers liked the charging speed and size of this power bank, saying it fits into pockets, works well for travel, and easily affixes to your phone. Some users were disappointed that their phone did not receive a full charge from this pack, but keep in mind that your total battery boost will depend on factors like what you’re doing on your phone while it charges and the model of your phone. 

Belkin Boostcharge Magnetic Wireless Power Bank battery specs: Capacity: 5,000mAh | Charging Port: USB-C | Power button: Yes 

Pros

  • Built-in kickstand
  • Not expensive compared to competition
  • Multiple colors
  • 7.5W charging

Cons

  • Not compatible with iPhone 12 or 13 mini
  • More of a trickle charge

If you’re someone who does a lot of work with your phone, having a battery pack that you can use both on the go and at your desk is incredibly important. When former ZDNET associate editor Christina Darby tested out this Anker 622 magnetic battery pack, it provided her and her iPhone-dependent workflow with everything she needed in a single package.

Review: This Anker MagSafe charger offers something Apple’s doesn’t

With a single magnetic click, this battery pack can be stored in your pocket, or propped up using its sturdy magnet to create a stand. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about charging your phone and your battery pack separately, as you can charge both simultaneously when the pack is connected to a power source. Darby noted that the battery pack is lightweight, and well-priced at under $60 compared to Apple’s offerings.

Verified Amazon customers noted that they liked the performance, size and quality of Anker’s 622 power bank, highlighting the functionality of the kickstand and the pack’s easy portability. However, some also noted that it warms up quickly and overheats. 

Anker 622 Magnetic Battery specs: Capacity: 5,000mAh | Charging Port: USB-C | Power button: Yes 

Pros

  • Ergonomic, compact design
  • No overhang off of phone
  • Competitive power capacity
  • Easy to use
  • Great designs, colors, and prints
  • Strong magnetic grip
  • Multiple charging uses

Cons

  • Gets a bit toastier while charging than some competitors
  • On the more expensive end

If you’re looking for the ultimate combo of style and function — the Casely Power Pod battery pack is for you.  This battery pack uses MagSafe technology to snap onto the back of your iPhone or other device. It will also attach to and charge through any case that is MagSafe compatible or any case that is wireless charging compatible, and Casely even includes an adhesive magnetic ring that attaches to any non-MagSafe case or device which will turn it into a MagSafe compatible accessory. 

It offers 5,000 mAh of battery capacity and a max wireless output of 15W that can be used three ways: as a MagSafe battery pack, as a Qi charging pad for things like wireless earbuds, or as a traditional battery pack with a USB-C cord. When I tested the Power Pod last month, I couldn’t get enough of it. After starting with a fully charged Power Pod my iPhone 14 Pro went from 47% to 83% after an hour of MagSafe charging, and I still had 50% charge left in the Power Pod. The magnetic grip is plenty strong, too, and the on/off button on the front of the pack makes it super easy to find and use. 

 Also: Finally, a MagSafe battery pack that doesn’t look like a brick (and it charges fast, too)

But the Power Pod’s crown jewel isn’t any of the above features. Instead, unlike its many brick-esque competitors, the Power Pod features a clean, curved, ergonomic design that is available in 50 different colors, patterns, and prints. It also has a smaller overall footprint compared to other MagSafe battery packs I’ve tested that make it easy to toss into a going-out purse or small bag. After all, why should your battery pack have to look boring? 

Current Power Pod reviewers on Casely’s website like the endless designs and seamless compatibility (both physically and aesthetically) with their phone cases and the easy, reliable power boost the pack offers. This battery pack certainly isn’t going to give your phone the biggest power boost out of the options on this list, but you’ll definitely get the most compliments and the best aesthetic appeal. 

Casely Power Pod MagSafe battery specs: Capacity: 5,000mAh | Charging Port: USB-C | Power button: Yes 

Pros

  • 3-1 MagSafe charging station
  • Compact and travel-friendly design
  • Evenly distributes charge
  • Fast charge rate
  • Foldable

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Not for those only looking for a MagSafe battery pack

If you’re in the market for a compact, wireless, and travel-friendly charging setup (or just something to curb those cords at home) — this is it. Revealed at CES 2024, this charging station has a compact form factor, one comparable to a deck of cards, while still being able to charge multiple devices simultaneously with impressive speed. 

Also: I found a Qi2 charging station that can do it all (and Apple users will love it)

The Anker MagGo Wireless Charging Station leverages Qi2 technology to snap onto the back of your iPhone and delivers 15W fast charging. In addition, it has a a retractable arm to set your Apple Watch and a pad for your AirPods, or any earbuds compatible with wireless charging. 

When ZDNET’s Sabrina Ortiz tested it earlier this year, it boosted her iPhone 14 from 40% to 60% in just 30 minutes — while she remained using it. Ortiz also found that the charger steadily charged her multiple devices relatively evenly when 3-1 charging was used. 

Verified customers like the foldability and charging capabilities of the Anker MagGo 3-1. They mention that it’s portable, and performs well. However, some users experienced a weak magnetic connection or thought it was too expensive for what it provided. And if you don’t need a multi-charger, or don’t own an Apple Watch, though, you can probably skip out on this one. 

Anker MagGo 3-1 Wireless Charging Station features: 3-1 charging | 15W fast charging | Compact (folds to size of baseball) | USB-C connectivity 

Pros

  • USB-C port
  • Fast charging
  • Simple design
  • Attractive curved appearance
  • Lightweight
  • Power button on front

Cons

  • Chunkiest unit on the list
  • Limited to charging one device at a time
  • Does not sit flush against phone depending on case

Hyper’s Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack packs a punch. With a total capacity of 5,000mAh, it’s also the chunkiest pack out of the group, despite most of the packs I reviewed having a similar capacity. On the front of the pack are indicator lights and a power button, which I find to be the perfect placement for easy charging. 

A USB-C cable charges the pack up, which supports pass-through charging and can double as an external battery pack to charge via a wired connection. When I tested the Hyper pack last month, it charged my iPhone 14 Pro from 48% to 76% in an hour, and I still had 25% of juice remaining in the pack as backup. If bulkiness isn’t a factor for you, the Hyper pack is an solid option that’s sure to get the job done. 

My only complaint with this pack is that it does not sit flush against my phone due to a bumper design around my camera lens on several of my phone cases. This makes the Hyper battery move around more than I would like, have a weaker magnetic grip, and definitely makes it more susceptible to falling off or being knocked off.  But overall, I’d still recommend the HyperJuice battery pack because of it’s practical design and fast charging.

Hyper customers said they enjoyed the practical charging rate and reliable power boost from the Hyper battery, but noted it’s a snug fit on some iPhone models depending on your phone case, and that it’s just a tad bulky. Still, one reviewer called this pack “nearly perfect,” on Hyper’s website reviews. 

Hyper Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack specs: Capacity: 5,000mAh/18.5Wh | Charging Port: USB-C | Power button: Yes 

My pick for the best MagSafe battery pack is the Baseus Magnetic Portable Charger 20W for its 10,000mAh capacity, its ability to wirelessly charge two devices simultaneously, and its middle-of-the-road price. Here’s how our expert-picks stack up. 

Best MagSafe battery Price Capacity
Baseus Magnetic Portable Charger 20W $46 10,000mAh
Belkin Boostcharge Magnetic Wireless Power Bank 5k + Stand $50 5,000mAh
Anker 622 Magnetic Battery $60 5,000mAh
Casely Power Pod $60 5,000mAh
Anker MagGo 3-1 Wireless Charging Station $110 N/A
Hyper Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack $50 5,000mAh

*MSRP price at the time of writing. Please note that prices may vary based on retailer and available promotions, sales, or discounts.

There are a few factors worth considering when you look at this group of MagSafe compatible batteries. The first, and arguably most important, is how much you want to spend. From there, you need to take into account the various brand options, the physical size of the battery pack, how you plan to use it and how often. 

Choose this MagSafe battery pack… If you want…
Baseus Magnetic Portable Charger 20W A strong wireless charger that supplies your phone with up to two recharges and can recharge two devices simultaneously.
Belkin Boostcharge Magnetic Wireless Power Bank 5k + Stand A best runner-up battery pack that doesn’t skimp on features or charging speed.
Anker 622 Magnetic Battery A battery pack that doubles as a kickstand for hands-free operation with a single magnetic click.
Casely Power Pod A stylish and unique battery pack that can seamlessly blend with your phone.
Anker MagGo 3-1 Wireless Charging Station A 3-1 MagSafe charging station for on-the-go or at home.
Hyper Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack A chunky, yet lightweight MagSafe battery pack. The indicator lights and easy button placement make operation extra intuitive.

If you’re looking to purchase a MagSafe battery pack, there a few things to keep in mind.

  • Charging efficiency: Most power bank companies claim that your phone should last more than a day with 5,000 mAh. Therefore, battery packs within the 5,000-20,000 mAh range are likely best for most people’s needs.
  • Pass-through charging capabilities: Chances are it’s not only your phone that could benefit from some battery, but a whole device ecosystem. Pass-through charging allows other connected devices to charge simultaneously. 
  • Portability: A battery pack won’t do you any good if you can’t take it on the go. Consider options that are sleek, compact, and don’t weigh you down. 
  • Use: It will be easier to select a MagSafe battery that works for your lifestyle if you spend some time thinking about where you’ll be using it and when. On the train to work? While you’re walking out and about? Just at home? Just in case of an emergency? Asking yourself these types of questions may help you narrow down what factors, such as size, charging capabilities, and charging rate, are most important to you. 
  • Price: Phones are expensive enough, so your battery pack doesn’t need a hefty price tag to match.  Consider budget-friendly options that offer quality charge and features, and decide how much you’re willing to spend to juice-up your phone on the go. 

ZDNET went hands-on with the majority of the MagSafe battery packs on this list. We spend time affixing these packs to our own iPhones during our daily activities and lives to test out recharge rate, magnetic strength, pass through capabilities, comfort, and more — not just for a day or two, but over the course of a few weeks to really get a feel for a product’s add-in value. That is, can you “add-in” this product into your life and benefit from its presence, or is it just another fad product that’s too good to be true or collects dust after the buzz wears off? 

If we think another product is worth your money, we’ll update this list or write up a spotlight review highlighting its best qualities and specifying who it’s for. 

Plus, we are routinely scouring the web for new products that are worthy of testing, and following news on product rollouts and upgrades, and sourcing the best deals. We know buying anything in the current economy is not just for your whims, and that’s why this list, as well as our other advice, is tailored to your needs, wants, and your budget and why our picks are expert-tested and expert-vetted. 

The MagSafe Battery Pack allows for on-the-go, wireless charging that is easy and reliable since it attaches to the back of your iPhone.

MagSafe charging is great for when you need your phone to charge while you are out and about, making it a better option for some. Just be careful to pay attention to your phone’s temperature, as the MagSafe pack can make your phone warm, which is not good for your device. 

A removable battery pack makes it easy to charge when you need it and ditch the battery when you don’t. If you find yourself constantly looking for an outlet while carrying a wall adapter and cable, then a battery pack would be a good fit. 

Apple’s own MagSafe battery pack was discontinued following the release of the latest iPhone 15 lineup in 2023. Though Apple frequently updates their products, the discontinuation doesn’t come as a surprise considering the iPhone 15 models all feature USB-C connectivity while the original MagSafe battery pack was equipped with Apple’s lightning capabilities.

MagSafe capabilities can enhance your user experience and your iPhone’s functionality. Besides creating simpler, more efficient wireless charging, MagSafe technology opens the door for various accessories such as wallets, car vent clips and mounts, fitness mounts, power banks, grips and key ring accessories, and more to widen the iPhone experience and make your life as efficient as possible.

The answer to this question ultimately depends on your needs. Let’s walk through it. A power bank can technically have MagSafe capabilities and some MagSafe battery packs offer dual-charging, but not all offerings are the same. 

Traditionally, a power bank refers to products without MagSafe capabilities, ones that rely on a lightning or USB-C cord to charger your iPhone that cannot be affixed to your phone with magnetic grip. These are great options for road trips, emergency charging situations such as power outages, or to store as a “just-in-case” item in your car, work bag, or home. 

On the other hand, MagSafe battery packs do in fact, offer MagSafe charging via magnetic grip. Most of these battery packs can affix to your phone making them perfect for air travel, commuting, and everyday activities. They also do not require a cord for charging, though some MagSafe batter packs can be used like a battery pack with a cord. 

What’s a better buy for you will depend on where and when you want to juice up your iPhone, so I recommend taking a look at our “Factors to consider” FAQ and really thinking about how your back up battery needs to function in your day-to-day life to be worth your money. 

If you’ve recently bought a MagSafe battery pack for your iPhone, you shouldn’t have any issues with fit or compatibility when you decide to upgrade to the new iPhone 15. However, if you have a first-generation MagSafe accessory, it may not fit perfectly due to design changes since the technology was first introduced. 

Although we’ve gone hands-on with the products on our list, there are tons of other options available on the market. Here’s a few alternatives that we’ve tested which offer compact size, extra features, and strong magnetic grips. 

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