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The best MagSafe battery packs that do more than charge your iPhone

Magnetic mobile chargers for the win! These clever battery packs also incorporate grips and kickstands, making them smarter that most.

Everyone needs a power boost from time to time, and I'm not talking about that afternoon espresso shot. If your phone's battery can't last the day, it's a good idea to keep a battery pack on hand. Most mobile chargers, also known as power banks, require a cord, but iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 users can take advantage of MagSafe technology and just snap one to the back. (Yay, magnets!) There are tons of mobile chargers out there; below I've highlighted four that I consider among the best MagSafe battery packs.

Speaking of magnets, do you keep your phone in a case? (You should, of course.) If so, it needs to be MagSafe-compatible so the charger will snap onto it and still be able to magically deliver the power to your phone. If you're not sure, look for the telltale "magnifying glass" design on the inside or outside of the case:

iPhone with a black case
If you're using a case with your iPhone, make sure it's MagSafe-compatible; you can tell by looking for this "magnifying glass" design on the inside or backside. (Photo: Apple)

How do MagSafe battery packs work?

You might also be wondering just how much power these chargers pack. Three of the four have 5,000-mAh batteries, which should be good for at least one complete iPhone recharge. (For reference, the iPhone 13 incorporates a 3,227-mAh battery.) The Anker 633 ups the ante to 10,000 mAh and measures only a bit thicker than the others. The downside is you'll pay more for that extra juice.

One more thing to note: All four power packs come with a USB-C cable, but to actually recharge any of them, you'll also need a USB-C AC adapter, which is not included. If you already have one that can produce at least 5V/3A, go ahead and use it. Otherwise, here's a dual-port USB AC adapter 2-pack on sale for $13 (because you can always use a spare).

Clockwise from upper left: Anker MagGo 633, Voltme MagPak 5K, Anker MagGo with Popsockets Grip. (Photo: Rick Broida/Yahoo)
Clockwise from upper left: Anker MagGo 633, Voltme MagPak 5K, Anker MagGo with Popsockets Grip. (Photo: Rick Broida/Yahoo)

Fokimdo MagSafe Wireless Power Bank, 5000mAh

The bargain to beat, Fokimdo's battery pack is less than half the price of some others. Its kickstand allows for both portrait and landscape phone viewing. I wasn't able to test this one, but it has a solid 4.3-star rating from over 400 buyers. Warranty: 12 months.
$27 at Amazon

Voltme MagPak 5K Magnetic Battery Pack

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Available in your choice of four colors (blue, shown, green, gray and charcoal), the MagPak measures just half an inch thick and comes with a fold-out kickstand flap that lets you prop up your phone in either portrait or landscape orientation. Warranty: 18 months.
$25 at Amazon

Anker 622 MagGo with PopSockets Grip

For anyone who can't live without a PopSocket, this is the battery pack to get. Anker has basically grafted one of the little pop-out grips to an otherwise fairly standard charger. What's nice is that it can also be used as a stand, though only in landscape orientation. Wait for a sale on this one; I've seen it as low as $40. Warranty: 18 months.
$70 at Amazon

Anker 633 MagGo

The big kahuna of the group, Anker's 633 packs a 10,000-mAh battery and includes a fold-out kickstand. It also has a 20-watt Power Delivery USB-C port if you want faster charging via a USB-C-to-Lightning cord (not included). This doesn't go on sale very often, but has been as low as $60. Warranty: 24 months.
$80 at Amazon

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