What you need to know
- Anker has announced the new PowerWave 2-in-1 Magnetic Stand Lite charger.
- The new charger can power an iPhone 12 and AirPods wirelessly.
Anker has announced the new PowerWave 2-in-1 Magnetic Stand Lite, a device that can charge an iPhone 12 via MagSafe and a pair of AirPods at the same time.
Available for pre-order priced at $37.99 (opens in new tab), the new charger will go on sale on August 16 and only comes in white right now. There are rumors of a black version coming at some point in the future, though.
The main feature here is obviously the MagSafe capability that will charge an iPhone 12-era device via the magic of magnets, although it isn't real Magsafe — charging is limited to 7.5W rather than MagSafe's more impressive 15W. You can at least tilt the iPhone 40-degrees for easier viewing while charging and both portrait and landscape charging are supported.
Anker also says that you shouldn't use this thing with non-MagSafe cases, too.
Below the iPhone charger is a place for putting AirPods and AirPods Pro. Wireless charging is supported there as well.
Unfortunately, Anker doesn't put a power adapter in the box, so you'll need to use your own. One rated at 18W or higher is recommended, so keep that in mind when you're costing this charger out.
This charger could be a great way to keep an iPhone and your AirPods powered while at your desk and the price is compelling, even when you consider you'll need to use a power adapter of your own.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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