I don't need a MagSafe Battery Pack, but at this price it's so nice to have

Apple Magsafe Battery Pack Hero
Apple Magsafe Battery Pack Hero (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack is now available from Amazon as part of the Prime Day festivities for just $80. That's a price that's almost impossible to ignore, no matter how much I don't really need it.

See, I carry around an iPhone 13 Pro Max with a battery bigger than some electric cars. I work from home next to a MagSafe charger and a spare Lightning cable or five. In a few months, I'll be upgrading to an iPhone 14 Pro Max — I need it for work, OK? — so battery degradation never really catches up with me. But still, here I am, thinking that maybe I need the MagSafe Battery Pack in my life for one reason. Maybe two.

Keep the power flowing no matter where you are

The first is convenience. No matter how long batteries last, they always die, and slapping a MagSafe Battery Pack onto the back of an iPhone is about as convenient as things get. You put it on, and it charges. That's it. And because it's made by Apple and not a random Amazon-flooding third party, it ties into iOS and manages charging automatically.

The second is that I like safety nets. Sure, my iPhone might not run out of juice most days, iOS 16 betas notwithstanding, but one day it could. I could be on a trip out for the day with my family and my iPhone could find itself dead — again, thanks iOS 16 — and wouldn't it be nice to have a handy magnetic battery pack to save the day?

It sure would, but at $100 it's a hard sell. Slice almost 20% off that price and the equation changes. Does it mean a MagSafe Battery Pack will find a home in my life soon? It could well do — and it could find a home with you, too.

Got an old iPhone whose battery is misbehaving? You could fix that at source by bagging a Prime Day iPhone bargain, too.

Oliver Haslam

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.