Bottom line: Protect your MagSafe charger while giving it a bold, new look.
Vegetable-tanned Horween leather
Protective microfiber lining
Doesn't interfere with MagSafe charging
Not an entirely essential item to own
May not be compatible with your non-Apple MagSafe charger
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One of the many cool features of the iPhone 12 lineup is the ability to use MagSafe charging. It may not have ever occurred to you that your MagSafe charger might need a cover. But if your aesthetic tends towards the warm, natural look of leather, you'll want to check out the Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe. It's exactly what it sounds like and what you'd expect Nomad to create.
So why do you need a cover for your MagSafe charger? The short answer is that you probably don't need one, but it's a lovely thing to own if it's within your budget. You probably protect most of your Apple devices with covers of some sort, so why not your MagSafe charger? The aluminum back is potentially vulnerable to scratches if left uncovered.
Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe: Price and availability
You can purchase the Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe on Nomad's website for about $25. It comes in two colors, Black and Rustic Brown. Both colors coordinate with Nomad's other products, such as iPhone cases.
Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe: What's good
I am a fan of leather, and I love how it develops a warm patina over time. Nomad makes all of its high-quality leather goods from vegetable-tanned Horween leather. Horween is an American leather company that's been making quality leathers for over 115 years.
You can actually put the Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe on either the front or the back of your MagSafe charger, but it's intended to go on the all-metal (non-charging) side. If you put it on that way, it won't interfere with MagSafe charging at all. However, if you put the cover on the charging side, you will only be able to charge it if your iPhone's not in a case.
The cover goes on and off easily and stays securely in place. Since you're using it on the all-metal back of the MagSafe charger, it doesn't interfere with the effectiveness of the charger at all. It looks great, and if you have the matching Nomad case and/or Apple Watch band, you're going to love this MagSafe cover.
The interior is a soft, protective microfiber surrounded by micro-suction tape, covered with a plastic film. Like most users, I did not need the tape as it stays on my MagSafe charger just fine. However, if you need to use the tape to keep your cover in place, you'd simply remove the film.
The look is slim and minimal, not bulky. The Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe barely adds any noticeable width or weight to the MagSafe charger. Not that I was particularly worried about scratching up my MagSafe charger, but with this protective cover and interior microfiber lining, I know it won't get scratched now.
Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe: What's not good
I do own some non-Apple MagSafe chargers, and unfortunately, they are not the same size as Apple's and so the Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe does not fit them. Whether it will fit yours depends on whether it is the same size as Apple's and if the charging cable is built-in. For example, the charging cable slot on the Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe is too small for a USB-C cable. However, none of this is a ding against Nomad's cover. This product is made for the official Apple MagSafe charger, and it's a perfect fit for that.
I really don't have any issues with this cover at all, other than the fact that it's not an entirely necessary product to own!
Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe: Competition
The Yikda Apple Magsafe Wireless Magnetic Charger Case is a direct competitor to the Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe. It's a lot cheaper, and it comes in a handful of different colors. It's not leather; rather, it's a flexible TPU plastic.
If you just want a different look but don't need a cover, per se, you can find some alternative MagSafe-style chargers in other colors. One of the other chargers I own and like a lot is the Sonix Magnetic Link. I have the Silver, but it does come in fun colors like Gold, Graphite, and Pacific Blue.
Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe: Should you buy it?
You should buy this if ...
- You love leather
- You want to change up the look of your MagSafe charger
- You want some protection for your MagSafe charger
You shouldn't buy this if...
- You do not need a MagSafe cover
- You don't own an Apple MagSafe charger
- It's out of your budget
This is a niche product for the person that loves leather, particularly if you already own the Nomad iPhone case and want a matched look. It's also great for anyone that wants a different look and/or protection for the MagSafe charger. It's not for you if you don't own an Apple MagSafe charger or if you simply find this to be an unnecessary purchase.
The Nomad Leather Cover for MagSafe would make a great gift (or gift to yourself) for the leather aficionado that has everything. The vegetable-tanned Horween Leather will develop a nice patina over time, adding to the leather's warm look. The leather cover with its microfiber interior will protect your MagSafe charger from bumps and scratches while lending it a whole new look. It doesn't interfere with MagSafe charging at all, as long as you put it on the (all-aluminum) back of the charger.
Bottom line: Treat yourself and your MagSafe charger to this attractive, protective leather cover.
Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.