Satechi's new magnetic charging cable latches onto iPhone 12 like MagSafe
What you need to know
- Satechi just announced the Magnetic Charging Cable for iPhone 12..
- It latches onto an iPhone in a similar way to MagSafe but maxes out at 7.5W.
Accessory maker Satechi just announced its new USB-C Magnetic Wireless charging Cable and it's designed with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro in mind. Magnetic just like MagSafe, the charging puck attaches to the back of the new iPhones and charges them without the need to connect any Lightning cables.
While it connects the same was a MagSafe, this cable isn't actually MagSafe. Apple's wireless charger can power a new iPhone at 15W whereas Satechi's alternative tops out at the standard 7.5W we're used to seeing from Qi chargers.
It's quite the looker, though!
Want to use this thing with your older iPhone? Satechi has thought of that and you can buy an optional magnetic sticker that can be attached to the back of your iPhone 11, for example. It's all pretty obvious, really.
Satechi's new Magnetic Charging Cable will retail for $29.99 when it goes on sale on December 16. You can pre-order it (opens in new tab) now, though.
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Seems like it might work on things other than an iPhone too, considering it seems to be just Qi. Wonder how strong the attraction is for the sticker. Could you put on the sticker and then a case over it, helping improve the alignment.