Sonix Magnetic Link review: MagSafe Charger alternative

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger Hero
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iMore Verdict

Bottom line: The Sonix Magnetic Link bears a strong resemblance to Apple's MagSafe Charger with some key differences.

Pros

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    Wireless charging is a snap

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    10W output

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    Variety of color options

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    Backwards compatible charging

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    6.5-foot removable charging cable

Cons

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    Not as fast-charging as Apple's MagSafe Charger

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    Only slightly cheaper than Apple's

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    Charging brick not included

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Apple brought back the satisfying MagSafe click with the iPhone 12. This inspired a host of third-party options like the Sonix Magnetic Link and numerous third-party MagSafe accessories.

When the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro were announced, Apple's new wireless MagSafe Charger and a number of MagSafe accessories were announced along with it. Magnets inside the MagSafe Charger align perfectly with the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro to make charging a snap.

I own both Apple's MagSafe Charger and the Sonix Magnetic Link, so I'll focus on how the Sonix Magnetic Link compares to the Apple MagSafe Charger. They are virtually the same size, with some key differences outlined below.

Another option

Sonix Magnetic Link: What I like

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger Lifestyle

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger Lifestyle (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

The Sonix Magnetic Link is a wireless charger that works with any Qi-enabled smartphone. If you own an iPhone 12 series handset, you'll get that magically magnetic guided alignment and satisfying click that lets you know you're charging. It is just slightly cheaper than Apple's MagSafe Charger, and you can bundle it with a compatible case (opens in new tab) or a pedastal stand (opens in new tab) for more savings.

The power output is up to 10W, which lets you charge your iPhone 12 slightly faster than previous generations of wireless chargers. However, it's not as fast as the Apple MagSafe Charger's 15W output.

The Sonix Magnetic Link comes in five different color options: Gold, White, Pacific Blue, Silver, and Graphite. The charging cable is a whopping 6.5-feet long, which is about twice as long as Apple's. Plus, it can be removed from the charging disk entirely if you wanted to swap it out for a different cable for any reason.

Slightly slower

Sonix Magnetic Link: What I don't like

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger Lifestyle With Iphone

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger Lifestyle With Iphone (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

Where the Apple MagSafe Charger puts out 15W, the Sonix Magnetic Link puts out just 10W of power. It still charges your iPhone 12 faster than previous wireless chargers, but not as fast as Apple's. If you have an older model iPhone, this won't make any difference.

Sonix took a page out of Apple's book and did not include a wall adapter with the Magnetic Link. You'll need to use one with a lot of power, such as the Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter (opens in new tab) or the 18W version from Sonix (opens in new tab) if you want to get the maximum charging speed out of it.

The competition

Sonix Magnetic Link And Apple Magsafe Charger Comparison

Sonix Magnetic Link And Apple Magsafe Charger Comparison (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

Of course, the obvious competitor is the Apple MagSafe Charger, which is just a few dollars more and is faster than the Sonix Magnetic Link. You might also consider the three-in-one Belkin MagSafe Charger, which charges your iPhone 12, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger And Pedastal Lifestyle

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger And Pedastal Lifestyle (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

If you want to turn the Sonix Magnetic Link into a stand, you can purchase the Pedestal Magnetic Phone Stand (opens in new tab), which holds your iPhone 12 series handset in a variety of positions and angles, both horizontally and vertically. You can just use it alone as a stand or bundle it with the Magnetic Link to create a Power Station (opens in new tab). Note that it holds your iPhone magnetically, so it won't work with older models.

Sonix Magnetic Link: Should you buy

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger Lifestyle

Sonix Magnetic Link Wireless Charger Lifestyle (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

You should buy this if ...

You want to charge your iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Mini, or 12 Pro Max quickly with that magnetic snap

While the Sonix Magnetic Link will work with any iPhone going back to the iPhone 8, you can only take advantage of the guiding magnets (that satisfying snap!) and fast charging if you have a 12 series iPhone.

You want a nice long charging cable

The Apple MagSafe Charger's short one-meter cable is a pain point for many — Sonix takes care of that by including a removable 6.5-foot USB-C to USB-C charging cable.

You want color options

You don't have to stick with sedate silver and white as I did. The Sonix Magnetic Link comes in five colors: Gold, White, Pacific Blue, Silver, and Graphite. The Sonix Pedastal Magnetic Phone Stand (opens in new tab) comes in the same colors so you can coordinate.

You should not buy this if ...

You just want a cheap charger

The Sonix Magnetic Link is cheaper than Apple's MagSafe Charger but not a lot cheaper. You can charge your iPhone for less with other wireless chargers.

You want the absolute fastest wireless charger

That honor goes to Apple. The MagSafe Charger tops out at 15W while the Sonix Magnetic Link tops out at 10W.

You expect a wall adapter in the box

There isn't one. You'll need to buy one separately.

If you've been thinking about buying one of Apple's MagSafe Chargers, consider the Sonix Magnetic Link as a slightly cheaper, slightly slower, more colorful alternative with a longer (removable) charging cable.

I keep the Sonix Magnetic Link on my desk to keep my iPhone charged up while I work. I use a standing desk so that nice, long 6.5-foot cable comes in handy. It does charge my iPhone 12 mini faster than older wireless chargers I own, even if it's not quite as fast as Apple's Magnetic Charger. While I chose a rather sedate color, it does come in five different colorways, some of which are rather fun and flashy. Overall, I think it stands up as a nice value alternative to the Apple MagSafe Charger.

Karen S Freeman
Contributor

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.

1 Comment
  • Considering I have to charge my iPhone 12 Pro Max about once every other day, I don't really think saving a few bucks for a slower charger makes sense. Why don't they get their act together and do it right? Everyone yammers about how Apple's stuff costs more. But then, it works right, unlike almost everything else. (I got the Aukey charger to go with my MagSafe.)