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The best MagSafe battery packs that do more than charge your iPhone

Magnetic mobile chargers for the win! These clever battery packs also incorporate grips or kickstands, making them smarter than most.

If your phone's battery gets drained before the end of the day, shopping for a mobile charger (also known as a power bank) might be a good idea. Most of these require a cord, but if you have an iPhone 12, 13 or 14, you can just snap one to the back of your iPhone thanks to MagSafe technology. (Yay, magnets!) With so many wireless charger options on the market, finding the best MagSafe battery pack can be challenging, but I've highlighted four MagSafe power banks that I consider to be the strongest choices given their added functionality.

Quick overview

Read more: The best MagSafe accessories for your iPhone in 2023, tested and reviewed

How do MagSafe battery packs work?

These wireless charging pads are handy little gadgets that use magnets instead of cords or lightning cables to connect to your iPhone. Just how much power do these portable power banks pack? Three of the four gadgets listed here have 5,000-mAh (milliampere-hour) batteries, which should be good for at least one complete iPhone recharge. (For reference, the iPhone 13 incorporates a 3,227-mAh battery.) The Anker 633 ups the ante to 10,000 mAh and measures only a bit thicker than the other magnetic wireless power banks. The downside is you'll pay more for that extra juice, but it's worth it if your phone battery life is especially poor.

Clockwise from upper left: Anker MagGo 633, Voltme MagPak 5K, Anker MagGo with Popsockets Grip. (Photo: Rick Broida/Yahoo)
Clockwise from upper left: Anker MagGo 633, Voltme MagPak 5K, Anker MagGo with Popsockets Grip. (Photo: Rick Broida/Yahoo)

One more thing to note: All four candidates for best MagSafe charging packs come with a USB-C cable, but to actually recharge any of them, you'll also need a USB-C AC adapter, which is not included. If you already have a fast charging power bank that can produce at least 5V/3A, go ahead and use it. Otherwise, here's a dual-port USB AC adapter 2-pack for just $9 (because you can always use a spare).

What do you need before buying a MagSafe battery pack?

The case that you keep your smartphone in must be MagSafe-compatible so the charger will snap onto it and still be able to magically deliver the wireless charging power. Look for the telltale "magnifying glass" design on the inside or outside of a MagSafe case to make sure it's compatible with the power bank.

iPhone with a black case
If you're using a case with your iPhone, make sure it's MagSafe-compatible; you can tell by looking for this "magnifying glass" design on the inside or backside. (Photo: Apple)

Good news: If you love your existing case but it doesn't support MagSafe, there's an inexpensive upgrade kit you can buy.

Want to learn more about this technology, including how it works and best ways to leverage it? See my story on how to use MagSafe. Now, on to the top picks!

Capacity: 5,000mAh | Ports: 1 Lightning, 1 USB-C | Warranty: 12 months

Often on sale for as little as $20, Fokimdo's power pack is the bargain to beat. Its slim kickstand allows for both portrait and landscape phone viewing, while also serving as a fairly comfortable grip. (Slide your fingers through the loop and it's much easier to hold your phone.) In addition to the USB-C input/output port for charging the battery or something other than your iPhone, there's a Lightning input port if you prefer to use your Apple cord.

$20 at Amazon

Capacity: 5,000mAh | Ports: 1 USB-C | Warranty: 18 months

Available in your choice of four colors (blue, green, gray and charcoal), the MagPak portable charger measures just half an inch thick and comes with a fold-out kickstand flap that lets you prop up your phone in either portrait or landscape orientation. That flap can be a little stiff at first, but I like the tapered design of the battery pack, which makes it a bit easier to grip your phone while it's attached.

$50 at Amazon

Capacity: 5,000mAh | Ports: 1 USB-C | Warranty: 18 months

For anyone who can't live without a PopSocket, this is the battery pack to get. Anker has basically grafted one of the little pop-out grips to an otherwise fairly standard Magsafe charger. What's nice is that it can also be used as a stand, though only in landscape orientation. Wait for a sale on this one; I've seen it as low as $40.

$70 at Amazon

Capacity: 10,000mAh | Ports: 1 USB-C, 1 USB Type-A | Warranty: 24 months

The big kahuna of the group, Anker's 633 packs a 10,000-mAh battery capacity and includes a fold-out kickstand, converting it to a charging stand. It also has a 20-watt Power Delivery USB-C port if you want faster charging speed via a USB-C-to-Lightning cord (not included), or you want to charge a separate device. What's more, Anker backs this with a 24-month warranty, the longest of any power bank in the group. If you're not in a rush, wait for a sale; the 633 has been priced as low as $55.

$70 at Amazon

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