If you’re an owner of a newer iPhone model, you may have heard that it’s possible to charge the device wirelessly and use MagSafe-compatible accessories. Rather than using the standard Apple Lightning® Cable, Apple’s MagSafe® wireless charging enables you to use multiple types of stands and phone holders that keep your device in easy view while charging. Whether integrated into a bedside charging stand or windshield phone mount for your car, MagSafe® makes powering up your iPhone and connecting to compatible accessories as simple as attaching two magnets together.
While the technology seems straightforward, there are some important considerations to keep in mind when you want to get the most from it. In this article, we’ll unpack MagSafe® wireless charging and accessories so you can enjoy hassle-free charging and connecting in more places.
What is MagSafe®?
Apple first used the term MagSafe in 2006, according to our trademark filings research, and it was originally the technology that kept the power cord from staying in your MacBook if it was accidentally pulled. Apple marketed these MacBook chargers as a way to save your computer from accidentally crashing down onto the floor if you tripped over the cord. The cord would pull out before letting the MacBook move, thus saving your MacBook from potential catastrophe.
With the iPhone 12, MagSafe® became a universal name used by Apple for iPhones, Apple Watches, and Macbooks. This can be slightly confusing, because the iPhone and Watch use MagSafe® charging pucks, whereas MacBooks use MagSafe3® charging ports and cables. The benefit of the latter is a quick and harm-free disconnection ability if the cord gets inadvertently pulled. Although these two MagSafe® systems aren't necessarily related, Apple has chosen to use the same terminology across the board for its latest charging systems.
When Was MagSafe® Introduced to the iPhone?
The iPhone 15/14/13/12 models have an embedded array of magnets placed around the internal charging coil, plus a lower orientation magnet, which attracts MagSafe-compatible accessories to connect securely and seamlessly and hold them in place.
In simple terms – if you bring a MagSafe phone case close to a MagSafe accessory, you’ll see it snap in place! MagSafe-compatible accessories range from charging stands, wallets, car mounts, useful accessories, and more.
How Does MagSafe® Wireless Charging Work?
How Do MagSafe® Accessories Work?
MagSafe iPhone accessories use magnets to attach to the back of an iPhone. The magnets in the MagSafe accessories are specifically designed to securely attach to a MagSafe wallet, car mount, stand, and more on the back of the iPhone. The magnets help to keep the accessory attached, even if the phone is bumped or dropped.
A MagSafe phone case with strong magnets can provide the most secure hold for mounts and accessories. The magnets will keep the phone securely attached even when the car is on bumpy roads or when the phone is being used in a high-traffic area.
What Are the Benefits of MagSafe®?
There are several benefits of using MagSafe magnets. First and foremost, they make it incredibly easy to charge your device. MagSafe magnets also allow for the easy attachment of accessories, such as phone rings or wallets, making it convenient to customize your device while keeping it protected.
- IMPROVED CHARGING: Consistent charging speeds since the charger coils are always perfectly aligned
- VERSATILE ACCESSORIES: Expands to a new ecosystem MagSafe-compatible products, like wallets and stands
- QUICK TO ATTACH/DETACH MOUNTS: Magnetic mount options, like car mounts, for hands-free driving
- FUNCTIONAL PHONE CASES: MagSafe-compatible phone case options that offer protection and the benefits of MagSafe
- CONVENIENCE: MagSafe accessories make it easy to switch out accessories on the go, allowing you to quickly switch from a wallet or ring to a car mount.
What Are the Cons of MagSafe®?
How Does MagSafe® Work with ROKFORM Phone Cases and Accessories?
The magnetic force of an accessory attached to the device is critical because nobody wants their phone falling off of their car mount or their wallet detaching without notice. The range Apple specifies is from 600gf-1100gf, depending on what accessory you are using and whether or not you are using a case or attaching an accessory directly to the phone.
At ROKFORM, we believe in taking things a step further; that is why we have designed an extra strength MAGMAX™ magnet array built into our cases and some mounts to provide more security and holding power. More magnetic holding power protects your phone from unwanted detachment and keeps your accessories from falling off and getting lost.
If you want to wireless charge with a ROKFORM phone case, you need to make sure that your case is compatible with wireless charging. If it is, you can simply place your phone with the case on a ROKFORM wireless charging stand. The charging should start automatically. If you're having trouble getting your phone to charge wirelessly with the case on, make sure you're not using the optional RokLock center magnet. Compatibility with charging products outside of ROKFORM may vary.
Frequently Asked Questions About MagSafe® Charging and Accessories
Will ROKFORM iPhone Cases Work With MagSafe® Compatible Accessories and Wireless Charging?
The Rugged, Crystal, and Eagle 3 case for iPhone 15/14/13 have a built-in MAGMAX™ magnet array and will work with all Rokform wireless chargers. Compatibility may vary with MagSafe wireless charging products not affiliated with Rokform. Although we cannot guarantee that the case will work on ALL Qi chargers and in ALL vehicles due to the nearly infinite combinations, (vehicle type, charging area, power output, etc.), we can guarantee it will work with all Rokform Wireless chargers. You can learn more about wireless charging here: https://www.rokform.com/blogs/rokform-blog/the-pros-and-cons-of-wireless-charging For accessories, it's as simple as connecting the MagSafe®-compatible accessory to the back of any MagSafe®-compatible ROKFORM phone case. ROKFORM uses strong magnets, so you're assured your accessory will stay right where you want it and hold securely on our magnetic mounts. For charging, a 20W USB-C power adapter is the minimum requirement. We recommend at least 30W to deliver more power to the wireless charger because our cases are thicker than average.
I Have a Samsung Galaxy Phone - Can I Use MagSafe Accessories?
Yes! ROKFORM's Rugged Case for the Galaxy S23 is compatible with MagSafe accessories, but not wireless charging. See the MagSafe case options here: https://www.rokform.com/collections/samsung
Can Phone Cases Affect How MagSafe® Charging Works?
It’s important to note that not all phone cases are MagSafe® compatible. Thicker cases that don’t have a magnetic ring built into them could prevent the charger from making a strong enough connection to charge the phone at the full 15 watts of power. Phone cases from ROKFORM, like the Rugged Case, feature a magnetic compatible ring that enables full-speed charging and a fast, secure connection. The Rugged, Crystal, and Eagle 3 case for iPhone 15/14/13 have a built-in MAGMAX™ magnet array and will work with all Rokform wireless chargers. Compatibility may vary with MagSafe wireless charging products not affiliated with Rokform. Although we cannot guarantee that the case will work on ALL Qi chargers and in ALL vehicles due to the nearly infinite combinations, (vehicle type, charging area, power output, etc.), we can guarantee it will work with all Rokform Wireless chargers. You can learn more about wireless charging here: https://www.rokform.com/blogs/rokform-blog/the-pros-and-cons-of-wireless-charging
Can I Use an Apple Watch Charger for an iPhone?
The Apple Watch MagSafe® charger isn’t large enough or powerful enough to charge the iPhone, and the built-in NFC technology isn’t cross-device compatible, either. The phone charger can’t be used to charge the Apple Watch, either. That said, chargers like Apple’s MagSafe® Duo Charger allow you to charge both devices simultaneously, although only at a maximum of 14 watts when using their 27-watt charging block. ROKFORM cases come with a locking system that increases the thickness of the case while allowing for the convenient use of our complete ecosystem of mounts. This unique design can pose limitations with some wireless charging devices, and we can only guarantee charging compatibility with our own charging products or using a USB-C cable directly into the phone. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause
Is MagSafe® Charging Faster Than Using a Lightning® Cable?
In general, you’ll still get the fastest charge by connecting with the Lightning® port or USB-C and a USB-C charging cord. Also, remember that, like other wireless charger systems, MagSafe® charging can sometimes result in your iPhone getting warmer while it charges. So to maximize the lifespan of the battery, the technology could limit charging to only 80 percent if the battery gets too warm. So, if the absolute fastest charge is your goal, you’ll still need to use a regular cable connection.
ROKFORM creates premium magnetic phone cases, accessories, and phone mounting systems. With the addition of MagSafe-compatible accessories, these two technologies make it easier to keep your device safe and secure, while also providing convenience when it comes to charging and mounting.
ROKFORM cases are designed to fit a variety of devices for Apple and Samsung, and we offer a range of features to help keep your device connected and protected. The cases use a patented twist lock and magnetic mounting system that securely attaches to any magnetic surface, allowing you to easily mount your device on your car dashboard, bike handlebars, golf cart, motorcycle, and more. Additionally, the cases provide excellent protection against drops, bumps, and scratches.