Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been testing three of Pitaka’s magnetic charging accessories as my everyday accessories. And they’re going to stick around for a long time, too.
The three accessories Pitaka provided me for testing – they haven’t had any editorial approval, by the way – were: the MagEZ Mount Qi – a magnetic in-car Qi charger and mount, the MagEZ Case – a lightweight, thin case for my iPhone 11 Pro, and the MagEZ Juice – a combination Qi charger and battery pack.
The thing that ties them all together is magnets. Quite literally, too. The MagEZ case is what makes everything possible and then your phone attaches to the other accessories magnetically. It’s a revelation, too. Especially in the car.
All three of these accessories have been used every day, multiple times a day, and at this point I can’t imagine having to go about my day without them. Here’s why.
I’m going to start with the MagEZ Juice because it’s the first thing I interact with when I start my day. It’s a wireless charger that also acts as a battery pack. That is, the battery pack slides into a USB-C stand of sorts and is charged that way. But when you attach your iPhone to the front of it, it starts charging, too.
The battery itself is rated at 2000mAh which is more than enough to top up with when needed, and because it’s magnetic it stays attached to your phone while you’re using it. No cables, no mess. It even looks nice thanks to a Silver or Gunmetal finish, too.
The whole system has a party piece that I wasn’t quite able to manage, but I’ve seen videos of it working perfectly. You should be able to slide your phone up while it’s charging and have the battery slide out of the stand along with it. I never quite managed to do it, but again, I’m told it works fine. I’m putting that down to either me being overly clumsy or manufacturing variances. Your mileage may vary.
Without the case none of this works, but thankfully it’s a pretty nice case. It’s thin and light which is exactly what I want from a case. And there’s a cutout at the bottom of my iPhone 11 Pro case to make it easier to do the gestures iOS is so fond of. Apple’s leather cases are like this, and I love it. All cases should be like it, too.
The case itself is made from a non-slip material that is very strange to the touch. It’s “a pleasant, non-slippery texture is added by vacuum forming,
along with a baby soft coating” which sounds about right. It’s difficult to explain and it took me a while to get used to. But now I have, it’s fine. I’m not sure I’d say I like it, but I don’t dislike it, either. It also has metal plates in it to make the magnetic magic happen, so you kinda need it.
My case is black, but there are seven different colors to choose from if you’re looking for something a little fancier.
MagEZ Mount Qi
The car mount might actually be the best accessory of the bunch. I was given the CD slot version and it fits surprisingly well. Where it wins over other solutions of this kind is the fact it’s magnetic, meaning you don’t have to fiddle to get the phone in or out. There are no clamps to prise open, just slap your phone onto the charger and you’re good to go. And it hasn’t fallen off once.
You can, of course, charge your phone using the wireless charger and sure enough, it works fine. I tested with an iPhone 11 Pro which I seem unable to get below 50% so I haven’t bothered with the charging – it comes with a USB cable that I just didn’t use beyond testing. Just the ability to easily attach my phone and then remove it is enough to make this a winner for me.
Overall, I’m a huge fan of these three products and I wouldn’t want to be without them now that I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks. I’d also recommend them without hesitation. They aren’t cheap, but they do what they say they’ll do and that’s more than some accessories manage these days.
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