MagSafe Charges Non-iPhone 12 Models At Around Half The Speed A Normal Wireless Charger Does
Thinking of picking up Apple’s impressive new MagSafe wireless charger for your older iPhone? Don’t, because it will charge slowly. Very slowly.
According to tests carried out by the folk at MacRumors the MagSafe Charger will charge an iPhone XS Max to around 13% in 30 minutes. That’s really, really slow. They ran the test by reducing an iPhone XS Max to just 1% capacity and then charging it up again with Airplane Mode enabled.
In the first test, the MagSafe charger charged the iPhone XS Max to 13 percent in 30 minutes, and in the second test, it charged the iPhone XS Max to 14 percent in 30 minutes.
That isn’t quick by any stretch of the imagination, but things get even worse when you compare the MagSafe Charger with a standard 7.5W wireless charger. According to MacRumors’ tests, the iPhone XS Max charged twice as quickly on the standard charger.
We specifically tested the iPhone XS Max in the exact same conditions as the MagSafe charger with a standard 7.5W Belkin charger and it charged to 26 percent in the 30 minute window.
That’s pretty conclusive and it’s clear that anyone buying a MagSafe Charger for a non-iPhone 12 device, shouldn’t. Spend the money on a normal Qi-compatible charger and be done with it. There are plenty of great chargers on the market already, and some of them are just as magnetic as MagSafe.