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MagSafe Duo Charger - What you need to know before you buy it

Before we talk about MagSafe Duo, we can not help but look at the launch event of Apple since its end 2017, when a wireless charger what he would be able to simultaneously load three devices-hate Apple. a iPhone, a Apple Watch si housing AirPods 2. In the same event Apple has launched iPhone 8 si iPhone X (compatible for wireless charging) and in Spring 2019, with the release of iOS 12.2 the support for AirPower. Everything seemed to be ready for the miracle charger, and his entry into the market is only a matter of a very short time.
Of course, in the meantime Apple launched iPhone Xr si iPhone XS, an event from the fall of 2018 in which AirPower was also discussed.

In March 209, just days after adding AirPower support to iOS 12.2, Apple announced that it is abandoning the AirPower project. The reason was as simple as possible. AirPower does not live up to quality standards Apple.

At the event on October 13, 2020, Apple has launched MagSafe Duo Charger. A wireless charger with an interesting, premium design, capable of simultaneously charging a iPhone and a Apple Watch.

Design - MagSafe Duo Charger

As I said above, the MagSafe Duo design is a premium one, related to culture Apple.

But there are some downsides. MagSafe Duo cannot be used if it is folded (closed) and the tape separating the two parts folds and becomes very weak after only a few uses. The material from which it is made, a soft silicone to the touch is prone as in time to degrade and get dirty. Especially since MagSafe Duo only comes in white.
I have an Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad 11-inch pro, which after less than two months of use looks pathetic on exterior surfaces, no matter how hard I tried to protect it. I probably needed a cover to cover.
MagSafe Duo is not an ideal choice as a wireless "charging station" for the office. If for Apple Watch the magnetic disk can rise, iPhone it can only be left in a horizontal position.

MagSafe Duo Charger compatibility and charging power

MagSafe Duo was designed for iPhone 12 and all models of Apple Watch. If you have a iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max si Apple Watch (any model), you can think of buy a MagSafe Duo Charger. It is recommended to buy an original cover, MagSafe compatibility. Being a wireless magnetic charger, the material between is very important iPhone and MagSafe. Apple has a fairly generous collection of covers with MagSafe for all models iPhone 12.
On the support of iPhone you can also charge the headset case AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro. It also supports other devices certified for Qi wireless charging, but you will have a very long waiting time until the battery reaches 50%.

Compatible with iPhone 8 or newer generation, MagSafe Duo is only recommended iPhone 12. Older models will charge in a very long time compared to other wireless chargers.

If you have a iPhone 12 and a Apple Watch, then you should know that in addition to the purchase price of the MagSafe Duo, you must also take a sum of money out of your pocket for the network adapter. MagSafe Duo Charger does not come with mains charger, and its performance they depend a lot on the adapter.

For a fast loading up to 14W (maximum power of MagSafe Duo), you need a 27W USB-C adapter (or higher) which to support 9V / 3A. The USB-C adapter is not compatible Apple 29W.
Loading up to 11W with MagSafe Duo can only be provided with adapters 11W USB-C and 9V / 2.22A. No USB-A adapter is compatible with MagSafe. In fact, in the MagSafe Duo Charger package you will also receive a USB-C cable to Lightning, similar to those in the packages iPhone 12 si AirPods Pro.
iPhone 12 mini is limited to fast wireless charging maximum 12W with an adapter of at least 9 V / 2,62 A.

If you have an adapter larger than 9 V / 3 A in the house, you are exempt from a new purchase. These can be used with MagSafe Duo and you will be able to upload iPhone 12 with a power of up to 14W.

But there is a big inconvenience. The above data is only valid if you only have it iPhone 12 loaded the MagSafe Duo. If we have with iPhone 12 and a Apple Watch, the power of the adapter must be at least 15W cu 5 V / 3 A or 9 V / 1,67 A. And in these conditions the loading iPhone 12 will be slower.
Charging will be limited to 7,5 W if you charge AirPods 2 or AirPods Pro.

There is also a battery protection scenario iPhone. If the battery iPhone it heats up very much, the wireless power will be turned off automatically by the software when 80% of the battery charge level is reached.

As for me, after getting my hands on a MagSafe Duo Charger I was convinced that it is not yet time for this purchase, although I have all the devices recommended for it.

MagSafe Duo Charger - What you need to know before you buy it

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