The 20 Best Accessories and MagSafe Gear for the iPhone 12

Enlarge / Belkin’s 3-in-1 MagSafe charging stand is elegant, and succesful, charging three Apple units directly.

Corey Gaskin

The brand new iPhone 12 lineup has extra choices than ever, with three new fashions at a wide range of sizes. All of those are outfitted with the brand new MagSafe expertise, which suggests faster-than-usual wi-fi charging and a few distinctive iPhone 12 equipment coming down the pike.

We spent the previous few weeks testing a few of this new MagSafe gear and may verify that it’s certainly good to have extra handy wi-fi charging and built-in magnets on the iPhone. Our roundup beneath contains MagSafe equipment like chargers, stands, mounts, and circumstances, alongside a couple of tried-and-true iPhone equipment that work with a wider vary of fashions—together with the MagSafe-equipped iPhone 12 Professional Max, iPhone 12 Professional, and iPhone 12 Mini, but additionally different Lightning-equipped iPhones.

If nothing else, those that simply obtained a brand new iPhone 12—and didn’t have an iPhone 11 sequence earlier than—could profit from a brand new quick charger. Welcome to the longer term, iPhone followers! Now take pleasure in the very best MagSafe and iOS equipment we have examined.

iPhone quick chargers

Anker's chargers juice up iPhones and other devices quickly and undercut Apple's prices for similar performance in doing so.
Enlarge / Anker’s chargers juice up iPhones and different units shortly and undercut Apple’s costs for related efficiency in doing so.

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In the event you’re nonetheless counting on inventory 5W iPhone chargers you’ll have collected through the years, it’s best to look right into a charging improve. In actual fact, if the iPhone 12 is your first iPhone, you don’t actually have a selection. No wall adapter comes with the iPhone 12 sequence. Whereas irritating, this implies you would possibly as properly benefit from the quicker charging capabilities baked into current iPhone fashions.

Pairing your included USB-C charging cable with Anker’s 20W Nano adapter, as an illustration, can reduce your charging time in half, taking about 90 minutes to get from zero % cost to 100% in our testing. That is an considerable improve over the puny 5W output from Apple’s pre-iPhone 11 chargers, which took round three and a half hours to get the job executed, and reaches the iPhone 12’s quickest charging charges. Equally, a shorter cost interval on the 20W Nano will get the battery additional alongside than the previous 5W charger: Thirty minutes of charging will take you to about 50 %, whereas the 5W mannequin barely will get to twenty %.

The Nano is similar measurement as Apple’s previous 5W chargers and undercuts the worth of Apple’s first-party 20W charger by a couple of bucks, regardless of being simply as highly effective and extra compact. The corporate makes use of its proprietary Energy IQ 3.0 charging expertise, not the extra standardized USB-C Energy Supply, however it nonetheless safely and reliably places out the very best potential cost price for iPhones (on this case, as much as 20W). And in the event you want a spare USB-C to Lightning cable, we are able to vouch for Anker’s six-foot PowerLine II lightning cables as a dependable solution to prolong your telephone’s attain.

Double up your charging ports

RavPower's RP-PC128 (right), next to Aukey's Omnia PA-B4 wall charger.
Enlarge / RavPower’s RP-PC128 (proper), subsequent to Aukey’s Omnia PA-B4 wall charger.

Jeff Dunn

One other good choice to double returns in your funding is certainly one of Anker’s dual-port chargers. Relying in your most used secondary or tertiary system, the PowerPort Atom III or PowerPort PD 2 could possibly be helpful additions. 

Multi-Port USB-C Fast Chargers product image

Multi-Port USB-C Quick Chargers

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In the event you’d like one thing able to charging an iPhone, iPad, or USB-C-enabled laptop computer alongside a lower-power USB-A tool, the PowerPort Atom III is a good selection for the cash. Pumping out 45W by means of the USB-C port and 15W by means of USB-A, this charger can energy up an M1 MacBook Air or iPad Professional whereas concurrently juicing up your iPhone or Apple Watch. Solely the 45W USB-C port has sufficient energy to cost the iPhone 12 at full pace, however charging through the 15W USB-A will nonetheless get the job executed quicker than the everyday 5W iPhone charger.

In the event you’re much less in want of a secondary iPad or laptop computer charger and extra the sort who simply must hold their iPhone and Apple Watch or headphones charged, the PowerPort PD 2 is an effective reply for less complicated quick charging. It’ll replenish the iPhone at its (efficient) most 18W price and energy up your Apple Watch at its normal 5W pace, which sadly will get no increased whatever the charger. In the event you’re charging each on the similar time the iPhone gained’t attain the efficient 18W max, however it nonetheless expenses shortly at 15W.

In the event you want extra energy, although, take into account RavPower’s RP-PC128. It is a 90W charger with two USB-C Energy Supply ports that may output a 90W cost from both port—it is sufficient to cost most laptops at full pace—or break up that 90W between the 2 to cost lower-power units at 45W every, or 60W and 30W, as an illustration. Which means it may concurrently cost two MacBook Airs or a 13-inch MacBook Professional and iPhone 12 at their prime speeds. With gallium nitride (GaN) expertise inside, the RavPower charger is ready to be compact and highly effective, overlaying most any of your charging wants handily.

An Apple MagSafe charger

Apple MagSafe Charger product image

Apple MagSafe Charger

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Extra environment friendly wi-fi charging is the first promoting level of MagSafe expertise. With the flexibility to ship as much as 15W charging speeds, the tech provides double the utmost energy of wi-fi charging on earlier technology iPhones, triple the ability of older 5W adapters, and solely barely lower than the 18W efficient most that iPhones can attain by means of wired charging. In different phrases, MagSafe will cost your telephone practically as quick as potential.

Magnets within the charger and behind iPhone 12 itself be certain that it aligns completely, delivering essentially the most environment friendly cost in a snap. Lastly having a viable resolution to wirelessly cost your iPhone (that doesn’t take double the already lengthy charging time) means you possibly can simply drop it in your desk and let it cost or use it in tandem with one other mounting accent as a charging stand. Paired with a MagSafe suitable case, you gained’t should take away it to obtain the total 15W cost.

A 3-in-1 MagSafe charging stand

Belkin has crushed many accent makers to the punch in providing a wi-fi charging trifecta for Apple customers: a 3-in-1 charging stand with MagSafe help. Although it is actually costlier than merely shopping for three separate chargers, the corporate’s Increase Cost Professional is a sublime piece of {hardware} with a strong construct high quality, and it holds your telephone in air whereas it expenses at near-top speeds. Like all MagSafe chargers, it could possibly ship the wi-fi tech’s full 15W cost by means of a MagSafe suitable case or immediately by means of the again of the iPhone 12.

On the different finish of the stand is an Apple Watch charger, so you possibly can juice up your watch alongside your telephone, and within the base is a 15W wi-fi charging pad for AirPods or some other Qi wi-fi charging system. Wi-fi charging within the base isn’t MagSafe suitable, in contrast to within the arm of the stand. So that you gained’t get the quickest iPhone charging there, however it would energy up an AirPods case as shortly as any wi-fi charger may.

In the event you’re shopping for for somebody with out an iPhone 12, Mophie’s 3-in-1 charger might not be as svelte, however it’s each bit as useful for non-MagSafe suitable telephones.

A MagSafe suitable iPhone stand

In the event you like the concept of a MagSafe suitable stand to your desk or nightstand, then the MagCone stand is value a glance. The cone itself is a strong and durable piece of steel that sits on a rubber foot. Atop that could be a magnetic ball which, when paired with its flat round magnetic plate, acts as a hinge that rotates and stays mounted with the burden of the telephone in any path.

The cone itself isn’t a MagSafe system because it doesn’t ship a cost, however it does act as a stand to your MagSafe charger. The included skinny iron sticker plate adheres to the again of your MagSafe charger, creating a powerful magnetic bonding level between the charger and the stand—a lot stronger than have been you to not use the included iron sticker plate. This facilitates fast mounting and dismounting from the stand whereas delivering a quick cost out of your MagSafe charger.

The magnets are robust sufficient to make use of with any of the MagSafe suitable circumstances we examined. They hold the telephone mounted in whichever path you select. The small and svelte piece of {hardware} ought to slot in properly on most any desktop or nightstand with out being obtrusive.

An iPhone 12 automobile mount

In addition to its charging capabilities, MagSafe may also simplify mounting your iPhone. Once you’re getting within the automobile and simply need to get going, as an illustration, futzing with clamps and locking your telephone in a automobile mount can get annoying. Beforehand, you’d should get a particular case, usually one which makes use of magnets, to keep away from this. A tool like Belkin’s MagSafe Car Vent Mount, nevertheless, makes it simple to snap your telephone securely in place with a faucet. And because it’s MagSafe-compatible, it doesn’t require a case. You may nonetheless use a MagSafe-compatible case together with it, although.

The automobile vent mount helps you to place the telephone horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally, and it tilts on a sturdy however simple to maneuver ball hinge. That adjustability and ease of use makes this a straightforward suggestion for iPhone 12 homeowners in want of a automobile vent mount.

An all-in-one Apple Watch and iPhone moveable charger

Mophie Powerstation All-in-One + Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux product image

Mophie Powerstation All-in-One + Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

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Mophie’s Powerstation all-in-one charger is simply what it says: a transportable charger that covers all of your Apple system wants. It’s not MagSafe outfitted, however this 8,000 mAh battery pack has USB-C output for top-speed 18W iPhone charging, a Qi wi-fi charging pad, a built-in Apple Watch charger, and a USB-A output. Mophie says this interprets to as much as 42 hours of iPhone cost, 11 hours on an iPad Mini, and a further seven hours for an iPad Professional. Oh, and it could possibly cost your Apple Watch 26 instances over.

These numbers line up fairly properly with our expertise, however in the event you’re extra desirous about increased output battery packs than the Mophie’s Apple system versatility, you possibly can actually spend much less for extra energy. Anker’s PowerCore 10000 PD Redux, as an illustration, is a $40 10,000 mAh energy financial institution that may ship prime pace iPhone expenses at 18W through the USB-C PD port. It could additionally cost decrease energy units by means of the opposite USB-A port, which makes use of Anker’s Cost IQ 3.0 to ship as much as 12W.

An iPhone glass display screen protector

Zagg’s Invisible Protect display screen protectors have been round longer than the iPhone itself. The Invisible Protect line has had many iterations through the years, from self-healing skins to blue light-filtering glass display screen protectors. The Glass Elite Visionguard+ is strictly the latter. With out tinting your display screen yellow, the glass pane is engineered and examined to Eyesafe’s RPF (Retina Safety Issue) 20 normal, which suggests it filters out 99 % of UV rays and 20 % high-energy seen (HEV) blue mild out of your telephone display screen in an effort to scale back eye pressure. Eyesafe requirements are integrated into a wide range of merchandise, from VR headsets to laptops, and although it isn’t one thing that was instantly noticeable in our testing, it ought to profit your imaginative and prescient in the long term.

Although it’s not shatterproof glass, it provides some reinforcement and a scratch and shock-absorbing barrier for shorter falls. Zagg claims it’s 4 instances stronger towards scratches than your unprotected display screen, and whereas we weren’t capable of take a look at this explicit declare, it did seem extra immune to little nicks and abrasions from daily use throughout our time with it. It’s not any higher at stopping fingerprints as the corporate advertises, although.

Nonetheless, slapping one on is straightforward with the included information body, and it’s a pleasant little bit of peace of thoughts to have. Particularly when the corporate provides an infinite lifetime guarantee on all Invisible Protect display screen protectors, as Zagg has at all times executed. If you find yourself needing to interchange the protector, Zagg helps you to achieve this for an $8 delivery charge.

That is actually costly for a display screen protector, although. For a extra simple cowl, one thing like amFilm’s OneTouch prices barely over $10 and does the fundamentals properly with out including a lot bulk (0.33mm) to the iPhone’s show.

Staying within the household with the AirPods Professional

The Beats Powerbeats Pro (left) and Apple AirPods Pro.
Enlarge / The Beats Powerbeats Professional (left) and Apple AirPods Professional.

Jeff Dunn

Apple AirPods Pro + Beats Powerbeats Pro product image

Apple AirPods Professional + Beats Powerbeats Professional

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AirPods and iDevices are at all times a fantastic pair—typically actually. Apple’s headphones pair swiftly and easily with iPhones and iPads, and, within the case of the AirPods Pro, add noise cancellation to your listening or speaking expertise. We discovered the unique AirPods to be a fine pair for Apple diehards and not too long ago gave a heartier suggestion for the AirPods Professional in our Final Work From Dwelling Information, notably for his or her succesful noise cancelling performance, which is very efficient amongst true wi-fi in-ear headphones.

Sound is properly balanced and never overly bass heavy whereas nonetheless delivering some punch, and battery life is first rate, if not nice at about 5 hours of listening. They’re comfy to put on throughout that point although and simple to overlook you’ve got in whether or not you are working from residence with noise cancellation on or strolling the streets pumping some tunes. They don’t seem to be splendid for exercises, although, with out sweat resistance and ear hooks, so Beats Powerbeats Pro are a greater consideration for health club rats and runners. These buds are a bit heavier in bass, however to not the purpose of muddiness, however in addition they have greater than double the battery life at 11 hours and nearly all the identical simple pairing tips because the AirPods.

MagSafe suitable circumstances

Apple Silicone Case and iPhone Leather-based Pockets with MagSafe

Proper now, MagSafe-compatible circumstances are briefly provide as case makers catch as much as Apple with their very own choices. Apple’s circumstances work predictably properly with the iPhone 12, although, with the silicone and leather-based circumstances coming off as notably good. They slip on and off simply, add a little bit of grip to the iPhone, and keep away from making the quantity and energy buttons exhausting to press—all traits we will not fairly apply to Apple’s exhausting shell plastic case.

The silicone and leather cases not solely add a modicum of safety but additionally enable for MagSafe charging, which is simply as simple to interact with or with out the case on. The leather wallet attachment will be affixed both on to the again of the iPhone or on the MagSafe-ready case. Simply notice that you simply’ll must take the pockets off to cost your telephone through the MagSafe charger in both occasion.

Apple iPhone 12 Silicone Case with MagSafe + Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe product image

Apple iPhone 12 Silicone Case with MagSafe + Apple Leather-based Pockets with…

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A greater clear plastic case with MagSafe

In the event you’d prefer to step up safety a bit with out including an excessive amount of bulk, the marginally thicker Gear4 cases convey extra density with using D30 materials for reinforcement. That is certainly one of my favourite issues I’ve seen demoed in individual: it is a malleable, virtually putty-like substance that you could wrap round your hand, however when it’s put below stress or impression of any sort, it stiffens up and absorbs the shock.

So, as an illustration, you might wrap your hand within the D30 compound and hit it repeatedly with a rubber mallet and really feel no results—which is strictly what Zagg, the mum or dad firm of Gear4, demonstrated to me in Las Vegas virtually one 12 months in the past. It was fairly the little trick, and that’s the very magic that surrounds your telephone while you use a D30 case made by Gear4.

In the event you’re a fan of clear circumstances, Gear4’s Crystal Palace MagSafe case is a significantly better possibility than Apple’s clear plastic case, not only for its stronger technical properties, however as a result of it additionally doesn’t make the telephone’s buttons a battle to press, due to using softer silicone round these components.

A rugged iPhone case with MagSafe

OtterBox Cases for iPhone 12 product image

OtterBox Instances for iPhone 12

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In the event you’re critical about defending your telephone, then you definitely’re in all probability accustomed to the OtterBox model. The corporate got here to prominence within the telephone accent marketplace for its rugged Defender series of circumstances, which lined telephone ports and included built-in display screen protectors earlier than glass display screen shields typically got here into favor.

Whereas the most recent iterations have eschewed the built-in plastic display screen protectors, the Defender sequence nonetheless covers an iPhone’s ports through hooked up rubber plugs and nonetheless characteristic a multi-layer exhausting plastic and thick rubber casing materials. It’s the sort of case that you simply assume would bounce, not less than slightly, if it dropped along with your telephone inside. OtterBox exams the Defender sequence to 5 instances the drops of military-grade normal MIL-STD-810G 516.6, which doesn’t assure your telephone will by no means break whereas encased however, in our expertise, it does present a big little bit of safety in the direction of avoiding it.

Since these circumstances are suitable with MagSafe, they’ll additionally stick onto a MagSafe automobile mount or desk stand with out having to take away the case. In the event you do not just like the aesthetic of the Defender, Otterbox’s Symmetry+ and Aneu cases are a bit much less cumbersome however nonetheless present thicker exhausting plastic backs with rubberized sides for shock absorption and simple button presses.

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