Getting a MagSafe car charger for your iPhone seems like a simple process, but the current landscape is one of trade-offs: there are no all-in-one solutions that will wirelessly hold and charge your phone and are MagSafe certified to provide up to 15W of power. However, manufactures have been finding workarounds.
First, thereâ€™s Belkinâ€™s Car Vent Mount Pro, which is the only MagSafe Certified car mount, and it sells for $39.99. Being certified doesnâ€™t mean it provides power, though. Youâ€™ll have to plug your phone in with a Lightning cable (which youâ€™d have to do anyway for wired CarPlay compatibility). This does technically let you charge your phone faster than regular wireless charging, but it leaves you messing around with a cable.
Then thereâ€™s the Scosche MagicMount, which provides a 20W car adapter but nothing to plug into it. You have to provide your own MagSafe puck, which adds $39 to the MagicMountâ€™s $29.99 to $39.99 price tag (which varies by model). While it does technically get you MagSafe-certified mounting and charging, thatâ€™s only because youâ€™re using Appleâ€™s own puck.
Just providing the plastic to put around Appleâ€™s charger is a common approach. Amazon is full of the BYOP (bring your own puck) car mounts, and weâ€™ve also seen it with Apple Watch charger accessories. Itâ€™s a quick and easy way to get users the fully certified experience without having to wait for certification (and without Appleâ€™s Made For iPhone program fees). The downside is that users have to buy two different things.
Finally, thereâ€™s the ESR HaloLock, which seems to have it all. Itâ€™s one piece, magnetically holds your iPhone, and provides wireless charging. The only thing missing is MagSafe certification, meaning Apple will only let your phone charge at 7.5W. Youâ€™ll again see a lot of similar products on Amazon, where the manufacturer has copied MagSafeâ€™s magnets but used a standard Qi charger for power. Like the puck holders, youâ€™ll get most of the functionality without actually having to be certified, and the product will be fine for people who arenâ€™t worried about fast charging.
This isnâ€™t to say that third-party, fully certified MagSafe car mounts wonâ€™t show up at some point, just that it may take a little while. And given the other routes get you pretty close to the real deal, you can expect to see a lot of those in the meantime.
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