MagSafe for the Android masses

When Apple announced MagSafe for the iPhone 12 range, I was hoping someone would find a way to make it work with Android devices. MagSafe allows you to magnetically attach various accessories to the back of a compatible phone, including wireless chargers, battery packs, wallets and car mounts. After using Mophie’s MagSafe adapter with my S21 Ultra for a few weeks, I have to say I was impressed.

Snap adapter

The Snap Adapter is the key to the Mophie version of MagSafe. Attaches to your phone or phone case. Mophie says it should work through thin cases, but I haven’t found any that do, including Samsung’s silicone case. This means I had to put it on the outside surface of my case, but I don’t mind too much. The adapter is thin, so I barely notice it’s there. The magnets are also strong and I don’t worry about anything falling out.

Each Snap product comes with an adapter, or you can buy them separately in a pack of two for $ 20

Snap + Mini Juice Pack

This is the product I wanted to try the most. The Juice Pack Mini is a 5,000mAh battery pack that can wirelessly charge any 12W Qi device. It uses the MagSafe ring to attach to the back of the phone to ensure a good connection while charging. There’s also a USB-C port for charging a second phone and charging the pack itself. I was hoping to be able to recharge the package wirelessly too, but sadly that’s not an option.

5,000mAh isn’t a bad size, especially when it needs to be light enough to hold comfortably. It has the same battery size as my S21 Ultra itself, so with the inefficiency of wireless charging, it can take my phone from 0% to 80-85%. However, the charging will not be very fast. 12W isn’t much less than the 15W my S21 can reach, but I wonder if it hits 12W at any point. My S21 can charge from 50 to 100% in about an hour when using a regular 15W charger, but the Juice Pack took over two hours to do the same.

Ultimately this leads to a compromise. A normal battery charges your device faster, but is less portable and requires a cable. The Juice Pack is the opposite, it recharges slowly while being easy to carry.

My S21 Ultra is already a heavy phone, and patting the back of a 5,000mAh battery makes it worse. If you have larger hands, weight should be the only problem. The phone is certainly more uncomfortable to hold with the Juice Pack attached, but it is manageable and even more comfortable than having a cable that goes in your bag or pocket.

Mophie has a larger 10,000mAh version expected later this year, with 10W wireless charging, a built-in kickstand, and a tripod mount. While it will likely be huge and charge even slower than this, I can’t wait to try it out.

The Juice Pack Mini costs $ 50, which is a bit pricey but worth it for the convenience. The largest Powerstation Stand will be available later this year for $ 70.

Snap + wireless charger

This is a more conventional MagSafe product. It’s basically a Mophie version of Apple’s MagSafe charger, offering speeds of 15 W. I really enjoyed using this charger, keeping it in my living room to charge my phone in the evening while spending time with my family. The advantage over a regular wireless charger is that you should take your phone and use it; it will stay attached and continue charging.

Snap + wireless support

The Wireless Stand has become the star of my desk, replacing the wired charger I used in the past. Like the other wireless charger, it can deliver 15W and charge my S21 Ultra at top speed while holding the phone at the perfect angle to use if needed.

Snap Vent Mount and Snap + Wireless Vent Mount

Finally, we have two vents, one of them with wireless charging. Standard assembly is simple. Fit it to your dashboard and attach your MagSafe-equipped phone to it.

The one with wireless charging is more interesting. In the box, you’ll find the same Snap + wireless charger we just talked about, along with an air vent mount that it clips into and a 20W USB-C car charger.

Both of these work well. They cling to the vents with a strong grip and the magnets are good enough not to worry about my phone falling out when it hits a hole. It’s nice to see a car charger that delivers the speeds promised as well. My S21 Ultra charges wirelessly at 15W in the mount, but if I use a USB-C cable to plug it directly into the car charger, it reaches 20W even faster.

The regular Vent Mount costs $ 30, while the wireless version costs $ 50. The wireless version offers a better value – it’s just the Snap + wireless charger plugged into an air vent, so you can take it with you and plug it into a wall for a convenient charging from desk or bed.

Overall, I am impressed with the Snap range. The Juice Pack is my favorite so far and I can’t wait to see what Mophie will add to the lineup in the future. You can check out everything the company has to offer on its website.

Snap + wireless support

This article has been updated with a review of the Snap + wireless support.

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