An Introduction to MagSafe Technology
Oct 02, 2023
At some point in the era of smartphones we collectively decided that there must be a better way to hold and charge our phones. From grips to sockets, charging pads and bulky cases, creating a better, more ergonomic phone experience quickly became an accessory laden secondary market aimed at supplementing the functionality of our smartphones. And manufacturers have taken notice, most notably Apple, with its MagSafe technology.
MagSafe technology advanced the current phone accessory market by creating an intuitive and built-in way for consumers to attach grips, wireless chargers, wallet cases, and other accessories to their phones. It's a magnetic technology that does away with the residue of stick-on sockets and the inconsistency of charging pads. If you have an Apple iPhone 12 or newer, then you already have MagSafe technology built in and there's nothing you need to buy, except the perfect accessory.
A series of magnets around the internal charging coil of your iPhone provides a whopping 15W of charging power, versus the standard 7.5W of charging found in most wireless chargers. This means less time waiting for your phone to charge up and more time getting things done. And because the MagSafe system is designed to magnetically snap to MagSafe accessories, you don't have to carry the common worry of your phone sliding off the Qi-enabled charging mat when it vibrates.
MagSafe allows for exact alignment of accessories, whether charging-related or not. This removes the trial and error of lining up a wireless charger. The only caveat is that the charging power of MagSafe only applies to magnetic accessories that carry the "Made for MagSafe" badge, earned after rigorous testing and optimization. While other magnetic accessories that are "MagSafe compatible" work just fine with MagSafe, providing exact magnetic locks, since they aren't made with official MagSafe materials, wireless charging maxes out at 7.5W.
Regardless, when you have the confidence that your phone is literally stuck to the wireless charger, instead of slowly vibrating off the pad, both 15W and 7.5W charging is better than inconsistent charging.
Get your grip on
Whether you are purchasing official Made for MagSafe products or MagSafe compatible products, there are a multitude of options to choose from. Magnetic car vent and fitness mounts, power banks, and even face motion trackers are some of the available accessories for your MagSafe system. But one of the most helpful, daily use compatible accessories is the MagSafe phone grip.
Before you snap on a phone grip though, you'll want to pay attention to what type of phone case you are using. Because you are using a phone case aren't you? We have a tendency to drop or otherwise damage our phones, accidentally of course, necessitating the need for a case.
If you are a risk taker who doesn't use a case, then you can attach MagSafe accessories directly to your phone. If you prefer the safer route, then you'll want to ensure you purchase a case that is MagSafe compatible. It'll have MagSafe technology built in, to extend the capability through the case. If it's not a MagSafe case, it will hinder your ability to charge and attach items to your phone.
So when it comes to slapping a handy phone grip on the back of your phone, it's going to work much better in your case if it’s MagSafe compatible. Then you can attach whatever grip you like; one with a stand, an ergonomic one, or one that is both.
MagSafe and Wingo
There is no shortage of available MagSafe compatible phone grips on the market. We learned fairly quickly that modern smartphones are slippery little beasts. Often with tempered glass screens, or smooth titanium construction, the last thing we want is our phone slipping out of our hand and hitting the concrete. Plus, it’s much nicer to simply prop your phone up with a magnetically attached stand to watch a video, instead of precariously leaning it against a cup of coffee or box of tissues.
That’s where the Perch from Wingo comes in. A MagSafe compatible phone grip, it offers the versatility of an ergonomic design for a comfortable grip paired with a stand that allows for both portrait or landscape mode. Plus, unlike other grips, the Perch can literally be hung on a hook so you can watch movies, read emails, or use your camera in inventive situations. The Perch is a phone grip that is not only MagSafe compatible, but built to enable smartphones to be much more than breakable pieces of metal and glass.