Belkin has just announced a new iPhone charger, which is not normally massively newsworthy, but when I saw this one I wanted to point it out to other people who, like me, have been feeling indifferent to Apple's MagSafe Charger for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models.
The (deep breath) Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE™ PRO Portable Wireless Charger Pad with MagSafe Special Edition feature the same 15W wireless charging tech as Apple's MagSafe Charger, including the magnets to hold it securely on the back of the device, but it solves one of my main gripes with Apple's model, and adds some really useful as an extra.
First, the gripe: Apple's MagSafe Charger only has a cable length of 1m. I find this absolutely inexplicable – one of the nice things about the MagSafe charger is how easily you can keep using your phone like normal with it, and yet this length might not even reach from your power socket to your sofa.
Belkin's Boost Charge etc etc MagSafe charger, however, has a 2m cable. And it's braided so it'll last longer. And it comes with a little clip for keeping it together when travelling. So already I'd recommend this over Apple's option for that alone.
But second, Belkin has added a little kickstand to its MagSafe charger, making it better as a desk or kitchen counter buddy. This is really handy! It looks like it adds bulk when compared to Apple's version, but here's the thing: the weight and bulk of Apple's MagSafe is already pretty high, so I'm good with the idea of it being a bit more bulky, but actually having an extra use.
The Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE™ PRO Portable Wireless Charger Pad with MagSafe Special Edition is available now from the Apple Store for £49.95/$59.95/AU$89.95, and comes in black or white, with a shaded cable colour to match. Like Apple's option, it does not come with a power adapter for its USB-C cable, so you still need to sort that yourself.
- See the Belkin charger at Apple UK (opens in new tab)
- See the Belkin charger at Apple US (opens in new tab)
- See the Belkin charger at Apple Australia (opens in new tab)