Just two years after Apple first released the MagSafe for iPhones, we’re finally getting the companion product that really ought to have been introduced along with it: a magnetic vehicle attachment that can also charge your phone. Belkin’s Boost Charge Pro Wireless Car Charger With MagSafe, which 9to5Mac first reported, is now up for pre-order on the Apple store.
MagSafe vehicle chargers are abundant on Amazon and cost far less than $100. What distinguishes this one? The truth is that although the others are MagSafe compatible, this one is genuinely MagSafe. Because Apple will not allow it, they utilize a ring of magnets to hold your phone and normal Qi charging, which can’t put as much power into your phone. (Some truly dubious listings claim they can charge at 15W, but it appears that they just mean that the coil in it is technically capable of rapid wireless charging for phones other than iPhones.) But one that has the official endorsement of the iPhone maker is now available, and it seems a little hard to suggest.
The extremely long name of the Belkin pretty much explains everything about how it works: you clip it onto your car vent and it holds your iPhone up so you can see whatever maps or music controls are on it (in theory, at least; many car vents struggle to stay in place under the weight of a phone and mount). Additionally, it will deliver 15W of charging power, which is more than iPhones can receive from regular Qi chargers.
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