You can now order the Apple MagSafe Duo Charger for iPhone 12 and Apple Watch. This magnetic charging accessory is available on Apple’s website for a whopping $129. It currently ships within 1 business day and is compatible with any model from the iPhone 12 lineup as well as any Apple Watch version ever released.
MagSafe Duo Charger Cost
As already mentioned, this inductive charging accessory combo retails for $129. You can also pay it monthly in twelve chunks of $10.75.
Is this product overpriced?
Apple products aren’t cheap, that’s for sure. However, the Cupertino-based company justifies it’s high prices with premium quality. To asses is the MagSafe Duo Charger is expensive we can breakdown all its components and calculate how much their worth if purchased separately:
1. Standard MagSafe Charger can be purchased from Apple for $39.
2. Apple Watch charger retails for $29.
3. 20W USB-C power adapter for faster wireless charging, up to 11 W. This one is optional because you might already own it and if you don’t you have to buy it in both scenarios.
Fact: Power adapters aren’t shipped in the new iPhone box anymore.
Conclusion: Purchasing the two chargers separately will cost you $58. Compare this with the MagSafe Duo Charger price of $129 and decide whether it’s worth it or not? If you travel a lot you might find it useful to have the two MagSafe chargers combine in a folding case.
MagSafe Duo Charger Only For iPhone 12?
This new combo charger works with every Apple Watch model, because Apple has used the MagSafe technique ever since the original Apple Watch was released back in 2015.
When it comes to the iPhone, only the most recent iPhone 12 lineup is MagSafe compatible. This means that the MagSafe Duo Charger works with the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max.
As the standard MagSafe puck the Duo Charger can juice up any Qi compatible device including Apple AirPods, as well as other third-party devices.
Important: Users owning older wireless charging compatible iPhones, report that their devices are charging slower than usual when using the MagSafe puck.
MagSafe Duo Charger Alternatives
As with most Apple products, third-party that provide the same functionality represent, a good alternative especially if you’re on a low budget. Below you can find a list of similar products. At the moment you can only pick from other wireless charging mats that it most cases support 7.5 W charging (not fast charging). We will update this article as soon as other MagSafe combo chargers become available:
- HATALKIN 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Station Compatible with Apple Products ($48.99)
- Mophie 3 in 1 Wireless Charge Pad – Qi Wireless 7.5W Charging Pad for Apple iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch ($95.99)
- Nomad Base Station Pro ($159.95) – Now on 30% sale during Cyber Monday week.
Do you plan to buy Apple’s MagSafe Duo Charger? Are you already owning it? What’s your feedback? Use the comments section.
Important: At the time of writing (iOS 14.2.1) some iPhone 12 units are experiencing MagSafe charging problems. We’ve reported about iPhone 12 Pro Max devices that don’t charge when connected to the magnetic puck, or overheat during the charging process.
Related: You might want to 3D print your own flush mount adapter for the iPhone 12 MagSafe charging puck. What about a do-it-yourself MagSafe charging dock?