Qi 2 wireless battery packs are finally here and they’re really great. Anker is the first to market with a new Qi 2 battery pack that can charge at up to 15 watts for the iPhone 13, 14, and 15. And yes, I did some testing, so I’ll give you the numbers in a bit, but I’m down for the side screen, I like it, check below for more about Anker’s new Qi2 MagGo Power Bank.
This new Mac Go has an external screen that shows you the battery percentage, how long it will take to charge the battery, and how much charge is left in it. This USB-C port on the side provides 27 watts fast charging for your iPhone. It can also charge your iPad and more. The USB-C device has a nice little kickstand so you can prop your phone up while it’s charging.
Anker’s latest offering, the Qi 2 MagGo Power Bank, offers a significant leap in wireless charging technology, offering users several features and improvements. Here are the highlights:
- Qi 2 Wireless Charging Pioneer: Anker leads the market by introducing the Qi 2 battery pack, supporting rapid 15W charging for the latest iPhones (13, 14, and 15).
- Informative External Screen: The power bank boasts an external screen that provides real-time information, including battery percentage, charging time estimates, and remaining charge, enhancing user convenience.
- Versatile Fast Charging: With a USB-C port delivering 27 watts of fast charging, the power bank accommodates iPhones and iPads, providing a versatile charging solution for various devices.
- Practical Kickstand: Featuring a well-designed kickstand, users can prop up their phones while charging, adding a practical element to the power bank’s design.
- Increased Battery Capacity: The Qi 2 MagGo Power Bank packs a robust 10,000 mAh battery, doubling the capacity compared to older models, and ensuring extended usage on the go.
- Size Options: Anker offers various sizes, including 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 mAh models, allowing users to choose based on their specific needs and preferences.
- High Charging Speed: Supporting up to 20 watts of charging speed, the power bank ensures swift recharging, catering to users who value quick and efficient power replenishment.
- Qi 2 Standard Benefits: Leveraging the Qi 2 standard, the power bank delivers faster charging, minimizes heat generation during operation, and is compatible with a range of iPhones.
- Standby Mode Convenience: The power bank introduces a standby mode that displays different screens based on device configuration, providing a tailored and informative user experience.
- Pass-Through Charging: Supporting pass-through charging, the power bank allows simultaneous charging of the battery pack and connected devices, enhancing practicality.
- Limited Compatibility with High-Output Devices: While versatile, the power bank may not be suitable for high-output devices like the M3 Pro MacBook Pro due to output limitations.
- Premium Pricing: The enhanced features and capabilities come at a premium, with the 10,000 mAh model priced at $90, reflecting the investment in cutting-edge wireless charging technology.
- Similar Thickness in Lower Capacity Models: The 6,500 mAh model maintains a similar thickness to the 10,000 mAh model due to the separation between the stand and the battery pack.
What’s new in this?
Now the Qi 2 battery pack had a lot of the same promise as Anker’s original wireless battery pack. These old ones charge at a slow five watts and they all get really hot. The Qi 2 solves all these problems by charging very fast at 15 watts. It doesn’t get as hot, I’ll get to that in a second, but even this Qi 2 battery pack, which was built on the MagSafe standard, still lacks some features that Apple’s first-party battery packs don’t have.
Were in, which they closed. I’ll explain some of those differences and quirks with this Qi 2 battery pack and let you know what other Qi 2 batteries you might want to look forward to.
- The charging speed of the power bank is impressive, supporting up to 15W for the latest iPhones (13, 14, and 15).
- With a USB-C port providing 27 watts of fast charging, it ensures swift and efficient replenishment of connected devices.
- The power bank is designed for optimal efficiency, leveraging the Qi 2 standard to minimize heat generation during operation.
- Enhanced efficiency is reflected in the extended usage facilitated by the robust 10,000 mAh battery capacity.
- Adaptive charging is evident in the power bank’s ability to deliver varying charging speeds, accommodating different devices’ requirements.
- The external screen provides real-time information on charging time estimates, allowing users to adapt their charging habits.
- The power bank offers a broad compatibility range, supporting a variety of devices beyond iPhones, including iPads and other USB-C-enabled gadgets.
- Qi 2 standard compatibility ensures widespread use across iPhones from the 11 series to the latest models.
- The power bank incorporates safety features to protect both the device and the connected gadgets during charging.
- Safety measures include the use of advanced Qi 2 technology, preventing overheating and ensuring a secure charging experience for users.
What all will be available in the box?
So in the box, you get the new Anker Maggo Qi 2 battery pack. It’s got a 10,000 milliamp hour battery pack, which is much more than their older wireless packs were, and you get a USB-C cable in the box. On the device itself, you have the magnetic ring and the alignment magnet.
Additionally, we get a new small Qi 2 logo here on the battery pack. On this side, there is a screen that actually shows you how long to charge this battery pack and how much charge it has left. I’ll show you in a second. And the USB-C port is on the side here, mostly because you can use it in one position. And by using it from the back, that way you can still charge the battery pack and have your phone on it at the same time.
Design and Capacity of Anker’s new Qi2 MagGo Power Bank
‘It’s probably about twice the thickness of the iPhone 15 Pro, but it’s got a 10,000 mAh battery. Double the battery capacity compared to the older Mago battery pack, it’s 5,000 mAh, it’s 10,000. Anker has a few different sizes available now, but other brands are going to have 5, 10, and even 20,000 mAh battery packs, so you should be able to pick a thinner or thicker one depending on your needs.
Now when you need to charge the battery pack, you can plug it in and charge at up to 20 watts of speed right here. And the little screen on the side, once you plug it in, will tell you how long this battery pack will remain full. This screen may be a bit divisive, you may not want it on the outside or it may be an eyesore. You can always turn it off by pressing down on this button on the battery pack, turn it on to see the data, but I really like to know how long it takes to charge.
How many hours the phone’s battery has been charged?
When you connect to a device, this time we will update to tell you how many hours the phone’s battery has been charged. I guess it’s not that useful, it’s not telling. You can see what percentage it will reach, but it will also vary depending on whether you are using your phone while still charging on the battery pack. Have been.
Qi 2 battery packs now offer pass-through charging, so if you want to plug the batterypack into USB-C and still charge your phone, you can still do so, you’ll notice that the phone Still charging and now the battery pack is also charging and you can see it’s updating, it just takes a few seconds to get it right. Now this is one way power so if you want to charge the phone and plug in the battery the reverse does not work from this iPhone to battery.
This is in contrast to Apple’s own MagSafe battery pack, in which you can actually plug a Lightning cable into the back of my iPhone 15 Pro and charge both the battery and the phone. This is one of the missing features between Apple’s MagSafe battery pack and these new Qi 2 batteries, as well, for those of you who had Apple’s MagSafe battery, yes, it’s much thinner, it has much less capacity. Was, but when you connected it to the back of the phone, you would get a good battery percentage right here in the battery widget.
So that you can see the battery percentage of your phone and how much battery pack was there. Plus, if you have it attached when the phone is locked, you get that nice kind of animation that lets you know, oh yeah, there’s the battery pack. You can see the battery and phone charge there. Now, while you don’t get this in the battery widget if you engage it when the phone is locked, you do get a nice little ring animation like a MagSafe battery pack. This is different from the old one.
DON’T Buy OLD MagSafe Battery Packs (Get Anker’s new Qi2 MagGo Power Bank Instead)
This is the Anker Mago, just a regular cheap .5 watt charger and if I connect it you’ll see you’ll get a little charging in the dynamic island, but you won’t get that nice little ring animation. And while that ring animation is nice, I’d really like to see Battery in the widget on the iPhone, but you don’t get that option. So here I have added an even bigger battery widget to my home screen and there is no battery pack even though the phone is charging.
Additionally, the Qi 2 battery pack can also charge your AirPods wirelessly on a magnet. Now the big question is whether Qi 2 can charge so fast and in a much better way? In my testing, yes. I turned my phone down to 15% at 7pm. And then I connected this Qi 2 battery pack, it got fully charged and I continued using my phone. So this was pretty moderate usage, I was doing a connection to the Whirl, the screen was pretty much on and by 1028, about 3 hours and 27 minutes later, it had charged it to 66%, going from 15% to 80%.
All of my previous battery packs have not been able to last this long with consistent use over such a period of time. And the biggest difference between this Qi 2 battery pack and the old regular Qi was the heat. Packs that were just using regular Qi wireless technology would get very hot. As if it would be inconvenient to keep it warm. Now compare this to Apple’s MagSafe battery pack.
It was one of the few that did not heat up while charging but it charged very slowly. And if you were using your phone a lot with this onit, it would basically keep it around the same percentage. It won’t actually power up the phone or continue charging. Just to give you an idea, if it’s attached to the back of the phone, it’s stuck in there, fine. If I shake it too hard, I mean, it will fall over. Like that. And while this shouldn’t have that much of an impact on the battery, I was actually charging through this Keyway Leather Case.
You might get a slightly better charge without the case having the battery directly on the phone, but this case has a MagSafe ring, so I don’t think it’ll make much of a difference. Now there is still some juice in the G2 battery pack.
You can also see that when it’s plugged in on a cable, I can charge for up to three hours. This battery pack still has 65% capacity remaining. This will definitely charge this phone up to 100%. And even on the box of Anker it is written that it will fully charge the iPhone 14 Pro twice. Of course, this is via cable, not wirelessly. And to compare the battery pack capacity, when the Apple MagSafe battery pack went from 100 and took the phone to zero charging, I got a 26% increase in battery percentage. Again, this is a 5000 mAh battery and it charges very slowly and so it charges from Qi 2. The battery pack charges 60% until it gets too hot to continue charging, whereas Apple’s On MagSafe battery packs it is 26%.
You can also charge things like an iPad Mini or iPadPro.
That’s twice the charge of a Qi 2 battery pack, even with continuous use. You can also charge things like an iPad Mini or iPadPro. You can see it charging by plugging it directly into this Qi 2 batterypack, but it won’t charge like the M3 Pro, MacBook Pro, it doesn’t have a high enough output. Finally with Qi 2 I thought we could get a standby mode where it remembers the configuration based on the device so here it is the Qi 2 Anker charger.
If I move it to the Anker 3-in-1 Cube, the standby screen changes. If it was indeed communicating via NFC, it should remember the configuration from the Qi 2 battery pack. But you can see that as soon as I move it forward, it doesn’t remember the previous configuration. It goes back to whatever I had on that other standby charger.
So if you were looking for a wireless battery pack for your iPhone, now is the time to buy it. Qi 2 definitely has faster 15W charging. These battery packs don’t get as hot as others and have great features like an external screen and fast charging of your iPhone directly with a USB-C port. And all iPhones from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 13 will benefit from Qi 2 charging.
- Qi 2 Wireless Charging: First to market with a Qi 2 battery pack, supporting up to 15 watts for iPhone 13, 14, and 15.
- External Screen: Displays battery percentage, charging time estimate, and remaining charge, providing convenient information.
- Fast Charging via USB-C: 27 watts fast charging for iPhone, along with the capability to charge iPads and other devices.
- Kickstand: Includes a useful kickstand for propping up the phone while charging.
- Increased Battery Capacity: 10,000 mAh battery capacity, doubling the capacity compared to older models.
- Versatile Sizes: Anker offers various sizes, allowing users to choose between 5,000, 10,000, and even 20,000 mAh battery packs.
- Fast Charging Speed: Supports charging at up to 20 watts for quick recharging.
- Qi 2 Standard Features: Faster 15W charging, reduced heat during operation, and compatibility with iPhones from the iPhone 11 to the iPhone 15.
- Standby Mode: Ability to display different standby screens based on device configuration.
- Pass-Through Charging: Supports pass-through charging, allowing simultaneous charging of the battery pack and connected device.
- Screen Aesthetics: The external screen may be divisive, with some users finding it an eyesore.
- No Compatibility Memory: Lacks the ability to remember device configurations in standby mode when moved between different Qi 2 chargers.
- Limited Compatibility with High-Output Devices: Cannot charge high-output devices like the M3 Pro MacBook Pro due to insufficient output.
- Premium Price: Qi 2 battery packs come at a relatively higher cost, with the 10,000 mAh model priced at $90.
- Similar Thickness: The 6,500 mAh model is as thick as the 10,000 mAh model due to the separation between the stand and the battery pack.
Pricing of Anker’s new Qi2 MagGo Power Bank
When iOS 17.2 came out it actually brought support for Qi 2, that 15W charging, back in the iPhone 14 and 13. So you can take advantage of this also. If you’re wondering how this is possible, it’s because the Qi 2 standard is literally built on Apple’s MagSafe. But if you want a wireless battery pack with faster charging, less heat, Qi 2 is the way to go. Qi 2 battery packs won’t be cheap.
This 10,000 mAh battery pack from Anker is $90. If you remember, Apple’s MagSafe battery pack was $99. But you get higher capacity and it’s the new Qi 2 standard. Anker sells a 6,500 mAh battery pack. It’s $70. But it’s also just as thick because they’ve separated it between the stand and the battery pack.
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