Anker MagGo 622 Review
Anker MagGo 622 MagSafe power bank review for iPhone: better than brand name, but not in everything Anker has released, perhaps the best alternative to the original MagSafe Battery Pack. It is more interesting functionally and more affordable. But is everything so clear? Let's go through the points.
What's in the Anker MagGo 622 that the original doesn't?
The principle of operation of the device is the same - the charging “brick” with magnets and Qi support is “glued” to the regular magnets of iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 smartphones. But Anker decided to refine this idea a bit, adding two innovations compared to the original accessory. Benefits:
- Stand. First, it's a built-in foldable stand, inspired by iPad covers. Thanks to it, the smartphone can be conveniently placed on the table to watch videos, both classic horizontal and newfangled vertical.
- Magnet. And this way and that, the smartphone stands securely, although the magnet built into the “cover” at first glance seems not strong enough. I never had any problems in the stand mode, although I used the accessory quite actively.
- USB-C. Secondly, the accessory itself is charged not lightning, but via USB-C. With the iPhone, the decision may seem controversial because it is far from a fact that the owner of an “apple” smartphone always has a USB-C cable with him. However, the use of this connector made it possible to make two-way wired charging. That is, MagGo can charge not only an iPhone or other device that supports wireless charging, but also anything without Qi support. That is, it can be used as a regular power bank.
- iPhone. By the way, it can be important to charge the iPhone itself with a wire - if you need to do it faster than wirelessly. Like it or not, the choice in this case is better than its absence.
- 12W. USB port - C supports up to 12W (5V/2.4A) input and output. It is a pity that there is no support for USB Power Delivery at 20 W - so the battery itself would charge faster, and the iPhone could be charged more quickly over the wire. Up to 7.5W wireless charging power, same as original MagSafe Battery Pack offline.
What's missing from the Anker MagGo 622?
Since MagGo is a third-party accessory, there is no proprietary animation when it is connected. Moreover, the system does not display the remaining charge anywhere. At the same time, auto-enable wireless charging when connected works, and this is good, since in many similar accessories you have to activate charging manually (by pressing a button). Cons:
- Button. There is also a button here - by clicking on it, you can just find out how much charge is left in the battery. This will be told by the LEDs on the same end on the other side of the USB-C port. There are 5 of them in total, four are responsible for the remaining charge, and another one lights up when the wireless charging coil is working.
- Same power. The MagSafe Battery Pack increases power from 7.5W to 15W when plugged in, MagGo, and plugged in, and can only deliver 7.5W standalone. Naturally, in this case, there is no reverse charging, when the iPhone charged by the wire charges the battery - this is only possible with an Apple branded accessory.
- Second magnet. Another difference is that MagGo does not have a second small magnet to fix the position, that is, the bottom of the battery can walk a little from side to side. But it is easy to rotate the smartphone in stand mode to change orientation.
How about ergonomics?
MagGo 622 is slightly thicker and noticeably heavier (146g vs. 114g) than Apple's branded accessory, plus it has less beveled outer edges. Naturally, this affects ergonomics - using the iPhone 13 Pro Max with MagGo is even less convenient than with an Apple battery. And the grip is less confident, and gets into the pocket tighter. But in general, it's a matter of habit. In any case, it’s inconvenient to hold a smartphone with such a battery, but it’s better than using a smartphone with a power bank on the wire on the go. So, it depends on what to compare with.
What about charging?
MagGo 622's claimed capacity is 5,000 mAh at 3.85 V. In a MagSafe Battery Pack, that's about 3,000 mAh (at the same voltage). In fact, MagGo 622 gives my iPhone 13 Pro Max about 10% more power.
With a branded battery, it's about 37-39%, with MagGo it's 48%. At the same time, the same plus or minus 2.5 hours passed from the start of charging to the complete discharge of the accessory. In general, the result is worthy.