Eight months ago, when we searched all the options to get the best iPhone MagSafe battery pack, there were very few options big enough to completely revive a dead iPhone 12 or 13 Pro Max. But for those who want their smartphones gigantic, Anchor introduces a new MagSafe Compatible Battery with a capacity of 10,000 mAh that can fully charge any iPhone model.
Last year’s Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K was a solid choice, but it wasn’t the cheapest 5000mAh option available at the time, nor the fastest, with wireless charging speeds peaking at 5W. Our top picks were Apple’s proprietary MagSafe Battery Pack (the added functionality and ease of use outweighed the price tag and limited capacity) and Mophie’s Snap+ Juice Pack Mini, which at $50 was sleek and small but still offered 7.5W charging speeds.
Anker’s improved offering looks like it ticks all the right boxes for the improvements we wanted to see. Charging speed has been increased to 7.5W when wirelessly charging an iPhone 12 or 13 model via a MagSafe connection, although a USB-C port on the side can also be used to charge a smartphone even faster. load with 20 W when a cable is added back to the mix. Anker even included a USB-A port for those with older charging cables who don’t want to opt for a USB-C adapter.
The upgraded 10,000 mAh battery can fully charge any currently available smartphone (although MagSafe functionality is exclusive to recent iPhones) and more, as Anker claims an iPhone 12 can be fully charged twice, and the battery can almost charge an iPhone 13 twice. The bigger battery does mean the new power bank is a bit thicker than last year’s model, but Anker has included a fold-out kickstand for those who get tired of holding their iPhone with it attached.
As for pricing, while the Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K sold for $55, the new 10,000mAh option sees a reasonable price increase to $80, according to 9to5Toys†