The right kind of smartphone makes it easy to connect: connect to the Internet, connect to your loved ones and, in the case of MagSafe, connect to a wireless charger and a world of accessories. With MagSafe, the key to connection lies in its magnetic pull. Built into the internal charging coils of iPhones 15, 14, 13 and 12, MagSafe allows fast charging and for new and second-hand iPhones to be sold without chargers.
While it’s an Apple accessory, you can add MagSafe to your Android phone with loopholes like magnetic ring plates. Then you also can just place your phone on your car mount and let it charge while you drive to work in the morning.
What about second-hand devices? Refurbished phones are more affordable and environmentally friendly, but are refurbished phones MagSafe compatible? As an increasing number of new and second-hand smartphones are sold without chargers these days, it’s worth finding out the answer.
Let’s take a closer look at MagSafe: what it is, the benefits of using it and how you can get the most out of its features. If finding refurbished phones that are MagSafe compatible is a priority for you (and there are many good reasons to make it one), here’s what to look for to achieve a better, faster, more convenient wireless charging experience.
What Is MagSafe?
Originally designed as a safety feature for MacBook charging cords, MagSafe evolved into an essential internal component of Apple’s iPhone 12, 13, 14 and 15 models. Made up of a series of magnets around the internal charging coil of the iPhone, MagSafe makes for charging that’s as convenient as it is speedy.
MagSafe isn’t only for charging, though. It allows you to easily connect to a range of Apple accessories and make the most of the Apple ecosystem. Unlike a regular case, a MagSafe charging case won’t weaken the connection between your iPhone and the charger. Magnetic phone mounts let you create content while charging, and portable wireless chargers enable charging on the go.
While there are similarities between the two, MagSafe isn’t just another word for Qi. Both are forms of wireless charging, but Qi doesn’t use magnets. MagSafe charging is known to be faster but has a reputation for only working with a select number of iPhones. But is this actually the case? Are all iPhones MagSafe compatible, or are you out of luck unless you have a recent iPhone?
Refurbished Phones at OzMobiles Compatible with Magsafe
While OzMobiles sells a whole lot of smartphone accessories including phone chargers, we also sell a range of refurbished iPhones and Androids compatible with MagSafe. Some compatible second-hand MagSafe Android phones and iPhones include:
Recent model iPhones
All iPhone 12, 13, 14 and 15 models are compatible with MagSafe, apart from the iPhone 12 and 13 Mini models. Similarly, the iPhone 11 and all previous iPhone models are not compatible with MagSafe.
But here’s the catch: just because not all iPhones are MagSafe-compatible doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to use MagSafe with them. You can use MagSafe with an older and unsupported iPhone by seeking out the right MagSafe case. You can also buy a magnetic ring to make your iPhone case MagSafe-compatible.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Yes, you can find compatible second-hand MagSafe Android phones. But the hard truth is that only a small percentage of Android devices will work with the charger. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is one of them! Samsung Galaxy is the biggest name in Android, and this is just another reason to buy one of these exceptional-quality foldable phones.
Google Pixel 5
The Google Pixel is the search engine giant’s contribution to the Android world, and the Pixel 5 is another one of those Android refurbished phones that are MagSafe-compatible. Pixel phones also pack excellent cameras, a generous battery life and strong 5G connectivity.
User Tips: Getting the Most Out of Magsafe Features
The convenience of MagSafe’s features extends to areas beyond charging. Some tips for getting the most out of MagSafe-compatible refurbished phones include:
Buy a MagSafe-compatible phone stand
Whether you’re taking the perfect selfie, filming a YouTube video or just don’t want to drop your phone, a MagSafe-compatible phone stand keeps your device firmly in place. It’s also very easy to attach.
Stick it to your water bottle
It may be a little unexpected, but a MagSafe-compatible magnetic water bottle can become your new best friend at the gym. Whether you want to film yourself, watch YouTube videos to check your form or follow your workout routine from an app, these water bottles offer a safer, cleaner place than the floor to rest your iPhone.
Charge in the car
Nobody likes long commutes or traffic. But when you’re stuck in the car, why not use that time to wirelessly charge your iPhone? A MagSafe-compatible car phone stand can power up your iPhone and also keep it vertical so you can easily view the GPS or take any urgent calls.
Use it as a wallet
Apple has released leather wallets specially designed to snap right onto the back of your iPhone 12 or MagSafe case. Made of fine European leather, these wallets are made to hold up to three credit cards and protect their information.
Benefits of Using MagSafe
What are some of the benefits of using MagSafe-compatible refurbished phones? Some of the biggest advantages include:
Faster charging speed
Like other charging technologies, MagSafe has its pros and cons. One of its biggest pros is a charging speed that outperforms many competitors. MagSafe charges at a power output level of up to 15 watts, outpacing both Lightning and Qi.
Ideal magnetic alignment
MagSafe’s magnets are aligned with precision and expertise for the fastest charging possible. All you have to do is snap the charger onto your iPhone, and the MagSafe charger’s coil will meet the iPhone’s coil perfectly.
Easy to connect and disconnect
The simple setup of a MagSafe charger makes it a breeze to attach and remove as necessary. Because the magnets on the device help guide the plug to the correct position, plugging in the charging cable and taking it out again is quick and intuitive.
MagSafe is a technology that still has a lot of untapped potential, and at this stage, there’s no telling what Apple will come up with in the future to use it for.
Get your Refurbished MagSafe Technology at OzMobiles
For refurbished phones that are MagSafe-compatible and a range of phone accessories to enhance your experience, check out OzMobiles.
We put our compatible second-hand MagSafe Android phones and iPhones through detailed testing processes to make sure they meet the highest possible standards of quality in Australia. Then we sell them with 12-month warranties and 30-day money-back guarantees.
For more information about finding the right MagSafe-compatible refurbished phones and for answers to any MagSafe-related questions, get in touch with the OzMobiles team.