Apple Watch charger magnet

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by bbeagle, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    I've heard that the Apple Watch charger magnet works, but seems weaker than is implied in Apple's videos.

    Is it just weaker in the sport, or is it also weaker in the Apple Watch? I'd imagine that the Stainless Steel would make the magnet hold more than a plastic back. Is there any difference?
  2. Joey225 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2011
    New Jersey
    Make sure that you idon'thave plastic covering the charging side of the charger. That reduces its strength. I noticed and removed mine, but it's hard to see at first!
  3. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    It is a pretty weak magnet even in the Apple Watch.
  4. bbeagle thread starter macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Thanks - I was hoping to hear that the magnet was better on the SS version. I'm hoping people saying it's weak haven't removed the sticker on the magnet yet. I'll see when I get mine.
  5. roblognick macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I was surprised by how week the magnet is. If you lift the Apple Watch from the charger cable in a quick motion the Apple Watch will lift off the charger cable. It also rotates very easily which is a little annoying.
  6. leesweet macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Yeah, it's not like the Mac magsafe, which perhaps we'd expected. But the size of it probably precludes that. The Mac magsafe is about 10% the size of the charger.

    I have to be careful also to not lift the charger by the watch or vice-versa. It's made to keep it in place on the watch. Not to hold its weight or the weight of the watch.
  7. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I ran into the same problem before removing the plastic but sadly there wasn't enough magnetism still. It felt like it was barely hanging on.
  8. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I wonder if the watch will have trouble staying on some docks...
  9. Apfpilot macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2012
    I've now owned and used both the sport and watch version of the charger. The watch version is much nicer and IMHO sticks better. I don't know if it is because the magnets are stronger or if it is the weight but with the sport it never felt like it seated quite right.
  10. InAustralia macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    I find that the magnet is quite week and am also concerned that many of the docks being designed will have problems.

    I like the Fuz dock but think that this design will not work as the watch is going to be too heavy to hold it's own weight.

    What do others think? Can your magnet hold the weight of your watch?
  11. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
    This watch does have trouble staying put while charging. They need a better charger. The magnet is like that of an alphabet magnet on a fridge. Always falling off.
  12. T-Will macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    I bought the Elevation Lab NightStand that Apple is selling in their store, and haven't had any trouble with my 42mm sport with sport band or leather loop staying in place on the dock.

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