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CES 2021: Anker Unveils New Magnetic Series Accessories, PowerWave Stand and More

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Popular accessory maker Anker today unveiled a whole range of new products that will be coming out over the course of the next few months.


There are a range of magnetic cases for the iPhone 12 that will work with MagSafe and non-MagSafe magnetic accessories, with the cases offering simple but protective designs. Anker's iPhone cases will come out in mid-January with prices ranging from $20.99 to $25.99.

There are several new magnetic power banks that will be able to attach to the back of an iPhone, with capacities up to 10,000mAh. These will snap right onto the iPhone and will be able to charge it at up to 7.5W while the iPhone is in use. Power banks will be released in February 2021 with prices ranging from $37.99 to $51.99.


Anker is also debuting new magnetic wireless chargers and stands, which will attach to Apple's iPhone 12 models. These appear to be magnetic rather than MagSafe, and will charge at 7.5W. There are a range of stands, including multi-device stands, with prices that will range from $20.99 to $159.99. Anker says its magnetic wireless chargers will come out in March 2021.


Though not magnetic, Anker is introducing a PowerWave Go 3-in-1 stand that can charge an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch all at once. It includes a detachable 10,000mAh wireless pad for charging on the go as well, with the power bank able to be charged through the stand.


The Apple Watch module is removable and can be paired with the power bank for portable Apple Watch charging capabilities. The PowerWave Go 3-in-1 Stand will be priced at $159.99 to $199.99, and it is set to come out in March 2021.

There are a range of new PowerLine III Flow Lightning to USB-C cables in pastel colors, along with a PowerExpand 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Mini Dock that will be able to charge laptops at up to 85W and works with a single 8K display or dual 4K displays. The PowerExpand 5-in-1 Thunderbolt 4 Mini Dock will be released on February 18, 2021, and it will cost $199.99.

Article Link: CES 2021: Anker Unveils New Magnetic Series Accessories, PowerWave Stand and More
 
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Zak Ray

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I thinking apple must charged a premium for the magsafe licensing, so most manufacturers are forgoing this.
Just for the name? Or are you saying anything with the 15W magnet array would have to be licensed?
 
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I think the charging standard that allows magsafe level charging is missing when it not licensed. I'm guessing i'm a glorified cable jockey.
 
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The PowerWave Go 3-in-1 Stand could have been perfect. Had the detachable powerbank been MagSafe (or even just magnetic) it would have been a instant purchase for me as it would have been an ideal travel accessory.
 
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Just for the name? Or are you saying anything with the 15W magnet array would have to be licensed?
I'm sure its proprietary chip authentication that allows for 15W. if its not authenticated, it goes back to the slow charge. Thats why all the 3rd party stuff is slow charge.

Either they haven't licensed it out yet and want to milk their own magsafe accessories first, or its expensive and accessory makers dont want to pay for it yet.
 
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I'm sure its proprietary chip authentication that allows for 15W. if its not authenticated, it goes back to the slow charge. Thats why all the 3rd party stuff is slow charge.

Either they haven't licensed it out yet and want to milk their own magsafe accessories first, or its expensive and accessory makers dont want to pay for it yet.
I bought this ebay charger advertised as magsafe. It was hitting 11.77w i'm not sure who it did it but the charge tapers down to 7 as the battery gets charged.
 
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I'm sure its proprietary chip authentication that allows for 15W. if its not authenticated, it goes back to the slow charge. Thats why all the 3rd party stuff is slow charge.

Either they haven't licensed it out yet and want to milk their own magsafe accessories first, or its expensive and accessory makers dont want to pay for it yet.
In that case I wish Anker would just offer two versions, an "unlicensed" for cheap and "licensed" that's more expensive. Shouldn't be hard to differentiate them, just say one is 15W and charges faster.
 
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I thinking apple must charged a premium for the magsafe licensing, so most manufacturers are forgoing this.

A more likely reason is that magsafe works only with magsafe devices, thereby limiting the market for a particular product. A magnetic charger works with any Qi device, while also permitting magnetic attachment with phones that support it.
 
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One of my criticisms of MagSafe is the weak magnet on official MagSafe products. MagSafe cases must be either very thin or have magnetic ring to ensure strong magnetic alignment.

Hopefully, Anker's non-official MagSafe chargers, which only charges 7.5W as a result, have stronger magnets to ensure compatibility with thicker but Qi compatible cases.
 
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Just for the name? Or are you saying anything with the 15W magnet array would have to be licensed?
MagSafe accessories have a chip that communicates with the device in order to show the animation and matching color. In all likelihood this is coupled with an authentication protocol (similar to lightning charging cables) so that only licensed products are allowed the full unthrottled charging power.
 
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They didn't license MagSafe and so these are 7.5W and not 15W, and other vendors' accessories are 15W? They couldn't pass a license fee on to the consumer? It's not like wireless is a good enough substitute for wired charging as it is for Anker to just ignore faster charging tech. Hard pass.
 
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A more likely reason is that magsafe works only with magsafe devices, thereby limiting the market for a particular product. A magnetic charger works with any Qi device, while also permitting magnetic attachment with phones that support it.
Are there non-MagSafe magnetic Qi chargers?
 
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Based on my experience with magsafe charging tapering, I don't know if its really a big deal to have 15w vs 7.5w. When the state of charge is low, that's when you receive the full magsafe wattage. But after the battery gets filled it lowers.
 
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Based on my experience with magsafe charging tapering, I don't know if its really a big deal to have 15w vs 7.5w. When the state of charge is low, that's when you receive the full magsafe wattage. But after the battery gets filled it lowers.
That's good to know!
 
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