What is the difference between the Chinese copy of MagSafe and the original Apple. Compared, works, do not recommend

Already several times I received feedback from readers on the Chinese “clones” of MagSafe for iPhone. In their words, the thing is allegedly “excellent”, “much more profitable than the expensive original” and works in the same way.

Well, let’s check if that’s the case. I really love MagSafe, so it was interesting for me.

For the test, I bought a fake version in MTS, cost 890 rubles. The brand is secondary, the packaging too. The original, let me remind you, is now sold in Russia on average for 5000 rubles.

Tested, found the pros and cons. I do not recommend buying.

Pros of the Chinese copy of MagSafe

Charges. There is nothing to add here – the process is underway, in appearance there are no complaints. Tested with iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Used original Apple 20W charger with USB-C port.

There is animation. The iPhone correctly displays the branded MagSafe connection animation. The Chinese simply copied the NFC tag, which informs the iPhone about the attachment of the branded “washer”.

Just do not think that there is some “analogue” of the original iron inside the charging. It’s just a trick. The iPhone actually thinks it’s just been put on regular wireless charging.

Heats up slightly. It seemed to me that the “clone” even heats up less than the original. But it is difficult to judge this, because the temperature of the case depends on various factors.

Looks almost like the original. If a person has never used MagSafe or cannot compare it live, then it is not easy to find the difference.

The only difference that can be recognized regardless of experience is lack of markings on the washer in the Chinese copy. But they can also be applied, it depends on the manufacturer. So do not rely on them if you buy MagSafe “from hand” or in a muddy store.

Moreover, if my “bedside” original MagSafe were replaced with such a fake, I would not notice the catch. Or noticed, but not immediately. The clone cable is stiffer, the USB-C plug is smaller, and the insulation is rougher than the official Apple washer.

Cons of the Chinese copy of MagSafe

There is no trust, and this is the main thing. It is not known what kind of quality control the manufacturers of such accessories conduct. Most likely, there is no smell of any Apple-level standards there. I have repeatedly watched how cheap wireless chargers melt and burn. It’s not certain that this will happen with every MagSafe clone. But the fact is that even the likelihood of all this fundamentally changes the perception of the accessory.

Now any iPhone in Russia with support for Apple magnetic charging costs at least 60 thousand rubles. Taking a charger to it (also fake!) For 900 rubles and not being afraid of negative consequences is almost crazy.

Charging from a Mac is not possible. I’m talking about this particular “clone”, but I suspect that the situation is universal for all cheap fakes. When you connect a Chinese copy to absolutely any Mac, nothing happens. The Apple computer does not even see this charger in the list of connected accessories. The original is always displayed there with all the details, up to the firmware.

No smart power control. Wireless charging is hot stuff. The original MagSafe not only has protection against overheating of the “washer”, but also ensures that the iPhone itself does not heat up too much. When the temperature rises, the power is reduced automatically. Among other things, this also leads to an increase in battery life, because overheating is especially harmful to it.

In a Chinese accessory, it’s even pointless to count on this. On the board, he has a power controller, but along with all the contents of that dozens times easier than a real Apple accessory. This is partly why the original weighs twice as much as the “clone”.

Real power is unpredictable. There is a lot of evidence on the Internet that fakes do not give the “promised” 15 watts. This will be most noticeable with the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, which will almost double the charging time. And when using an iPhone, the process will actually stop altogether.

This particular “clone” gives out 7.5 watts by eye: In the same period of time, the iPhone charged half as slowly as it did with the original accessory. And the solution is simple. If the iPhone does not see that the “correct” one, a real MagSafe or a certified analogue from another manufacturer, is connected to it, then it simply does not receive more than 7.5 watts from such wireless charging.


The original MagSafe is always displayed on the iPhone in the section submenu Settings -> General -> About this device. You can also check the firmware version here.

Firmware update is not possible. This is not such an important minus, but it is. Apple has updated MagSafe firmware at least once before. What was fixed there is unknown.

If one day, for further compatibility with the iPhone or new versions of iOS, all the “washers” need an update, then the Chinese copy will not receive it in any way and could potentially turn into useless electronic garbage.

Should I buy such copies of MagSafe

Objectively, there can be only one answer – of course, NO.

You have a smartphone for many tens, or even a couple of hundred thousand rubles. It is not known what to connect to it, with the risk of fire right on the case, otherwise irresponsible don’t call it a solution.

The only option to use such things may be recharging an iPhone or AirPods in the line of sight. For example, somewhere at work. Then if something suddenly goes wrong, it will be possible to turn off the device quickly.

Chinese copies of MagSafe, as well as non-certified magnetic chargers (including those with an NFC tag) will not give you the maximum possible power due to the way the standard works with the iPhone. There are also a lot of questions about security. It turns out that it makes sense to take a “clone” rather in order to understand do you like you such a charger format.

If you like it, then it’s better to throw it away and take original.

For one thing I can say thank you to the “clone”: I will never buy MagSafe from my hands in my life. I am sure that 95% of the ads on the sites are such copies, only in the “official” box. With AirPods, however, the story is no better.


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