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New Ampere Jetpack powers up your iPhone 12 or 13 fast on the go

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The Ampere Jetpack fits any iPhone 12 or 13 series handset.
The Ampere Jetpack fits any iPhone 12 or 13 series handset.
Photo: Ampere

As many folks know by now, the new iPhone 13 series has a re-shaped and enlarged camera bump. That means some  magnetic battery packs may not fit properly. Accessories maker Ampere is rolling out its new Jetpack power bank to address that — it’s “optimized for iPhone 13” — while juicing your iPhone 12 or 13 with a full 15W of power. That’s great, as Apple limits many third-party chargers to 7.5W.

iPhone 13 Pro Max hits faster charging speed of 27W

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iPhone 13 charging test
Topping up your iPhone is faster than ever before.
Photo: ChargerLAB

iPhone 13 Pro Max charges faster than its predecessor, with speeds hitting up to 27W when connected to a 30W (or higher) power adapter, new tests reveal. That’s up from a maximum of 22W in last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The smaller iPhone 13 Pro maxes out at 23W, while all iPhone 13 units — with the exception of iPhone 13 mini — can receive up to 15W when charging wirelessly using an Apple MagSafe charger.

Extend your iPhone’s battery life with myCharge MagLock Superhero

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Keep your MagSafe iPhone going with a myCharge MagLock Superhero battery pack.
Keep your MagSafe iPhone going with a myCharge MagLock Superhero battery pack.
Photo: myCharge

While late-model iPhones have impressive battery life, if you stream a lot of videos or use your handset as a hotspot for hours on end, you’ve probably seen dwindling power. But now you can extend the runtime of your MagSafe-capable iPhone 12 or 13 for up to 48 hours with a new battery pack called myCharge MagLock Superhero.

Charge up for less with Spigen’s new ArcHybrid MagSafe power bank

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The new Spigen ArcHybrid Mag power bank offers 7.5W of charging power and strong magnets.
The new Spigen ArcHybrid Mag power bank offers 7.5W of charging power and strong magnets.
Photo: Spigen

Spigen has rolled out its first MagSafe power bank, available for preorder now. The ArcHybrid Mag arrives with a 5,000mAh capacity alongside 7.5W charging speeds and a stronger magnetic force than other models on the market, the company said. All that and a launch discount, too (see below).

iPhone 13 battery life improvements come at the cost of increased weight

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iPhone 13 battery improvements come at the cost of increased weight
The iPhone 13 is heavier than its predecessor. But that’s because of a larger battery.
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The good news for buyers of the iPhone 13 series is that all four handsets promise significantly longer battery lives. The downside is that the change required putting in bulkier batteries that add to the weight and thickness.

Still, the increases are fairly marginal for an improvement that’s near the top of so many iPhone users’ wish lists.