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This portable Apple Watch power bank turns into a nightstand

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OtterBox 2-in-1 Power Bank with Apple Watch Charger
Keep your Apple Watch juiced up for days with the travel-friendly power bank from OtterBox.
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OtterBox merged a power bank, an Apple Watch wireless charger and a stand for the wearable into a single product. Just place the accessory on it end and it becomes a stand that juices up the Watch.

In addition, OtterBox also released on Thursday a MagSafe iPhone power bank that comes with a clip-on stand plus a car vent mount. This is joined by a foldable power bank with a built-in iPhone stand and Apple Watch charger.

All three new accessories are now available from the Apple store.

Elevate your iPhone charging with Forté MagSafe stand [Review]

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Twelve South Forté review
Twelve South Forté
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The Twelve South Forté turns Apple’s MagSafe iPhone charging puck into a stand. So rather than your handset lying flat on a table, it’s held up so you can more easily see the display. And the elevated charging mat swivels so you can pick your viewing angle for watching video or making FaceTime calls.

I put the Forté to use in my home office. Here’s what it’s like to use in real life.

This slim iPhone MagSafe wallet is also a flexible stand [Review] ★★★★☆

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Moft Flash Wallet & Stand review★★★★☆
Combine two useful iPhone accessories into one with the Moft Flash Wallet & Stand.
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The Moft Flash Wallet & Stand magnetically clings to your iPhone, giving you a place to hold your ID while also acting as a kickstand whereever you need one.

I’ve used the wallet/stand for several weeks. Here’s how it stands up in everyday life.

Keep your devices ready to go with 57% off this MagSafe-compatible charger

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Charge your iPhone wirelessly and securely with this MagSafe-compatible charger.
Lay down and power up with 57% off this Qi-compatible wireless charger.
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As the Apple ecosystem expands, owning MagSafe-compatible chargers will be vital to staying connected and keeping your batteries full. This magnetic wireless charger is ideal for charging at your desk or on the go, and it’s much cheaper than Apple’s version.

This MagSafe-compatible charger is now on sale for just $16.99 (regularly $39).

Miniature MagSafe speaker amps up iPhone audio [Review] ★★★★★

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Scoshe BoomCan MS review★★★★★
The Scoshe BoomCan MS pumps out outstanding sound for the size and price.
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The Scoshe BoomCan MS sticks to the back of a ‌MagSafe‌ ‌iPhone and ups the sound quality considerably. The palm-size Bluetooth speaker magnetically attaches to recent Apple handsets where it also act as a kickstand or a handle. And it’s waterproof and dustproof.

I’ve been using the BoomCan MS for a few weeks… and I love it.

iOS 16.5 could enhance iPhone 14 with reverse wireless charging

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Mophie Snap+ Juice Pack Mini review
Soon, other MagSafe power banks besides Apple might be able to receive power from an iPhone, not just transmit it.
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Apple will add support for wirelessly charging accessories to the iPhone 14, according to a tipster. iPhones already have limited support for reverse wireless charging, but the capability is supposedly being expanded.

This would make a range of third-party MagSafe accessories more useful.

Apple’s leather MagSafe wallet is hard to lose track of [Review] ★★★★☆

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Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe review★★★★☆
The Apple Leather Wallet attaches to your iPhone, and the iPhone helps keep track of it.
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The Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe magnetically clings to an iPhone. And it has a useful trick: The phone shows the user the location the wallet was last detached, so it’s easier to find if it gets lost.

As a fan of Apple’s Find My application, I decided to try it out.

Hyper’s new MagSafe iPhone stand charges 4 devices at once

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New HyperDrive iPhone MagSafe desktop stand also charges 3 other Apple devices
Got four Apple devices you need to wirelessly charge at once? Hyper has you covered.
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Power up all your Apple mobile devices with the HyperJuice 4-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe. The desktop stand can simultaneously juice up an iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods and fourth device of your choice… like a second iPhone.

As a bonus, the iPhone MagSafe stand folds up for easier transport. And it can get power from either USB-C or a DC charger.

This clever MagSafe iPhone stand holds a sleek power bank [Review]

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Pitaka MagEz Slider review
The Pitaka MagEz Slider is both a MagSafe iPhone stand and MagSafe power bank.
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The Pitaka MagEz Slider combines a desktop stand for your iPhone with a MagSafe power bank, so your handset can get juiced up wherever you go. Just slide the external battery out and take it with you. As a bonus, the swiveling stand also includes an AirPods charger.

I put the charging stand on my desk to test it out in everyday use. Here’s what I found.

How to upgrade Apple MagSafe Battery Pack firmware to get faster charging

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How to upgrade Apple MagSafe Battery Pack firmware to get faster charging
There's new firmware for the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, and you are going to want it.
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Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack now wirelessly charges iPhones up to 50% more quickly. Ever since the external battery launched in 2021, it topped out at 5W. But now it can wirelessly juice up an iPhone at 7.5W.

Even better, getting the improvement doesn’t require buying a new one — anyone who has the power bank can upgrade it. Here’s what to do.