The iPhone 12 mini charges slower when using wireless charging

Apple documents show its iPhone 12 mini charges slightly slower than the standard iPhone 12, when using the MagSafe Charger. — Apple

True to the name, the iPhone 12 mini gets a smaller charge when using Apple’s wireless MagSafe Charger.

According to Apple Support page, the charger will deliver up to 12W of power for an iPhone 12 mini versus 15W for an iPhone 12.

It adds that the actual power delivered would vary depending on the wattage of the power adapter and system conditions, like the device’s temperature.

Power would be throttled to 7.5W, as per regulatory standards, if any accessories like headphones were connected to the smartphone using the Lightning port.

Apple said the MagSafe Charger required users to connect it to a power adapter and turn it on before placing a device on it, so it can check that it’s safe to provide full power.

If a user places their device on the charger before turning it on, they are recommended to remove the device, wait three seconds, then place it back on the charger to ensure maximum power delivery.

The charger also requires a power adapter with an adequate rating to deliver maximum power.

The iPhone 12 mini can achieve 12W with at least 9V/2.03A, while the iPhone 12 needs a higher wattage adapter at or above 9V/2.56A.

The adaptor must also use a USB-C connector, as the charger does not support USB-A.

The MagSafe Charger is priced at RM179, though like the smartphone, requires the user to buy a power adapter separately.

Users will also need to use a casing that is Magsafe compatible, otherwise they must remove the phone casing before charging.

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