Twelve South makes a new 2-in-1 wireless charger for the Apple Watch and MagSafe iPhone. This might be one of the best designs for a magnetic charger I’ve ever seen.
The $129.95 Twelve South Butterfly consists of two aluminum-coated discs, one with a MagSafe charger and the other with an Apple Watch charger, held together by a vegan leather strap. There is. With magnets on all sides, you can close the pack for travel or open it back to back to form a kickstand or mini pedestal. If you stare at it long enough, you’ll notice that if you cut out all the ugly floppy parts, it resembles Apple’s discontinued MagSafe Duo charger.
The Butterfly is priced the same as the MagSafe Duo at launch, but comes with a USB-C port, a detachable 1-meter/3.3-foot braided USB-C cable, and a 30W power supply (with interchangeable international plugs) . . The flop, Apple’s Duo, used a Lightning port and did not include an adapter. The Twelve South charger supports full 15W MagSafe iPhone charging and fast Apple Watch charging, and in certain orientations, the Butterfly can activate standby mode in iOS 17 or nightstand mode on Apple Watch. (but only one at a time). The MagSafe pad is also Qi-enabled, so you can also use it to (slowly) charge your earbuds.
Proper MagSafe chargers aren’t cheap, and many omit fast charging for your watch.of Zens 2-in-1 MagSafe + Watch Travel Charger It’s cheap at $99.99, but it looks a little clunky, doesn’t include a power supply, and doesn’t have fast-charging capabilities for a compatible Apple Watch. The Zens is still a great little 2-in-1, but the hinge-based stand design is a bit clunky. The Butterfly has a more rounded, sleek design that takes up a little less space in your travel bag. I like that the Butterfly comes with accessories, but I also wish they offered just the charger at a price closer to the Zens.
One complaint I found in my short time with the Twelve South Butterfly (aside from the price) is that it can make a slightly unpleasant metal-on-metal noise when you put the halves back to back. is. It’s not nails to the chalkboard, but it’s not a pleasant sound either.
Although MagSafe chargers are expensive and inefficient compared to simple, fast wired charging, it’s hard to deny the convenience of being able to put down your phone or smartwatch and charge it instantly with minimal effort. . Twelve South Butterfly combines design and practicality in a package that can be kept by your bedside or travel with you. You have to be willing to pay $130 to get this benefit.