The Apple MagSafe Battery pack recently launched in July, and we are now finally seeing the first significant discount on the magnetic power bank that usually costs $99. The MagSafe ecosystem may still be a bit underdeveloped, and there are some compelling alternatives from other manufacturers, but the little battery is a svelte option for juicing up an iPhone 12 or 13 on the go.
With 1,460mAh and 11.3Wh, the MagSafe battery doesn’t earn its praise on specifications alone, but it has the software integration that no other power bank — magnetic or wired — has, with on-screen animations and charge levels visible, so you know exactly how much charge is left. Not only can it charge certain iPhones, but while it’s recharging via its built-in Lightning port, Dieter Bohn mentioned in his review that it works great as a wired MagSafe charger. You can buy the MagSafe Battery for 15 percent off today at AT&T, bringing the price down to $84. Read our review.
Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack is the only option for magnetic wireless charging on the go that is integrated with iOS for visible charge levels. It does not pack enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 12 or 13, but it’s convenient for top-ups in a compact package
Google’s first-generation Nest Hub makes for a great Google Photos-powered digital picture frame, as well as a basic smart display and speaker in the kitchen or around the house. It features a seven-inch touchscreen and far-field microphones for giving voice commands to the Google Assistant. There is a newer model out now; though, in our review, we found that the advancements may not be compelling enough over the original — especially with a discount as big as the one you can get today on the first-gen model.
You can pick up the first-gen Nest Hub at Best Buy or B&H for just $40. That is a $50 discount off its normal $90 asking price and $60 cheaper than its second-gen replacement. But if you’re more immersed in the Amazon Alexa ecosystem than the Google Assistant, you can also get the first-gen Echo Show 5 to tackle similar duties, along with video chatting with its built-in camera, for just $5 more. Read our review.