BuQu Tech Magnetyze iPhone 5/5s Case Review
There’s no compromise to the charge time with the Magnetyze case, but its true potential is unearthed by using the other optional Magnetyze branded accessories.
First and foremost, it should be noted that the Magnetyze case isn’t compatible with those Qi standard wireless docking stations. Rather than employing the inductive charging technology found with many Qi compatible chargers, the Magnetyze case relies on a conductive-charging process instead – where the metal-to-metal connection between the rear of the case and the magnetized charging cable gets the job done.
Initially, we were a bit skeptical with how much time it would take for the Magnetyze case to charge our iPhone 5s. To our amazement, it manages to have the same identical charging time as Apple’s own Lightning cable – so there’s no delay in getting it juiced back up to 100%! Better yet, we like the idea of it having a microUSB port as an alternative source for juicing. Meaning, if we’re to lose our Lightning cable, we can merely use a microUSB cable instead, which of course is more readily available.
Ultimately, the Magnetyze case doesn’t really bring forth that notion of true wireless charging, seeing that there’s still a dangly cable attached to the back of the case. Now in order to truly reap the benefits of the Magnetyze case, you’ll probably want to invest in some of the other Magnetyze branded accessories from BuQu Tech.
Specifically, they include the Car Charging Stand, AC Wall Charger, Disc Charger, Desk Stand/Charger, and the Mobile Battery. With all of the aforementioned charger/stand combinations, they hold the smartphone in place thanks in part to the magnetic connection between them – while juicing it up simultaneously. As for the Mobile Battery, which is essentially an 1800 mAh battery that snaps onto the Magnetyze case via its magnetic connection, it’s just another charging solution on the go.
The concept of the Magnetyze case is pretty intriguing when we factor in all of the other related accessories for it, but as a standalone product, we wouldn’t say that it’s something so ground breaking to the point that it’s a must-have. At the very core of it all, it’s nothing more than a different kind of charging case for the iPhone 5s. Therefore, when you factor in its $59.99 cost, it seems like a big investment considering that the cool feature present here is just the magnetic charging connection – and it doesn’t do anything more than that, unless you pick up some of the other related accessories for the Magnetyze case.
- Intriguing magnetic charging connection
- microUSB port allows for syncing as well
- Pricey at $60 for a different kind of charging case
- Sharp edges make it uncomfortable to hold
- 3.5mm headset adapter is needed to use headphones
1. superkuiken (Posts: 42; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
That screen looks tiny with the case on.
2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2105; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Annotation: the screen already looked tiny before the case was put on.
5. ryan5609 (Posts: 96; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
They set em up, you knock em down. But very true statement.
6. ryan5609 (Posts: 96; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
I would not consider this "Wireless charging". This almost defeats the purpose and benefits of wireless charging. So when you are connected to the charger, you cant lay the phone down on its back? Certainly seems like it would be very awkward to use while charging, lying on a table. Also, with the added length and bulk, it seems like they could have added in extra battery capacity to the case, that might make it sellable. Pretty worthless if you ask me.