MagicMount Wall Charger Review

Introduction


Smartphones are supposed to help streamline your life, right? After all, they're your one-stop-shop for everything from managing your schedule, communicating with work contacts, staying in touch with friends and loved ones, and even delivering entertainment. But while these wonderful gadgets may add order to our lives, they can leave behind a path of clutter in their wake.

Your phone itself may be sleek and sophisticated, but the day-to-day of using one also involves a litany of accessories, from earphones, to cases, to selfie sticks, to those ubiquitous chargers. There's a fair chance you've got cables for charging your phone strewn all over your nightstand, your car, your desk, and maybe even have a travel charger in your bag (if not also a full-on backup battery pack).

Is there maybe a better way to power our phones, still taking advantage of efficient, reliable wired charging while doing something about the mess of cords that all too easily permeates our existence? Scosche thinks so, and puts forth its MagicMount Wall Charger as the answer.

Design



The MagicMount is based around a simple enough idea: in order to reduce cord clutter when charging our phones, why not keep the phone as close as possible to the charger itself? And to make that as easy as possible, the MagicMount taps into the power of magnets.

The charger is a straightforward power brick – a bit larger than your typical smartphone charger, but smaller than something like a laptop power supply. It plugs into a grounded outlet and has a single USB port on the bottom, capable of 2.4A output.

So far, there's nothing particularly special here, but the MagicMount Wall Charger's “magic” is hiding just under the surface: the adapter is equipped with some powerful magnets. When paired with a matching MagicPlate – an adhesive panel that secures to the back of your smartphone – you can stick your phone right onto the Wall Charger, where it will remain securely in place.

Setup



The MagicMount Wall Charger comes with two metal plates: a small one for more petite handsets, and a larger one to make sure that even heavier phablets stay securely in place. The 3M auto-grade adhesive on both pads is designed to provide a tight grip while also being removable without causing any lasting damage. But if even that has you feeling a little wary, Scosche also includes a transparent protective film sticker that you can put on your phone first, and then attach the magnetic plate to the film.

There's a lot of flexibility in how you can apply those plates: they'll go directly on a phone themselves, attach to a case, and you can even keep your phone looking neat by placing one on the inside of the case, where it can't be seen. There, though, you run the risk of reduced grip strength, so make sure that the charger's magnets have a good hold of your phone before leaving it there.

Then it's just a matter of plugging the MagicMount into a convenient outlet, hooking up a USB cable, and putting your phone in place. Thanks to the way it holds phones facing forward, you've got a good view of any status LEDs to let you know when charging's done.

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9 Comments

1. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So you attach a metal plate via 3M adhesive (which can be a bear to remove depending on which grade 3M adhesive they're using) just to save space. So you run the risk of scuffing the phone exterior for that? The only way I'd do it is if I attached it to my phone case. Pass.

6. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

same. its a horrible idea. but enough dumb ppl will buy it @ $19.99 & they will make some money, so, w/e..... i need to be in the useless crap business

7. j_grouchy

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

I have a magnetic car mount that used this exact same type of arrangement. I don't actually adhere the metal plate to either my phone OR my case...I just placed it in the case and it's held by friction between the two. The magnet holds it just fine and I can take the plate out if I ever change cases. No need to worry about adhesives.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So the metal plate can scratch the rear casing of the phone? The plate might be somewhat tight between the phone and the case, but it will still move. And that friction between the plate and the phone coukd scratch the casing. I'll still pass. When I get rid of my phones, they look like they did when I bought them. I don't see the upside here. Pay $20 so you don't have to take up space on a table? It doesn't even rapid charge.

9. jcarmstrong23

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

i too have the car mount with the Jet black iPhone 7 plus. I can guarantee you that it doesn't scratch my phone. The magnet is held tightly in place and barely moves

2. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Also, chargers tend to overheat quite a bit... so this would also heat the phone which we all know is very bad for batteries

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I completely spaced that, good catch.

4. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

It bothers me so much that the sticker is off-center in the picture.

5. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

So you hog all of the other plug ins that phone covers just to do what?

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