iPhone 12 Mini has poor battery life, and Apple introduced a MagSafe battery pack as an alternative solution.
Moreover, the Apple MagSafe Battery pack works with all iPhones. It’s the best wireless power bank and very useful when camping outdoors.
Is your Apple wireless power bank also not charging? – It could be due to some minor issue that can be resolved quickly.
In this guide, I’ll explain why your MagSafe battery pack is not charging and what you can do to resolve it.
Why is Apple MagSafe Battery Pack Not Charging?
The most common reasons why the Apple MagSafe battery is not charging are a faulty lightning cable, debris in the charging port, a faulty power adapter, and outdated firmware.
Apart from these, some major hardware faults like burnt circuits and the faulty battery can also create issues in charging.
How To Fix MagSafe Battery Pack Charging Issue?
If there is no major fault, we can fix the charging issue on Apple’s MagSafe battery pack without seeking any professional help.
Here are some troubleshooting methods and solutions-
1. Inspect the lightning cable
In most cases, the problem is associated with the lightning cable only. There have always been complaints about Apple Lightning Cable.
The quality of Apple’s lightning cable is simply – Not Great! I’m sure you also agree with this fact.
Most iPhone users said their lightning cable doesn’t last more than 8 to 10 months.
So, if you’re using your old iPhone’s lightning cable to charge your MagSafe battery pack, first ensure that the cable is not damaged or frayed.
You can verify its quality by visually inspecting and trying to charge your iPhone with the same cable.
If your iPhone is also not charging with this lightning cable, there must be an issue with your lightning cable or power adapter.
Safety Tip: Replace the cable immediately if there is any sign of damage or it’s broken. Otherwise, it can damage your iPhone and Battery pack too.
2. Inspect the power adapter
If you have visually inspected the lightning cable and everything seems fine, but the MagSafe battery pack is not charging, the power adapter could be a culprit.
If your power adapter is faulty, it won’t pass sufficient power to charge the battery of Apple’s MagSafe power bank.
If you have another iPhone in the family, you can try charging your battery pack with that.
Also, you can plug the lightning cable into your MacBook and check if it starts charging or not.
If your MagSafe power bank starts charging with MacBook, it means the problem lies with the power adapter.
You need to buy a new Apple 20W power adapter to charge your battery pack or use a wireless charging pad to charge it.
3. Clean charging port
Whenever we travel outdoors, charging ports attracts dust from the environment. Also, putting the battery pack in the jeans pocket or the couch may attract debris.
A dirty and clogged charging port will not pass the electricity flow. As a result, either iPhone won’t charge, or the MagSafe battery pack won’t charge.
Inspect the lightning port of your battery pack and clean it with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
If any debris is blocking the port, carefully remove it with a toothpick.
Pro Tip: Do not use any metal pin for removing debris, and ensure that you won’t damage the port.
4. Try a new power source
Whether your MagSafe battery pack is charging slowly or not charging at all, you should try a new power source to get assured.
You can charge your battery pack with a MacBook or a 10000mAh or 20000mAh power bank with a USB type C power output port.
5. Update the firmware
A smart processor and software inside the cabinet control your MagSafe battery pack charging speed.
Whenever you paste the MagSafe battery pack on the back of your iPhone, it will automatically connect wirelessly and starts transmitting electromagnetic power.
It may slow down the charging speed if you haven’t updated your MagSafe battery pack firmware.
You can check the firmware version by following these steps-
- Connect the MagSafe battery pack to your iPhone.
- Open the Apps menu and tap on Settings.
- Go to General.
- Tap on About and scroll down.
- Check the MagSafe Battery pack firmware version.
If it’s outdated, update to the latest version.
6. Get a replacement
You have troubleshooter all minor faults on your MagSafe battery pack. If it is still not charging, there may be a major hardware fault.
Either your battery is dead, or any capacitor on the logic board is burnt. You can not replace the battery yourself.
Hence, take your MagSafe battery pack to the Apple care center and ask for a replacement.
Apple care will replace it for free if it’s under warranty period or if there is no water damage.
How To Charge MagSafe Battery Pack?
Apple MagSafe Battery pack comes with a lightning connector for charging. You can use your iPhone’s lightning cable to charge your MagSafe battery pack.
Also, reverse wireless charging works with a MagSafe battery pack.
It means your Battery pack will automatically charge when it’s pasted on the back of your iPhone and your iPhone is connected to a charger.
How To Know If My MagSafe Battery Pack is Charging?
Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack comes with an LED indicator that shows the current status.
If the status light flashes Amber, it means your MagSafe battery is charging. Once the status light turns solid Green, it means your battery pack is fully charged.
How Long Does It Take To Charge MagSafe Battery Pack?
Apple hasn’t disclosed the capacity of the MagSafe battery pack, but according to the MacWorld report, it has a 1460mAh battery.
Charging a 1460mAh MagSafe battery takes approx 45 to 60 minutes when directly plugged with an Apple 20W power adapter.
If you’re charging it wirelessly through your iPhone or wireless charger, it may take up to 2.5 hours to fully charge the battery.
If you use a 27W or fast Android charger to charge the MagSafe battery pack, the processor may slow down its charging speed and can take 3 hours to charge fully.
These are some common reasons why the MagSafe battery pack won’t charge.
Start with inspecting your charging cable and verify the functioning of the power adapter by trying another power source.
If nothing works, you can contact Apple care for professional help.