mophie portable magnetic mount review: convenience at a cost

Mophie . Portable Magnetic StandSource: Kristen Romero-chan / iMore

When the iPhone 12 launched with MagSafe, I underestimated the use cases for such a feature. I mean, when it first came out, we only had Apple MagSafe Charger and MagSafe wallets, which I don’t particularly care about. But ever since I started using accessories like the MagSafe PopSocket and battery packs, it’s become one of those things I can’t live without.

A brand known for its power accessories, mophie just released a new portable iPhone holder that uses MagSafe to mount your phone. And since it’s portable, it folds into a slim package that’s easy to take with you anywhere.

Is this little stand worth the money? Let’s find out.

Mophie . Portable Magnetic Stand

MOVIE Portable Magnetic Holder

minimum: This stand folds down easily, allowing you to tuck it away in a handbag or briefcase. It also holds your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 via MagSafe, and can do so in portrait or landscape orientation.

The good

  • Folds down into a slim and compact profile
  • Strong magnetic grip
  • Works in both portrait and landscape orientation
  • Adjustable viewing angles
  • The finished fabric complements any setting

bad

  • Lots of swaying
  • iPhone does not charge
  • Kind of pricey for what it is

Movi portable magnetic holder: Price and availability

Mophie . Adjustable Portable Magnetic Stand

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The mophie portable magnetic stand is available directly from mophie or at the Apple Store, both in person and online. It only comes in one colour: black. Retail cost $40.

Movi portable magnetic holder: Slim and compact with strong magnetic grip

Mophie . Portable Magnetic Stand with Pouch

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While mophie is a brand you associate with charging accessories and power bank, the brand seems to be branching out into non-power products. The mophie portable magnetic stand is pretty intuitive: it’s a foldable stand with magnets to hold your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. Unlike the rest of mophie products, this stand doesn’t provide power to charge your device.

Mophie . Folding Portable Magnetic Stand

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The mophie portable magnetic holder is designed in the shape of a long bead, and there is a metal joint in the middle that allows it to fold in half. It feels stiff when you try to fold it, although this may improve over time when you “break” it. The outside of the mophie portable magnetic stand is wrapped with premium tarpaulin-like fabric material, and there is a small leather patch stitched with the mophie logo. The interior has a soft, velvety material that is pleasant to the touch.

This stand is slim and compact, and has a magnetic dial that holds firmly to your device.

Since this is a MagSafe holder, there is a magnetic dial on top, which also has the mophie logo in the middle. It has a strong, secure grip on your compatible iPhone, whether you also use one of the best MagSafe compatible cases. It also works with your iPhone in portrait and landscape orientations, making it perfect for FaceTime video calls or just watching a movie. The stiff fabric material has a crease that indicates where you can adjust the viewing angle to suit your needs.

Mophie Magnetic Puck Portable Magnetic Stand

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When you’re done, just pull your iPhone off the magnetic disk. Since it has a very firm grip and there is no weight at the base, you will need to pull your phone out using both hands. Then fold and stash it away in your purse or tech purse, and carry this portable mini carrier wherever you go!

Movi portable magnetic holder: wobble

Mophie . Portable Magnetic Mount Hinge

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While the mophie portable magnetic stand is designed for ease of portability and convenience, there were a few flaws I noticed while testing the product. For example, because it is made of cloth, it is is very wobbly. This means that if you plan to put pressure on your iPhone while it’s attached to the stand, prepare for a lot of shaking while you do so. This might be due to the heft of the iPhone 13 Pro I own, but it’s just something I noticed while trying it out.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that the holder feels very stiff when you first receive it. Although it does seem to improve a little over time when the mount is opened and closed, it still didn’t quite fit with me. However, this may be a bit of personal preference.

Due to the material of the fabric, the stand itself will fluctuate slightly.

I also noticed that when I opened the mount fully, meaning to lay it flat, a piece of the metal hinge popped out after a couple of tries. I was able to put it back in and it hasn’t since, but for something marketed as “excellent” having a piece sticking out of the opening gives the opposite feeling.

Finally, this is not the most expensive position. However, mophie usually charges a premium for their products, and this portable stand is no exception, despite the fact that it does not charge your iPhone. Honestly, I am very disappointed with the mophie portable magnetic mount. I love mophie for its electrical accessories, but this is definitely not one of his best.

Movi portable magnetic holder: competition

Moft Magsafe Snap Wallet on Phone with Case

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There are a lot of great MagSafe accessories out there, including mounts. If you want a MagSafe mount that can also function as a tripod or short selfie stick, check out the STM MagPod. It also offers a great variety of angles and positions, and while it may not be as compact as the mophie portable magnetic stand, it’s still pretty compact. It should be able to fit in a backpack or something similar, and works as a good enough shooting tool if you’re in trouble.

For those who want a holder that also doubles as a wallet and even a phone grip in a perplexity, consider the MOFT MagSafe Snap-On Phone Holder and Wallet. This can hold between 3-4 cards, and it can be folded into a holder for portrait or landscape orientation as well.

Movi portable magnetic holder: Should you buy it?

Mophie . Portable Magnetic Stand with Front Pouch

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You should buy this if…

  • Want a portable stand with MagSafe
  • You watch a lot of videos or make video calls a lot on iPhone

You should not buy this if…

  • You want something more stable
  • You prefer something less expensive
  • You do not have a MagSafe compatible device

The mophie portable magnetic mount is good if you’re looking for just that: a portable holder for your iPhone with MagSafe. It folds down to a nice small size to fit in most bags, and has a strong magnetic grip on your iPhone. Plus, since you can make your phone in portrait or landscape mode, it’s great for video calls or just watching movies.

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However, due to the fabric material used, the mophie portable magnetic mount is quite wobbly, at least with the iPhone 13 Pro (I imagine it’s worse with the Max). It doesn’t feel as stable as the other options out there, and it’s pretty stiff when you open it up. I’ve also had some quality issues with my unit, such as the final piece appearing on the hinge when the bracket is fully opened. Given the price and how it is marketed as “excellent”, it honestly doesn’t seem like a high quality product, especially from mophie. Plus, it’s just a MagSafe mount, with no charging capabilities, so if that’s what you’re after, consider these great MagSafe charging mounts instead.

Mophie . Portable Magnetic Stand

MOVI Portable Magnetic Holder

minimum: This portable MagSafe holder can be folded into a compact size, making it easy to carry. But it leaves much to be desired.

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