No need to spend a thousand and cents to acquire a MagSafe case. Magnetic cases for iPhone 12 sold on the Apple Store cost 50 € minimum, but we find elsewhere two to three times cheaper. But are they reliable? This is what we verified with a transparent AlCase model for iPhone 12 mini sold for € 18. The same model for iPhone 12 (Pro) costs 15 €.

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Compared to the transparent Apple shell sold for € 55, we quickly notice that the finish is not as good. While the Apple shell is slightly hollowed out at the location of the magnets, on the third shell the magnets are simply glued to the surface.

In addition, the white band which covers the magnets is not completely opaque, we can distinguish them in certain light conditions. This is not the case on the Apple shell which hides the assortment of small magnets very well.

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That being said, the main fear that one could have is dispelled: the hull cheap Loves the iPhone 12 on the MagSafe charger just as well as that of Apple. We did not notice a higher heating or any anomaly.

Any manufacturer can design a MagSafe case since Apple’s guidelines for magnets are public. Apple details the shape and dimensions of the magnetic circle, the necessary force… What manufacturers do not all have is the NFC antenna which launches a small animation when you place the iPhone in the shell. As NFC sometimes causes bugs, it might not be worse not to have it (NFC, on the other hand, is essential for MagSafe chargers who want to reach 15 W instead of 7.5 W).

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AlCase shell magnets are visible

As for the rest of the AlCase shell, it is decent. The shell is the right size and protects the bottom of the iPhone 12, which Apple’s does not – which is also quite fragile. You have to press the buttons a little hard to activate them, but this is also the case with the Apple shell. I don’t have enough hindsight to know if the AlCase accessory is turning yellow or not.

In the end, this MagSafe case three times cheaper than Apple’s is recommendable. But what applies to this one does not necessarily apply to all other MagSafe cases cheap. Spending more on an Apple case or one put forward by Apple (there are Otterbox MagSafe in the catalog) is of interest: we have the assurance that the manufacturer has respected the specifications of the MagSafe.