We put realme's wireless and magnetic charging system to the test, both the basic 15W MagDart system and the amazing 50W MagDart charger that needs its own fan. And all this mounted on the realme Flash, a concept phone of the most interesting.
A few days ago realme announced its new magnetic wireless charging system being, in fact, the first system so for Android mobiles.
And it is important to point out this "for Android mobiles" because a few months ago Apple already presented MagSafe which is basically the same.
However, realme has given a twist to the system making it's own more powerful and, in addition, presenting a second magnetic charger that arrives accompanied by a prototype mobile that we know as realme Flash.
Without further delay, we are going to tell you what all this is about MagDart and, above all, how it works, how long it takes to charge the mobile, which mobiles are compatible, and a comparison with MagSafe.
What is MagDart?
Let's start at the beginning by saying that MagDart, like MagSafe, is a twist on wireless charging that we've been enjoying on mobiles for years.
Generally, wireless charging is quite slow, but in recent years, especially with companies such as Oppo, Xiaomi, and OnePlus, we have seen advances with wireless chargers of more than 30 W and some that practically achieve parity between wired and wireless charging.
Apple turned this around with its MagSafe, which is a pickup that sticks to the back of the iPhone and is capable of charging the device at a power of 15W, pretty poor when you consider the price.
But hey, it's comfortable because as a MagSafe user, the truth is that I start playing with the iPhone with that backpack stuck without having to worry about the charging cable on one of the sides. It's also convenient to get to the office, but the iPhone is in the dock, and you're done.
MagDart's concept is the same. The tablet is a little thinner than the iPhone, but it has a greater coverage to be somewhat larger and this, according to realme, serves so that it does not heat up and be able to charge the mobile at 15 W throughout the charging cycle.
We glue it to the mobile, thanks to the magnets of both MagDart and the terminal it remains quite fixed ... and to load.
However, there is another model, the 50W MagDart. This is something more complex and looks like a box of a minicomputer. It follows the same principle of magnetic wireless charging but has a ventilation system thanks to an active fan that expels the hot air generated by the charge.
And that, which charges at 50 W which is more than what other mobiles, even range caps, accept.
Comparison of MagDart vs MagSafe and compatible mobiles
But although the theory is great, what interests us most is the practice. realme has sent us the two chargers to be able to test the load and, in addition, the only terminal currently in which this system of magnets works correctly.
This is the realme Flash, a prototype that features a magnet system at the rear and a 4,500 mAh battery.
The MagDart, right now, is capable of charging the phone with a power of 15 W, the same as Apple's MagSafe.
But let's get to the strong point, the 50W MagDart. This charger is capable of charging 100% of the Realme Flash in 54 minutes. This according to the company, of course. We have tried it and things have changed a little bit.
We have made three charges and we have had disparate results of one hour and ten minutes in the first, one hour and twenty in the second and, in the last, three hours, all with the chargers and cables that realme has provided us.
I believe that the first two reflect reality better and the last is the result of overheating of both the charger and the phone itself.
And another detail is that we will be able to charge other mobiles with these two chargers, as happened with MagSafe, but obviously, we do not have the magnet system and, in addition, we are not going to charge at maximum speed due to the different protocols used by each company.
Finally, something interesting is that the polarity of MagDart and MagSafe is reversed, so not the iPhone sticks to the MagDart nor does the realme Flash join the MagSafe. They charge each other, but the mobile slips and misaligns due to that polarity.
Is it the future of wireless charging?
It is clear that after Apple launched MagSafe, the rest of the companies are going to launch more devices of this style that, in addition, not only allow to charge the phone but to attach practically anything.
Apple has a wallet to carry three cards and a power bank, but realme has already announced its own power bank, a wallet, and an accessory as an LED circle for selfies. And that's not counting the third-party accessories we'll see over the next few months.
And I don't think magnetic charging replaces wireless charging because the concept is different. For me, wireless charging is that which allows us to leave the mobile on a stand and consult it whenever we want, as well as take it effortlessly.
Magnetic charging seems to be more like a replacement for long-term cable charging since the operation is the same, but without having the cable on one of the sides of the mobile bothering when we play or watch videos, for example.
We will see what the future holds, but it is clear that we are going to see many companies jumping on this bandwagon of magnetized chargers and if each one proposes any advantage or improvement over the competition, better for the user.