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The Best MagSafe Wallets You Can Buy for Your iPhone in 2024 « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



Phone in one pocket, wallet in the other? It’s the classic combo guaranteed to give you more pocket bulge. But it’s 2024. Half that stuff in your wallet is practically antique. It’s time to finally ditch all the dead weight and get a MagSafe wallet for iPhone — and we’ve got the best picks to slim you down to the essentials.

The biggest question we get about migrating to a MagSafe wallet is whether a magnetic wallet is safe for debit cards, credit cards, and other types of cards you’d carry around with you. Just because it has “safe” in its name doesn’t mean it’s safe, right? But you don’t really have anything to worry about. The cards you’re most likely to carry will be perfectly fine.

MagSafe Wallets Are Safe for Your Cards

Today’s debit and credit cards contain high-coercivity (HiCo) magnetic strips resistant to most magnets and magnetic fields. While they can be demagnetized, it would take a magnet stronger than the ones in a MagSafe wallet or case. Cards with low-coercivity (LoCo) magnetic strips, such as hotel room keys and visitor badges, are more susceptible to magnetic erasure.

Apple’s own iPhone wallet with MagSafe is shielded to protect both HiCo and LoCo cards from damage, so you don’t have anything to worry about when buying an Apple-branded MagSafe wallet. Apple also requires third-party manufacturers of MagSafe-compatible iPhone cases to run tests with its wallet to ensure the magnetic array in the cases won’t damage LoCo cards. So, you shouldn’t have to worry about any MagSafe iPhone cases ruining cards in your MagSafe wallet either. Just don’t try to wirelessly charge your iPhone with a MagSafe wallet attached.

Your debit and credit cards also likely have built-in EMV chips, which can’t be damaged by magnets. Therefore, they should continue to function with EMV pay terminals whether you insert the card into the reader or use RFID technology to communicate wirelessly with it.

The Best MagSafe Wallets for Your iPhone

The MagSafe accessory magnet arrays inside MagSafe wallets are designed to match the one-size array in iPhones and iPhone cases, so it shouldn’t matter if your iPhone is an iPhone 12, 13, 14, or 15 series model — one of the wallets below should fit.

Jump to a wallet:

  1. Apple iPhone FineWoven Wallet with MagSafe
  2. ESR MagSafe Geo Wallet Stand
  3. Mujjo Full Leather Magnetic Wallet for iPhone
  4. Smartish Wallet for MagSafe iPhones
  5. Peak Design Mobile Wallet Stand
  6. MOFT Snap-on Phone Stand/Wallet
  7. Otterbox Wallet for MagSafe
  8. Pelican Shield MagSafe RFID Blocking Wallet

1. Apple iPhone FineWoven Wallet with MagSafe

Apple’s latest iPhone Wallet wtih MagSafe, simple yet stylish, is made of finewoven microtwill, which is durable, soft, and suedelike. It’s comfortable in the hand whether it’s attached to your iPhone or not. With Apple’s dedication to reducing its impact on the environment, the iPhone FineWoven Wallet with MagSafe is made up of 68% post-consumer recycled content, so you can feel better about looking good and doing good for the planet.

It supports Find My, so you can use Find My to view the wallet’s last known location on a map. When you enable “Notify When Detached” in the wallet’s Find My options, your iPhone will alert you about one minute after it’s detached. You can also enable “Show Phone Number,” so your phone number will appear on someone else’s iPhone if they attach it.

One downside is that the hole to swipe up cards is on the back, so you must detach it first to get your cards out more easily. But if you favor simplicity over fancy features, it’s a great option. The wallet comes in five different colors — taupe, pacific blue, mulberry, evergreen, and black — and retails for $59.

Features:

  • Holds up to 3 cards
  • Cards load from the top
  • Finewoven microtwill
  • Rear-facing hole to slide cards out
  • 68% post-consumer recycled content
  • Shielded from demagnetization
  • 1-year limited warranty on defects in materials and workmanship from Apple or authorized resellers
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models
  • Weight: 2.99 oz.
  • Thickness: 0.59 in.

Find My support:

  • View Last Location
  • Directions
  • Notify When Detached
  • Show Phone Number
Image via Apple

2. ESR MagSafe Geo Wallet Stand

Electronic Silk Road Corp, better known as ESR, also has Find My compatibility built into its Geo Wallet Stand. So, if you’re worried about losing your MagSafe wallet, this should be a contender. It also goes a step beyond Apple’s wallet, letting you see its real-time location, play a sound, and notify you when it is found — with full Lost Mode support.

As its name suggests, the ESR Geo Wallet Stand gives you an adjustable stand between 15 and 170 degrees, and it works in both landscape and portrait orientations. There’s a tension slider on the front so you can slide your cards out without detaching the wallet, there’s a finger loop to keep the iPhone steady, and it doesn’t block RFID signals, so you can use RFID wireless communication without taking the card out.

It’s made of materials meant to mimic leather, but the real winner here is its 1,500-gram-force (gf) holding strength, which is above and beyond Apple’s holding strength requirements for MagSafe accessories. The wallet comes in five different colors — midnight black, black carbon fiber, caramel brown, dark blue, and gray — and retails for $39.99.

Features:

  • Holds up to 3 cards
  • Cards load from the top
  • Vegan leather, PC, ABS, and steel
  • Front-facing dynamic tension spring to slide cards out
  • Adjustable two-way stand, 15º–170º
  • Secure-grip finger loop
  • Carbon-neutral certified
  • Holding strength of 1,500 gf
  • Does not block RFID signals
  • Includes charging cable
  • 1-year limited warranty on quality-related defects for purchases from ESR; claims on purchases from authorized resellers are handled through those resellers first
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models except iPhone 12 mini, 13 mini
  • Weight: 2.93 oz.
  • Thickness: 0.45 in.

Find My support:

  • View Location
  • Directions
  • Play Sound
  • Notify When Found
  • Notify When Left Behind
  • Lost Mode

3. Mujjo Full Leather Magnetic Wallet for iPhone

The Full Leather Magnetic Wallet for iPhone by Mujjo, now a popular household name for phone cases, is as sleek and stylish as Apple’s MageSafe wallet with a few extra features. Cards load from the top but are easier to access with the slanted pocket design.

Mujjo is a B Corp-certified company, which means it meets “high standards of verified performance, accountability, and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials.” The ECCO leather is vegetable-tanned using DriTan technology, which saves water and reduces chemicals, and the wallet’s inner structure is made from recycled materials.

The wallet comes in six different colors — Monaco blue, steel blue, light tan, dark tan, burgundy, and black — and retails for $44.

Features:

  • Holds up to 3 cards
  • Cards load from the top
  • Hidden spring to keep cards secure
  • Vegetable-tanned ECCO leather with microfiber lining and rear silicone
  • Front- and rear-facing holes to slide cards out
  • Underlying structure made from recycled materials
  • B Corp certified
  • 2-year guarantee against defects in materials or workmanship for purchases from Mujjo or authorized resellers
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models except iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini
  • Weight: 3.07 oz.
  • Thickness: 0.83 in.

Find My support:

Image via Mujjo

4. Smartish Side Hustle Wallet for MagSafe iPhones

Smartish has a few MagSafe wallets for iPhone, but its vegan leather Side Hustle is the one you should check out. There’s no Find My support, but it comes with a special multilayer blocker to shield your cards from demagnetization.

Unlike many MagSafe wallets, cards load from the side, which makes it a little easier to slide them out. Smartish claims the magnets are 30% stronger than the ones on Apple’s iPhone Wallet with Magsafe, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it falling off.

The wallet comes in two different colors — black tie affair and teddy bear brown — but there are also numerous prints, such as leaf me along print, spaced out print, and very cherry blossom print, and you can even purchase a customizable print. The wallet retails for $29.99.

Features:

  • Hard shell version available
  • Holds up to 3 cards plus cash
  • Cards load from the side
  • Hidden spring to keep cards secure
  • Vegan leather
  • Front-facing side hole to slide cards out
  • Holding strength 30% stronger than Apple’s wallet
  • Shielded from demagnetization
  • Limited lifetime warranty on defects in materials and workmanship for purchases from Smartish or authorized resellers
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models
  • Weight: 2.08 oz.
  • Thickness: 1 in.

Find My support:

5. Peak Design Mobile Wallet Stand

Peak Design’s Mobile Wallet Stand is a great option if you want something a little thinner that holds more than three cards. Its unique origami backpack aesthetic is made out of recycled nylon canvas, which will age like distressed denim jeans. It can scuff easily, which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on whether you want to add to the aged, worn look or not. If it gets wet, it dries quickly.

You can load up to seven cards from the top and secure them with a flap that securely sticks to the front via a magnet. This flap is extra special because when you open it, you can pull up on it to slide the cards out in one natural movement. The wallet has a hinged design to turn it into a stand for your iPhone in landscape or portrait orientation.

While it uses neodymium mounting magnets, its holding strength isn’t as strong as some other wallets on this list. You’ll get a stronger bond if you use one of Peak Design’s SlimLink cases. If you don’t like the idea of wallets with built-in stands, you can opt for the slim version, which holds just as many cards sans the extra thickness.

The wallet comes in five different colors — sun, sage, redwood, midnight, and charcoal — and retails for $59.99.

Features:

  • Slim version without stand available
  • Holds up to 7 cards
  • Cards load from the top
  • Recycled nylon canvas construction
  • Zinc/nickel-plated steel frame/hardware (stand), polycarbonate frame (slim)
  • Adjustable two-way stand
  • Magnetic flap to keep cards safe
  • Slide cards out by pulling the magnetic flap
  • Bluesign-approved fabric
  • High-temp neodymium mounting magnets
  • Lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects for purchases from Peak Design or authorized resellers
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models
  • Weight: 2.65 oz. (stand), 1.41 oz. (slim)
  • Thickness: 0.2 in. (stand), 0.15 in. (slim)

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6. MOFT Snap-on Phone Stand/Wallet

The MOFT Snap-on Phone Stand/Wallet is another cleverly designed MagSafe wallet worth checking out. Like most MagSafe wallets, it holds up to three cards, which are dropped in and removed from the top. But unlike other wallets, you slide down the top front of the wallet to unfold the unit into the stand position, to provide easier access to your cards without detaching the iPhone.

When in stand mode, you can place your iPhone in landscape or portrait orientation for movies, FaceTime, or whatever without twisting the iPhone on the wallet. However, you can remove the iPhone and remount it in landscape orientation at a higher viewing angle, which MOFT calls floating.

The wallet can also act as an iPhone grip when the stand is slid open just enough to fit a finger or two through the open sides. With vegan leather as the outer material, it feels good in the hand. MOFT also claims you can use Apple’s MagSafe Charger between the iPhone and wallet so you can charge your iPhone while using it on the stand.

The wallet comes in numbers colors, including beach white, carbon black, carbon blue, classic nude, cool gray, hello yellow, jet black, sunset orange, seafoam, willow flower, windy blue, and sienna brown, and retails for $29.99.

Features:

  • Holds up to 3 cards
  • Cards load from the top
  • Vegan leather, fiberglass, magnets, metal sheets
  • Unfold to slide cards out
  • Adjustable three-way stand
  • Doubles as an iPhone grip
  • Holding strength similar to Apple’s
  • 6-month limited warranty on defects in material and workmanship for purchases from Moft, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo, not authorized resellers
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models
  • Weight: 1.5 oz.
  • Thickness: 0.24 in.

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7. Otterbox Wallet for MagSafe

Otterbox is one of the most trusted brands on this list, besides Apple, and it also has a MagSafe wallet. Its Wallet for MagSafe has a fairly simple design but yet another different angle. Instead of one pocket for all your cards, it has two one-card slots on the front. There’s also a side pocket to store cash, and you can always store another card there if you don’t like carrying bills.

Like Apple’s and Smartish’s wallets, Otterbox’s has a shield for extra protection against demagnetizing LoCo cards.

The wallet comes in five different colors — navy, blue gray, black, green, and pink — and retails for $39.95.

Features:

  • Holds up to 2 cards plus cash
  • Cards load from the top
  • Soft touch, durable synthetic leather with polycarbonate frame
  • Magnetic flap to keep cards safe
  • Slide cards out from their dedicated front slots
  • Store cash or another card in the side pocket
  • Strong magnetic alignment and attachment
  • Shielded from demagnetization
  • 2-year warranty on manufacturing, material, or workmanship defects for purchases from Otterbox or authorized resellers
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models
  • Weight: 1.12 oz.
  • Thickness: 0.39 in.

Find My support:

Image via Otterbox

8. Pelican Shield MagSafe RFID Blocking Wallet

While it’s an unlikely scenario, there’s always the possibility that a hacker or thief can use a wireless card scanner to scan your debit or credit cards without your knowledge, siphoning money through hidden transactions. If you’re worried about that, Pelican’s Shield MagSafe RFID Blocking Wallet should put you at ease. It comes equipped with a steel plate to block RFID signals, so portable scanners can’t see any of your cards with the ability to make contactless payments. It’s also shielded against demagnetization.

The MagSafe wallet is more like a wallet case since it fully encloses cards and cash, accessible via the secure snap latch on the compartment door. It features military-grade drop protection, a rare and possibly even unnecessary feature for a MagSafe wallet.

The wallet comes in two different styles — black with Kevlar and black with titanium — and retails for $69.99.

Features:

  • Less expensive version available without RFID blocking
  • Holds up to 5 cards plus cash
  • Cards stored within the inside compartment pocket or strap
  • Cash stored within the inside compartment strap
  • Hardshell plastic design with Kevlar (aramid) fibers or grade-5 brushed titanium
  • Snap latch to open/close the compartment door securely
  • Strong magnets hold up to 3x your iPhone’s weight
  • Military-grade drop protection
  • Shielded from demagnetization
  • Steel RFID-blocking plate for protection against wireless card scanners
  • 1-year limited warranty on materials or workmanship defects for purchases from Pelican, Case-Mate, or authorized resellers
  • Compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, 14, and 15 series models
  • Weight: 2.4 oz. (Kevlar), 4.2 oz. (titanium)
  • Thickness: 0.56 in.

Find My support:

Image via Case-Mate




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