We’ve taken the TOP 8 Apple compatible MagSafe wallets and put them into a comparison review. It’s the MagSafe wallet review, the only way to know which one works best for you!
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
For this round up, I pulled the top eight MagSafe wallets for 2021 out of the pile, with the baseline comparison of the wallets done against the Apple MagSafe as a baseline.
Allow me to introduce you to our selection, Andar the Mag, the Distil Union Wally Wallet, Anson Calder’s MagSafe Card Wallet, the Mous MagSafe Card Holder, the Geometric Goods Leather MagSafe Six Cards, and the Fantom C MagSafe. We will go through a review of quality, features, usability, size, weight, and then their final score.
Starting with price, it is kind of fun to see, the Apple MagSafe is priced at $59 Andar, $44, Distil Union $45, Anson Calder $64, the Ekster $31, Mous MagSafe $50, the Geometric Good $66, and finally the Fantom C at $89. It goes without saying that all these wallets are MagSafe, meaning that they require and work with the Apple iPhone 12 or newer phones. Also, almost all manufacturers have iPhones cases of their own these days that work with these wallets, in addition to the Apple cases. So make sure you are aware of those, and if you like one of these, I recommend you check the site, they probably also have a case. I believe the strength of the magnets varies. However, it is not because the magnets are different, instead, the weight of the wallet and the material that is used impact on the potential of these wallets and therefore affects the stripping off of your case when you put them into your pocket. Thereby, it is just the side effects of all the MagSafe wallets reviewed here.
From a quality perspective, beginning with the Apple MagSafe Wallet, the 2.0 version, it recommends up to three cards and that is its limit. It is a molded design, so it fits specifically only what they allow you to put in it. It is designed in the United States and made in China from European leather. The sewing is done with painted edges. It just does not patina very well over time, and it is RFID, which is okay. The new 2.0 version has Find My support for trackability, which is a quite good feature.
The Andar wallet, on the other hand, is called The Mag and can carry one to four cards. It is also a molded design, very much like the Apple MagSafe Wallet, and still has that tab in the middle that helps provide some friction, but this one has the thumb pushing as well. It is designed in the United States and made in China from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, which smells great. It is RFID, equipped with a push card slot, and does not carry cash very well.
The next wallet, the Distil Union Wally Junior, can accommodate one to four cards, besides its capacity to work with cash. It is designed in the United States and made in China. It is RFID and it contains various materials, leather, magnets, steel, and nylon. The little strap at the top is a unique feature. The pull strap is what is expected of it and provides some security.
The Anson Calder accommodates one to four cards and works with cash as well. We have previously reviewed a lot of Anson Calder’s wallets. It is designed and made in the United States. Furthermore, it comes in two different versions of French calfskin leather, as well as Italian leather. It is full-grain vegetable-tanned and is equipped with a push slot at the bottom for card extraction.
The Ekster MagSafe Card Holder accommodates one to three cards and is cash-capable. In addition, the wallet has a push slot for cards on the back. It is designed in the Netherlands and made in China from a full-grain vegetable-tanned leather. Its cut is very thin, but it facilitates handling and accessibility. It is RFID.
Next is the Mous MagSafe Card Holder. As its name states, it is a card holder, recommended for one to three cards, and is not cash capable. It is designed in the United Kingdom and made in China from a full-grain vegetable-tanned leather. It has silicon dots in the back to help provide grip when it is on the phone. It is RFID and it only comes in black.
The following wallet is the Geometric Goods Leather MagSafe Six Card Wallet. Well, it says it is six cards, obviously, because it can handle up to six cards, besides, it is cash capable. It is designed in Poland and made somewhere in the European Union. It has a full-grain vegetable-tanned leather that smells great. It comes in many colors and different designs. It has a pull strap for access, it is not RFID, and it can stretch out thanks to the real full-grain leather that has the capacity to stretch like with any other type of wallet.
Finally, the MagSafe wallet from Fantom, the Fantom C, recommends three to five cards and is not designed for cash. It is the smallest Fantom wallet that is out there. It is designed in Canada and made in China. It does have RFID protection, it is all metal made from high-quality aluminum, which is the only among all of these wallets we have in this review.
The next comparison perspective is the features. First, the Apple MagSafe Wallet, 2.0 has an interior card slot with a capacity of up to three cards, as well as a quick access card slot with a thumb push in the rear. It also allows a connection to MagSafe Wallets to iPhones, since that is its purpose. It has an NFC chip for association, meaning you can associate your wallet by registering it with your iPhone, which will then permit the tracking. We expect to see much more improvements of this in the future.
The first wallet, Andar The Mag has one external push slot with frontal access to cards, meaning, unlike the Apple Wallet which has to be turned over to access the cards and in a way it has to be removed from the wallet, with Andar The Mag you do not have to do so. Its capacity is up to four cards. It has MagSafe, so of course, it is accessible to iPhone users.
The following wallet on the list is the Distil Union, the Wally Junior. The beauty of this wallet is the external magnetic closure, as we know Distil Union does wonderful things with magnets. This is the pull strap that facilitates the card access, but it also rolls over the cards and secures the front in quite a fantastic way. Besides the easy access to the cards, the pull strap can be used while it is on your phone. It has a capacity of up to four cards, and of course, it connects to Apple’s iPhone 12 or better.
The Anson Calder MagSafe Card Wallet is an attractive wallet equipped with an external thumb push slot. It has no features on the back except for the N45 magnets that are used. Its capacity is up to four cards, in addition to a note or two.
The Ekster MagSafe Card Holder has two external slots that are kind of stacked and somewhat hard to see. Similar to the Apple, it has a rear thumb push to extract the cards, and then using thumb and finger you can get the cards from the front out. The capacity is three plus cards, in addition to cash. It has a magnet like all of the rest of these wallets. The distinguishable characteristic of this wallet is that it is very light. Therefore, the magnet, which in an N45, is the same on all MagSafe wallets, but makes it feel stronger due to material weight.
Moving to the Mous, a MagSafe Card Holder with two external card slots located on the side. They are horizontal instead of vertical, which has caused a bit of a problem in the design. Its capacity is two plus cards, horizontally accessed. It has no feature on the back that gives functional access to cards, but it is very rigid. It provides 166 silicon dots, which are brilliant because as you cannot change the strength of the magnet, therefore, when the dots get on the phone, they provide a little more grip to prevent it from falling off.
Next is the Geometric Goods Leather MagSafe Six Wallet, it has one internal card slot with a capacity of up to six cards. We have a pull strap that allows access without needing to remove it from your phone. I did a carry test on this wallet, the magnet looks a little thicker at the top, but from a feature perspective, it is pliable and the wallet is wonderful to carry.
Finally, the Fantom C MagSafe has one interior card slot that can be seen from the side. Besides, the notches provide the ability to fan the cards out. With a capacity of up to five cards, the thumb push on the side can get the cards out, or pull them from a fan perspective. It is made of metal and has a great MagSafe magnet on it, but it does provide more bulk because it is thicker, and because of that, it may give the appearance that it comes off your wallet easily.
From a usability perspective, the Apple MagSafe Wallet 2.0 has just been released a couple of months ago. If you had this wallet you will experience how the cards slip in. Since it has a tab, it begins to grab cards as they come down, which prevents them from just naturally falling out. Because this is a molded solution, it does not stretch but it only allows up to three cards. The drawback is that you need to remove this wallet from your iPhone in order to be able to utilize this thumb push slot to get the cards out, which is okay.
The impressive feature on this wallet is the inclusion of the NFC chip that will register your wallet with your iPhone, and with Find My for all new devices, it writes this information back to the wallet via this NFC chip. It provides your name and your phone number, so if you happen to lose it and if the person who finds it has an iPhone 12 or better, which is still a small part of the population, but if that is the case and if they put this on their phone, it will give that information to them, and you might get your wallet back.
Andar The Mag, unlike the Apple MagSafe Wallet, does not need to be removed from your phone thanks to the thumb push notch located at the bottom but it does not have a quick access thumb push at the back. Otherwise, it is molded very much like the Apple Wallet. It can get up to a few cards, and as they are put in, friction will be created that allows them to grip. But other than that, this is a much better wallet in my mind by way of materials and the usability of the push slot in the bottom. The Apple MagSafe strength of attachment via these magnets seems to be stronger to me in my unscientific testing. Furthermore, all these wallets use the same vertical alignment magnets.
Unlike the Apple MagSafe Wallet, the Distil Union Wally Junior wallet does not require removing the wallet from your phone thanks to the pull strap which is magnetically held to the front. I enjoyed carrying this wallet, it is fairly rigid and I like it. The rigidity means that it functions in a way that once the cards are put in, it clasps back and secures them. Besides, it can be used as a standalone wallet. All these wallets function in that way, however, some are a little better than others from an aesthetics perspective.
The Anson Calder MagSafe Card Wallet is similar in a way that it does not need to be taken off to gain access to cards thanks to its very generous thumb push slot. This is common on all of Anson Calder’s wallets. It also provides a slim case capability, and it is thinner and slimmer than most other wallets because it is not molded. This is strict leather, therefore, it will stretch. The calfskin has a tendency to rebound a bit, thus this is quite pleasant and very easy to use.
The Ekster MagSafe Card Holder easily slips a few cards which go through the top. You have access to this front card, which is very easy to pull out. It can also be used for cash. For the rear card, you can push it out on the back via the thumb slot, it is simple to use but requires you to take it off your phone. One card is easy to grab and pull out, but if you have more than one in these slots, it could become a little difficult. This is leather, therefore it will continue to stretch slowly.
However, as I have previously mentioned with other leather MagSafe Wallets, it will outgrow and might come out if you are not careful. The difference between this and others is that this is not molded.
The next wallet, the Mous MagSafe Card Holder, has two horizontal slots on the side. The problem that resides here is that once you put a card and another right in front of it, you immediately see how these cards begin to stack on top of each other and will not allow differentiating between them. This will cause it to become bulkier because it begins to increase the size towards the top.
Moreover, it becomes difficult to fish around for your cards. With four cards it becomes really difficult and there is no alternative way to get to the rear cards. This design is not the most convenient for its tight spaces. Against the stretching issue, three cards are probably the maximum, and anything beyond that will make it difficult. As I mentioned, these 166 silicon dots on the back are brilliant because the magnet is not that strong, but these silicon dots provide an anti-slip mechanism.
The Geometric Goods leather MagSafe Six Card has a pull strap like the one we saw with the Distil Union. It is quite nice, but it will stretch. This wallet has a lot to give, it is all leather with just the magnet, the strap is focused well inside the wallet so it does not present problems, there is no secure way that if it stretches out, the cards would not be possibly falling out. This is something to be aware of, considering that this does not work with the iPhone 12 Mini because it is too wide for that. Otherwise, it does seem to be about the same strength. And, if you are looking for genuine leather, something that is awesome and fantastic, then this is the one for you.
Finally, the Fantom C MagSafe is the smallest Fantom created so far by the company, coming in slightly larger than the cards it takes. The reason it is able to be so small is because it provides a little peak point that enables sliding into the wallet, and to take it out, a little slot there helps to push the card out, it even provides with the possibility of fanning your cards, this is quite clever. Furthermore, as would be expected of a metal wallet, it can become rather heavy. Besides, when dealing with the same specifications on the magnet, it can present issues where it might easily strip off because it is also quite thick.
The measurements of these wallets are very close because they are dealing with cards primarily and they need to fit on the iPhone 12 or newer. That is what dictates the sizes and that is the reason they are very close. However, the thickness can change. And then as we mentioned, the Geometric Goods does not work on the mini.
From the weight perspective, they all weigh very close. There are some outliers that can either help or hinder. The very lightest one helps keep it snug on the phone and so it will not come off, such as seen in Ekster MagSafe. It has got only 19 grams. If you look at the wallets that are on the other side of the spectrum, we have the Geometric Goods at 44 grams, and the Fantom C at 61 grams.
Finally, we have reached the final score. We could see how they all match up with each other, they are all fairly close. The aspects that make them distinct are the features and the functionality. The score is correlated to characteristics such as can you get more cards? Does it provide some kind of security like the Distil Union, or the pull strap like the Geometric Goods? Does it have high quality like Anson Calder plus access? All these inquiries are run into the final score parameters.
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at the top eight MagSafe card holder wallets of 2021. We hope to have you look at all the reviews of these individually. Do check the videos for more details.