Earlier this month Realme launched MagDart, its MagSafe-a-like ecosystem of magnetic wi-fi charging merchandise. The headline gadget is a 50W brick that Realme professes to be the quickest magnetic wi-fi charger on the planet — it’s supposed to have the ability to cost a 4,500mAh battery from 0 to 100% in 54 minutes.

Naturally I used to be keen on attempting this for myself. Realme despatched me a 50W MagDart charger, a 65W SuperDart wall charger to plug it into, and a Realme Flash “concept phone” with built-in MagDart compatibility. (The one different Realme cellphone to work with MagDart is the brand new GT flagship, and even that requires a specialised case.)

The Flash isn’t a industrial gadget, but it surely’s a really good cellphone nonetheless. That’s largely as a result of it’s very clearly a repurposed OnePlus 9 Professional, made potential by the truth that the 2 firms share possession and suppliers together with Oppo and Vivo. The digicam configuration has been reshuffled a bit of — for little cause, for the reason that onboard software program doesn’t even embrace a digicam app — however the {hardware} is in any other case similar. The Flash’s “About phone” display even nonetheless lists the gadget title because the OnePlus 9 Professional.

The Realme Flash is clearly a repurposed OnePlus 9 Professional.

The MagDart charger, in the meantime, is a chunky metallic field with strong building and a shiny prime panel that makes contact with the cellphone. The magnetic power is pretty sturdy; you possibly can connect the Flash and maintain it dealing with the bottom, although it’ll fall in case you shake it round a bit of. Regardless of the charger’s cumbersome construct, it’ll nonetheless keep hooked up in case you attempt to choose the cellphone up, so you possibly can’t actually use it as a stationary wi-fi charger with out securing it to a tough floor. There’s a cooling fan that varies in its noise output. At its loudest, I’d say it’s similar to an Intel-based MacBook Professional with a pair too many Chrome tabs open.

When it got here to testing the efficiency, I discovered that the charger wasn’t in a position to wake the cellphone at 0 p.c energy. For that cause, I used a USB-C cable to show the cellphone on and get it to 1 p.c, then took my measurements from there. I didn’t use the cellphone whereas charging aside from to wake the display to test the battery standing.

Mainly, it seems that that is certainly a really quick wi-fi charger, although not fairly as quick as Realme claims. After quarter-hour the Flash was already at 35 p.c, and reached 60 p.c after half an hour. The 45-minute mark took it to 82 p.c, however by the promised 54 minutes it was solely at 95 p.c. The Flash ultimately hit 100% at a spherical 60 minutes. For comparability, an iPhone 12’s battery will solely be round half full after that lengthy.

The charger will keep hooked up in case you choose your cellphone up from the desk.

So yeah, MagDart works. I’m probably not satisfied by the shape issue, although — if velocity was a precedence, plugging in a cable wouldn’t be a lot much less handy than this, if in any respect. You may’t virtually use the cellphone with this charger hooked up, both. (I’ll notice right here that Realme has additionally developed a thinner 15W MagDart charger that appears just like Apple’s MagSafe charging puck).

Nonetheless, magnetic wi-fi charging is all about versatility, and the MagDart know-how appears to work nicely for what it’s. For readers within the US specifically, it’ll be price keeping track of whether or not it exhibits up in precise transport OnePlus units any time quickly.

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