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Charby launches ORBIT, an ‘alternative’ to Apple’s MagSafe

Charby has launched ORBIT — a magnetic set that purportedly brings faster MagSafe wireless charging and MagSafe compatibility to all Qi-enabled phones.

Apple says that MagSafe “improves wireless charging for a better, more efficient experience and introduces an ecosystem of easy-to-attach accessories that beautifully complement iPhone 12 Pro models.” It features an array of magnets around the wireless charging coil that connect to the iPhone . They provide up to 15W of power while still accommodating existing Qi-enabled devices.

ORBIT is Charby’s take on Apple’s MagSafe. It’s a snap-on wireless charging and accessory ecosystem exclusive to the latest iPhone series. ORBIT lets users add MagSafe magnets to all Qi-enabled phones, including Android phones and older iPhones. Just stick ORBIT’s thin magnetic pad to the phone or casing’s back. Every MagSafe charger, wallet, power bank, and others will snap on via magnetic force.

Charby CEO Ming Jin Check says that the Apple MagSafe Charger charges slower on older iPhones and Android phones. He adds that this is why Charby introduces a universal 15W Qi charger so all smartphones can enjoy fast MagSafe wireless charging. 

It even charges 24% faster on iPhone 12, according to Check. By maintaining stable power output, it minimizes power spikes that cause overheating, he adds. (Overheating may trigger the iPhone’s safety mechanism that throttles charging speed.)

The ORBIT also comes with a phone mounting feature.  By attaching an additional pad on a wall, the phone will snap on thanks to the embedded N52 Neodymium magnet. It’s attachable on any surface including the bathroom mirror and car dash.

Charby plans to start delivering ORBIT this September. Those who wish to get order one can check out Super Early Bird discounts and gifts reserved for early backers on the Kickstarter page here

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.