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Apple MagSafe Not Playing Well with Google Pixel 4 XL

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Pixel 4 XL

by Google Inc.

The MagSafe Charger does not provide fast wireless charging to phones other than iPhone 12 models while Google's Pixel Stand is one of the new wireless chargers that works well with the Google Pixel 4 XL.  While we didn't expect the MagSafe Charger to fast charge the Pixel 4 XL, we expected much better basic charging compatibility.

We found the optimal position of the MagSafe Charger to be at the center of the Pixel 4 XL.

Using the GRL-C2 USB PD Tester and GRL-PSP Power Analyzer software from Granite River Labs, we can see that the MagSafe Charger is consistently pulling only about 2W from its USB-C cable, resulting in the Pixel 4 XL taking a lengthy 20 minutes even to get 1% battery charge from 0% (with the phone's display kept off).   This level of power is insufficient to practically charge any phone.

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