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- The PopSocket PopWallet Plus for MagSafe is a wallet and grip for iPhone 12 and above.
- It attaches magnetically to the back of the phone and can hold three cards.
- It could replace a regular wallet if you don’t need to carry lots of cash and cards.
The $40 PopWallet Plus for MagSafe from PopSocket is a card holder that magnetically attaches to the back of an iPhone (12+) and has a retractable handle that doubles as a kickstand. After using it for seven months, it is so convenient that it has completely replaced the expensive Mont Blanc leather wallet that I carried every day.
Advantages: Streamlines what you carry, strong MagSafe connection, useful handle/kickstand
The inconvenients: Must be removed for charging or Apple Pay, room for only three cards, wear after seven months
PopSocket fans don’t need me to be poetic about its usefulness: PopSockets add extra grip when I’m holding a phone, especially on my large and relatively heavy iPhone 13 Pro Max. He also puts it on a table for hands-free video calls or watching movies. The PopWallet Plus for MagSafe is available in different styles and the PopSocket can be customized.
There is a risk when attaching objects with magnets: they could come off inadvertently. However, the PopWallet Plus’ magnetic connection is solid – even stronger than Apple’s MagSafe charger – and it’s never come loose unexpectedly.
Not having to carry a traditional wallet also frees up a pocket. It’s also great for times when you don’t want to carry a wallet, like at the gym. Now the PopWallet adds extra bulk to my iPhone when it’s in my pocket, especially with a case on. But, at least it frees up a pocket for something else, like keys. And the extra bulk isn’t too noticeable (unless you’re wearing skinny jeans). When I’m home, I usually take out the PopWallet.
The PopWallet isn’t entirely perfect. You’re limited to three cards, and pulling out a specific card you need can be tricky. Plus, you have to remove the PopWallet for wireless charging or to use Apple Pay, which is a nuisance if you’re a digital payment proponent.
The rubbery material covering the magnetic side of the PopWallet is also starting to wear off, but that’s not a problem, especially if you’re using a case. When I first used the PopWallet without a case, a faint black ring started to form around the iPhone’s MagSafe magnets. It eventually wears off and isn’t permanent, but PopSocket recommends using the PopWallet with a case. Note: Some cases block MagSafe magnets, so use one that won’t.
Many people will still prefer a traditional wallet, as there will be room for cards and bills. My Mont Blanc was a gift, so there is also an emotional value. But after using the PopWallet, it dawned on me that I just didn’t need to carry that many cards or even cash, since most places accept digital payment systems like Apple Pay. With Apple working on features like digital car keys and driver’s licenses, we might not even need a PopWallet in the future.
PopSocket also makes non-MagSafe versions of the PopWallet. If you don’t want the wallet, the company offers a $30 MagSafe PopGrip. And if you’re only interested in a MagSafe wallet, Apple’s $59 Leather Wallet for MagSafe is a good, high-quality option.