Earlier this month Realme launched MagDart, its MagSafe-like ecosystem of magnetic wireless charging products. The main unit is a 50 W brick that Realme recognizes as the world’s fastest magnetic wireless charger – it should be able to charge a 4,500 mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in 54 minutes.
Naturally, I was interested in trying this myself. Realme sent me a 50W MagDart charger, a 65W SuperDart wall charger to connect it, and a Realme Flash concept phone with built-in MagDart compatibility. (The only other Realme phone that works with MagDart is new GT flagshipand that too requires a special case.)
Flash is not a commercial device, but it is still a very nice phone. This is mainly due to the fact that it is apparently reused OnePlus 9 Pro, made it possible for the two companies to share ownership and suppliers together with Oppo and Vivo. The camera has been reconfigured slightly – for some reason, because the built-in software doesn’t even include a camera app – but the hardware is otherwise identical. The “Phone About” screen in Flash still has the device name OnePlus 9 Pro.
The MagDart charger is a thick metal box with a solid construction and a glossy top panel that touches the phone. The magnetic force is quite strong; You can attach the flash and hold it against the ground, even if it falls if you shake it a little. Despite the large design of the charger, it will still stick if you try to lift the phone, so you cannot use it as a built-in wireless charger without attaching it to a hard surface. There is a fan with varying noise levels. At its strongest, I would say it’s comparable to an Intel-based MacBook Pro with too many Chrome tabs open.
When it came to testing performance, I noticed that the charger could not wake up the phone at 0 percent power. For this reason, I used a USB-C cable to turn on the phone and get one percent, and then took my measurement from there. I did not use the phone during charging other than waking up the screen to check the battery status.
Basically, it turns out that this is indeed a very fast wireless charger, although not quite as fast as Realme claims. After 15 minutes, Flash was already 35 percent and reached 60 percent after half an hour. The 45-minute limit raised it to 82 percent, but to the promised 54 minutes, it was only 95 percent. Flash hit the 100 percent mark in a 60-minute round. By comparison, the iPhone 12’s battery is only about half full after a long time.
So, MagDart works. However, I’m not convinced by the form factor – if speed were a priority, connecting the cable wouldn’t be much easier than this, if at all. Also, you will not be able to use the phone while this charger is connected. (I note here that Realme has also developed a thinner 15W MagDart charger that looks similar to Apple’s MagSafe charging disc).
However, magnetic wireless charging is versatile, and MagDart technology seems to work well. U.S. readers in particular should keep an eye on whether it shows up on the actual OnePlus devices shipped at any time.