Pitaka’s latest cover is designed for iPad Mini users who want MagSafe-style charging. The new $79 MagEZ Case Pro for the sixth-generation iPad Mini (named the iPad Mini 6) includes magnetic points on the back that carry power over the iPad’s USB-C connector when used with the supplied pad. It also works with the $129 MagEZ Charging Stand, which lifts the tablet and features a second Qi charging spot in the base for a phone or headphones.

There are various drawbacks to this strategy. Pitaka’s case doesn’t make use of the iPad Mini’s built-in magnets, and it also limits access to the USB-C connector, leaving you with just the magnetic pad to charge the tablet. While the case is on, forget about sending any data via a wired connection.

The case is made of rigid rubber with a carbon fiber-like weave pattern that should shield the phone from most common drops but isn’t the most durable I’ve seen. Because it doesn’t cover the screen like Apple’s folio covers, you’ll probably want to use a screen protector with it.

On the plus side, the cover allows charging of the Apple Pencil on the right side, and there’s a small attachment that grips the Pencil and keeps it in place when the iPad is tossed in a bag.

Apart from those flaws, the MagEZ lives true to its name, as charging is as easy as placing the case near the base and letting the magnets do the rest. Because of the strong magnetic pull, the iPad will be held securely in either landscape or portrait mode. (The stand also tilts, but there is no way to modify the height.)

If you want to charge the iPad and a phone at full speed at the same time on the stand, Pitaka recommends using at least a 45W USB-C Power Delivery brick, which neither the case nor the stand comes with. (The base allows for 7.5W charging on iPhones and up to 15W charging on other Qi devices.)

Because neither the case nor the stand is cheap, you must be entirely committed to magnetic charging to make this combination work. Both attachments should be accessible starting, May 30th, if that isn’t a deal-breaker

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