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MagSafe Wallet Time!

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Dave!I've always ignored the whole MagSafe scenario because I didn't think it would be very practical. Room for three cards? THREE?!? What am I supposed to do with that? Especially considering that Washington State legislators are more concerned with raising taxes and running for re-election than actually getting shit done so we can have digital licenses. Other states are hopping on board. But not Washington! Patty Murray is too busy sucking Big Pharma dick to have ten fucking minutes to tell her staff to instruct the Department of Licensing to do jack shit. So one of those three precious card slots will be devoted to my physical license, leaving me with two left (thank you shitty USA health care system!).

Now, given that one of those has to be for my health insurance card means I'm left with one slot left.

And even though ApplePay is finally rolling out to most stores now-a-days, that should probably go to my primary credit card for places it doesn't work.

And that's all she wrote.

But would it be enough? I tested it out by rubber-banding the three cards together and sticking them in my front pocket while my wallet with the rest of my junk goes in my back pocket. I would keep track of how many times I had to reach for my wallet in a month and see if MagSafe Wallet was even possible.

Surprisingly? Turns out it was. So I orderd the orange one to go on my Project RED case on my Deep Purple iPhone...

Now... I originally wasn't going to go with the Apple wallet because I didn't want to buy leather anything. Faux leather was fine. But Apple MagSafe Wallets are the only ones that have "Find My" technology which will let you know when your wallet was last attached to your iPhone. Since I was genuinely concerned with the wallet falling off, this seemed a handy feature to have, so I went with Apple's cruelty-enabled option.

Turns out that the magnets on this wallet are actually pretty good, I've been using it for over a month and it's never fallen off once, even when sliding it in my pocket.

The only problem I have with the magnetic attachment is that it doesn't snap to alignment, and oftentimes I have to twist it a bit so that it pops into place. Kind of a huge flaw in Apple's design, but not a dealbreaker.

The only other difficulty is getting the cards in and out. There's a thumb-hole on the back which allows you to push the cards out one-by-one. But sometimes they come out easier than others. I've taken to having my credit card be in the back since that's by far the card I use most (Home Depot and other stores don't allow ApplePay).

Other than that? Kinda great, actually. I love not having to lug around a huge wallet, and the three slots are all I really need (though hopefully one day Patty Murray will be forced out of office and be replaced by somebody who will give Washingtonians digital driver's licenses, because I'd rather add my Health Savings card in its place).

If you rarely use cash like me... and don't need a ton of cards on you, then this is actually a pretty good investment.

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  1. kapgar says:

    All this time, I’d totally been misinterpreting what these wallets were all about. I thought it was like those non-Apple wallets that perma-stick to your phone case and through some AppleMagic (TM pending) could still stick to and charge via MagSafe through the wallet. Never dawned on me that the wallet adhered via magnetism, too. Duh. 🙄

    • Dave2 says:

      When I get home, it’s habit to pop off my MagSafe wallet with my keys by the front door. Then when I grab my keys, I just slap the wallet on my phone. I don’t even think about it, and it’s all been working great for me.

  2. Ren says:

    I’ve been rockin’ one of these since they were released, I think. It did lead to me switching from caseless to a MagSafe case, as I found the wallet a bit to slippery on the bare phone. That said, I just recently decided to try it again without a case and while it certainly isn’t as secure, it hasn’t bothered me.

    I don’t carry a physical medical card, choosing instead to rely on the digital version. Hasn’t caused me an issue yet, though it is often less convenient than if I just had the card. This allows me to carry a backup CC instead, which I like. I also have an emergency $20 bill stuck in there. Unless I’m driving somewhere — which is a minority of the time — that’s all that is in my pockets other than my AirPods Pro case. Even though it’s been a couple of years now (or close to it), I’m still sometimes unnerved to find my back pockets empty.

    • Dave2 says:

      I don’t think that a medical card is a possibility here. Yet. I’m just surprised at how infrequently I have to pull a card out of it… ApplePay really took off in a hurry.

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