SoCS — Magnetic Charge

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, we’re given the word “magnet.”

I had always heard that magnets can wipe our hard drives, wreak havoc on our computer monitors, or can distort the flow of electrons through cables. Thus, I was always diligent about keeping magnets nowhere near my computers or other electronic devices.

So it kind of floored me when I bought my new iPhone 12 Pro Max, and a recommended device for charging the phone was something called “MagSafe.”It’s essentially a large, round magnet that you place on the back of the iPhone in order to charge it.

Whoa! If I put a magnet on my iPhone, won’t it wipe out the iPhone’s memory, fry the iPhone’s components,or short circuit something? Well, apparently not.

It seems that concerns about the dangers of mixing magnets and computer components came from the days of floppy disk drives. Stick a cheap magnet to a floppy drive and whatever information was stored would be gone. But seriously, when was the last time you stored any data on a floppy disk?

That said, though, Apple has warned that charging through MagSafe could damage credit cards, security badges, passports, and key fobs if you leave them between the phone and the charger.

That’s good to know. I guess I’ll have to keep my credit cards away from my iPhone’s MagSafe charger. Surely there must be another way to keep my credit cards charged up.

15 thoughts on “SoCS — Magnetic Charge

  1. Sadje December 19, 2020 / 3:44 am

    I didn’t know it operated via magnetic power.

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  2. Debbie Gravett December 19, 2020 / 7:55 am

    I think you’d find a lot of people today have no idea what you’re talking about – floppy disk.:lol:

    As long as the credit card is charge up for further use and not charged to the max then sign me up for such a device when you find it. 😉

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  3. Marleen December 19, 2020 / 10:45 am

    So my phone case with a holder in the back for my credit cards would be unwieldy if I wanted to use the magnetic thing for charging.

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    • Fandango December 19, 2020 / 6:22 pm

      I would think so!


  4. Laura December 19, 2020 / 7:03 pm

    Haven’t seen a floppy disk since my college days but I remember the dire warnings about how easy it would be to lose everything. Fascinating how this has changed in tech.

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  5. Carol anne December 20, 2020 / 10:12 am

    Lol! I loved your last line! What is the I phone 12 like? I have the SE 2020, I didn’t opt to buy the 12 mini or pro. Which size model did you get? How much storage is on it?

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    • Fandango December 20, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      The big one — the Pro Max with 256 gigs of memory.

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      • Carol anne December 20, 2020 / 1:01 pm

        Oh cool, my SE 2020 only has 128 gigs I couldn’t get the 256 gig model The supplier didn’t have it in stock 🤩

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  6. leigha66 December 26, 2020 / 7:39 pm

    Is that the 3.5 floppy disc or the even older 5.25 ones? …keep the cards charged up indeed! Ha, ha!

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