We recently reported on the Deff Micro-USB to Magnetic Connector Adapter that was being exclusively sold in Japan, before UK retailer Clove managed to source them for sale. The adapter is an ideal solution for those who have an Xperia device with a magnetic charging connector (Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet and Z Ultra).
The adapter connects to any micro USB socket to turn it into a charging point using the magnetic connector bringing greater convenience and less wear-and-tear for the USB port flap. These magnetic adapters are now in stock through Clove costing £10 + VAT (plus delivery on top). They are available in both black and white colours. Click through for some pictures and impressions below.
The Deff Micro-USB to Magnetic Connector Adapter has been imported straight from Japan, hence you’ll notice the Japanese writing on the packaging.
One side of the adapter includes the Deff logo.
The adapter measures 34mm in length and 16mm in width.
The magnet itself was strong enough to attach to the Xperia device easily. If it is brought close enough, it will attach itself, such is the strength of the magnet.
Any normal micro USB socket will work with the adapter.
What we like about this adapter is that it leaves plenty of clearance for those that might be using their device with a case. We estimate around 4mm of clearance on this Deff adapter. Other micro USB adapters, such as the Magnector X, leave less clearance which means the magnetic connector cannot be accessed if using a case.
The width of the adapter is pretty much the same as any normal micro USB cable.
We didn’t notice any discernible difference when it came to charging time via the magnet connector and directly via the micro USB port. We would expect this would depend more on whether you are using a 1A or 2A charger.
Overall, we think this micro USB to magnetic connector adapter is a great piece of kit. Whilst Sony is trying to up-sell a new charging dock for every new Xperia device which has this magnetic connector, it’s great to see such a simple adapter that can easily be attached to any micro USB cable for charging.
Yes, it’s not the cheapest accessory for what it is, but it’s still significantly cheaper than Sony’s own solutions. The Deff Micro-USB to Magnetic Connector Adapter is convenient, has a strong magnet to attach easily and there is no noticeable difference in charging times. What’s not to like?
Thanks to Clove for sending over the Deff Micro-USB to Magnetic Connector Adapter for review!