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Spigen MagSafe Wallets – The Best One Has a Kickstand

Spigen makes three different MagSafe wallets that all hold a maximum of 2 cards. You can access your cards without having to remove any of these wallets from your phone. All three also have a thumb slot on the back, but to use it, you have to remove the wallet first.

The Spigen Rugged Armor has a rigid, thermoplastic polyurethane shell that makes it practically crush proof. Both the Spigen Valentinus and Spigen Smart Fold are made from flexible polyurethane leather, also known PU leather, faux leather, or vegan leather. 

BEST

RUGGED ARMOR

 VALENTINUS

SMART FOLD

Colors

Black

Black, Brown

Black, Gunmetal

Card Capacity

2

2

2

Carries one bill of cash

Yes, but very tight

Yes

Yes

Magnet strength

Average

Average

Average

Material

Rigid Polyurethane

Vegan Leather

Vegan Leather

Pull strap

No

No

No

Front Card Access

Push up from bottom

Push up from bottom

Pull out from slots

Thumb slot on back

Yes

Yes

Yes

Kickstand

No

No

Yes

Price

$40

$40

$40

The most feature rich, practical, and multi-functional of the three Spigen wallets is the Smart Fold because the front cover folds out into a kickstand.

It securely holds an iPhone 12 or 13 Mini, Regular, and Pro in portrait (vertical) position. It will also do landscape position, but the phone is nearly straight up and down and difficult to see.

It will NOT hold the iPhone Pro Max in vertical position because it is too top heavy and easily tips over.

The Moft MagSafe wallet and stand is an excellent kickstand alternative for iPhone Pro Max owners because it will hold any size iPhone 12/13 in portrait, landscape, or floating mode. And it holds 3 cards, 1 one more card than any of the Spigen wallets.

The magnet strength is about average for all three Spigen wallets when compared to other MagSafe wallets I’ve tested. It doesn’t slide off in my pocket and it’s moderately resistant to twisting and sliding in general. 

Do you want the strongest magnet of all? In my testing of over a dozen MagSafe wallets, I found the PopWallet from PopSocket to have the strongest magnet by far.

All three of the Spigen MagSafe wallets have both front and back side card access. That means you have your choice of accessing your cards without having to remove the wallet from your phone. Or you can remove it and use the thumb slot on the back. 

winning trophy iconBest: Spigen Smart Fold

Spigen Smart Fold MagSafe wallet
Photo: Kim Stone

Hands down, the Spigen Smart Fold is my favorite of the 3 Spigen wallets because it has a kickstand. As with the others, it holds a maximum of two cards. But instead of pushing them out from the bottom, there are two slots in front that fit one card each.

A front hinged flap covers the cards and stays closed with a magnet at the top. Both the inside of the flap and the inside face of the wallet has a soft, micro-fiber feel. On the outside, the vegan leather is stamped with a geometric texture that makes it easy to hold on to.

The flap folds down into a kickstand to hold a Mini, Regular, or Pro iPhone 12/13 in portrait viewing position. It will also do landscape but the viewing position is so up-and-down that it’s difficult to see the screen without scrunching down in front of it.

In certain respects it’s similar to the Moft wallet kickstand (which is a better choice, I think). But the Spigen Smart Fold can’t hold an iPhone 12/13 Pro Max in portrait position. That phone is just too top heavy. It’s surprising they didn’t figure out a way to fix that.

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Spigen Rugged Armor

Spigen Rugged Armor MagSafe wallet
Photo: Kim Stone

If you’re looking for a MagSafe wallet that won’t bend your cards, the rigid thermoplastic polyurethane case of the Rugged Armor will do the trick.

Pushing your 2 cards out from the bottom is easy and straightforward enough. But I wish the thumb slot at the bottom was a little deeper so that the cards pushed out further. Because the case uses rigid plastic, I found it difficult to get my fingers under a card to pull it out without the wallet coming off your phone first.

The positive trade off of the rigid case means you can carry the wallet separately without fear of bending your cards. You can also squeeze in a folded $20 bill, but it’s a really tight fit.

Spigen Valentinus

Spigen Valentinus MagSafe wallet
Photo: Kim Stone

The Spigen Valentinus is similar in design to the Rugged Armor but it uses more supple vegan leather. While the Rugged Armor only comes in black, the Valentinus adds brown.

You can easily push out a maximum of 2 cards from the bottom without having to remove the wallet first. I have a similar complaint with the Valentinus that I wish the cards would push out further to make them easier to grab. You can easily solve this issue by taking the wallet of your phone and using the thumb push in back. (But who wants to do that?)

Even though the faux leather gives it more flexibility, the MagSafe magnet in the back gives it some inherent stiffness and resistance to bending, though not as much as the Rugged Armor.

In the end, I’m not sure if I prefer the Valentinus or Rugged Armor. They’re really more similar than different.

Kim is an expert in innovative wallets and MagSafe accessories. He has reviewed close to 100 different wallets and has over 500,000 video views on his Wallet Surfer YouTube channel. If you want to send Kim a quick message, then visit his contact page.

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