Charging multiple Apple products all at the same time is not an easy task. Of course, you can connect all the adapters and cables to a USB power strip, which will get the job done. However, there is a major issue with it — you'll have a cluttered mess of wires and cables at your nightstand or your office desk. Thankfully, that's not the end of the road. Say Hi to charging stations. These charging stations (or charging docks) let you charge your Apple Watch, AirPods Pro, and even your Apple Watch all at the same time.
The best part is that these charging stations achieve all these with minimum clutter. In the case of hybrid chargers, you may need to thread the charging cable inside the station, while in the case of true wireless chargers, all you need to do is connect it to a compatible adapter, and you will be set. Yes, as simple as that.
There are quite a few stations out there in the market, and almost all the products have different specifications. While some prioritize the charging speed, others prioritize the look & design. All in all, you get a fairly good product that lets you juice all your Apple devices simultaneously.
Now that's settled, check our recommendations for the best-charging stations for Apple devices. But before that,
If you are willing to splurge on a charging station for your iPhone and AirPods Pro, then you can't go wrong with the Nomad Base Station Pro. Like most Nomad products, this also comes with a premium price tag. The crux of this charger is the Aira FreePower wireless charging technology. Instead of regular wireless coils, this charging pad has FreePower coils embedded on the base. This allows you to place your iPhone or your earphones without worrying about aligning them. So even if you have the bigger iPhone 12 Pro Max, you do not have to worry about alignment issues, as it's with some wireless chargers.
The clever design of the product also means that this charging station is slim and sleek enough to be placed on your office desk or your nightstand. And that's not the end of the story.
The Nomad Base Station pro uses a mix of aluminum and leather on the exterior, which gives the charging station a premium look. At the same time, at 7.5W, the charging speed is fairly decent for iPhones. Do note that though it's compatible with Qi-wireless charging compatible phone, the total output is limited to only 5W.
It charges via USB-C, and there's a handy LED indicator to show you the charging status. Do note that the Apple Watch is not compatible with this charging pad since the Apple Watch doesn't use Qi-wireless charging tech.
The good news is that the company is expected to launch an Apple Watch Mount early next year.
Another premium wireless charging dock that you can consider for your Apple devices is the one by Zens. The crux of this station is that it can charge your Apple Watch along with your iPhone and AirPods Pro (see best AirPods Pro leather cases), which isn't possible with the one above. Secondly, this charger has a cool and clever design. While the iPhone charges through an inclined charging pad, the Apple Watch's charger is perched on a sleek aluminum rod. Sound cool, right?
Specs-wise, this device is built to charge four devices at the same time. It has a total power output of 20W and can juice three devices at the same time. If we talk of the iPhone, it can draw 7.5W of power, meaning you will get a fully charged iPhone is the standard time.
Here the earphone does not charge wirelessly. Instead, the product has a built-in lightning port, and you'll need to align the charging case and plug it in.
The product is well-made and has a premium touch to it. The phone's charging pad has non-slip pads to keep the phone from slipping. Besides that, it's small and compact and doesn't take up much space. Plus, it helps to keep your desk clutter-free, for it has just a single cable going into the power adapter.
The Geekera brings the best of both worlds. For one, this charger costs just around $50 which makes it super affordable (for Apple products). Secondly, this charging station is compact and occupies minimal space, thereby making it perfect for small spaces. The best part is that it can simultaneously charge all three primary Apple devices—earphones, smartwatches, and phones. And this claim has been backed by several users as part of their reviews on Amazon.
Specs-wise, it has a total power output of 18W, with 7.5W reserved for the iPhone. On Samsung phones, the power output may go as high as 10W.
Since it's a compact charging station, you do not have to bother much about the phone alignment. It comes with two charging coils.
It has a USB-C port for charging. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to keep it a safe place so that even if it were to topple accidentally, the phone and the watch will not be damaged.
The Anker PowerWave is an affordable charging station that brings a slew of interesting features. It offers a mix of both wireless and wired charging. The best part is that you can charge all your devices together, including your Apple Watch. The phone charger is wireless. So you simply need to align it perfectly and lay it down to charge. Since it has two charging coils, the alignment issues are mostly minimal. The same is the case with charging the AirPods. It pushes 7.5W to the iPhone while other compatible phones can draw out 5W of power.
However, when it comes to charging the Apple Watch, there's a slight catch. This charging station bundles a watch mount. This means you will have to thread the proprietary Apple magnetic charging puck. The company ships a 5ft USB-A to USB-C cable to connect the charging station with the power source.
The company does not ship a power adapter with it. That adds to the cost. In this case, you'll have to buy a compatible adapter with Quick Charge 3.0 or having an output of 9V or above.
The reviews have been quite decent for this product. When it comes to charging the iPhone 12 Pro Max, people have had mixed reviews about it. While a few users have claimed that it charges as advertised, others felt that the charging cradle is small for the iPhone Pro Max.
The Powlaken 3-in-1 wireless charger is a popular wireless charger for Apple products. Not only is the charging pad bigger here, but you also needn't reuse the proprietary magnetic charging puck or buy a new one. This charging station comes equipped with one. Unlike the one above, this one provides a charging speed of 10W for non-Apple products than the 5W of the Anker Powerwave. Furthermore, it ships with an adapter and cable, thus saving you from incurring additional costs.
The larger charging pad can charge bigger devices like the iPhone 12 Pro Max without any issues. Apart from providing 7.5W for the phone, this one delivers 2W for the Apple Watch and 5W for Airpods.
The Powlaken 3-in-1 wireless charger is quite popular on Amazon and has received more than 8,000 reviews on Amazon. People like its easy-to-use nature (no cable routing), value-for-money proposition, and of course, its performance. As per Fakespot's estimates, over 60% of the reviews are reliable and can be trusted.
The bottom line is if you want a station that packs a punch and a good charging station, this one proves to be a great buy.
Last but not least, we have the Waitiee Wireless Charger. This one has a similar working as the products above. What sets it apart from the rest is its design. It comes with a hanging stand for the watch. The station now ships with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 adapter, which is a big plus.
The working is mostly similar to its counterparts. However, charging the watch is mostly similar to the Anker Powerwave. Here too, you will have to wind the charger and the cable through the back of the charging station.
For just under $30, this one packs a punch if you are okay with using your own Apple Watch charger. The build is solid, and so is the setup process.
It has more than 7,000 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.2-stars at the time of writing. As per Fakespot's analysis, around 70% of the reviews are genuine and can be trusted.
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Say Bye to Clutter
A good charging station declutters the area and saves you from the hassle of searching for cables and wires. Since most of these wireless charger charges at no more than 7.5W, you can leave the phone on the charger before you go off to sleep and then wake up to a fully charged phone and smartwatch.
However, if you are not a big fan of wireless charging and are looking for a powerful wired charging device, you can take a look at the RAVPower 60W Desktop USB Charger.