Belkin is known for its range of accessories for Apple devices. It has recently launched the Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, which can charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.
Priced at $110, Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is more affordable than most other 3-in-1 wireless chargers on the market, making it an attractive option.
Available in either black or white, the 3-in-1 Wireless Charger from Belkin is made from a plastic material. It’s not the best quality charger out there because of the all-plastic build, however unless you are seeking a robust item most users will be quite happy with it..
There’s an upright wireless charging interface that can accommodate an iPhone, an Apple Watch charging puck, and behind that, a small circular divot for the AirPods or AirPods Pro case. Many other 3-in-1 wireless chargers have enough space for charging two iPhones at once. The Belkin charges is designed specifically for a single iPhone and AirPods, which is something to be noted.
With the AirPods charging space located right behind the watch, care needs to be taken that the Apple Watch does not knock the AirPods out of position or . Taking into account the layout of the charging docks care must be taken to position things correctly. The ergonomics of the design is far from ideal and crowding is likely to be an issue for anyone who has a loop-style band.
The upright charging space for the iPhone is nice because it makes it easy to put the iPhone down and go, with no need to position it or make sure it’s in the right spot to initiate charging, something that’s often an issue with a typical flat wireless charger.
As for the Apple Watch charging puck, it’s fine. It charges the Apple Watch in Nightstand Mode like many other charging options on the market. There are small LEDs on the front and side of the charger that let you know when it’s powered on and charging something, and a single power cord sticks out from the back. These lights can’t be disabled and could be a bit irritating at night.
This is a 7.5W wireless charger so it charges iPhones at the maximum speed possible, which is not super fast. It’s great for charging overnight or when you just need a bit of juice, but it’s not the best solution when you need power quick.
A lot of the 3-in-1 wireless charging options on the market are priced at around $150, so it’s nice to have a name brand option that’s more affordable and reliably charges the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.
At $110 this is still a lot more than individual charging options for the three devices, so it’s still somewhat of a luxury. The Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is not the best looking option, but it occupies a small footprint and the price tag is lower than the competition. It is a bit of a hassle to make sure the Apple Watch and AirPods are lined up at times when using a loop-style band, but this should be seen as a minor inconvenience relative to the advantages listed.
This is an abridged article which first appeared in MacRumors.com “Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Dock Charges iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods Affordably”
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