This 3-in-1 MagSafe stand charges your iPhone with a twist

This 3-in-1 MagSafe stand charges your iPhone with a twist

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Many iPhone owners these days person much than conscionable their smartphone to complaint up astatine night. due to the fact that of Apple’s robust merchandise ecosystem, an iPhone is often joined by an Apple Watch and a acceptable of AirPods, and there’s nary shortage of accessories designed to marque it casual to negociate and complaint these devices together.

Such is the lawsuit with the $130 Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Station, which takes vantage of the MagSafe technology built into iPhone 12 and newer models. Ugreen’s charging presumption holds your telephone successful spot portion accelerated charging it and juices up your Apple Watch and a acceptable of AirPods (or different tiny wireless charge-capable earphones) astatine the aforesaid time. It’s an impressive-sounding bundle connected paper. But what’s it similar to use?

MagSafe vs. magnetic charging

Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe charging stand.Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

Although the iPhone has supported wireless charging since the 2017 iPhone 8 and iPhone X were released, this was typically constricted to a maximum of 7.5-watt charging. That fell abbreviated of what galore competing Android handsets were offering. It wasn’t until the iPhone 12 came on 2 years agone that Apple accrued wireless charging speeds. Still, similar galore different manufacturers, the institution chose to bash truthful by introducing its ain proprietary charging standard: MagSafe.

As the sanction suggests, the astir disposable diagnostic of MagSafe is the magnetic attachment betwixt an iPhone and a charger. However, there’s a much important facet that’s not rather arsenic evident unless you wage adjacent attention. Anybody tin marque a wireless charger with a ringing of magnets that volition lucifer up with those recovered connected a modern iPhone, but lone an Apple-certified MagSafe charger volition supply 15W charging.

While we can’t presently accidental for definite what the iPhone 14 volition bring, the iPhone 13 inactive charges astatine lone 7.5W erstwhile laid onto a modular Qi-compatible wireless charger. Only genuine MagSafe chargers volition supply the fastest wireless charging that modern iPhones are susceptible of. 

This tin marque it tricky to store for wireless chargers, arsenic galore companies database their chargers arsenic “magnetic” oregon adjacent “MagSafe-compatible.” However, unless they transportation Apple’s “Made for MagSafe” branding, they don’t connection 15W iPhone charging. Even well-known Apple accessory partners similar Belkin and Mophie merchantability some MagSafe chargers and generic magnetic chargers that are besides iPhone-compatible. 

The bully quality is that Ugreen’s MagSafe charger fits into the erstwhile category. It’s officially MagSafe-certified by Apple, adding different coagulated enactment that folks with an iPhone and Apple Watch whitethorn privation to consider. 

A practical, flexible design

Rear presumption    of Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe charging basal   with AirPods Pro, Apple Watch, and iPhone 12 Pro Max charging.Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

Ugreen’s 3-in-1 MagSafe charging presumption is 1 of the much compact tabletop stations we’ve seen. While it evidently can’t vie with a portable question charger similar Mophie’s 3-in-1, it takes up little abstraction than Belkin’s 3-in-1 wireless dock. 

It’s wide that Ugreen is going for a much applicable than creator plan here, though that’s not to accidental the Ugreen basal is unattractive. It has a classy achromatic brushed integrative decorativeness with chrome accents, but it inactive feels much utilitarian than stylish. The plan whitethorn person been partially inspired by Apple’s MagSafe Duo question charger, though the integrative connected Ugreen’s basal isn’t rather arsenic rubbery arsenic what Apple uses.

To trim the charging station’s footprint, Ugreen has tucked the AirPods charging pad down the iPhone dock, a clever instrumentality that makes usage of what often ends up being dormant abstraction connected different charging stands. This assumes that you don’t privation to spot your AirPods portion they’re charging, but I deliberation that’s fair, particularly since there’s a greenish LED connected the beforehand of the basal that lights up erstwhile the AirPods charging pad is active. 

The AirPods charging pad has a recess designed for an AirPods Pro case, but it’s conscionable a 5W Qi-compatible charger, truthful you tin usage it for different earbuds that enactment wireless charging oregon immoderate different tiny instrumentality thatcould acceptable successful there. You tin adjacent driblet different iPhone oregon Android telephone connected that spot, though it’s a spot awkward arsenic it sits straight beneath the superior MagSafe charger.

iPhone 12 Pro Max and Google Pixel 6 charging successful  tandem alongside Apple Watch connected  Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe charging stand.Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

It’s not impossible, though, arsenic the MagSafe charging disc besides pivots from astir a 75-degree space to a wholly horizontal position. This lets you take a convenient viewing space for your iPhone and besides means you tin space it upward to marque country to complaint different instrumentality beneath it. You tin adjacent laic retired 2 phones bunk-bed benignant to complaint some simultaneously. 

The quality to orient the MagSafe charging disc to the horizontal besides lets you easy complaint different smartphones oregon adjacent older iPhones that don’t enactment MagSafe — albeit lone astatine slower 7.5W Qi charging speeds. 

An Apple Watch tin besides beryllium charged successful 1 of 2 positions: laid face-up connected the basal with the strap extended oregon propped up successful the accepted “nightstand mode” orientation. The Apple Watch charging disc is connected a spring-loaded hinge that pops retired from its recessed presumption successful the charging basal by pressing a fastener connected the back. When extended, the disc tin beryllium adjusted to a 45-degree oregon 90-degree space perpendicular to the base. 

Although the Apple Watch charging disc folds down into the base, this is for charging, not portability. The MagSafe basal for the iPhone doesn’t fold down oregon detach, truthful this isn’t a basal you should expect to instrumentality with you. It’s designed to beryllium near connected a desktop oregon table.

Power and accessories

Ugreen’s 3-in-1 MagSafe basal requires a USB-C powerfulness root that tin proviso a minimum of 25W, and you’ll request to supply 1 arsenic you’ll lone find a USB-C cablegram successful the box. That’s a spot disappointing considering the terms of this stand, but Ugreen besides sells a wide scope of powerfulness adapters. 

While you tin usage your Apple USB-C iPhone charger if you person 1 connected hand, that lone provides 20W of power, truthful you won’t beryllium capable to usage each 3 charging areas astatine maximum performance. The basal requires 15W for the MagSafe charger, positive 5W each for the Apple Watch disc and AirPods pad.

It’s besides worthy mentioning that Ugreen’s basal can’t fast-charge an Apple Watch Series 7. It lone provides 5W charging connected the Apple Watch disc careless of the model. That’s not surprising, though, arsenic Belkin is the lone third-party accessory shaper that’s embraced faster charging for Apple’s latest wearable. 

A bully (albeit familiar) charging option

iPhone 12 Pro Max and Apple Watch Series 5 charging connected  Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe charging basal   with HomePod mini successful  the background.Jesse Hollington / Digital Trends

Ugreen’s 3-in-1 MagSafe charging basal is simply a susceptible charging basal that works arsenic designed and offers a mates of absorbing twists — peculiarly by being much adjustable than others we’ve looked at. However, there’s not overmuch to acceptable it isolated different than the wide design.

To beryllium clear, the adjustable stands are a large positive — I’ve been utilizing Belkin’s Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 wireless charging stand connected my bedside array for the past mates of years, and determination are times I’ve wished I could space my iPhone into a much convenient position. 

But if adjustability isn’t your thing, past you’re beauteous overmuch down to aesthetics. Ugreen is somewhat much affordable than Belkin’s 3-in-1 MagSafe stand, its main rival. Still, it’s indispensable to support successful caput that Belkin includes the indispensable charger, truthful you’ll lone beryllium redeeming wealth with Ugreen’s charging presumption if you already person a compatible 25W oregon greater USB-C charger connected hand. 

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