Apple Watch portable charger comparison

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by geniusbra, Apr 13, 2016.

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Which charger you like most?

  1. Griffin

    7 vote(s)
    41.2%
  2. Joostcube

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. Gigaflash

    9 vote(s)
    52.9%
  1. geniusbra macrumors newbie

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    I have found that quite a lot of chargers for Apple Watch are actually cable management cases. We need to put the Apple Watch magnetic charging cable inside to power up the Apple Watch. I have collected three REAL chargers for Apple Watch in the market. No Apple Watch magnetic charging cable is need.


    Griffin - Travel Power Bank

    https://griffintechnology.com/us/travel-power-bank-for-apple-watch


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    Joostcube

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/joostcube-the-tiny-super-charger-for-apple-watch#/

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    Gigaflash - Power One

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...pple_watch_charger-_-9SIAAF93X82259-_-Product

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    The chargers come with different sizes and battery capacity. The prices of the chargers are around USD69.


    Battery Capacity

    Griffin - 1,050mAh
    Joostcube - 1,500mAh
    Gigaflash - 5,000mAh


    Form Design

    Griffin and Gigaflash are thin; which is nice to put in pocket. Joostcube is in a cube shape.


    Features

    Griffin - in keychain design. People can attach this charger to the keys.
    Joostcube - tiny. Comes with 8 colours.
    Gigaflash - apart from Apple Watch, it can charge the phone and tablet as well.


    Personally, I feel the Gigaflash one is more convenient because I could take one charger only for my Apple Watch and mobile devices. However, I would love to have the design of Griffin, small and hangable. And I am addicted to the rich colour of the Joostcube. I love the pink one!:p
     
  2. cduff macrumors member

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    I like the Griffin one - even though it has the smallest mAh spec, it looks to be the only one that's truly portable.

    Plus, I like that it has a key ring on it, it'll always be with you if you need it.
     
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    Liked the look of the Joostcube until I read the comments page.
     
  4. SilverDove macrumors newbie

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    Just ordered the Gigaflash. Hope it works as advertised.
     
  5. jess222 macrumors 6502

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    Same here!
     
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    Some negative comments you found?
     
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  8. geniusbra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    same here!
    44.9 on Newegg. worth to try. hope it works :)
     
  9. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Good thread. Thanks for putting it together.

    The griffin and the gigaflash look good but do they work in nightstand mode? That's important for travel since I know no one brave (or foolish) enough to rely on a hotel's in-room alarm clock.

    Pity Apple didn't put a rechargeable battery in their charging dock. There's plenty of room for a battery. It would be the perfect travel solution. Especially since it would recharge with the same Lightning cable you'd already have with you.
     
  10. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    It's still an Indiagogo project. No feedback because they're still working on it. Judging by all the other tech projects on there and Kickstarter, it may not be available for another 6-12 months.
     
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    OK.
     
  12. SilverDove, May 4, 2016
    Last edited: May 4, 2016

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    I don't think the gigaflash is meant to work in nightstand mode, but you can probably prop it up against that useless hotel clock and it may work. I was not concerned about nightstand when purchasing because most of my travel is for pleasure and an "alarm clock" is the last feature I'm looking for.
     
  13. jess222 macrumors 6502

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    Gigaflash was just delivered, it charges the apple watch perfectly! Nice size too, it will be great to keep in my purse for emergencies ;)
     
  14. geniusbra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Got the Gigaflash as well!

    I create a night mode system by the case along with the Gigaflash :D

    power one 3.jpg



    The Gigaflash is thin like my Apple Watch. The size is just fit to put in my iPad Pro bag!

    power one 1.jpg



    However, I do not like the screws.... looks a bit ugly :(

    power one 2.jpg
     
  15. Arran, May 5, 2016
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    Clever. But will it hold the weight of an Edition? :p

    Joking aside, I like the USB ports for charging other things. Versatile. I like to pack light.
     
  16. SilverDove, May 5, 2016
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    I got mine last night. The big surprise was that it came with a carrying case with foam padding. Now I have place to put my bands when I travel. It also will charge an iPad. So far it is my favorite portable battery pack.
     
  17. Arran macrumors 68040

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    It makes yesterday's "empty sunglasses case with a hole in it" seem a tad overpriced at $50 itself:

    http://www.macrumors.com/review/twelve-south-timeporter-for-apple-watch/
     
  18. geniusbra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just tried my dad 42mm steel version. well, it fell. :D
     
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    hey guys, trying to find a portable charger for my Apple Watch, gonna use it frequently when travelling around.

    Did some researches on web and got several brands that produce and sell Apple Watch charger.



    Nomad - Pod for Apple Watch

    http://www.amazon.com/Nomad-Apple-Watch-Space-Grey/dp/B0145UU6OA


    $59.95

    Griffin - Travel Power Bank

    https://griffintechnology.com/us/travel-power-bank-for-apple-watch

    $69.99

    Gigaflash - Power One Apple Watch portable charger

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...pple_watch_charger-_-9SIAAF93X82259-_-Product


    $44.9

    Love the Griffin one, mini, easy portable, i can hang it like a key ring on my backpack. '
    Unfortunately its not available at the moment, what a pity!

    The Nomad one in black colour is cool, but i guess an extra charging cable is needed since tits not built in. I might have to buy a new charging cable that cost me another $30

    While comparing the prices, Gigaflash Power One seems to be a good deal, a great bargain? Guess i can even use it to charge my iPhone and iPad, like what it said, an all in one charger. Just the white colour is not my cup of tea.

    Likely i will buy the Gigaflash one, any comments or other suggestions for me please?
     
  20. Simche macrumors member

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    I would recommend Amber, it literally looks like Apple Watch box but with built-in charging capability :D Comes in 4 colors (Silver, Spacegray, Gold & Rose Gold), can charge other device at the same time & has beautiful glass/chamfered edge design on the top.

    I have the Silver/white myself and am very happy with it.

    Have one myself and truly recommend it, have a look: http://cleargrass.com/amber/
     
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    Seems pretty cool, but same as Nomad, an extra cable is needed from my understanding?

    $69 for Amber, a bit more expensive than Nomad, better outlook though. Don't forget an extra $30 for another charging cable :(
     
  22. Simche macrumors member

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    Yes, forgot to tell that a chartging cable must be bought seperately :/ But for my part it was worth it, it looks stylish and I'm sure it would cost way more at the Apple Stores... I just wanted to share what I have myself :)
     
  23. jess222 macrumors 6502

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    Someone posted about this the other day and I bought the gigaflash. I really like it so far, it doesn't have a huge amount of power but enough to give your watch and phone a good charge. It's really light and convenient too.
     
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