Best Alternatives to Apple's Now-Canceled AirPower

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple on Friday made the unprecedented move of canceling work on the AirPower, the wireless charging mat that was supposed to charge the Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods all at once.

    There are already a number of AirPower-like alternative products on the market, and we're likely going to be seeing additional replacements in the future. None of these accessories do exactly what the AirPower promised because there are dedicated spots to charge each device, but each option will charge more than one device at one time.


    1. Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition ($139) - Nomad's Apple Watch Base Station has an Apple Watch charging puck for charging the Apple Watch, along with a double coil Qi wireless charging pad. You can use the wireless charging pad to charge the iPhone horizontally, but if you put the iPhone vertically, it frees up a little spot for charging the AirPods, so all three devices charge at one time. We reviewed the Nomad Base Station and liked it quite a lot, though it is quite expensive.


    2. Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock ($127) - This is another expensive dock, but it's another that we reviewed and liked quite a lot. Belkin's Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock has an upright charging space for wirelessly charging an iPhone and a space for the Apple Watch, but this isn't a dock suitable for the AirPods. Still, it's a good option for dual device charging.

    3. ZENS Dual + Watch Wireless Charger (99 euros) - The Dual + Watch Wireless Charger from European company ZENS is another option that we recently reviewed and were impressed with. It has a stand for charging an Apple Watch, along with a base that can wirelessly charge two iPhones at one time. It's 99 euros which is pricy, but ZENS does ship worldwide. This dock is temporarily out of stock, but it's coming back in May.


    4. NytStnd AirPods Trio ($109) - The Nytstnd will charge your AirPods, Apple Watch, and iPhone all at once, but there's a catch - there's no wireless charging for AirPods. The Apple Watch charges via a standard Apple Watch charging puck (that you supply), while there's a wireless charging pad for iPhone, a Lightning port for AirPods, and one extra Lighting port. On the plus side, you can charge all three items at once and there's also an extra spot for storing keys or other odds and ends. You also don't need the new AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case to use it.


    5. Unravel Wireless Charger ($99) - This interesting little charger features three charging stations, one for AirPods, one for Apple Watch, and one for iPhone. You can lay them flat or roll them up in a configuration that works for you if you only need to charge two devices at once. We haven't tried this, but it's a neat design and the reviews look to be largely positive.


    Affordable AirPower Alternatives From Amazon

    If you go to Amazon and type in "AirPower" or "Wireless Charging Station" you'll see a whole slew of cheap wireless chargers that promise to charge your Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods all at once. We haven't tested any of these options and can't verify whether they work, and at these price points, there's no way they're using Apple-certified components.


    Still, if you're looking for an alternative to the AirPower that's super affordable, these might be what you want. We'll list some of the options that are getting better ratings below.

    [*]Conido Wireless Charging Station ($42) - This charging station has an upright charger for the iPhone, an Apple Watch charging puck with stand, and a slot for charging the AirPods, but with Lightning instead of wirelessly.
    [*]OLEBR Charging Stand ($39) - The OLEBR is similar to the Conido, but it uses Lightning for the iPhone and the AirPods while offering a charging puck for the Apple Watch. So this one isn't wireless at all, but still charges multiple devices at once.
    [*]MQOUNY Wireless Charger 3-in-1 ($39) - This stand is rather compact, offering an upright wireless charger for the iPhone, an Apple Watch charging puck, and above that, a holder for the AirPods that charges them over Lightning.
    [*]Bestand 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Stand ($48) - This wireless charging stand has an upright wireless charger for the iPhone, a charging arm for the Apple Watch, and a Lightning connector for charging the AirPods.
    [*]IBIS 9W Dual Wireless Fast Charging Station 3 ($40) - There's no space for the Apple Watch on this one, but it will charge your iPhones and your AirPods with Wireless Charging Case.

    More Charging Options

    The iPhone and the AirPods Wireless Charging Case will work with any Qi-based wireless charger on the market, so there are an endless number of single device wireless chargers you can get as well.


    Have a favorite AirPower alternative that we didn't list here? Let us know in the comments.

    Article Link: Best Alternatives to Apple's Now-Canceled AirPower
  2. decypher44, Mar 30, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2019

    decypher44 macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I just ordered the Belkin last night (the one with rounded corners).

    I held off on it waiting for AirPower. But when I saw how little the AirPods improved for this year’s version, I bought the Jabra Elite Active 65t. Didn’t need a wireless charger anymore, so went with the Belkin.
  3. MonkeyOnYourShoulder macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2018
    I don’t mind cables, at least they allow me to use my phone while it’s still charging. I’m hoping Apple won’t eventually get rid of the power port altogether, but it’s likely they will. Hopefully by then, wireless charging will be super fast.
  4. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    This is exactly why I never understood the hype around AirPower.
  5. nouveau_redneck macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2017
    A charging mat is just another dongle. I prefer keeping is simple and would rather have only the cable without the charging dongle.

  6. roblognick macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I wouldn’t recommend the Zens. It only comes with an EU plug so you have to buy a converter and I can’t get my wireless AirPods to charge on it. Where you place the phone also has to be super specific.
  7. Pepe4life macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2018
    I think it’s highly irresponsible for MacRumors to recommend these products when nearly all of them lack proper safety certification such as UL listing.
  8. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  9. Kaibelf, Mar 30, 2019
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    Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Not to mention the reviews on Amazon for just about every alternative I’ve seen mentioned them coming broken or failing in a couple of weeks. One even mentioned a high pitched buzzing while charging. NO THANK YOU!
  10. Stefanojo, Mar 30, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2019

    Stefanojo macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2016
    6. Unravel Wireless Charger ($99) - This interesting little charger features thre charging stations, one for AirPods, one for Apple Watch, and one for iPhone. You can lay them flat or roll them up in a configuration that works for you if you only need to charge two devices at once. We haven't tried this, but it's a neat design and the reviews look to be largely positive.

    I just got the “Unravel”. Used it last night for the first time. Worked great. Clever design. Appears to be well made.
  11. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    One thing that bothers me is that Apple gave up rather than still try to come out with a great product.

    They should have scrapped the idea of being able to put the devices anywhere on the pad and done something clever like use magnets to make the device align itself with a charge coil when you put it down.

    The Palm Pre did this in 2009! You'd lay it down on the charger and the phone would center itself and charge. No trying to align anything.
  12. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    I'll bet it wasn't an engineering obstacle that axed the AirPower charger, but a business one.
    There's too many wireless chargers available today that do virtually everything the AirPower promised at a fraction of the cost.
    There's a $39 one on this list that'll charge all three devices. Who would want to buy a $149 charger from Apple that essentially does the same thing?
  13. jObooW macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2008
    It’s not cancelled! It will be released on Monday, April 1st ;). Timmy is messing with us!
  14. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Thank you MacRumors! I am about to upgrade to the Xs Max from the 7 Plus and I have the Wireless-charging AirPod 2 on the way, so I was looking for alternatives since Apple bailed on us. Your timing is perfect!

    Much appreciated!
  15. TMRJIJ, Mar 30, 2019
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    TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    None of the wireless chargers had the ability of free-form placement on the surface though. That was the main draw of AirPower. Apple simply couldn’t fix the heating issue that came with overlapping coils.
    Also the $39 one you’re referring has inductive charging for the watch and phone, not the AirPods which have a dedicated spot with a lightning connector
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    None of these designs really mean anything to me. I know wireless charging is a nice convenience to have, but I much prefer OEM over third-party, and if Apple couldn’t release their version, then truthfully, I’m not interested in any other manufacture at this point.
  17. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    If Apple couldn’t make the thermals work safely, how could these other companies? I’m sure Apple engineers tore apart the competitors to see how it works.

    For me, I’m staying away from the multi-chargers. Not worth the fire risk. As others have notes, not all of these are UL rated.
  18. WoodpeckerBaby macrumors 6502


    Aug 17, 2016
    What’s the point of AirPower in the first place? Can’t make it all work on one serface, just make sections for different products. Hit a wall and walk around Apple.
  19. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    Agreed. Don’t want a multi-charger but having Qi chargers around my place to charge my iPhone is great.
  20. decypher44 macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Some of you seriously don’t trust Belkin products?? Really?

    Belkin has been in the game forever.
  21. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    I would buy the $149 charger from Apple (vs the $39 product) precisely because the $39 one does not do what AirPower was supposed to do.

    Tearing apart the competitors products to see how they work does not help you when you're trying to develop a product that works differently or does things the competitors products don't do.

    Plus, all the listed "alternatives" are really ugly. Except for the Slice Charge 2 which has a very similar appearance to AirPower.
  22. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    That was a cool phone! Too bad it pretty much sank the company with all the hardware flaws and problems with WebOS.
  23. Enclavean, Mar 30, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 31, 2019

    Enclavean macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2018
    Amazing, after so many articles, people posting here don’t know what Apple was trying to achieve with AirPower and think that these chargers do the same thing.

    Someone even saying that the $39 above is the same thing, how mistaken can someone be.
  24. decypher44 macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I freaking LOVED that phone!!!
  25. olorsha macrumors newbie


    Aug 12, 2011
    SliceCharge just came out with a new device (shipping in May) called the SliceCharge Pro. It DOES let you place phones and headphone cases anywhere on the device with the exception of the dedicated Apple Watch slot, which was necessary since earlier models of the watch don’t support standard Qi charging. They just finished a Kickstarter campaign. I supported it, and I’m looking forward to that device.

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