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Nomad today announced the launch of the Base Station Mini, a new single-device charging option that's designed to power an iPhone, AirPods, or other Qi-enabled device.

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Designed to take up little space, Nomad says that the Base Station Mini is ideal for a night stand or desk. It's square shaped and not too much bigger than the AirPods, so it's useful for those who want a simple, space-saving charger.

This is not a MagSafe charger and when charging an iPhone, it is limited to 7.5W, though it can charge Android devices faster than that. It comes with a 2-meter USB-C cable, but does not ship with a power adapter. Like other Nomad Base Stations, the mini features a padded black leather surface and a zinc frame.

Separately, Nomad is also selling a new 20W USB-C power adapter that's ideal for use with the Base Station Mini or for other devices, including Apple's MagSafe Charger.

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The Base Station Mini is priced at $60 and the 20W USB-C Power Adapter is priced at $19. Both products can be purchased from the Nomad website starting today.

Article Link: Nomad Launches New Base Station Mini
 
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jamesthegator

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Looks great - I wish my iPhone 12 Pro would consistently charge on 3rd party wireless chargers so I could go back to using nice 3rd party chargers again. Until then I am stuck plugging in, unfortunately.
 

ice29

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What is the difference between this and a cheap wooden small/thin USB-C Qi charger from Aliexpress? (that I am using every night to charge iPhone 12 Pro and Airpods Pro during the day, without any issues at all...)
60$, really?
 

sinsin07

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It can only charge one device at a time.
It's has a measly 7.5w charging capability.
Yet it's $60.
Charger is an extra $19 bucks.
Better price options from Belkin, Ravepower and Anker with roughly similar size.
I can understand the Mad in Nomad.
 

BGM

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please note, that the base station pro will only charge some very specific Qi devices, and not my Jabra earbuds for example... even though they are 100% Qi compatible... it wasn't clear in the marketing when buying, but it's still very good for iPhones, AirPods, etc.

What is the difference between this and a cheap wooden small/thin USB-C Qi charger from Aliexpress? (that I am using every night to charge iPhone 12 Pro and Airpods Pro during the day, without any issues at all...)
60$, really?
i assume it's the FreePower tech that makes the difference,, which means you can basically chuck a device on there and it charges.. rather than having to line it up with the coils perfectly
 
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coolfactor

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Looks great - I wish my iPhone 12 Pro would consistently charge on 3rd party wireless chargers so I could go back to using nice 3rd party chargers again. Until then I am stuck plugging in, unfortunately.

I bought a nice-looking 3rd-party charger off of Amazon for $35, and it worked good until an iOS software update and then it no longer charges my XR. Not sure if the software update was the cause.

Then bought an $11 charger (down from $22) at Canadian Tire and it works *perfect* so I went back and bought 2 more. Bluehive brand.

So the phone may not be at fault. 3rd-Party chargers could just vary greatly in adhering to the Qi specifications. Have you tried different brands?
 

mattopotamus

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I have the nomad wireless charger with the built in Apple Watch charger. While it looks really nice, I cannot tell you how many times my phone did not charge because I didn't lay it just right. It's expensive for what it does.

I'd rather just get a MagSafe charger for multiple other reasons.
 

robn97

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I have always loved nomad's products, while the prices might be high and overpriced with some of the products. they have decent customer service, and the products themselves are quality and I would expect it to be the same for this one. I might pick it up, but there are other options.
 
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