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When Apple announced the iPhone 12 models with MagSafe charging capabilities, the first third-party MagSafe accessories were shown off during the announcement. Shortly after, Belkin officially introduced the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe, which is the first official third-party MagSafe charging option.


Belkin's Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is set to be available for purchase on January 8, and ahead of the launch, I've been testing the charger to see how it performs in comparison to the standalone MagSafe charger and whether it's worth the $150 asking price.

belkin-charger-side.jpg

Design wise, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe looks similar to other Belkin 3-in-1 chargers on the market. Made from a white plastic material that's coated in a softer silicone, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe has a circular base with an angled chrome-colored t-shaped arm coming from the top of it that houses a MagSafe charger on one side and an Apple Watch charging puck on the other.

belkin-charger-back.jpg

The design looks simple and straightforward, but I do wish the circular base was a bit smaller in size or rectangular to better fit on a desk. I find the shape to be a bit awkward on my small desk because it's about 5.3 inches wide at its widest point, but given the weight of the iPhone with the angle of the charger, it probably needs a base of that size to remain upright. Both of the charging pucks are static and cannot be rotated or angled in any way, and the default angle does take up more vertical space than I'd like.

belkin-charger-on-desk-2.jpg

The MagSafe charger works with all of Apple's iPhone 12 models, and it is sized in such a way to allow for use in either portrait or landscape mode. Even the largest iPhone 12 Pro Max can be used in landscape mode without interfering with the Apple Watch charging puck on the other side. The magnets line up quickly and it's simple to get an iPhone right in the proper place for charging, even in the dark.

The same soft material that covers the standard MagSafe charger from Apple covers the Belkin MagSafe charger, while the Apple Watch charging puck is a smoother plastic like Apple's own charging options for Apple Watch. You can get the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe in either black or white, and there's a stickier silicone material at the bottom of the accessory to ensure that it stays in place on a desk when holding up an iPhone, plus it has a weighted base.

belkin-charger-bottom.jpg

You'll notice that in many of my photos, the Apple Watch is at an angle, and that's because it just doesn't want to stay straight on the Apple Watch charging puck. It flips around with a nudge or when attaching/detaching an iPhone 12, but note that I have a 40mm Apple Watch. With further testing with a 44mm Apple Watch, the issue wasn't as pronounced, but it appears to vary based on Apple Watch material and band design.

The Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is fairly light, but with the sticky base I didn't have trouble with it lifting up or shifting when removing my iPhone from the charger. There is a white LED light on the top of the base that lets you know the AirPods are aligned and charging properly. It turns amber if the alignment is off or there's an object in the way. I'm not a fan of charging lights on docks because they're distracting at night, but at least this light is limited to AirPods charging.

The iPhone fits on the charger at an angle, and it's easy to see when glancing over at it on a nightstand or a desk while it's charging if you get an incoming notification or want to check the time. If you wanted to, you could also use it for FaceTime calls or watching videos in landscape mode.

belkin-charger-on-desk.jpg

Since this is a 3-in-1 charger, the base of the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is a wireless charging platform that can accommodate the AirPods or AirPods Pro, so the Apple Watch, iPhone 12, and AirPods can all be charged at the same time. The little circular indentation on the charger directs you where to place the AirPods for charging purposes.

The Boost Charge Pro MagSafe charger can charge an iPhone 12 at up to 15W, which is the same charging speed as the standard MagSafe charger, while also providing enough power for AirPods and Apple Watch. Apple's own MagSafe Duo that pairs a MagSafe charging puck with an Apple Watch charger is limited to 14W, so Belkin's charger should be just a bit faster.

belkin-charger-magsafe-landscape.jpg

Apple's standard MagSafe charger charged iPhone 12 (from totally dead) to 61 percent in one hour with a 20W power adapter, and the Boost Charge Pro charged it to 66 percent, so it was somehow even faster than the standard charger. I'm not sure if I wasn't getting 15W charging with the Apple MagSafe charger or what, but I was happy with the Belkin charging speeds. I also did tests with three devices at once, and from dead, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe was able to charge an iPhone 12 to 61 percent in an hour while also charging an Apple Watch and another iPhone.

Belkin provides a 40W power adapter and 1.5m cord with the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe, and that takes all the guesswork out of which power adapter you need to get the fastest speeds. Apple does not include a power adapter with either the MagSafe Charger or the MagSafe Duo. For the MagSafe Charger you need to use Apple's official 20W charger or another charger that may or may not be compatible, and for the MagSafe Duo, maximum speed requires a compatible 27W+ charger.

Trying to figure out which power adapters I can use with Apple's charging options has been a hassle, so I appreciate that Belkin has a power adapter ready to go. You can't use a third-party power adapter with this since it doesn't work over USB.

The downside to the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is that the MagSafe charger doesn't work with older iPhones. Technically MagSafe chargers are compatible with earlier iPhones and are able to charge them at 7.5W, but Belkin's upright design relies on magnets to hold the iPhone in place, and since there are no MagSafe magnets in older iPhones, there's no viable charging option.

belkin-charger-magsafe-animation.jpg

You can charge an older iPhone where the AirPods are meant to go, even though this charging spot has been specifically designed for AirPods because it's just a Qi-based wireless charger. This charging spot worked with an iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, so I assume it fits most devices. Since this charging spot is aimed at AirPods, it's limited to 5W, but I found it to work perfectly for my non-iPhone 12 devices and I appreciated having the option.

belkin-charger-two-iphones.jpg

While on the subject of compatibility, you can use the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe with MagSafe cases. I tested with Apple's MagSafe cases and it worked fine. I don't have non-MagSafe cases to test, but Belkin says that it is specifically designed to work with MagSafe-certified cases.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a multi-device charger for an iPhone 12, this is the one to get. It works with any iPhone 12 model the Apple Watch, and the AirPods, and at $150, it's just $30 more expensive than the foldable MagSafe Duo.

The MagSafe Duo is the better choice for travel, but for a charger that you plan to use at home, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is a functional, attractive multi-device charger that works as expected. I have no real complaints about the Belkin MagSafe charger, and given that it works with three devices, allows for upright operation, and comes with a power adapter, I much prefer it to the MagSafe Duo.

How to Buy

The Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe can be purchased from Apple for $139.95.

Note: Belkin provided MacRumors with a Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Article Link: Review: Belkin's 3-in-1 Boost Charge Pro Offers Hassle-Free 15W MagSafe Charging for iPhone 12
 
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aesc80

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Still heavy on the price, but at least it has some esthetics going for it. Even now, I'm just propping up my Pro Max with the MagSafe attached. This just makes it look more organized. Hell, I'd buy this over the awful Apple version, and still take it for travel as a personal alarm.

If I ever want to burn $150 and watch it smoke up, this would def be on the list. 😜

EDIT: Would have been dope if the charge points were turnable. Good thing I won't be going pyro on that $150.
 

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Meanwhile, my MagSafe Duo is great.
I charge my AirPods on it when I’m not using them, every couple days.
I use the regular 20 W brick, and one day my phone was at 24%, I dropped it on there, jumped in the shower for 20 minutes, got dressed, and picked my phone up at 60%.
If I want to use my phone while charging, I just fold the Apple Watch portion backwards, and I can hold my phone any which way I ever wanted to. And I don’t have to worry about if the charger will fit in my bag, because this one fits in my pocket.
Plus, it’s $20 cheaper than this bulky abomination that takes up way more space.
only complaint that I do have is that I do think that it should’ve came with a brick, but I already had one so that’s not really a problem. Even the 18 W brick still charges your phone at 10.7 W, which is not much less than 11 W.
And I’m not the biggest fan of the white material, because it gets dusty pretty easily. But that’s it, everything else is perfect
 

Jewbacca24

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May you please share a photo of the included power adapter? I don’t have much space and I want to see if it will fit on my power bar. Alternatively, can you detach the 1.5m cord from the 40W power adapter?

Thank you!
 
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blairh

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Belkin support currently says it will be available ‘in a month or so’. Such a joke.
 

artfossil

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I bought Belkin's 2-in-1 charger in March for $140. It was an Apple exclusive. It doesn't charge my iPhone 12 Pro Max. (But my Mophie chargers work just fine). No more Belkin for me.

I replaced the Belkin with the MagSafe Duo. A more practical solution for me.

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gbc204

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Still heavy on the price, but at least it has some esthetics going for it. Even now, I'm just propping up my Pro Max with the MagSafe attached. This just makes it look more organized. Hell, I'd buy this over the awful Apple version, and still take it for travel as a personal alarm.

If I ever want to burn $150 and watch it smoke up, this would def be on the list. 😜

EDIT: Would have been dope if the charge points were turnable. Good thing I won't be going pyro on that $150.
I got the Apple duo charger, and recently traveled with it, and it was... nice. I can't imagine trying to pack this thing. it's nice that you can charge three things on it, but that design is just terrible for traveling I would think. I really do enjoy the folding and easy portability of the apple version (which i did get at a good discount and prob would've never paid $150 for any charger). I'll take the slightly slower 14w charging for portability any day.
Also, given how strong the magsafe magnets are, I wonder if when you pick up the phone, the entire stand comes with it? The Apple duo safe definitely has a bit of that but I have it resting on the base of a metal lamp so it stays pretty secure.
 

blairh

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Meanwhile, my MagSafe Duo is great.
I charge my AirPods on it when I’m not using them, every couple days.
I use the regular 20 W brick, and one day my phone was at 24%, I dropped it on there, jumped in the shower for 20 minutes, got dressed, and picked my phone up at 60%.
If I want to use my phone while charging, I just fold the Apple Watch portion backwards, and I can hold my phone any which way I ever wanted to. And I don’t have to worry about if the charger will fit in my bag, because this one fits in my pocket.
Plus, it’s $20 cheaper than this bulky abomination that takes up way more space.
only complaint that I do have is that I do think that it should’ve came with a brick, but I already had one so that’s not really a problem. Even the 18 W brick still charges your phone at 10.7 W, which is not much less than 11 W.
And I’m not the biggest fan of the white material, because it gets dusty pretty easily. But that’s it, everything else is perfect
Prices are equal when you factor in cost of the 20W charger. Also I’d much rather have a charging stand and not lie my iPhone flat while charging. Lastly this unit will allow you to remove your iPhone with one hand. Can’t do that with the MagSafe Duo.
 
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When Apple announced the iPhone 12 models with MagSafe charging capabilities, the first third-party MagSafe accessories were shown off during the announcement. Shortly after, Belkin officially introduced the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe, which is the first official third-party MagSafe charging option.

belkin-magsafe-charger.jpeg

Belkin's Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is set to be available for purchase on January 8, and ahead of the launch, I've been testing the charger to see how it performs in comparison to the standalone MagSafe charger and whether it's worth the $150 asking price.

belkin-charger-side.jpg

Design wise, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe looks similar to other Belkin 3-in-1 chargers on the market. Made from a white plastic material that's coated in a softer silicone, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe has a circular base with an angled chrome-colored t-shaped arm coming from the top of it that houses a MagSafe charger on one side and an Apple Watch charging puck on the other.

belkin-charger-back.jpg

The design looks simple and straightforward, but I do wish the circular base was a bit smaller in size or rectangular to better fit on a desk. I find the shape to be a bit awkward on my small desk because it's about 5.3 inches wide at its widest point, but given the weight of the iPhone with the angle of the charger, it probably needs a base of that size to remain upright. Both of the charging pucks are static and cannot be rotated or angled in any way, and the default angle does take up more vertical space than I'd like.

belkin-charger-on-desk-2.jpg

The MagSafe charger works with all of Apple's iPhone 12 models, and it is sized in such a way to allow for use in either portrait or landscape mode. Even the largest iPhone 12 Pro Max can be used in landscape mode without interfering with the Apple Watch charging puck on the other side. The magnets line up quickly and it's simple to get an iPhone right in the proper place for charging, even in the dark.

The same soft material that covers the standard MagSafe charger from Apple covers the Belkin MagSafe charger, while the Apple Watch charging puck is a smoother plastic like Apple's own charging options for Apple Watch. You can get the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe in either black or white, and there's a stickier silicone material at the bottom of the accessory to ensure that it stays in place on a desk when holding up an iPhone, plus it has a weighted base.

belkin-charger-bottom.jpg

You'll notice that in many of my photos, the Apple Watch is at an angle, and that's because it just doesn't want to stay straight on the Apple Watch charging puck. It flips around with the slightest nudge or when attaching/detaching an iPhone 12, so if you're someone who is going to be bothered by the positioning, this is something to be aware of.

The Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is fairly light, but with the sticky base I didn't have trouble with it lifting up or shifting when removing my iPhone from the charger. There is a white LED light on the top of the base that lets you know the AirPods are aligned and charging properly. It turns amber if the alignment is off or there's an object in the way. I'm not a fan of charging lights on docks because they're distracting at night, but at least this light is limited to AirPods charging.

The iPhone fits on the charger at an angle, and it's easy to see when glancing over at it on a nightstand or a desk while it's charging if you get an incoming notification or want to check the time. If you wanted to, you could also use it for FaceTime calls or watching videos in landscape mode.

belkin-charger-on-desk.jpg

Since this is a 3-in-1 charger, the base of the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is a wireless charging platform that can accommodate the AirPods or AirPods Pro, so the Apple Watch, iPhone 12, and AirPods can all be charged at the same time. The little circular indentation on the charger directs you where to place the AirPods for charging purposes.

The Boost Charge Pro MagSafe charger can charge an iPhone 12 at up to 15W, which is the same charging speed as the standard MagSafe charger, while also providing enough power for AirPods and Apple Watch. Apple's own MagSafe Duo that pairs a MagSafe charging puck with an Apple Watch charger is limited to 14W, so Belkin's charger should be just a bit faster.

belkin-charger-magsafe-landscape.jpg

Apple's standard MagSafe charger charged iPhone 12 (from totally dead) to 61 percent in one hour with a 20W power adapter, and the Boost Charge Pro charged it to 66 percent, so it was somehow even faster than the standard charger. I'm not sure if I wasn't getting 15W charging with the Apple MagSafe charger or what, but I was happy with the Belkin charging speeds. I also did tests with three devices at once, and from dead, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe was able to charge an iPhone 12 to 61 percent in an hour while also charging an Apple Watch and another iPhone.

Belkin provides a 40W power adapter and 1.5m cord with the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe, and that takes all the guesswork out of which power adapter you need to get the fastest speeds. Apple does not include a power adapter with either the MagSafe Charger or the MagSafe Duo. For the MagSafe Charger you need to use Apple's official 20W charger or another charger that may or may not be compatible, and for the MagSafe Duo, maximum speed requires a compatible 27W+ charger.

Trying to figure out which power adapters I can use with Apple's charging options has been a hassle, so I appreciate that Belkin has a power adapter ready to go. You can't use a third-party power adapter with this since it doesn't work over USB.

The downside to the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is that the MagSafe charger doesn't work with older iPhones. Technically MagSafe chargers are compatible with earlier iPhones and are able to charge them at 7.5W, but Belkin's upright design relies on magnets to hold the iPhone in place, and since there are no MagSafe magnets in older iPhones, there's no viable charging option.

belkin-charger-magsafe-animation.jpg

You can charge an older iPhone where the AirPods are meant to go, even though this charging spot has been specifically designed for AirPods because it's just a Qi-based wireless charger. This charging spot worked with an iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, so I assume it fits most devices. Since this charging spot is aimed at AirPods, it's limited to 5W, but I found it to work perfectly for my non-iPhone 12 devices and I appreciated having the option.

belkin-charger-two-iphones.jpg

While on the subject of compatibility, you can use the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe with MagSafe cases. I tested with Apple's MagSafe cases and it worked fine. I don't have non-MagSafe cases to test, but Belkin says that it is specifically designed to work with MagSafe-certified cases.

Bottom Line

If you're looking for a multi-device charger for an iPhone 12, this is the one to get. It works with any iPhone 12 model the Apple Watch, and the AirPods, and at $150, it's just $30 more expensive than the foldable MagSafe Duo.

The MagSafe Duo is the better choice for travel, but for a charger that you plan to use at home, the Boost Charge Pro MagSafe is a functional, attractive multi-device charger that works as expected. I have no real complaints about the Belkin MagSafe charger, and given that it works with three devices, allows for upright operation, and comes with a power adapter, I much prefer it to the MagSafe Duo.

How to Buy

Belkin plans to begin selling the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe on January 8, and it will be available for purchase from the Belkin website for $149.99.

Note: Belkin provided MacRumors with a Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Article Link: Review: Belkin's 3-in-1 Boost Charge Pro Offers Hassle-Free 15W MagSafe Charging for iPhone 12

Pretty sure you have to hold the stand down just to take the phone off because of the magnet. Pathetic.
 

DaneLA

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Seems there is a lot of premium pricing without premium features in this area of the market. Why does something like this or Apple's Duo take a $100+ jump over buying three charging pucks?

Don't get me wrong I get the all-in-one appeal. I'll probably even buy a $100+ charger at some point this year. But it's still plastic, doesn't hold a watch straight, and the angles of the chargers don't match and can't be rotated. Seems like someone should be able to offer better for the same price or the same for less.
 

Theydonboi

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A lot of reviews for this have dropped today. No one else seems to have expressed the concerns of the Apple Watch attaching at a skewed angle. Dodgy model for MacRumors or have Belkin commented on this?
 

4jasontv

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Here is how I would improve this:
1. Make the white parts black.
2. Make the chrome-like plastic a neutral wood.
3. Lower the price.
4. Center the charger plug so it can either be run out the back or placed on a grommet for a wireless appearance.
5. Remove the LED as all three devices already tell you if it's charging.
6. Get rid of the 'dip' in the base.
7. Add support for 2 pairs of airpods.
8. Lose the BELKIN branding on the front.
 
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ghostface147

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Here is how I would improve this:
1. Make the white parts black.
2. Make the chrome-like plastic a neutral wood.
3. Lower the price.
4. Center the charger plug so it can either be run out the back or placed on a grommet for a wireless appearance.
5. Remove the LED as all three devices already tell you if it's charging.
6. Get rid of the 'dip' in the base.
7. Add support for 2 pairs of airpods.
8. Lose the BELKIN branding on the front.

Sounds like you can make one yourself and get things going. See you on shark tank!
 
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