Review: Belkin's Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch is Convenient but Expensive

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    Belkin is known for a range of accessories for the iPhone, and when Apple introduced support for Qi-based wireless chargers, Belkin was quick to come out with a range of options.

    The Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock, which debuted in September, is the newest and most versatile offering, combining a Qi wireless charger with an Apple Watch charging puck and an extra USB-A port.

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    Design wise, the Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock has an upright Qi wireless charger similar in design to Belkin's other Boost Up charging options, with a round charging surface that houses the wireless charging coil.

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    The iPhone is designed to sit upright against the back of the charger, with the base serving as a stand. Belkin has slightly angled the base, which makes it easier to see the iPhone's display while positioned on the dock. The base is covered in a grippy material that prevents the iPhone from shifting or moving while it charges.

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    You can't put your iPhone on the dock horizontally because of the Apple Watch charger, so it's limited to vertical charging. The Apple Watch charges on the dock in landscape orientation so it works with Nightstand mode as a clock replacement.

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    I read some reviews that suggested the Belkin charger was not compatible with the iPhone XS Max in certain cases that make the iPhone a bit taller, but I didn't have that experience. Both my iPhone X and my iPhone XS Max charged without issue in Apple cases, and Belkin says that it supports cases up to 3mm thick.

    The base of the dock measures in at 7.4 inches wide, 4.1 inches long, and 4.8 inches tall, so it does take up a decent amount of space on a desk. Since it's combining two charging options, though, it could be a space saver depending on what charging device you currently use.

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    There's an LED at the side of the dock, which does glow noticeably in a dark room, but it's not so bright that it's distracting or keeps me from sleeping at night. I do wish it wasn't there, but Belkin says it provides foreign object detection to let you know if something's touching the Qi wireless charger that shouldn't be.

    Belkin's Wireless Charging Dock supports 7.5W charging, so it can charge the iPhone 8 and later at 7.5W instead of 5W. 7.5W is fairly standard on Qi-based charging devices intended for Apple devices these days, so this comes as no surprise. 7.5W is the maximum wireless charging speed that iPhones support.

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    The Apple Watch charging puck charges the Apple Watch at 5W, which is standard Apple Watch charging, and the included USB-A port located at the back also charges at 5W. This is not ideal for higher-powered devices like an iPad, which kind of limits the versatility of the extra port.

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    You can charge your AirPods or another lower-powered device, but if you're trying to charge an iPad or iPad Pro, the charging is going to go slowly. I tested the charging dock on my nightstand, where I keep an iPad mini for reading. I charged my iPad mini with the dock, and it was fine for that purpose.

    By the way, for using the extra USB-A port, you need to provide your own cable. The dock does, however, ship with its own power supply.

    Bottom Line

    I've been testing the Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock on my nightstand, and it's worked perfectly. It's a handy way to keep my iPhone XS Max, Apple Watch, and iPad mini charged, and when it comes to design and functionality, I have no complaints, with the exception of the 5W USB-A port

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    That's not enough power to sufficiently charge one of Apple's larger iPads, which limits the functionality of the additional port.

    The Charging Dock works well overall, but the downside is the price tag. It sells for $160, which is expensive and much pricier than purchasing separate iPhone and Apple Watch chargers. It's nice to have these features combined into one device with a single cable to plug in, but the price is just too high for many people.

    How to Buy

    The Boost Up Special Edition Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone and Apple Watch can be purchased from the Belkin website for $159.99 or from Amazon for $140.

    Note: Belkin provided MacRumors with a Boost Up Wireless Charging Dock for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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  2. rjp1 macrumors regular

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    These wireless chargers are way overpriced. I can’t wait to see what Apple thinks theirs is worth.

    I’m not paying more to charge slower.

    I don’t mind paying a little extra for a charger from a known brand, but not $100+ extra compared to the cheap ones available.
     
  3. coachgq macrumors member

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    I bought my double duty stand from amazon for $39.99. Qi charger and spot to place the apple watch puck that comes in the watch box. If I wanted to buy another watch puck, I still have plenty of cash left over to do so.
     
  4. lulla01 macrumors 68020

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    This is quite expensive but I will say, I do like the look of it.
     
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    For those who like this one, I'd wait. The price will come down once AirPower is released. Why would anyone buy this when they can get AirPower for just $40 more. Just wait...you'll see. :rolleyes:
     
  7. rubberfish macrumors member

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    Who is buying this bulky, over-designed and over-priced tripe?
     
  8. decypher44 macrumors 6502

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    Newer model solves your first two points. As for the third, it’s $20 less. Depends on how much you think it’s worth.
     
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    If this is what 3rd party charges wait till AairPower! It’ll cost $199 at least at this point.
     
  11. KGBguy macrumors member

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    I would pay $60, at the most. I don’t think it’s worth more to me than that.
     
  12. Enclavean macrumors regular

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    If this was really an unbiased review they would have mentioned AirPower as a potential alternative
     
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    The Nomad version looks better and is $40 less. No USB port but it wouldn’t be worth $40 more if it had it.
     
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    this would be better if the iPhone just laid flat. I don't understand the up positioning.
     
  15. backontwo macrumors newbie

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    Again... I’m just fine with my $40 charger from Amazon.

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  16. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

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    Cool story.

    This Belkin unit looks nice and is solidly built. The imitation crap on Amazon is just that: crap.
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    Pieces of junk. Imitation metal is real classy.
     
  17. jazz1 macrumors 68000

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    Well according to another post in this thread, it won't charge an iPad Pro with the back port. Too bad. I'm tired of the cable and adaptor "snake pit" I've built for my iPad Pro, Apple Watch and iPhone.
     
  18. WhoDaKat macrumors 6502

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    Twelve Souths PowerPic is by far the best implementation of a wireless charger I have seen. The ones listed here are ugly. I got one off of Amazon for $50, regularly $80. It doesn't charge your watch but I wear my watch when I sleep, and it only charges for an hour or so a day, so I didn't need it.
     
  19. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    It should be noted that the $160 unit reviewed (F8J234tt), and the $140 option (F8J235tt) are different models.

    They may appear and function similarly, but I suspect the extra 20 bucks nets better (more metal) construction.

    Some may balk at the price tag (myself included; I'd rather spend the $ on a good set of cans), but previous Belkin products in this category like the top-of-line Valet were well-made, and backed by 2+1 year warranties. For a wireless charger, there's also WPC-certification to consider, which many lack. Those are things that a cheap Amazon-seller-branded product may not offer.

    Not helping matters is that Apple's MFAW guidelines must be somewhat onerous, or costly, prompting a "bag of hurt" response from a lot of accessory makers who would rather design around employing the OE charging puck, rather than integrating it into their designs. Those products that do incorporate them clearly carry a price penalty.

    Some may also have different preferences regarding phone orientation (stand/flat), or watch orientation (portrait/side-nightstand), but one of the benefits of a free market is that it can satisfy them all.

    As an alternative, the Nomad Base Station is interesting, but the watch charging appendix doesn't appear to be well-thought out, sacrificing dual phone capability, as well as being untidy for what is mostly a nice product. Maybe next time.

    I have yet to find a combo charging stand that doesn't involve some facet that disappoints, at least for my taste, so less expensive separate unitaskers seem to be my path.
     
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  21. Aidyn's X macrumors regular

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    I got this for Christmas and I think it is awesome. It doesn't take up hardly any room on my nightstand, the light is not a distraction in a dark room by any means, and it only requires a single plug which is great. I can charge my phone, watch and my AirPods via the usb cable. What else do you want?
     
  22. tharitm macrumors member

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    The $40 on amazon are just going for $20 or less on AliExpress at the moment.
     
  23. TheIntruder, Jan 18, 2019
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    Yes, but a lot of people don't want to wait weeks for delivery, or sacrifice the ease of dealing with Amazon's customer service if there are issues.

    I shop on AX, but it may not be for everyone.
     
  24. Onexy macrumors regular

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    My tip regarding bright LEDs. Just paint, tape over them.
     
  25. Caputo macrumors newbie

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    I purchased this charger in December from the Apple Store.

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    I selected it over others because A) it’s very well made, B) I use the USB-A port to charge a second phone ) C) three year warranty D) device protection.

    The two subjective downsides are the cost and how size of the wall plug.

    Here’s my review of the unit if you’re interested.

     

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