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With the launch of the Apple Watch Series 7, Apple introduced a new fast charging feature that allows the latest Apple Watch models to charge up to 33 percent faster than prior-generation models, but it requires new hardware.

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To take advantage of fast charging, Apple Watch Series 7 owners need an updated charging puck that supports the fast charge feature, which means all existing chargers from both Apple and third-party companies are out of date and won't offer the fastest charging speeds when paired with a Series 7. To address this, Belkin in November launched the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe, which is equipped with a new fast charge Apple Watch puck.

Priced at $150, the Boost Charge Pro is a multi-device charger, so it also features a 15W wireless charging pad for the iPhone 12 and 13 models (limited to 12W for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini), and a secondary Qi-based wireless charging spot for the AirPods and AirPods Pro.

For some time, Belkin's multi-device chargers have featured an upright charging position for the iPhone with other devices accommodated below or at the other side, but this new model is flat.

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On the right, there's an Apple Watch charging puck that can be used flat or popped up for Night Stand mode, along with a flat MagSafe charging pad on the left. In the middle, there's a circular indent where the AirPods are meant to be positioned.

In terms of the amount of desk space that this design takes up, I'm not a fan. My iPhone 13 Pro Max needs to be positioned in a portrait orientation to charge, so there needs to be space both above the charger and below the charger to fit the phone. With an upright charging pad design, the iPhone is up out of the way and the charging pad can go at the back of my desk (which is up against the wall), but with this flat design, it needs to be more in the middle of my desk to have room for the iPhone.

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With all three charging spots in a row, the Boost Charge Pro measures in at nine inches long and a little over three inches wide. That size won't matter on a good sized desk with a lot of room, but if you have a smaller, more compact space like I do, this design might not be ideal. Belkin says that this design is meant to be more packable, but it's too thick and heavy for that purpose, in my opinion.

In terms of build quality, the Boost Charge Pro Wireless Charging Pad has a premium feel with a solid weight that keeps it on the desk when using the MagSafe charger with an iPhone, and it's made from a soft touch material that comes in either black or white. The Apple Watch charging puck and MagSafe charger are white, and there are chrome accents for both. As you might notice in my photos, with the black model, it picks up lint and dust, and it's difficult to get off because of the texture.

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There's an LED light on the charger for the AirPods charging spot, but Belkin relies on the Apple Watch and iPhone screens to confirm charging for the other devices because they're both magnetic chargers with more simple alignment.

I tested the MagSafe charging speed with an iPhone 13 Pro Max, and it was as fast as a standard MagSafe charger. The same goes for the Apple Watch Series 7 charging puck - it charged at the same faster speed as the Apple Watch charging puck that shipped with the watch. The middle spot is limited to 5W charging.

Though designed for MagSafe iPhones and the latest Apple Watch, the Boost Charge Pro is compatible older iPhones and Apple Watch models. You won't get faster charging speeds with an older Apple Watch and with the MagSafe charger, non-MagSafe iPhones will max out at 7.5W, but it works. You can also squeeze another iPhone into that middle charging spot too.

Belkin ships the Boost Charge Pro with a power adapter that has a barrel plug rather than something more universal like USB-C, but that's typical of these 3-in-1 Belkin chargers. I do wish Belkin would adopt USB-C, and I also wish we could get more variance in naming to keep the different charging options straight.

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Belkin's last wireless charger was also the Boost Charge Pro, so don't get this new Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe version confused with the prior Boost Charge Pro Wireless Charger with MagSafe if you're looking to buy.

Bottom Line

If you have the budget and the desk space for the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad, it's potentially worth picking up to get the fastest wireless charging speeds for the newest iPhone and the Apple Watch.

Most people can get by with older, slower charging options, but the Boost Charge Pro may be of particular interest to Apple Watch Series 7 users who wear their Apple Watches to bed. Faster charging can be a real quality of life improvement if you want to get to sleep but need to charge up your Apple Watch to have enough juice to get through the night.

Just about 10 minutes of charging provides sufficient battery life for an eight hour sleeping period, which is convenient. Of course, there is the option of the charging puck that came with the Apple Watch, but for those who prefer a single-cable charging solution and want fast charging, the Boost Charge Pro is the only available option right now.

How to Buy

The Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad can be pre-ordered from the Belkin website for $150. It will ship in December or January.

Note: Belkin provided MacRumors with a 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Belkin. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

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CWallace

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I mean it's a better value than the Duo Charger since it can handle three devices and the DC can't charge an Apple Watch 7 at top levels and the power adapter is an "optional extra" for the DC.

And if you needed to buy a second set of chargers and pucks for the Phone, Watch and AirPods it's cheaper (if buying Apple-branded).

But agreed it if was $99, it would be a solid value, IMO, even with some of the design drawbacks (size, orientation, surface material).
 

gk4

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I dont get anyone not using a USB C for this stuff. Same goes for Apples MagSafe DUO.

If they used USB C, this could also be used to charge your iPad by removing the USB C cable from the dock and plugging it into your iPad. Or a Mac. Crazy that they could so easily minimize the number of cables you need to bring with you when travelling, but they don't.

Especially for Apple, I'd think the desire to minimize the impact of their decisions to have multiple different charging methods across their product lines would be a priority.
 

awinn24

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I wish these things were half the price, $150 is a lot to stomach for a charger.
There’s a similar one from Anker that’s only $60 from Amazon. The faster charging speeds really shouldn’t be a reason to spend $150.
 
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bob24

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That doesn’t charge at MagSafe speeds for the phone, or the new, faster speeds for the watch.
And if we are talking something capable of charging 2 qi devices plus an Apple Watch simultaneously for $30, I would doubt it has a Qi certification and the watch charging puck is MFI certified.
 
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StuBeck

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While I get the convenience cost is different for different people, I'd suspect for most that using a device which uses the existing Apple watch puck to charge for $30-$40 is a better value while also offering the options to wirelessly charge the phone/Airpods. Most people can afford to let their phone charge overnight so don't need the benefit of Magsafe. Not saying this device is grossly overpriced, just that its a niche product.
 
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mansplains

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When I still owned a watch I never ran into a situation where I needed it charged rapidly. I fear new watch owners would be suckered into spending so much on this, in the three years I owned one I always would rather my iPhone or 12.9" iPad charge faster, watch wasn't even a thought.
 

fwmireault

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When I still owned a watch I never ran into a situation where I needed it charged rapidly. I fear new watch owners would be suckered into spending so much on this, in the three years I owned one I always would rather my iPhone or 12.9" iPad charge faster, watch wasn't even a thought.
Yeah me too, until I started to track my sleep. Before, my watch was charging overnight so I never had the need to fast charge. Now I wear my watch like 23h a day, and fast charging is much more convenient to give a boost when needed if you keep it on you all the time.
 

bob24

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When I still owned a watch I never ran into a situation where I needed it charged rapidly. I fear new watch owners would be suckered into spending so much on this, in the three years I owned one I always would rather my iPhone or 12.9" iPad charge faster, watch wasn't even a thought.

One use case whereby quick charging is nice is if you are wearing the watch overnight for sleep tracking. I put it on the charging dock while I do a bit of reading in bed before going to sleep, and sometimes with the “old” charging speed it doesn’t have time to reach 100% before I put it back on my wrist for the night. I thought a new S7 with a fresh battery would help, but it actually tends to drain more battery than I would have expected (after a night‘s sleep and a full day it is around 30%).

Of course different people use it differently, but I am pretty sure I am not alone.
 
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danny1305

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There are plenty of $30-40 options on Amazon that do the exact same thing. I have one from MAKAQI and it's perfect. This is a stupid waste of money.
“I don’t like this so therefore nobody should buy it because it’s a stupid waste of money” LMAO ok kid…get over yourself. Not everybody wants to buy cheap inferior products
 
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alba_83

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If this is genuinely the best of this type of product, I'll pay the premium if I must; but for those saying it's over-priced and no good - can you offer a like-for-like alternative option that you know is better?

I have an Apple Watch 4, iPhone 13 Pro and AirPods Pro.. so I have a use-case for wanting to charge multiple things at once like this.
 
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Abazigal

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True, but you can't deny that this is wildly overpriced.

I guess - overpriced relative to what? You don’t see that many genuine MagSafe chargers out in the market, and this is quite in line with other third party 3-in-1 MagSafe charging stands.

Though I feel laying it flat does kinda defeat the point of using MagSafe. I still prefer their original stand, which I am using and enjoying pretty much.
 
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