Review: Nomad's Base Station Lets You Wirelessly Charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch in One Convenient Location

Discussion in 'Guides, How Tos and Reviews' started by MacRumors, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Nomad, a company that makes various cables, chargers, cases, and other accessories for Apple devices, recently came out with an updated version of its Base Station charger.

    While the original Base Station is designed to wirelessly charge two iPhones at once, the updated Apple Watch version is able to charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch.


    The Base Station Apple Watch Edition features a flat, leather covered aluminum wireless charging pad that has an elevated Apple Watch magnetic charging puck on the left side to accommodate an Apple Watch. The positioning of the Apple Watch charger allows for the Apple Watch to be placed into nightstand mode, ideal for charging on a bedside table.

    Design wise, the Base Station is a sleek black color, which will fit well into any modern office or room setup. The bottom features two non-slip rubber strips to keep it in place, and the leather pad keeps the iPhone from moving around while charging while also offering a soft place to put it.


    When it comes to size, because this is a flat charger, it takes up more space than an upright charger might. It measures in at a little over six inches long and about 4 inches wide, so it's not huge, but it's definitely bigger than some other combined Apple Watch/iPhone chargers. I'd like to see Nomad make one of these with a smaller footprint that has an upright charger option and an Apple Watch charging option.

    Click here to

    Article Link: Review: Nomad's Base Station Lets You Wirelessly Charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch in One Convenient Location
  2. RamGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2011
    I have to admit it looks really nice. The only question is whether we will ever see the Apple AirPower, like ever. The price is rather steep, but it sure looks great so I'm willing to give it a go. But at that price I would much rather have AirPower so it all comes down to whether AirPower is ever going to be a thing or not.
  3. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
  4. OC40 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    The quality of this is excellent. My wife was unsure about it given the price, but she ordered it once she saw mine.
  5. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I was going to sarcastically say “I bet it’s $100 or something”. I can’t believe it’s more.
  6. Tonkinite macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2018
    --- Post Merged, Nov 14, 2018 ---
    It’s really nice. However, for nightstand use, I’d prefer the phone at an angle, so it can be used as a clock, with the watch placement such that view of each device is unobstructed. The current version takes up too much flat space.
  7. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    I personally agree with you on this. I think they made it at price because AirPower hasn't been released so they can get ahead of the game a bit. But had they went with 79.99 or somewhere under a 100.00 they would have gotten a lot more to buy into it. It definitely looks nice, but I don't see a reason to buy any sort of charger over a 100.00 right now. Considering USB-C for iPad's are now a thing. A year or two down the line the phones will be changed over or something new all together will be released. I can go with plugging in a cable for a while still.
  8. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    While the price is high, I bet there is a market for this. Would guess Apple's AirPower would be $200 or more anyways if it ever sees the light of day.
  9. Mrjoedot macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    Asean market
    I would rather wait for airpower but my apple watch is the bracelet link version. Therefore, it is not ideal at all as it cannot be laid flat. Nomad probably have thought of this as well.
  10. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    IF AirPower is ever released, it will probably cost $149 at a minimum. This thing is $30 cheaper than that.
  11. DFeredinos macrumors newbie


    Nov 14, 2018
    I found 6 of them at BestBuy for $99.95, I was willing to drop $100 to try this and havent been disappointed, as someone who uses his watch as his little bedside clock instead of the phone, I'm more than pleased. Stylish, small and efficient for me. Bestbuy regularly carries Nomad products for cheaper than their website, as a heads up.
  12. ghost187 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    People that can afford this crap have more Apple products than 2 and they need a better charging solution. I am still holding out hope for that AirPower mat hopefully it’s delayed because they are changing the lightning port to usb c.
  13. OC40 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    One, this product isn’t crap.

    Two, this is an excellent charging solution.
  14. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Totally agree, must be some mark up!
  15. MaxSto macrumors member


    Sep 26, 2015
    Mönchengladbach, Germany
  16. acgmph macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2015
    Around the world
    Wow! I can get 10 Anker Qi wireless chargers at this price and still have some $ left for two coffees.
  17. Nabby macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I like seeing these ideas a much as the next person...

    However at some point I'd love to see a review that begins: We know you've spent an a$$load of money on your devices, so here are some dirt cheap options that really get the job done for you.

    I think I paid about $20 for a stand that plugs into my charging hub and has been great. Not everything needs to cost a fortune to be good and likewise not everything that costs a fortune is good.
  18. -BigMac- macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
  19. camarograna2 macrumors member

    May 7, 2015
  20. 3rdiguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    After seeing this I think the original base station is way more practical. It has multiple ports including usb c. It’ll be easier to just plug in Apple Watch charging puck and other things and still be able to easily travel with it.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 14, 2018 ---
    Go to their site. They have a wallpaper section
  21. Cyberius11 macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2011
    It looks very nice. I went ahead and ordered one from Best Buy at $99.99. I had over $60 in rewards coupons though too. I've been looking for a better phone + watch charging solution and this is it.
  22. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    So if you have a bracelet on your watch, it dangles awkwardly off the back of this thing. And if you have a strap, you have to buckle it after you remove it if you want it to look tidy. Not a very elegant solution.

    I find this and most phone/watch charge combos a mixture of poorly thought out design and compromise.

    Also, a white puck? On a black charge pad?
  23. MaxSto macrumors member


    Sep 26, 2015
    Mönchengladbach, Germany
    Thanks, but there is not the one which is displayed in the article.

Share This Page

26 November 14, 2018