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With watchOS 2, Apple introduced a new feature called Nightstand mode, which lets the Apple Watch be used as a nighttime clock and morning alarm when it's attached to the charger. Nightstand mode only works while the Apple Watch is placed in landscape mode on its side, rendering a lot of early Apple Watch docks and stands less useful.

Going forward, accessory makers will likely focus on making products that work with the new Nightstand feature, but small Apple Watch dock maker Schuttenworks has already developed a simple, high-quality watchOS 2-compatible Apple Watch charging stand called the Ripple.

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I've been using the Ripple on my night table for several weeks now, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's an attractive, low-profile stand that works with all Apple Watch models and all bands, both closed and open-loop, and at $54, it's not a bad value.

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Like its predecessor the Wave, which we reviewed earlier this year, the Ripple uses a clever split design and magnet system to lock the Apple Watch charger in place and keep the cord out of sight.


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Article Link: Review: Schuttenworks' Ripple is the Perfect Apple Watch Dock for Nightstand Mode
 

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With watchOS 2, Apple introduced a new feature called Nightstand mode, which lets the Apple Watch be used as a nighttime clock and morning alarm when it's attached to the charger. Nightstand mode only works while the Apple Watch is placed in landscape mode on its side, rendering a lot of early Apple Watch docks and stands less useful.

Going forward, accessory makers will likely focus on making products that work with the new Nightstand feature, but small Apple Watch dock maker Schuttenworks has already developed a simple, high-quality watchOS 2-compatible Apple Watch charging stand called the Ripple.

rippleassembled-800x600.jpg

I've been using the Ripple on my night table for several weeks now, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's an attractive, low-profile stand that works with all Apple Watch models and all bands, both closed and open-loop, and at $54, it's not a bad value.

ripplewithapplewatchsportband-800x600.jpg

Like its predecessor the Wave, which we reviewed earlier this year, the Ripple uses a clever split design and magnet system to lock the Apple Watch charger in place and keep the cord out of sight.


Click here to read more...

Article Link: Review: Schuttenworks' Ripple is the Perfect Apple Watch Dock for Nightstand Mode
Really! It's a piece of wood that I could make for a few bucks, but none the less nice...
 
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"and at $54, it's not a bad value."

To...
"Cons:
On the expensive side"

'Expensive' and 'good value' are not mutually exclusive.

The review summary states the build quality makes it worth the extra cost. Expensive and good value in the same sentence.
 
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That Native Union one is snazzy, but does it work when the band is open? I wouldn't want to fuss with closing up my sport band every night.

I'll let you know next week... ;)

Actually, I pop my sport band closed every night anyway when I'm just using the naked charger. It gives it more stability. That's really the easy one. Just push it onto a pin and voila. The stainless link and leather bands I have (non-Apple) are a bit more of a hassle to close, though.

I like the design of this Schuttenworks stand. I just wish it came in a darker color that looks more contemporary. The wood grain look needs to go back to the 80s... :)
 
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That's nice looking. Been looking at Watch stands, but decided to print my own.
 

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I bought this one a few weeks ago. It shipped today. I like it because it's more contemporary looking than this one.

http://www.nativeunion.com/products/charging-docks/

That is GORGEOUS. I'd totally get it if I had a night stand. All I have is a little shelf that attaches to the side of our bed down low. I keep my phone down there with some meds and a water bottle. I got the Elevation Labs NightStand earlier this week. The micro suction base is so crazy that you can even mount it vertically! I have it mounted on the side of our bed post down by my little shelf. If I accidentally knock the watch off, it will only fall a couple feet onto the carpet. Before I had it way up high on a dresser with no stand. Nearly pulled it off a few times.
 
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That Native Union one is snazzy, but does it work when the band is open? I wouldn't want to fuss with closing up my sport band every night.

FROM WEB FAQ

Do I need to buckle the Apple Watch around the aluminum arm to start the charging process?

No. What’s great is once the Apple Watch magnetic charging cable is inserted into DOCK, you can simply place the back of your watch onto it, and it will be magnetically secured, even when it’s unbuckled. 


 
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JGruber

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Looks good. Aside from the cost of the 3D printer, how little did that actually cost? Maybe you can sell these stands in different color options to help offset some of the cost of that printer?
My work bought the printer for me, so no cost to me! I do buy the filament though. Total cost to actually print this was less then $1 in ABS filament.
 
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That is GORGEOUS. I'd totally get it if I had a night stand. All I have is a little shelf that attaches to the side of our bed down low. I keep my phone down there with some meds and a water bottle. I got the Elevation Labs NightStand earlier this week. The micro suction base is so crazy that you can even mount it vertically! I have it mounted on the side of our bed post down by my little shelf. If I accidentally knock the watch off, it will only fall a couple feet onto the carpet. Before I had it way up high on a dresser with no stand. Nearly pulled it off a few times.

I bought the Elevation Labs dock from the Apple Store a few weeks ago. Figured I'd give it a try since I have their iPhone dock. Took it back a week later. The lack of a ridge on the bottom to support it makes it very impractical for nightstand mode. The magnet barely holds it up, and if you go to hit snooze or turn off the alarm you knock the watch down onto the surface of your nightstand.
 
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Im familiar with this company. They have a beautiful manufacturing process.
It's extremely detailed, look at the carving of the logo within a single block of wood.

It looks and feels like a product made with care by a small business, that's the best part.

The aluminum one you guys posted is huge, and really blocky if its on a night stand on the right side of the bed.
The Spigen one annoys me. Why, just why, cant spigen make a god damn stand that doesnt have the cable sticking out from the side. What kind of design is that? they keep doing it on purpose and its awful.
 
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I agree, on the photos it's annoying, but I haven't really noticed it when on my nightstand.

I just picked up a couple of these. One for my watch when I'd spending the night at my girlfriend's house, and one for her daughter, who we're buying an Apple Watch for in a few days for her birthday.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0127F1IC4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

It's in stock today (the Spigen is out of stock until Tuesday) and is a tad cheaper. Also, the branding doesn't appear to be as prevalent on the black one as it is on the Spigen.
 
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FROM WEB FAQ

Do I need to buckle the Apple Watch around the aluminum arm to start the charging process?

No. What’s great is once the Apple Watch magnetic charging cable is inserted into DOCK, you can simply place the back of your watch onto it, and it will be magnetically secured, even when it’s unbuckled. 



I think his question was about when you're using it horizontally in nightstand mode, and the FAQ answer was referring to vertical mode. There may be an issue whereby the weight of whatever band is on the watch pulls downward, and "pries" the watch back off of the magnet. But as I said, I'll be able to let you know next week.
 
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macduke

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I bought the Elevation Labs dock from the Apple Store a few weeks ago. Figured I'd give it a try since I have their iPhone dock. Took it back a week later. The lack of a ridge on the bottom to support it makes it very impractical for nightstand mode. The magnet barely holds it up, and if you go to hit snooze or turn off the alarm you knock the watch down onto the surface of your nightstand.
I don't use nightstand mode, but good to know for anyone else who does. I still just use my iPhone.
 
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Chip NoVaMac

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Some independent designers and manufactures think that just we pay what we do for Apple gear, we will pay a bonus for accessories. To me $10 for a plastic stand like this is too much....
 
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