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This 3-in-1 MagSafe mount charges your iPhone in a snap – Digikar

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This 3-in-1 MagSafe mount charges your iPhone in a snap – Digikar

📱 2022-08-16 21:30:45 – Paris/France.

These days, many iPhone owners have more than their smartphone to be recharged at night. Due to Apple’s robust product ecosystem, an iPhone is often joined by an Apple Watch and a set of AirPods, and there’s no shortage of accessories designed to make it easier to manage and charge these devices together.

Such is the case with the $130 Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Station, which takes advantage of the MagSafe technology built into the iPhone 12 and newer models. Ugreen’s Charging Dock holds your phone in place while charging it quickly and charges your Apple Watch and a set of AirPods (or other small, charge-capable wireless headphones) at the same time. It’s an impressive package on paper. But what’s it like to use?

MagSafe vs Magnetic Charging

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Although the iPhone has supported wireless charging since the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X 2017, it was generally limited to a maximum charge of 7.5 watts. That fell short of what many competing Android handsets offered. It wasn’t until the iPhone 12 arrived two years ago that Apple increased wireless charging speeds. Yet, like many other manufacturers, the company chose to do just that by introducing its own proprietary charging standard: MagSafe.

As the name suggests, MagSafe’s most visible feature is the magnetic attachment between an iPhone and a charger. However, there’s a bigger aspect that isn’t as apparent unless you pay close attention. Anyone can make a wireless charger with a ring of magnets that match those found on a modern iPhone, but only an Apple-certified MagSafe charger will deliver a 15W charge.

While we can’t currently say for sure what the iPhone 14 will bring, the iPhone 13 still charges at just 7.5W when laid on a standard Qi-compatible wireless charger. Only genuine MagSafe chargers will provide the fastest wireless charging that modern iPhones are capable of.

This can make it difficult to purchase wireless chargers, as many companies list their chargers as “magnetic” or even “MagSafe compatible”. However, unless they carry Apple’s “Made for MagSafe” branding, they don’t offer 15W iPhone charging. Even well-known Apple accessory partners like Belkin and Mophie sell both MagSafe chargers and generic magnetic chargers that are also compatible with the iPhone.

The good news is that Ugreen’s MagSafe charger falls into the first category. It’s officially MagSafe certified by Apple, adding another solid option that people with an iPhone and Apple Watch might consider.

A practical and flexible design

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Ugreen’s MagSafe 3-in-1 Charging Station is one of the most compact tabletop stations we’ve seen. While it obviously can’t compete with a portable travel charger like Mophie’s 3-in-1, it does take up less space than Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Dock.

It’s clear that Ugreen is opting for a design that’s more practical than artistic here, though that’s not to say the Ugreen stand is unattractive. It’s got a chic white soft plastic finish with chrome accents, but it still feels more utilitarian than stylish. The design may have been partly inspired by Apple’s MagSafe Duo travel charger, although the plastic on Ugreen’s stand isn’t as rubbery as Apple’s used.

To reduce the footprint of the charging station, Ugreen hid the AirPods charger behind the iPhone dock, a nifty trick that uses what often ends up being dead space on other charging stands. This assumes you don’t want to see your AirPods while they’re charging, but I think that’s fair, especially since there’s a green LED on the front of the cradle that lights up when the AirPods charger is active.

The AirPods charger has a recess designed for an AirPods Pro case, but it’s only a 5W Qi-compatible charger, so you can use it for other headphones that support wireless charging or any other small device that might fit in there. You can even drop another iPhone or Android phone there, although that’s a little inconvenient as it sits directly below the main MagSafe charger.

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It’s not impossible, however, as the MagSafe charging disc also rotates through an angle of around 75 degrees to a completely horizontal position. This lets you choose a convenient viewing angle for your iPhone and also means you can tilt it up to make room for charging another device underneath. You can even arrange two bunk-style phones to charge both simultaneously.

The ability to orient the MagSafe charging disc horizontally also allows you to easily charge other smartphones or even older iPhones that do not support MagSafe, but only at slower Qi charging speeds of 7 .5W.

An Apple Watch can also be charged in one of two positions: laying face up on the base with the band extended or propped up in the traditional “nightstand mode” orientation. The Apple Watch charging disc is on a spring-loaded hinge that pops out of its recessed position in the charging base by pressing a button on the back. When extended, the disc can be adjusted to a 45 degree or 90 degree angle perpendicular to the base.

Although the Apple Watch Charging Disc folds into the base, that’s for charging, not portability. The MagSafe iPhone Stand doesn’t fold up or come off, so it’s not a stand you should expect to take with you. It is designed to be left on a desk or table.

Power and accessories

Ugreen’s MagSafe 3-in-1 mount requires a USB-C power source that can provide a minimum of 25W, and you’ll need to provide one as you’ll only find a USB-C cable in the box. It’s a little disappointing considering the price of this mount, but Ugreen also sells a wide range of power adapters.

While you can use your Apple USB-C iPhone charger if you have one handy, this only delivers 20W of power, so you won’t be able to use all three charging zones at maximum performance. The stand requires 15W for the MagSafe charger, plus 5W each for the Apple Watch disc and AirPods pad.

It’s also worth mentioning that Ugreen’s stand cannot fast charge an Apple Watch Series 7. It only provides 5W charging to the Apple Watch disc regardless of the model. That’s no surprise, though, as Belkin is the only third-party accessory maker to embrace faster charging for Apple’s latest wearable.

A good (albeit familiar) charging option

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Ugreen’s MagSafe 3-in-1 Charging Stand is a capable charging stand that works as expected and offers some nice twists, including being more adjustable than the others we’ve reviewed. However, there isn’t much to distinguish other than the overall design.

To be clear, the adjustable stands are a big plus — I’ve been using Belkin’s Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Stand on my nightstand for a few years, and there are times when I’ve wished I could tilt my iPhone to a more convenient position.

But if fit isn’t your thing, then you’re pretty much into aesthetics. Ugreen is slightly more affordable than the MagSafe 3-in-1 holder from Belkin, its main rival. Nevertheless, it is essential to keep in mind that Belkin includes the necessary charger, so you will only save money with the Ugreen charging station if you already have a compatible 25W USB-C charger or more within reach.

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