Focused on iPhone owners living with a new Apple Watch and wireless headphones, the Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 with 15W MagSafe is an easy win if you love your iPhone and your watch.
What’s new with the 2022 Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1?
Another of the many chargers you can buy, Belkin’s Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 with 15W MagSafe is a twist on a theme you’ve probably seen time and time again.
If you have a recent phone with wireless charging, and if you have a recent pair of truly wireless headphones with Qi wireless charging, and if you also have an Apple Watch, you can get gadgets that charge all three.
Combo charging stands typically only cover portable devices from Apple, and the 2022 edition of the Belkin 3-in-1 Boost Charge Pro is no different, targeting Apple owners with a iPhone, an Apple Watch, and ideally a pair of wirelessly charged AirPods, but frankly, they could charge any wirelessly charged earbud, whether it’s Apple’s or something else.
What does it do?
It probably won’t surprise you, but the Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 is designed to charge three gadgets, covering iPhone, Apple Watch, and then any other wireless gadget on the pad below.
It’s not much different from the old model of Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 we checked last year, which looks the same, although there is a difference you can’t see. : The charger on the Apple Watch side supports 15 watts as well, ideal for fast charging the Apple Watch Series 7 and beyond.
It will still charge older generations of Apple Watch, but owners of Series 7 and above should see faster charging.
The stand’s arms are still stainless steel, giving it a premium look, and the stand is weighted to help it sit well on a desk or nightstand. Additionally, it comes with a 40-watt power supply, which is distinct from at least one other MagSafe charging stand we reviewed.
Belkin notes that its standard in-stand wireless charging cradle is designed for AirPods and AirPods Pro, with an etched shape for those headphones, but we’ve found it works with a variety of others too, with a small light to let you know that wireless charging has started.
In the end, we found that the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 worked with an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 model, an Apple Watch, and any pair of wireless headphones with a charged case. wireless, which covers quite a few gadgets.
Does it do the job?
The good news is that Belkin’s charger works as expected, allowing you to plug in an iPhone 12 and above, covering mini, standard, pro and max models, whether it’s an iPhone 12 Mini or a iPhone 13 Pro Max. Obviously the use of the MagSafe ring in its design means it needs a MagSafe phone, so if you have an Android or an older iPhone this mount isn’t for you.
You can charge any wireless (Qi) charged phone, but the connection is much slower because you’re forced to use the smaller earbud pad on the bottom.
Through our testing, we found that we could charge both a Google Pixel 6 Pro and a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 on the charger, while the small size of the pad was also perfect for the compact design of the Galaxy Z Flip 5G . The lower charge speed wasn’t, but it still worked.
Charging the Apple Watch Series 7 is fast enough, thanks in part to the Apple Watch Series 7 supporting fast charging when plugged into a charger with a powerful brick, so it’s nice, and practically the only novelty of this version.
Interestingly, the charger’s design for the headphones is unsurprisingly very well suited for Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro, but it doesn’t always work well with every pair of wirelessly charged headphones.
We ran several on the pad and found Sony’s WF-1000XM4 headphones to work, as did our pre-production unit of the upcoming NuraTrue Pro. A pair we’re reviewing right now, the Google Pixel Buds Pro also worked to charge on the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1, but not the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3, with the orange light on the Belkin stand telling us that something was wrong.
In short, Belkin’s 3-in-1 Stand will do the trick if you have the right gadgets. Provided you have a recent iPhone, an Apple Watch, and supported wirelessly charged headphones, it will definitely do the job for you.
What does he need ?
With three devices supported and the modern iPhone user more or less sorted, the Belkin 3-in-1 Boost Charge Pro needs very little.
Unlike the Twelve South edition of the same concept, Belkin’s model comes with the power supply and is designed to let you view the Apple Watch’s nightstand mode. The secondary wireless charging cradle supporting headphones at the bottom works with any pair of wirelessly charged headphones, not just AirPods or AirPods Pro, which is also convenient.
Like its predecessor, the only thing missing in action is an additional USB port on the back, which would be useful if you needed to charge a gadget that this charger couldn’t handle. It could be a watch or wearable accessory that isn’t an Apple Watch, although credit to Belkin, it already does something that jumps out at the Apple Watch, and it could be the perfect accessory.
Given what’s included and supported in this model, we don’t think the omission of a USB port is this a big problem.
Is it worth your money?
Surprisingly, one of the things we liked about the new Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 is how it sounds when you clamp an iPhone to the MagSafe mount. Or more precisely how it doesn’t sound.
When using the standard Apple MagSafe pad, the snap is sound. It’s a snap and the pad is locked in place. With the Belkin Edition, the sound is more like a subtle thump, which is so minor and out of place that it won’t wake you up in the middle of the night like Apple does.
Covering three devices and doing it without much fuss, charging the Apple Watch quickly, not to mention providing just the right amount of power for MagSafe wireless charging, all help make this iPhone charger worth it. In Australia, the recommended retail price of $219.95 is quite acceptable, but the $175 street price for the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 is also worth it.
It’s a decent upgrade over the previous Boost Charge Pro that we liked, and if you’re counting on a recent iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of wirelessly charged headphones, it’ll definitely be worth it for you.
Yeah or Nah?
We really like the Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1, and consider it the stand to consider if you tick the boxes of the Apple ecosystem. If you have a recent iPhone and Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods, this stand makes sense. This is for the people at Apple, and it’s A-OK. Recommended.
Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 with 15W MagSafe Wireless Charger
Premium look and feel
Charge three gadgets at once
Allows you to see the clock mode of the Apple Watch nightstand
Includes power supply
The not so good
No additional USB port
AirPods charging pad may not work with all headphones