OtterBox 2-in-1 Charging Station with MagSafe Review: Compact fast charging for iPhone and Apple Watch


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The new OtterBox 2-in-1 Charging Station with MagSafe has a sleek Apple-like design with fast charging support for Apple Watch Series 7.

Apple has been slow to approve devices that support fast charging for the Apple Watch, as well as MagSafe. We’ve only seen a handful of devices from Nomad, Belkin and Mophie with this support.

Instead, we’ve seen a variety of Qi chargers with magnets that charge at slower speeds.

OtterBox hits the market with a unique design along with all the required certifications to make it an extremely tempting option.

Design

There are only a limited number of ways to design a two-device load tree, most of them resembling Belkin’s design. OtterBox isn’t too far off but rather seems to have modeled its charging station after the Studio Display.

Charge your iPhone and Apple Watch

It has a wide and solid base, a matte anodized aluminum cover and a silicone foot. The body extends straight up with the Apple Watch puck pulling back with the MagSafe puck up front.

While the Apple Watch puck has a fixed horizontal orientation, the MagSafe puck can tilt from vertical to horizontal.

MagSafe puck rotates from vertical to horizontal

MagSafe puck rotates from vertical to horizontal

OtterBox made the MagSafe Puck lay perfectly flat so you can place any headphones, including AirPods, on top to charge. If you have a new set of AirPods or AirPods Pro, they directly support MagSafe and you don’t need to tilt it back.

It takes a lot of effort to adjust the MagSafe washer. If it was too weak, it would move on its own when the big iPhone 13 Pro Max was placed. But that won’t happen.

When you adjust the angle of the charger, it stays there when you put your phone down and pick it up. Of course, since this is MagSafe, you can rotate your iPhone to any angle.

On the back of the stand is a single USB-C port, used to power your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously.

USB-C cable and power adapter

USB-C cable and power adapter

The charger includes a two-meter USB-C to USB-C cable. We prefer this standardized USB-C cable to Belkin’s proprietary barrel connector on its MagSafe charging shaft.

Some chargers these days also don’t include power adapters, which provides additional value. And OtterBox has gone all out with accessories to provide quality options rather than off-the-shelf components.

The cable has stylized curved strain overmolds and an included hook and loop management attachment. The AC adapter is compact with prongs that pivot from the end. It’s also pretty with a silver stripe down the middle and angled grooves that make it easy to grip when plugging in or unplugging.

Charging speeds

The aforementioned charger provided by OtterBox is a 36W power adapter. That’s plenty of power to max out the MagSafe charger and support Apple Watch fast charging.

The MFi-certified MagSafe module will charge any iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 model at up to 15W of power. Most magnetic Qi chargers are only capable of 7.5W of power.

Charge Apple Watch

Charge Apple Watch

OtterBox says it can provide up to 5W of power for the Apple Watch. If you have an Apple Watch Series 7, it supports the new Quick Charge feature, so it can be charged to 80% in just 45 minutes.

One thing we’d like to see is a secondary USB-C output if you need to power a third device eventually. It is our understanding that the MFi program does not allow this additional output on MagSafe devices and we hope this will change in the future.

Should I buy the OtterBox 2-in-1 charging station with MagSafe?

Everyone has a favorite charging setup. It’s a personal choice depending on your needs and devices.

We can’t sit here and pompously say that the OtterBox is the ultimate solution for everyone, but we can at least judge whether or not the presented package is worth the cost.

In the crowded top-up market, OtterBox has done a great job. This charger looks and feels great using top quality materials.

OtterBox 2 in 1 box

OtterBox 2 in 1 box

He also has the honor of being one of very some Apple-certified MagSafe chargers. There are even fewer that support Apple Watch fast charging.

As long as Nightstand Mode for Apple Watch isn’t a requirement, we see no reason not to recommend it. There are no other two-in-one MagSafe chargers with Apple Watch Series 7 fast charging even available to consider.

OtterBox isn’t generally known for loaders, but after that it might be.

  • Sleek aluminum design
  • Quick charge for Apple Watch Series 7
  • MFi Certified MagSafe and Watch Puck
  • Includes USB-C cable and power adapter
  • The MagSafe holder is very adjustable
  • Can also charge AirPods
  • No additional USB output
  • No support for Nightstand mode

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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