Review: Is Belkin’s new BoostCharge Pro the ultimate 3-in-1 MagSafe charger for Apple users?

Last month, Belkin took the shelves out of its BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 wireless charging pad with MagSafe. With support for Apple Watch Series 7 fast charging, 15W charging via MagSafe and Qi pad design perfect for AirPods, this could be the best multi-device charger on the market for Apple fans …

Belkin’s new 3-in-1 wireless charging pad with MagSafe has a narrow, rectangular design. On the right side you will find a built-in MagSafe charger that can recharge your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 at 15W power. You will also find a separate Qi charger for your AirPods in the middle.

This middle Qi charging slot is clearly designed with AirPods in mind and has a small LED indicator. It’s quite small, but you may be able to charge another Qi-enabled device using it if you get stuck. Keep in mind, though, that the Qi charger is limited to only 5W of power.

The fact that the charging point for your iPhone is MagSafe-enabled (and essentially just a MagSafe puck integrated into the design) is very convenient. That means you do not have to fumble around to find the perfect fit. Your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 will align perfectly with the magnets, and there is plenty of room even for the larger iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Finally, and perhaps most notably, you’ll find an integrated Apple Watch charging puck on the far left of the BoostCharge Pro. This Apple Watch charger can either be flat or raised depending on the band you are using and whether you want to use bedside mode or not.

In addition to the versatile design, the Apple Watch charging puck also supports fast charging. Apple says that with fast charging, your Apple Watch Series 7 battery level can go from 0-80% in about 45 minutes. I have found that this is fairly accurate in my test.

Another benefit of the Belkin BoostCharge Pro is that it comes with a dedicated 40W power adapter in the box. This means that a single cable is used to supply all three charging points and you do not need to buy anything else. This is a big difference compared to Apple’s MagSafe Duo, which does not come with a power adapter in the box.

My biggest complaint about the Belkin BoostCharge Pro is the material it is made of. It is a soft, fabric-like material that looks nice, but is unfortunately a total magnet for dust, joints and dog hair. As you can see in the pictures, I have tested the BoostCharge Pro in black, and although Belkin also sells it in white, I can not testify to or more or less likely to attract dust.

The design of the BoostCharge Pro is also relatively bulky and heavy. This is not a problem if you plan to use it on your bedside table or desk, but you want to travel with it. That said, the heavy and rugged design definitely makes the BoostCharge Pro feel premium. It also helps when you need to disassemble your iPhone from the MagSafe puck.

Closing

At $ 149.99, the BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 is one of the best options on the market today for Apple fans, especially if you have the new Apple Watch Series 7. Although its design means it’s not very conducive for travel, it makes an excellent bedside charge for your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

If you’re looking for something a little more travel-friendly, I’ve written before about how I’m a big fan of the MagSafe Duo. It is expensive and does not have a separate Qi charging point, but its foldable design is very nice for travel.

You can order the BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe from Belkin’s website today, and the company says your order will ship sometime this month or in January.

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