February 6, 2023

Many iPhone homeowners nowadays have greater than only a smartphone to cost at evening. Due to the sturdy ecosystem of Apple merchandise, iPhones are sometimes paired with an Apple Watch and a set of AirPods, and there is no scarcity of equipment designed to make it simple to handle and cost these units collectively.

Such is the case with the $130 Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Station, which takes benefit of the MagSafe expertise constructed into the iPhone 12 and newer fashions. The Ugreen Charging Dock holds your telephone in place throughout quick charging and concurrently prices your Apple Watch and a set of AirPods (or different small headphones with wi-fi charging functionality). That is a powerful sounding bundle on paper. However what’s it like to make use of?

MagSafe vs magnetic charging

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Whereas the iPhone has supported wi-fi charging because the iPhone 8 and iPhone X have been launched in 2017, it has sometimes been restricted to a most cost of seven.5W. It fell in need of what many competing Android telephones provided. It wasn’t till the iPhone 12 arrived two years in the past that Apple elevated wi-fi charging speeds. Nonetheless, like many different producers, the corporate determined to just do that by introducing its personal charging normal: MagSafe.

Because the title suggests, MagSafe’s most notable function is the magnetic attachment between the iPhone and the charger. Nonetheless, there’s a extra vital side that’s not so apparent if you don’t pay shut consideration. Anybody could make a wi-fi charger with a hoop of magnets that may match these on a contemporary iPhone, however solely an Apple-certified MagSafe charger will present 15W of charging.

Whereas we will not at present say precisely what the iPhone 14 will deliver, the iPhone 13 nonetheless prices simply 7.5W when related to a normal Qi-compatible wi-fi charger. Solely unique MagSafe chargers will present the quickest wi-fi charging that fashionable iPhones are able to.

This could make shopping for wi-fi chargers tough, with many firms itemizing their chargers as “magnetic” and even “MagSafe suitable.” Nonetheless, until they carry Apple’s “Made for MagSafe” label, they do not supply 15W iPhone charging. Even well-known Apple accent companions corresponding to Belkin and Mophie promote each MagSafe chargers and standard magnetic chargers which are additionally suitable with the iPhone.

The excellent news is that the Ugreen MagSafe charger falls into the primary class. Apple is formally MagSafe licensed, which provides one other strong possibility that folks with iPhones and Apple Watches may think about.

Sensible, versatile design

Rear view of Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Cradle charging AirPods Pro, Apple Watch and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
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Ugreen’s MagSafe 3-in-1 Charging Station is among the most compact desktop stations we have seen. Whereas it clearly cannot compete with a transportable journey charger just like the Mophie 3-in-1, it takes up much less house than the Belkin 3-in-1 Wi-fi Dock.

It is clear that Ugreen is doing extra sensible than inventive design right here, though that does not imply that Ugreen’s sales space is unappealing. It has a traditional white comfortable plastic end with chrome accents, nevertheless it nonetheless feels extra utilitarian than fashionable. The design could have been impressed partly by Apple’s MagSafe Duo journey charger, although the plastic on the Ugreen’s stand is not fairly as rubbery as Apple’s.

To scale back the footprint of the charging station, Ugreen hid the AirPods charging pad behind the iPhone dock, a intelligent trick to utilize what usually seems to be useless house on different charging stands. That is assuming you do not wish to see your AirPods whereas charging, however I believe that is truthful, particularly since there is a inexperienced LED on the entrance of the stand that lights up when the AirPods charging pad is energetic.

The AirPods charging stand has a recess designed for the AirPods Professional case, nevertheless it’s only a 5W Qi-compatible charger, so you should utilize it for different wi-fi charging-capable headphones or some other small system that may slot in there. You’ll be able to even drop one other iPhone or Android telephone into the spot, although it is a bit inconvenient because it sits proper beneath the principle MagSafe charger.

iPhone 12 Pro Max and Google Pixel 6 are charged with Apple Watch in the Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Cradle.
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Nonetheless, this isn’t unimaginable, because the MagSafe charging disc additionally rotates at an angle of roughly 75 levels to a completely horizontal place. This allows you to select a cushty viewing angle in your iPhone, and likewise means you’ll be able to tilt it as much as make room for charging one other system beneath. You’ll be able to even unfold out two telephones on the bunk mattress to cost them on the similar time.

The flexibility to orient the MagSafe charging disc horizontally additionally makes it simple to cost different smartphones and even older iPhones that do not help MagSafe, albeit solely at a slower Qi 7.5W charging fee.

Apple Watch may also be charged in considered one of two positions: positioned face up on the bottom with the strap prolonged, or propped up within the conventional “bedside mode” orientation. The Apple Watch charging disc sits on a spring-loaded hinge that pops out of its recessed place within the charging base while you press a button on the again. When prolonged, the disc might be adjusted to 45 or 90 levels perpendicular to the bottom.

Whereas the Apple Watch Charging Disc folds into the bottom, it is designed for charging, not carrying. The MagSafe iPhone Stand does not fold or detach, so it is not the sort of stand it is best to take with you. It may be left on the desktop or on the desk.

Energy and equipment

Ugreen’s MagSafe 3-in-1 cradle requires a USB-C energy provide of not less than 25W, and you will want to supply one as you will solely discover a USB-C cable within the field. It is slightly disappointing given the value of this stand, however Ugreen additionally sells a variety of energy adapters.

Whereas you should utilize the Apple USB-C iPhone Charger you probably have one, it solely delivers 20W of energy, so you will not be capable to use all three charging areas at peak efficiency. The stand requires 15W for the MagSafe charger, and 5W every for the Apple Watch disc and AirPods pill.

It is also value noting that the Ugreen stand can’t quick cost the Apple Watch Collection 7. It solely supplies 5W charging on the Apple Watch drive whatever the mannequin. This comes as no shock since Belkin is the one third-party accent maker to implement sooner charging for Apple’s newest wearables.

Good (albeit acquainted) charging possibility

An iPhone 12 Pro Max and Apple Watch Series 5 are charged on a Ugreen 3-in-1 MagSafe Charging Cradle with HomePod mini in the background.
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Ugreen’s MagSafe 3-in-1 Charging Cradle is a robust charging cradle that works as meant and affords a number of cool options – notably extra adjustability than others we have reviewed. Nonetheless, aside from the final design, there may be nothing particular about it.

To be clear, the adjustable stands are a giant plus – I have been utilizing the Belkin Enhance Cost Professional 3-in-1 Wi-fi Charging Stand on my bedside desk for the final couple of years, and generally I want I may tilt my iPhone to a extra snug place.

However in the event you do not just like the adjustment, then you definitely’re just about restricted to aesthetics. Ugreen is barely extra reasonably priced than Belkin’s MagSafe 3-in-1 stand, its predominant competitor. Nonetheless, it is vital to do not forget that Belkin contains the required charger, so you will solely lower your expenses with the Ugreen Charging Station in the event you already personal a suitable 25W or increased USB-C charger.

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