Belkin has a pair of recent wi-fi Apple Watch chargers it’s asserting right now, that are notably the primary third-party chargers to help the newly added quick charging on the Apple Watch Collection 7.
The bigger of the 2 is the $149.95 BoostCharge Professional 3-in-1 Wi-fi Charging Pad with MagSafe, which follows within the footsteps of final 12 months’s 3-in-1 Belkin charger. Along with including Collection 7 quick charging, Belkin has ditched the odd sculptural design on the earlier mannequin in favor of a extra normal-looking flat rectangular pad that may in all probability match higher on a nightstand.
The brand new charger goals to hit the proper trio of Apple charging: full-speed 15W MagSafe charging for an iPhone, Collection 7 quick charging for an Apple Watch, and a daily Qi charger for the AirPods. In fact, as has all the time been the case with Belkin’s mixture chargers, the $150 price ticket is way over what it will price to purchase particular person MagSafe, fast-charging Collection 7 Apple Watch, and Qi chargers, that means that you just’re paying a good premium for fashion and comfort right here. That value additionally does embrace a 40W energy adapter, so that you’re at the least getting a one-stop resolution in your cash.
The opposite new charger right here is a little more baffling: the BoostCharge Professional Transportable Quick Charger for Apple Watch, which is a pop-up Apple Watch charging stand that prices $59.95. Regardless of the “portable” within the title, Belkin’s solo charger isn’t a battery pack-style setup for recharging an Apple Watch whilst you’re out and about. And much more baffling, that $60 price ticket doesn’t embrace an influence adapter: whereas there’s an built-in USB-C cable constructed into the stand, you’ll have to supply your individual 20W wall adapter to really use it.
The online result’s a bigger, bulkier model of the fast-charging cable that Apple contains with each Apple Watch Collection 7 — besides that Belkin’s model prices actually twice the standalone cable’s $29 value.
Trying extra broadly, although, is the truth that the brand new Belkin quick chargers present — as soon as once more — the intentional limits of Apple’s MFi program. The brand new chargers from Belkin are the one third-party quick chargers available on the market proper now, and if the sample of final 12 months’s glacial MagSafe rollout is something to go by, it’ll be a while earlier than different firms are capable of get the approval (and the components) from Apple to make different choices.
Each the $59.95 BoostCharge Professional Transportable Quick Charger for Apple Watch and 149.95 BoostCharge Professional 3-in-1 Wi-fi Charging Pad with MagSafe can be found to order right now from Belkin and Apple’s respective web sites within the US, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, with availability in additional nations promised within the coming months.