The Apple Watch is an icon of style, and it deserves to be perched upon a beautiful charging stand (especially if you’re into nightstand mode). Here are some of our favorite Apple Watch charging stands in all shapes and sizes.
Before Buying an Apple Watch Stand
Some Apple Watch stands are made for travel, while others are meant to sit on your nightstand until the end of time. But how do you tell the difference? What makes an Apple Watch stand tick?
Here are a few things to consider before buying an Apple Watch:
- The charging cable: You know that hockey-puck magnetic charging cable that comes with the Apple Watch? Most charging stands work in conjunction with that cable. As in, they don’t come with an actual charger—you have to use the one that came with your watch. If that’s not appealing to you, then look for a charging stand with a built-in magnetic charger.
- Multi-device charging: You might as well use one charger for everything. If you like to keep your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch charging together, consider buying a multi-device charging stand. Just keep in mind that the iPhone 11 is limited to 7.5-watt wireless charging, which is significantly slower than its 18-watt wired charging.
- Angle: The Apple Watch has a built-in nightstand mode that displays the date, time, and current charge. If you’re buying a stand specifically for this mode, then make sure that it’s angled in a direction that you can see from your bed.
- Portability: If you travel a lot, then you should consider getting a slim or portable charging stand. That way, you can still use the Apple Watch in nightstand mode when you’re in hotels.
And that’s really all there is to it. Without further ado, here’s the best charging stands for your Apple Watch.
Best Overall: Belkin Travel Stand
The Belkin Travel Stand is a slim, versatile perch that’s perfect for at-home or on-the-go use. It has an adjustable cradle for charging flat or vertically, along with some storage space for your magnetic charging cable. Its design is comparable to Apple’s official charging stand, except it’s way cheaper.
Keep in mind that this stand doesn’t come with a magnetic charging cable. You’ll need to attach the puck to this stand to use it with your Apple Watch.
Best Budget Pick: Spigen S350 Stand
If you’re looking for a cheap, bare-bones charging stand, then the Spigen S350 might be your best bet. It’s a slim and secure stand that’ll work perfect on your desk or nightstand. You can even reverse this stand to work with bulky Apple Watch cases—an accommodation that’s rarely seen in charging stands.
Like the Belkin Travel Stand, the Spigen S350 stand doesn’t come with a magnetic charging cable. If you want to use this stand for charging, you’ll need to pair it with the charging puck.
Best Premium Pick: MQOUNY 2-in-1 Charging Station
Might as well kill two birds with one stone. The MQOUNY 2-in-1 charging station is made to charge your Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time so you don’t have to fuss around with two separate charging stands. It has built-in ventilation and a built-in Apple Watch charger, so you don’t have to install your own magnetic charging cable.
There’s just a small footnote here. The iPhone 11 is limited to 7.5-watt wireless charging, which is much slower than its 18-watt wired charging. Charging speed doesn’t matter too much on your nightstand, but if you like to charge your iPhone throughout the day, then we suggest using a faster wired charger (or a dock that encourages wired charging).
Best Charging Pad: Seneo 2-in-1 Apple Watch Charging Pad
Apple Watch stands are great and all, but you have other devices to charge too, right? The Seneo 2-in-1 charging pad is a slim, surprisingly affordable mat that can charge your Apple Watch alongside your iPhone or AirPods (but not all three at once).
Like most of our other favorite charging stands, the Seneo 2-in-1 doesn’t come with an Apple Watch magnetic charging cable. And again, the iPhone 11 is limited to 7.5-watt wireless charging, which is significantly slower than its 18-watt wired charging. This might work best as a dedicated Apple Watch and AirPod stand, or as an overnight charging stand.
Best for Travel: Twelve South Timeporter Charger
Yeah, the Twelve South Timeporter looks pretty weird, but it’s actually a neat little idea. It’s basically a glasses case that holds all of your Apple Watch accessories, from your charging cable to all of your watchbands. It even has a magnetic charging cable slot, so you can charge your Apple Watch on desks or nightstands. (If you want to go the extra mile, you could throw a power bank into this case and charge your Apple Watch on the go.)
Nope, this charging stand doesn’t come with a magnetic charging cable. You’ll need to use it with whatever charging puck you’re using now.
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