If you’re within the Apple ecosystem, there’s a good chance you’re all in: iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Keeping each of those devices powered could mean running three cords to 3 adapters—or you’ll simplify it all with a charging station. Belkin’s Boost Charge 3-in-1 Apple Wireless Charger is the better of them, offering wireless power to all or any of your Apple gear in a very tidy, fast, and relatively affordable way.
If you’ve got an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and AirPods with a wireless charging case, you’ll want to charge all three on every day. The Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1 Apple Wireless Charger is the best choice to do so wirelessly. instead of requiring you to line up your phone on a flat pad, as many others do, it offers an angled stand that’s practically foolproof. The AirPods case nestles securely into a divot, and also the Apple Watch charges in landscape orientation so you’ll utilize nightstand mode. Belkin’s dock charges a bit quicker than the competition, but no other charging station offers such an excellent combination of features at a comparable price.
If you don’t have AirPods or would rather have the power to charge a second phone—your partner’s phone or work phone, for example—we recommend the Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock. While you’ll still charge AirPods on that if you don’t mind playing with them to get the correct alignment, this charger’s flat design allows you the liberty to swap in whatever Qi-wireless-compatible device you select. Compared with the look of the Belkin charger, Logitech’s elevated Apple Watch charging puck isn’t as handy if you employ your watch as a timepiece.
How we picked
A good Apple Wireless Charger should meet all of the following basic criteria, which we used as guidelines for our research:
- WPC and MFi certification: We considered only those chargers that have been certified by the WPC. This indicates that a charger has been examined and found to be both secure and in compliance with the Qi standard. If an Apple Wireless Charger isn’t certified, that doesn’t necessarily indicate that it’s unsafe or non-compliant—but choosing something that has been verified is prudent. The same can be said for MFi certification, which is Apple’s program, and applies specifically to the charging puck.
- Charging speed: All the chargers we tested advertised 7.5 W charging for iPhones, the fastest rate at which the handsets can charge. We weren’t concerned about the faster 10 W charging that some Android phones support because people are unlikely to use an Android phone alongside an Apple Watch.
- Design: We considered not only how the charging pad looked but also how grippy the surface was for holding a phone in place, how easy it was to align devices with the charging coils, and where the watch sat. We also noted any extras such as charging or placement indicator lights.
- Noise: Some wireless chargers put out a faint (and sometimes not so faint) whine or clicking noise, which can quickly become annoying. We listened to this in our tests.
- Maker reputation: We considered models only from companies that we know have a good reputation for warranty coverage and customer support. Even if a charger is WPC certified, there are no guarantees it will never have a problem, and you want to be able to get help if you need it.
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How we tested
|Device||iPhone 11 charge|
after 30 minutes
|iPhone 11 charge|
after 60 minutes
|Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger||21%||43%|
|Logitech Powered 3-in-1||17%||34%|
|Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad||20%||38%|
|Native Union Drop XL||21%||41%|
We tested the performance of each wireless charging base by placing an iPhone 11 with a fully drained battery on the charging pad. We measured the phone’s battery level after 30 minutes and then again after one hour. Any reputable Qi charger should fully charge any phone in a few hours (and certainly will overnight), so instead we looked for differences in short-term charging. Although these chargers are designed for iPhones, we also tested them with an LG V30 to make sure their performance was up to snuff with an Android phone as well. I first tested everything at my desk, but if I heard a sound that could potentially be annoying, I also tested the charger in my bedroom at night, sleeping with it positioned a couple of feet from my head to see if the noise would interfere with my sleep.
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Our pick: Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger
The Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1 Apple Wireless Charger is the best choice if you want a single charging station that can power your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time. It’s better designed to accommodate all three devices than any of the other models we tested, thanks to a stand-style phone charger and a divot for an AirPods charging case. These thoughtful design touches make it easy to line up the respective devices so that they charge properly. Similarly, the placement of the Apple Watch charger conveniently allows you to use your wearable as an alarm clock. In addition to offering intelligent design, the Boost Charge 3-in-1 charges iPhones just as fast as any other multi-device charger we’ve tested, has the best warranty, and happens to be less expensive than the competition.
Until early 2020, every Apple charging station we tested was flat, meaning you had to lay your phone down to charge it. We’ve found through testing single-device Qi chargers that we prefer angled, stand-style chargers that hold the phone upright for two reasons: You can more easily align the phone properly so that it charges, and you can more comfortably look at the screen while the handset is being powered.
The Boost Charge 3-in-1 and our also-great pick, the Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock, are among the first models to bring that raised-charger design to these multi-device power stations. We found that it makes an appreciable difference in everyday use, especially at night and in the dark. It’s not impossible (or even necessarily difficult, with practice) to line up a phone on a flat charger, but it’s certainly easier to place the handset on a stand that keeps it in the right position. The stand makes things so foolproof, you can do it by feel without even looking.
To the right of the phone, the charger is the Apple Watch charging puck, and behind it, you’ll find a 2-inch circular depression for your AirPods or AirPods Pro case. Other Qi charging stations require you to align the AirPods case properly on a flat surface, which can be difficult, especially without a clear visual guide. Belkin’s design allows the case to just nestle in, making charging the AirPods so simple that it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever head to work with dead headphones.
Apple certifies only those Apple Watch chargers that use Apple-approved charging pucks, which this Belkin model does, so we know it’ll be safe for charging any Apple Watch. It works with open or closed bands and holds the watch in landscape orientation. Both the 40 mm and 44 mm sizes sit low enough that, if you’re using your Apple Watch’s nightstand mode, you can press on its Digital Crown to snooze an alarm without knocking the watch off the charger. It’s a thoughtful design decision that makes the charging station more useful.
None of the iPhone and Apple Watch charging combos we tested fill up the phone’s battery quite as quickly as the fastest single-device charging stands. Since this combined charger is slower, we think it’s best for a nightstand or desk, where you’re most likely to be charging your phone, watch, and headphones all at once, and (assuming you’re charging overnight) where the slower charge won’t be as big of a concern. The Belkin charger charged our iPhone 11 to 21% after half an hour and 43% after an hour. Our Apple Watch Series 5, also starting at zero, got to 41% battery capacity after a half-hour and 67% after an hour.
Battery charging results on the Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1
|Device||Battery capacity after|
|Battery capacity after|
|Apple Watch Series 5||41%||67%|
|AirPods Pro wireless charging case||4%||18%|
|AirPods Pro (inside also-charging case)||72%||99%|
The charger has a notably basic design. It’s a 7¼-by-4-inch pill-shaped device with a body primarily made of matte black plastic (a premium version will be available through Apple Stores only, though it’s merely a different design with the same technical features). Rubber feet on the bottom prevent it from sliding around. It’s a little lighter than we expected for its size, and it feels somewhat hollow as a result, but that doesn’t affect performance—anyway, once you put it on your nightstand or desk, you likely won’t be picking it up often. Indicator lights on the front of the charger (underneath the phone charging stand) and the right edge show whether your phone and AirPods are charging, respectively. We found them to be pretty bright, so if you’re a light-sensitive sleeper, you may want to cover them with electrical tape.
The power cord that you plug into the back of the Boost Charge 3-in-1 uses a round, barrel-style connection instead of Micro-USB or USB-C, so it won’t be as easy to replace if something goes wrong or you lose it. But Belkin gives a two-year warranty on its charger, as well as a connected-equipment warranty. The company will replace your gear if it’s “damaged by an electrical charge while properly connected to the charger,” up to $2,500. Although we’ve never needed to test out this part of the warranty, the coverage goes above and beyond what we’ve seen from other accessory makers.
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Flaws but not dealbreakers
Unlike other models, the Belkin can work only with the specific combination of a phone, an Apple Watch, and AirPods. You can’t use the AirPods charging spot for a second phone.
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Also great: Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock
Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock
The Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock Apple Wireless Charger is a good alternative to the Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1, particularly if you want to be able to charge two phones at once. Like our top pick, it has a stand-style charger for your phone and an Apple Watch puck. The third charging place is flat, providing you to power either AirPods or another phone. But the main charger was a little slower than that of the Belkin in our testing, it’s harder to line up an AirPods case without a dedicated divot, and this larger charging station doesn’t look as nice as our top pick.
Both charging spots on the Logitech charger have wireless coils that the company advertises as supporting 10 W charging in general and 7.5 W charging for iPhones. In our testing, charging on the main stand was slower than we expected, with the iPhone 11 reaching an average charge of 17% in 30 minutes and 34% in half an hour. That’s still more than fast enough for you to get a full charge overnight, though these results lag what we saw from the Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1 by 9% at the 60-minute mark.
The flat pad to the left of the stand has a nickel-sized dimple to mark its center. This design is more flexible than Belkin’s—you’re not limited to just AirPods or just another phone—but it’s not as easy to line up either kind of device. Phone charging time on the flat pad was more in line with the Belkin charger’s stand results, getting our iPhone 11 to 23% and 41% in 30 and 60 minutes, respectively.
While we like how the Powered 3-in-1 Dock performs, we don’t love how it looks. Few of these chargers are showpieces, but the Logitech model looks like a piece of furniture from a ’70s sci-fi show (or at least the white version we tested does; the charger also comes in black). The footprint is almost an inch wider than that of the Boost Charge 3-in-1, which may make a difference on your nightstand.
Alike the Belkin charger, this Logitech model utilizes a power adapter with a round barrel plug rather than a standard USB connector. If you need a replacement, you’ll have to contact the company directly. Logitech offers a one-year warranty, in contrast to Belkin’s three-year plan, and doesn’t provide any coverage for connected equipment.