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What’s your charging solution?

I want to consolidate my bedroom charging system. I’m trying to decide between random no-name charging I heard about on a podcast, that’s really close to perfect in overall design for my space.
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Or wait for the new Belkin quick has all the newest fast charging features, brand name, reputable. But not really my preference in layout. And more than triple the price of the rando charger.
 

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I’ve got a bit of that too.
Now that I’ve got a watch and MagSafe iPhone and a newer USB C iPad, I want to rework my adapters to the newer GaN types, get some better inductive chargers that fit the 13 Pro Max, etc.

i also want new charger job for travel.
 

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I use mostly wireless chargers, which I have placed in strategic locations throughout our two homes. I have single and dual charging pads from Anker, as well as single pads and stands from Yootech. All have worked well for our phones and earbuds. The only other devices I recharge regularly are my Kindle and Bushnell golf GPS (both use the same micro USB connection), and I just grab a wall wart and cable when needed (although I do leave one plugged in our kitchen near a wireless charging pad). I rarely use my iPad anymore.
 
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I’ve got the cheap stand setup. Quick take: I like it. It’s compact and with a single adapter and cable, charges iPhone, Watch, AirPods. And my Pro Max no longer lays askew due to the camera bump; it’s properly attached on the magnetic connector. And it’s about $36 with current coupon for a 3-in-1 charger. That’s over $110 cheaper than the not-yet-shipping Belgian charger I was considering.

Also, unlike my older inductive charger, there’s no fan. (it has a vent, and if there’s a fan, it’s inaudible) A fan doesn’t bother me, but I prefer not to have random whirring noises if I don’t have to have them.

It has a ring light around the base that pulses blue or green when charging or not. Its easily turned off when a tap of a button on the base.

The downside, that I now understand after buying it: It’s not true “MagSafe”. It’s Qi charger with MagSafe-compatible magnets. It’s not true MagSafe fast charging. I don’t get the MagSafe animation when charging begins. Likewise, it doesn’t support the latest Watch fast charging.

On the other hand, did I mention it’s $110 dollars cheaper than the not-yet-buyable product that will do that stuff? And the cheap product is also more compact for a bedside stand?

So, I think this is a fair compromise for my needs.
 
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Returning the charging station. It repeatedly wakes up the Watch, making it audibly chime and light up, like it's just been placed on the charger. This happens repeatedly through the night. This never happens on Apple charger. Maybe it's fine. But it's not normal. And with upwards of $1600 of gear on this thing, I'm not going to risk it's doing something bad seeing anomalous behavior.
 

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@DaveF - Dude, you have a LOT of devices! In your case you'd think Apple would build a custom charging solution for you. :cool:
As for me I use the old school cabled USB stuff and will likely continue that way. My car has wireless charging but that's the only modern charging device I own. Sad. I know...
 

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@DaveF - Dude, you have a LOT of devices! In your case you'd think Apple would build a custom charging solution for you. :cool:
As for me I use the old school cabled USB stuff and will likely continue that way. My car has wireless charging but that's the only modern charging device I own. Sad. I know...
IPhone, Watch, AirPods, and iPad. Just the normal amount. :)
(And wife has the same.)

And yes it’s weird that Apple has completely failed to make a multi-device charging thing. They’re not even very good at single-device chargers. What’s to be done? 🤷‍♂️
 

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I did just buy an Anker GaN USB C 20W charger. I need to get my new USB-C watch charger connected in the bedroom, so I can use the USB A chargers for travel over the holidays. At least until I get a new bedside table charging station picked out.
 

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