Review: Kanex GoPower Watch Stand with Wireless Charging Base

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I’ll admit that I am extremely late to the wireless charging bandwagon. For various reasons, it just hasn’t seemed essential or at least worth the cost to invest in one. However, when I was offered the opportunity to take a look at the GoPower Watch Stand with Wireless Charging Base for review, I was intrigued to learn about what I’ve been missing.

What got me interested in this particular wireless charger is its versatility. Let’s get into it and take a look at what the GoPower can do.

First and foremost in its name, the GoPower is an excellent Apple Watch charging stand. As you can see, the stand is sturdy and holds any size Apple Watch completely steady. However, the best part about the GoPower is that it doesn’t rely on you donating your Apple Watch charging cable, as so many stands do. It is powered by its own charging brick and cable, so you can keep yours handy for other needs. This is a Made For iPhone and Apple Watch product, as well, so you don’t have to worry about it harming your Watch in any way.

The only drawback of the GoPower is that the Watch stand is a bit short. While this does cut down on the space it occupies, it is an issue if you use a metal watch band. As you can see, the stainless band on my 44mm Series 5 almost touches the pad below. That certainly limits your options as far as using the Qi wireless charger goes. I don’t feel good about charging my iPhone with a metal band sitting on a screen with no screen protector.

However, as you can see above, I’ve been able to make good lemonade out of lemons here. Since both of my AirPods cases are capable of wireless charging, I’ve primarily been charging them on the wireless pad.

As you can also see above, there is a charging indicator light on the side of the base that lets you know that something is being charged. That is beneficial since it is possible to not have a device quite in the right spot on the wireless base and it not charge. If you keep your device in a case, then you can’t tell this without the additional light on the GoPower.

If you keep a soft band on your Apple Watch, then it opens up more opportunities for the wireless charger below.

As you can see above, it’s no problem to charge an iPhone 11 Pro Max under an Apple Watch with a Sport Loop band on it. I just wish the GoPower worked better with larger metal bands, since that’s what I’m wearing most often these days. I understand they aren’t the most common band type, but if a follow-up version of this product comes in the future, I would like to see a taller stand to account for them.

The GoPower has one last feature that still makes it my go-to charger these days, even though I don’t typically charge my iPhone on the wireless pad. The back of the wireless pad has a single USB-A port next to the port for the included charger.

This is perfect for me, as I have still been able to charge my iPhone with a Lightning Cable when I have the stainless band on my Apple Watch. My typical nighttime setup is my Watch on the stand, my AirPods Pro case on the wireless base and my iPhone 11 Pro Max plugged in next to the GoPower on the nightstand.

At the end of the day, the Kanex GoPower is a really solid product that can easily charge three devices in a small space with the user only giving up one charging cable. Despite the one limitation of not working well with stainless Watch bands in combination with an iPhone, I still find it very useful for keeping all of my devices powered with a minimum amount of space taken up on my nightstand. It used to be a tangled mess of cords, but the GoPower has brought some sense to it all. I can definitely recommend it based on that combination of utility and versatility.

The GoPower Watch Stand with Wireless Charging Base is available from Kanex for $79.99.

The GoPower Watch Stand with Wireless Charging Base was provided for review on iPad Insight by Kanex. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the About page.

 


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