Monday, 24 September 2018 21:27

Belkin boosts enhanced wireless charging dock for 2018 new iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4

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If you have a new iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Apple Watch Series 4 or are planning to pick up the iPhone XR in October, then Belkin's newly enhanced wireless charging dock will let you charge two devices wirelessly with a third via USB cable.

The only iPhones that are able to be wirelessly charged are the existing iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X and the new Xs, Xs Max and the forthcoming iPhone XR, while Apple's only other wirelessly chargeable device at time of publication is the Apple Watch, requiring a special charging disc.

While there are a range of wireless chargers out there from a range of vendors, Belkin is a well-known premium brand that has been creating Apple accessories since 1983, so its pedigree is undeniable, and its quality is excellent.

Now comes Belkin's new "BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone + Apple Watch which allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time, in addition to a third device using the additional USB-A port".

As you'd expect, there have been enhancements to this new model for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and Apple Watch Series 4, with "a modern and minimalist aesthetic" and "effortless set up and convenience".

Of course, it also works with the aforementioned wirelessly chargeable iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, along with all Apple Watch models.

Oliver Seil, vice-president of design at Belkin, said: "The BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock is highly engineered for function and designed for aesthetic and beauty.

“From the outside you see a beautiful piece of hardware, on the inside is a complex charging system that allows you to wirelessly charge your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. The beauty of Belkin products is that people don’t need to think about the complexity of the technology, the technology simply works and works beautifully.”

Available in Australia in time for Christmas, Belkin also tells us it is "updating its PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone. It has been enhanced for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, and is perfect for customers who prefer to charge their iPhone via Lightning connector. The new PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone will feature a red dial to raise and lower the Lightning connector".

However, it is very important to note that "the current Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone and PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone is compatible only with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and previous iPhone with Lightning connector models".

Full Belkin charging dock portfolio:

BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone + Apple Watch – link and pricing to come

  • AU and NZ pricing TBC
  • Compatible with iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and all Apple Watch models.
  • Availability: December with select Australian and New Zealand retailers.

PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone (red dial) link and pricing to come

  • AU and NZ pricing TBC
  • Compatible with iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and all iPhone with Lightning connector models, along with all Apple Watch models.
  • Availablility: December with select Australian and New Zealand retailers.

Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone 

  • A$189.95 / NZ$199.95
  • Compatible with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and previous iPhone with Lightning connector models only.
  • Availability: Belkin.com

PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone 

  • A$149.95 / NZ$159.95.
  • Compatible with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and previous iPhone with Lightning connector models only.
  • Availability: Belkin.com

BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Dock specs:

  • Optimised wireless charging up to 7.5W for Qi-enabled device and at 5W/1A for Apple Watch; Additional USB-A port charges third device up to 5W/1A
  • Supports Nightstand mode for Apple Watch at optimal viewing angle.
  • Ability to charge through most phone cases up to 3mm thick.
  • 45W AC adapter included for instant set-up.
  • Qi-certification, MFi-certification, Connected Equipment Warranty and 3-year warranty for added peace of mind.

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