Bottom line: This charging pad can charge three devices at once and there is no specific position necessary. Toss two iPhones and your AirPods Pro onto the pad and walk away without worrying about whether the charge will connect.
Works with three phones at once
Luxury leather look
International adapters included
Braided power cable
No USB ports for wired charging
Not edge-to-edge charging
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What you need to know
- Nomad says buyers of the Base Station Pro will get a free Apple Watch adapter.
- They'll need to use their own Apple Watch charger, though.
- The Base Station Pro already has a software update ready, too.
The Nomad Base Station Pro is pretty great and we reviewed it recently. But while charging phones and earbuds anywhere is a great addition to any wireless charger, this one lacked a certain something. There was no way to charge an Apple Watch and that's about to change. Following feedback, Nomad says that buyers will get a free Apple Watch adapter to go with their Base Station Pro.
The bad news is that users will need to use their own Apple Watch charger – this is simply an adapter that gives them a way to mount it to the Base Station Pro. It still looks pretty good as the image above shows. But it would still have been nice to see this built in on day one. And it would have been even better if we didn't need to use our own chargers. Still, progress is progress.
Speaking of progress, Nomad already has a software update ready and it will be pre-installed on chargers that ship later this month. Yes, wireless chargers have software updates now. Welcome to 2020.
Things you can look forward to include:
- Improved charging performance when 2 or 3 devices charge simultaneously
- Improved support for Samsung and Google devices
- Improved device detection speed
- General bug fixes for a better overall experience
That all sounds good to me!
I'm told that buyers of the Base Station Pro will have to wait until later in the year to get the new Apple Watch adapter – they only just started making them! – but the firmware is ready to go now.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.