Space-Saving Apple Device Charging Comes at a Cost

Key Takeaways

  • The Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 is a compact and efficient charger for iPhone and Apple Watch, but its high price makes it less appealing.
  • Its size makes it perfect to use in smaller spaces, and it is excellent for StandBy mode on the iPhone.
  • The stand is available in two colors—lighter sand and darker charcoal.


At the end of the day, charging stations are a great option for Apple fans to juice up an iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. While the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 does a great job doing just that, its high price makes it hard to recommend for most users.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock with MagSafe 15W

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 is designed to charge both an iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously. The charger takes up less space than a HomePod mini and weighs under a pound. Soft-touch material covers the entire iPhone charger and on top is an adjustable stand that can rotate from 0 to 70 degrees. You can charge your iPhone in either portrait or landscape orientation. The charger is also compatible with StandBy mode for an iPhone. On the side, the Apple Watch charger is Fast Charging compatible. 

Brand
Belkin

Color
Sand or Charcoal

Speed
15W

Weight
15.87oz

Adapter included
Yes

Pros

  • Size makes it perfect to use in smaller spaces
  • Great for StandBy mode on the iPhone
  • Soft-touch material looks great
  • Power adapter included
  • Can also charge AirPods
Cons

  • Too expensive for what it provides
  • Can’t charge AirPods at the same time as your Apple Watch and iPhone
  • Cord is permanently attached to charger

A Small But Mighty Charger

Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2in1 top apple watch
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I’ve used many multipurpose chargers, so the biggest surprise with the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 is its size. It’s very compact and much smaller than I thought. Even with the arm that sticks out for Apple Watch charging, the entire package is less than the size of a HomePod mini. That’s a great thing if you’re looking to charge your devices where space is at a premium.

The base of the charger is covered with a soft-touch fabric. There are two colors to select from—a darker charcoal and lighter sand. I tested the charcoal option, which looks great and doesn’t appear to accumulate dirt or dust—a common problem with darker electronics.

On the side, the Apple Watch charging arm is metal and can show fingerprints with enough use. I would have preferred the arm to better match the rest of the charger, but it’s not a huge issue, especially since it can’t be seen when the watch is being charged.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2in1 cord
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While the charger is small and compact, it’s more than heavy enough and has a non-slip base so there’s no need to worry about it moving accidentally.

A 5-foot cable that ends in USB-C connects to the provided 30W power adapter. Likely to keep the charger’s small size, the cable is permanently attached. That’s disappointing, since if the cord ever frays or breaks, the charger itself is rendered useless.

Thankfully, the cable is braided and seems to be strong and sturdy. But since it’s permanently attached, I would have liked to have seen it a bit longer, maybe even by a foot or two, since you’ll likely need to snake the cable under a nightstand to a power outlet.

Perfect for iPhone StandBy Mode

belkin boostcharge pro 2in1 side
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The MagSafe iPhone charger is the star of the show. It can charge at 15W, the maximum speed possible for wireless. The iPhone stand can also adjust from 0-70 degrees and charge in portrait or landscape orientation.

I found it more natural to use the landscape, so I could watch a video while charging. This also allows you to use StandBy mode. One of the best features introduced with iOS 17, it lets you view several widgets, ranging from the time to weather and more, while charging your iPhone.

And if you have an iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max or iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max, StandBy mode is even better with the always-on display. When the iPhone senses a dark room, the display will also dim and show a red tint to not disrupt your night vision. The Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 has spent more than two weeks on my nightstand, and it has been great with StandBy. It’s nice to roll over in the middle of the night and see the time and more on the large iPhone screen.

You’ll drape an Apple Watch over the disc when ready to charge. If you have an Apple Watch Series 7 or later or any Apple Watch Ultra, it’s Fast Charging compatible. That will juice up a watch from 0 to 80 percent in around 45 minutes.

Because the Apple Watch charger is elevated, you can’t use the handy Apple Watch Nightstand Mode that will show the time and more when you touch the screen. It’s not a big loss when using this Belkin option, thanks to StandBy Mode.

belkin boostcharge pro 2 in 1 apple watch airpods
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There is one missing piece of the equation—no dedicated spot to charge AirPods. You can still charge AirPods, just not at the same time as your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Any AirPods, as long as they have a wireless charging case, can use the iPhone charger while lying completely flat. With the AirPods Pro, the first-generation model (along with the third-generation AirPods) can use the MagSafe charger, so they won’t have to lie completely flat. The second-generation AirPods Pro can also use the Apple Watch charger.

My bedtime routine is to grab my Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods Pro and place them on a charger so I’ll know in the morning that everything is 100 percent ready to go. Using the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 has been an exercise in frustration. I’ll have to start charging my Apple Watch and iPhone and then remove one when complete to juice up the AirPods as well.

On the other hand, if you don’t have AirPods and find the current assortment of 3-in-1 chargers annoying because of the space taken up by an empty charging pad, the neatness of the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 is ideal.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 Review: Great Function with a High Price

There is a lot to like about the Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1. It doesn’t take up a lot of room on your nightstand or desk, looks great, and can charge your popular Apple products.

But the $129.95 retail price makes the overall package a no-go for anyone without money to burn. Belkin has other options for around the same price with the ability to charge the AirPods, an Apple Watch, and an iPhone simultaneously. And you can find many other 2-in-1 options from great brands for half as much.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock with MagSafe 15W

Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Dock with MagSafe 15W

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 is designed to charge both an iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously. The charger takes up less space than a HomePod mini and weighs under a pound. Soft-touch material covers the entire iPhone charger and on top is an adjustable stand that can rotate from 0 to 70 degrees. You can charge your iPhone in either portrait or landscape orientation. The charger is also compatible with StandBy mode for an iPhone. On the side, the Apple Watch charger is Fast Charging compatible.