It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost a year since the Apple Watch first hit the market. And one of the most popular accessories for the wearable device has been a charging stand. Along with providing a place to recharge the watch nightly, they are also a great option to help protect the device. Here are seven great options to look at.
Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch
The HiRise works in conjunction with the watch’s charging cable. Simply insert the cable’s magnetic disc into the cutout on the HiRise. The cable can easily be removed when needed.
Along with being able to charge your watch with the band opened or closed, the stable metal base allows users to quickly and easily interact with the watch. A leather-covered landing pad on the back of the dock will help protect the band itself.
You can select from a silver or black version for $44.34.
Belkin Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone
Developed closely with Apple, Belkin’s Valet Charge Dock offers a place for both the watch and an iPhone. Along with an integrated Apple Watch charging disc, the option offer sports a built-in Lightning plug. The base is compact and made with a weighted metal. The bottom of the base is covered with special non-slip material that won’t scratch a desk or nightstand. Just plug in the included 5-foot power cable, and you’ll be ready to go.
The other major part of the stand is a solid metal arm with a chrome metal finish. At one end is the integrated Apple Watch charging disc. Just place the back of your watch near the disc, and thanks to the built-in magnets, it will snap into place and start charging. It’s designed to charge all of the different combinations of watches and bands. Belkin even includes a band support clip that can protect more flexible options like the Milanese Loop and Link Bracelet.
It costs $129.99 and is available only through Belkin or Apple.
If you’re looking for a less expensive option, Belkin also offers a stand for just the watch that can be purchased for $75.24.
An inexpensive option, the Kosta literally takes seconds to get up and running. Simply insert the charging cord disc through the top and you’re ready to go. It’s made with silicon so it won’t slip or slide around your desk or scratch the watch. As the name suggests, it definitely reminds me of a drink coaster.
Thanks to a built-in magnet in the center of the coaster, the cord will always stay in place even when you’re not charging a watch. When it is charging time, you’ll just need to place the watch in the coaster and flip the disc up. It’s that simple. There’s no charging cord management feature, but it’s not exactly a surprise given the coaster’s small form factor and inexpensive price. It will support Nightstand Mode in Watch OS 2.0
Buyers can purchase a light gray, dark gray, or green color for $14.99.
Weighing in at just 18 ounces, Griffin’s stand can store any extra charging cable length inside its post. Just wind the excess cable around the stand’s core and then slide it into the post.
The cradle also captures the watch connector base and keeps it steady so all you will need to do is place the watch on the stand for charging. You can also place your watch in a horizontal or vertical charging angle.
Spigen Apple Watch Stand
Another great choice that won’t break the bank, Spigen’s option allows you to dock a watch with either the band opened or closed. It is compatible with Nightstand Mode. Thanks to a two-way cable insert, you can place the cable on either side of the dock. Made from scratch-free material, a special pad on the bottom of the dock is designed to stick to flat surfaces.
Nomad Pod for Apple Watch
Nomad’s stand packs an extra punch and doubles as a portable battery pack for the watch. The 1,800 mAH cell can charge a watch around six times before needing to be recharged. You’ll need to provide your own Apple Watch cable, but it can fit entirely in the pod itself.
You can select from a space gray or silver version for $59.95.
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock
First introduced late last year, Apple’s official charging solution is similar to the Kosta. You can charge the watch flat with an open band or on its side. With the charging disc built-in, you won’t need to provide a separate cable. You can snag one at your local Apple Store or online for $79.99.