This wireless iPhone and Apple Watch charger prevents bedtime battles [Review]

by Leander Kahney November 20, 2018

Our bedside table is lousy with chargers. My wife and I have separate chargers for our iPhones (Qi charging mats), my Apple Watch (a cool but bulky stand), and a new iPad Pro (a repurposed Android phone charger with USB-C). There is barely room for stacks of books and magazines, a bedside lamp, a Sonos speaker, earplugs, sleep masks, reading glasses, sleepy-time CBD tincture and other bedside junk.

Time to consolidate!

With Apple’s AirPower charging mat still AWOL and possibly dead forever, the Dual+Watch Aluminium Wireless Charger is a great three-device charger you can buy now.

Made by respected Dutch company Zens — an expert in wireless charging — the Dual+Watch charging mat fast-charges two iPhones, plus your Apple Watch. And it’s available now from the Cult of Mac Watch Store.

Zens Dual+Watch charger review

Zens Dual+Watch wireless charging mat is good-looking and well-built
Zens’ Dual+Watch wireless charging mat is good-looking and well-built.
Photo: Zens

The fact that Zens’ Dual+Watch wireless charging mat charges two iPhones and an Apple Watch at the same time makes it perfect for my bedside table. My wife and I can both charge our phones overnight without fighting over the old bedside charger. And now we never need to deal with a messy tangle of cables.

With 20 watts total power output, the Dual+Watch charger supports fast charging at 7.5 watts — currently the maximum supported by Apple. It will juice up everything from the iPhone 8 through the latest iPhone XS/Max and iPhone XR models. (It works with all Qi-compatible devices, as a matter of fact.)

Made from a single piece of high-grade aluminum, with a stainless steel arm for the Apple Watch, the Dual+Watch charger looks really good next to my bed. Solidly made, it sits tight on the nightstand. A non-slip rubbery covering prevents your iPhones from buzzing themselves off the mat when texts and alerts come in. Two subtle LEDs tell you when the iPhones are positioned correctly and charging, but won’t disturb your sleep.

The Apple Watch charger is Apple MFi-certified and is compatible with the Series 0 through 4. Unlike a lot of third-party Apple Watch chargers, the charging module is built-in. You don’t have to supply your own cable.

A handsome wireless charger for Apple Watch and two iPhones

The Dual+Watch wireless charging mat is a handsome, well-made charging system. It’s perfect for the bedroom — or the living room, kitchen or office, for that matter.

Zens offers a three-year extended warranty on the mat. The Dual+Watch costs $116 and is available from the Cult of Mac Watch Store (with free shipping to the United States and Europe).

Zens Dual+Watch charger exploded view shows the charger's dual charging coils and other internal components
This exploded view of the Dual+Watch shows the charger’s dual charging coils and other internal components.
Photo: Zens


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