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Belkin’s new $150 3-in-1 charger is the first to get Apple Watch Series 7 fast charging

Belkin has a pair of new wi-fi Apple Watch chargers it’s saying at present, that are notably the first third-party chargers to assist the newly added fast charging on the Apple Watch Series 7.

The bigger of the two is the $149.95 BoostCharge Professional 3-in-1 Wi-fi Charging Pad with MagSafe, which follows in the footsteps of final yr’s 3-in-1 Belkin charger. As well as to including Series 7 fast charging, Belkin has ditched the odd sculptural design on the earlier mannequin in favor of a extra normal-looking flat rectangular pad that may in all probability match higher on a nightstand.

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The BoostCharge Professional 3-in-1 Wi-fi Charging Pad with MagSafe

Picture: Belkin

The new charger goals to hit the good trio of Apple charging: full-speed 15W MagSafe charging for an iPhone, Series 7 fast charging for an Apple Watch, and an everyday Qi charger for the AirPods. In fact, as has all the time been the case with Belkin’s mixture chargers, the $150 price ticket is way over what it might price to purchase particular person MagSafe, fast-charging Series 7 Apple Watch, and Qi chargers, that means that you just’re paying a good premium for type and comfort right here. That value additionally does embrace a 40W energy adapter, so that you’re at the least getting a one-stop answer to your cash.

The opposite new charger right here is a bit extra baffling: the BoostCharge Professional Transportable Fast Charger for Apple Watch, which is a pop-up Apple Watch charging stand that prices $59.95. Regardless of the “transportable” in the identify, Belkin’s solo charger isn’t a battery pack-style setup for recharging an Apple Watch whilst you’re out and about. And much more baffling, that $60 price ticket doesn’t embrace an influence adapter: whereas there’s an built-in USB-C cable constructed into the stand, you’ll have to present your individual 20W wall adapter to truly use it.

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The BoostCharge Professional Transportable Fast Charger for Apple Watch

Picture: Belkin

(*7*)The online outcome is a bigger, bulkier model of the fast-charging cable that Apple contains with each Apple Watch Series 7 — besides that Belkin’s model prices actually twice the standalone cable’s $29 value.

Wanting extra broadly, although, is the indisputable fact that the new Belkin fast chargers present — as soon as once more — the intentional limits of Apple’s MFi program. The new chargers from Belkin are the solely third-party fast chargers on the market proper now, and if the sample of final yr’s glacial MagSafe rollout is something to go by, it’ll be a while earlier than different firms are ready to get the approval (and the elements) from Apple to make different choices.

Each the $59.95 BoostCharge Professional Transportable Fast Charger for Apple Watch and 149.95 BoostCharge Professional 3-in-1 Wi-fi Charging Pad with MagSafe can be found to order at present from Belkin and Apple’s respective web sites in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, with availability in additional nations promised in the coming months.

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