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Satechi Duo Wireless Charger Stand
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The Satechi Duo Power Stand Wireless Charger Stand is the perfect multipurpose travel gadget and overpriced battery all in one.
Satechi is a trusted accessory maker that creates functional gadgets, but this Duo wireless charger can be a bit misguided in its attempts to pack multiple features into one device.
The inclusion of a 10,000 mAh battery in the Duo Wireless Charger means it should be more of a road warrior than a home stand. And, of course, for some people, it will be a great travel companion.
However, at the beginning, we were just not sure if the stand function and dedicated charging area for AirPods really justified the $100 retail price. We took it on to find out if its design is really worth the money or not.
Satechi Duo Wireless Charger Stand Review – Fancy External Battery
The Satechi Duo Wireless Charger looks like a 2-in-1 portable device or 3-in-1 bedside dock. Its secret is that it houses a battery that is more than capable of charging any iPhone to at least 100 percent without an outlet.
It can wirelessly charge your phone (or other Qi-enabled device) from above. This top plate can then be lifted up if you need it to also function as a stand.
AirPods can be placed on top of the charger and thus receive power, but there is a place under the stand designed to charge AirPods. The wider AirPods Pro case is perfect for Apple headphones.
There is a power button to turn the power on and off. If you want to use it as a stand without draining energy from it, it's possible. There's also a USB-C port on the back for recharging it or powering another device with a cable.
At the heart of this product is just a fancy external battery that has been made a little thicker thanks to the ability to support the phone in an upright position.
On the road
By lifting the top panel to a vertical position, you can charge your phone while also using it for calls FaceTime or watch videos hands-free. The phone will charge in portrait or landscape orientation.
There are no magnets or anything to hold the phone in place, so you need to be careful not to hit him. This feature, while handy, also brings us to the biggest mystery. Finding out who needs wireless (and slow) phone charging on the go, plus stand support.
One obvious scenario: while traveling, you want to charge your phone at the hotel and also use it to watch videos. This makes sense, but doesn't quite explain why the battery makes it thicker and heavier than a charger plugged directly into the wall.
If you want a battery that can charge your device wirelessly so you don't have to carry or fiddle with cables, you're probably moving too much: from Uber to airport, hotel, use the tilt stand feature.
We took the Duo Wireless Charger with us to work in the library and coffee shop to see how it works out of the house.
By installing it on the desk next to our laptop, we ensured a good visibility of notifications and widgets on our iPhone while gaining some power. However, none of this seemed convincing.
We're sure someone has a specific need for this type of power bank, but it's hard to imagine that many people will end up needing it.
Satechi Wireless Charger Stand Design Duo
In terms of components, the flip-lid hinge is technically impressive. There are no preset angles and it will hold the weight of the iPhone in any position from fully flat to maxed out.
The hinge overall is definitely a positive, but it lacks a locking mechanism when it lies horizontally.
We wish it had a handy lock to snap it shut or a strong magnetic force to close it. In our use, the top stand didn't always snap back into place securely.
To be clear, part of the stand never opened in our bag and didn't move most of the time, but it always took a second and third check to make sure it was indeed pressed all the way down. The constant checking over time was a little annoying.
The Satechi Duo Wireless Charger Power Stand is designed for road warriors
There is nothing technically wrong with this combination of Satechi charger and stand. This is a really good wireless power bank.
We wish the top tray closed more securely, but that's more of a wish than a real problem. we used this device. Even the limited charging speed of two Qi points of 5W each and a USB-C port of 10W (5V/2A) is not bad, but just annoying.
However, we have complaints about the practicality of the product. Some use cases seem unnecessary or misguided, as mentioned earlier. Regular travelers and road warriors should find their niche in this product, but most people won't need its gimmick.
If you really need a portable iPhone stand with a 10,000 mAh battery, we recommend it.
Satechi Duo Wireless Charger Power Stand Pros
- Stand function works well
- Portrait or landscape Qi charging
- Can charge multiple devices if needed
Satechi Duo Wireless Charger Stand — cons
- Thicker than other cordless batteries.
- Top stand doesn't lock when laying flat.
- Slow multi-device charging.
Rated: 3 out of 5
Wireless The Duo charger is available from Satechi for $99.99.