One elegant device for all your charging needs.
One of the struggles that I deal with daily is desktop clutter that is caused by charging multiple electronic devices. Sometimes this issue can be dealt with by the addition of a charging dock that neatly tucks away cables and provides you with one option for storing your devices on your desktop. One such product that offers this kind of freedom from clutter is the Basecamp Charging Dock from INZeyo Labs.
The very first thing I noticed about this dock was the assembly required to get it up and running. Assembly doesn’t typically scare me off of a product, but this was a bit more than I expected. It’s got a nice weight to it – heavy enough not to tip over, but light enough to carry from place to place if need be.
One of the unique features of this dock is that you can use any cables you prefer along with it. There are two standard USB docks built into the power station of the dock (on the inside), and you can use your preferred cables with the dock. The product’s website claims the following devices are compatible with the Basecamp charging dock:
- iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+, 6s, 6s+
- Apple Watch 38mm/42mm, all bands
- iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini
In addition to these products, the website also indicates that you can use non-Apple tablets, e-readers, and smartphones with it as well. I found while assembling the dock and installing the cables that only the Apple Lightning cable will slide through the smartphone/tablet charging port. There is a USB port on the back that can be used to charge other non-Apple devices, but just know that you may not be able to set your device on the dock. There might be some small form Micro USB cables that can fit, but the form of the standard Apple Lightning cable is a bit small. I tried using a third party Lightning cable and it would not fit. This is just something to take into consideration when thinking about whether or not this dock will suite your needs. I would also hesitate to charge the larger iPads on it if they are not in a case. The dock provides minimal protection for devices that are charging, but they will still rest their backs on the aluminum finish of the dock. I am using my iPhone 6 in the charging dock and it’s got the Apple Silicone case protecting it. The phone fits very well.
Out of the box, there is some assembly required. It’s pretty self-explanatory and assembly really only takes about 5-10 minutes. The first hurdle I had to clear was routing the cables. While that in itself isn’t a monumental task, wrapping up the longer Apple Watch charging cable is. If you have the shorter Lightning and Apple Watch charging cables available, then I would highly suggest you dedicate them to this cause.
Once the cables were plugged in and wrapped, I screwed the bottom plate onto the dock base. Helpful hint: If you are having trouble with the correct size of Phillips head screwdriver, try a flat head screwdriver. I found that two of the screws were a little tougher to attach than the others, but when I tried using the flat head screwdriver, it worked very easily and the best part was that I didn’t end up with a stripped screw.
The other difficult part of the assembly is determining which dock guide to use with your smartphone or tablet. Once that was figured out, I slid it into place. Both the Apple Watch puck dock and the backing to the dock guide for the smartphone are adhesive to secure those pieces in place.
Once all the basic pieces were completed, all I had to do was plug in the power supply and I was off to the races. The nightlight doesn’t require anything specific for operation or installation. It operates by touch and you can dim it by tapping and holding your finger in place until the desired light level is reached.
Testing & Conclusions
Even though I found some room for improvement in certain areas, the Basecamp dock is a wonderful piece of technology and is a great option for any desktop or nightstand. Currently, I have the dock resting on my desk at work so that my watch and phone both have a place to live during the day. I quickly found that I didn’t have any problems with my phone charging – sometimes a connection isn’t made due to the case that’s on the phone – and the watch rests comfortably on its charging puck. The nightlight is a really nice touch and offers a soft, abundant light. Something that’s really nice about the way this dock is designed is that the smartphone docking station has enough space for your phone to rest in either portrait or landscape mode without having to be plugged in.
Basecamp offers a really nice option for charging multiple devices at once. It’s a stylish, functional charging dock that reduces desktop clutter. It’s priced competitively with other docks in its marketspace and is currently available for pre-order.
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