Valet charger provides power for Apple Watch and other USB powered devices.
There has rarely been a day that I haven’t worn my Apple Watch since I got it. In fact, I would consider myself a moderate-heavy user of the watch and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. There is rarely a day that I don’t find my watch desperately needing a charge after only 8-9 hours of use. I do have a wall charger both at home and at my desk at work, but there are a lot of times that I’m not either of those places. For those times, I need something more portable like this Valet Charger from Belkin.
I carry around a portable power bank for my phone and now Belkin has seen fit to create one that comes with a built-in magnetic charging module for the Apple Watch. What’s nice about this charger is that it’s not only designed for the watch, but it’s also equipped with a standard USB port so that you can charge other devices, like your phone, from it. The charger recharges via a Micro USB port, which is pretty normal for this type of charger.
The body of the charger is primarily an aluminum finish to match most Apple designs. The end of the charger that has the magnetic charger for the watch is wrapped in a smooth black finish. There is a 4-light power indicator that you can activate by pressing the light panel in. This is also how you start your devices charging. When the battery arrived, it was partially charged and after I drained it completely, I took the time to charge it up full and found that it takes about 3 hours to charge it completely when it’s dead.
I like the overall design of the Valet Charger but have one small complaint. Since I’m one of those people that like to carry as few cables as possible, I would have liked to see a USB-C option for output charging. I am in the process of migrating my systems to my new MacBook Pro and one of those changes includes swapping out my iPhone charging cable for one that has a USB-C end. For this reason, it would be great if Belkin has put that in as an option. I do love that I don’t have to provide my own cable for charging the Apple Watch since it’s integrated into the product design.
The Belkin Valet Charger has been honored as a CES 2017 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree. The battery itself is a 6700 mAh rechargeable cell so you can not only charge your watch eight full times but if you need it strictly for your phone, you can probably get three full charges from the Valet Charger. The charger supports fast charging and automatically detects when the watch is placed on the magnetic charging module.
The charger has worked well for my on-the-go charging needs and I recommend it as a portable charging solution for multiple devices.
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