iHome's Clock Radio Doubles as a Dual iPhone and Apple Watch Charging Dock

iHome's Clock Radio Doubles as a Dual iPhone and Apple Watch Charging Dock

The iHome iPLWBT5 Docking Clock Radio ($129.99) could really eliminate some of the clutter on your nightstand. It's a clock radio, which iHome has been making for years, but it also doubles as a dual charging dock for your iPhone 7 and Apple Watch. There's a Lightning dock on the top, which should accommodate most cases except really protective ones. For iPhones in protective cases or an iPad, there's a USB port so you can charge a device via your own Lightning cable. Finally, sitting on the side is an Apple Watch magnetic charging base. 

With this dual charging dock, you can charge an iPhone and an iPad and an Apple Watch, without the tangle of cables usually required. I can see this being great for the Apple fan who has everything, especially an Apple Watch!

Pros:

  • Fully functional clock radio
  • Charge Apple Watch, iPhone and another USB device simultaneously
  • Compact form factor suitable for nightstand
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Cons:

  • Doesn't support Nightstand mode for Apple Watch
  • Dock might not accommodate rugged cases, but the extra USB port can be used

Final Verdict

Security experts recommend keeping your phone by your nightstand, so you can call for help if your main line is disabled. If you have a smarthome, you can also turn on lights and more using your smartphone. If you also have an Apple Watch, the iHome clock radio can charge all your devices and fit nicely on your nightstand.

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.