Review: Kanex GoPower Stand Charges Both Apple Watch & iPhone in a Small Space

As I acquire more Apple gear, such as my Apple Watch, iPhone, AirPods, and iPad, I'm always on the lookout for ways to charge my numerous gadgets while taking up as little space as possible on my nightstand. Kanex sent a review unit of its new GoPower Stand ($69.99) and it is tailor-made to do triple duty! First, and most noteworthy, it charges an Apple Watch without requiring Apple's $30+ cable. So while it's not cheap, that is a plus.

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Next, just below the Apple Watch charging pedestal is a base that doubles as a Qi wireless charger for your iPhone. It only puts out 5 watts so it doesn't offer fast charging, but for overnight use, it's probably fine. Additionally, there is a USB port so you can plug in your own cable and charge another device, such as an iPad. The design is a pleasing matte gray aluminum design that should complement any nightstand.

Kanex

The best part is how little space it uses. Many competing devices place the Apple Watch and iPhone charging pads side-by-side, so this is clever and functional. The Kanex and Qi logos are a bit too prominent for my liking, but perhaps Kanex wanted to make sure you know that it works as a phone charger.

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Pros

  • Minimalistic design and compact footprint
  • Integrated Apple Watch charger
  • Qi charging pad
  • Extra USB port
  • Matte gray finish

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Only 5 watt Qi charging
  • Not designed for Nightstand Mode

Final Verdict

If you need to charge an Apple Watch, an iPhone and even another device, the GoPower Stand from Kanex can do so without taking up much more space than a coffee mug.

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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.