There are a number of wireless charging solutions on the market now, some with magnets for devices such as the iPhone 12 or compatible AirPods. However, only a few are designed to charge with 15 watts. In addition to Apple’s own MagSafe charger, there are a few from Belkin too – a manageable selection. In my announcement about the Base One from Nomad, I was already skeptical of the high-quality charging solution here. I saw them in testing and was correct.
The Base One is available in two versions: Base One and Base One Max, so that the Max version also comes with a charging dock for the Apple Watch. The first thing I saw was Nomad Base One. There are two colors to choose from, carbide and silver.
Even before unpacking, my assumption about the choice of high-quality material was confirmed. The weight of 515 grams is noticeable. I wouldn’t have guessed that given the “small” dimensions of 97mm x 97mm x 18.75mm. If you take a look at the ingredients, it quickly becomes clear where the weight comes from. The Nomad relies on a metal body and glass on top. It makes an impression and looks chic. This is arguably the highest quality charger I have ever gotten my hands on. And even if I can lean that far away from the window, it’s definitely one of the highest quality ones on the market.
The Nomad relies on the USB-C connection on the charging pad – commendable. The included, cloth-coated USB-C to USB-C cable is also of high quality. The only thing missing is a charger. It’s not included in the scope of distribution, but it shouldn’t be missing in any well-stocked technology home with power distribution and at least 30 watts. Power supply from Anker or Ugreen works well in our team.
The weight alone gives you the option of placing the charging station neatly. An anti-slip surface on the bottom does the rest, so that nothing slips while you put on and take off the devices.
The equipment is flat on the Nomad Base One. You can also see that the product photos directly show that the device is not angled. If you have a charging station on your desk, it will also be difficult to see the device in question or even unlock it using Face ID. To really use the device comfortably, you have to remove it from the charging station.
Turning it off is not a problem as Nomad has slightly increased the actual loading platform. You can easily reach under it with your fingers on both sides and remove the smartphone. Does magnetism have its own justification? Well, at least that helps with the (blind) hang-up. Especially if you use the station on the bedside table, it should be a practical thing. Crazy story: The MagSafe magnet is actually capable of lifting a 500g charging station if you don’t release it with the grip.
The loading process proceeded rapidly as expected. The smartphone did heat up less than the “cheap” Apple charging puck, probably also due in part to the “ventilated” placement. Thanks for the certification, 15 watts is possible here and I didn’t notice any difference in charging speed. The battery health is definitely good if the device remains cool.
Furthermore, the Base One works perfectly with other Qi accessories as well. For example, with Nothing Ear (1), which sound good on a charging station. And it’s practical that the charging station lies flat. It is also possible to charge devices and accessories without MagSafe. I had different equipment. Oneplus 10 pro or newer nothing phone (1). They all load without any problems, but then at a low speed.
Perhaps the biggest point of criticism: the cost of 99.95 euros. Considering the choice of material, this may go a little too far. If you don’t see it, you get a high-quality and, in my opinion, stylish MagSafe charging station with Base One. In any case, the recommendation on my part is definitely the base one.
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