I have an Apple Watch. I needed something better to charge it than just the provided mag charger on a string that Apple provides. After looking around a bit I found a Kickstarter, Enblue http://enbluetec.com .
I ordered the Premium W3 http://enbluetec.com/premiumonew3/ which is a charging station for not only the Apple Watch, but the iPhone and iPad as well. Today, I just got the box and set it up.
The box came with the stand and no real instructions. This is what is included:
This is the main stand with room and connectors for all three devices. Nice brushed aluminum, and rubber-padded connectors. The stand has a pre-wired Lightning to USB connector for the iPhone and iPad. The Lightning connectors are on a “floating” bar that lets your device adjust nicely. The USB ends are labelled with a red and green dot. I haven’t figured out which goes to which device. I don’t think it’s important.
You use and provide the Apple Watch MagSafe™ charger for the Apple Watch.
The other main component that is included is a USB charger (to the right in the picture above) with 4 USB-3 sockets. Between the two provided USB cables and the MagSafe’s cable this leaves one empty USB socket free. Nice!
The one thing that confused me “out of the box” is that there was a rattling noise from inside the stand–as if there were loose parts. Sure enough with enough shaking I retrived 4 small screws and two tiny cross-panels. I think these were supposed to be in the two small plastic bags (empty) that you can see in the picture.
Setup is straight forward–mostly. It wan’t obvious how the Apple Watch cord was to be routed. It was obvious the MagSafe went into the provided plastic grommet. This has a notch, and I guessed the cord went there. But neither the USB nor the MagSafe connectors fit in the slot in the stand. The arm that holds the Apple Watch looked like it had a panel but there was no obvious way to remove it. I decided to gamble and potentially mar or damage the stand and used a screwdriver to pry the panel off.
Success! It turns out it is magnetically attached for the most part. With the panel open, it was a simple process of snaking the USB connector of the Apple Watch charger through the stand and aligning the cord with the notch in the grommet. Here is a picture of the open panel and cord.
The magnetic latch is on the bottom of the arm in this picture. You can also see the extra parts in this picture.
Once I reseated the panel back into the arm, I wondered what to do with the extra screws and cross panels. The only place that made sense was securing one of the cross panels on the bottom.
I tried once but lost a screw inside the stand (which I had to shake out again). It wasn’t worth the effort and I didn’t see the panel really securing anything anyway. So I just left that bit off. It would have made more sense to have the cross panel across the wire channel.
Now all that was left was plugging all of the USB connectors into the power supply. Here is the finished product.
This is a really nice charging solution. It is a bit pricey but it is solid aluminum. The only way to improve this would be to have an option that worked as a MacBook docking station. Or to include a simple instruction sheet.