How do you charge your Apple Watch? If the answer is: “I plop it down on the magnetic charging puck, which is lazily strewn across my nightstand,” you’re doing it wrong.
A dedicated Apple Watch stand protects your Watch from scratches, spills, and from falling on the floor when you accidentally trip on that charging cable. It also ensures that your Watch has its own place, so it’s always charged and ready to go (and so you won’t lose it).
But, of course, not all stands are created equal. If you have no idea where to start when it comes to stand-shopping, you’re in luck: We tested out ten popular Apple Watch stands to see how they stacked up. While most of the stands we tested each have their strengths and weaknesses, a couple of stands stood out for their style and innovative design, and a couple stood out for being… less than usable.
Your perfect Watch stand is out there, and it just might be one of these.
Our top pick: Nomad Stand for Apple Watch
Of all the stands we tested, Nomad’s $70 Stand for Apple Watch hits all the right spots. This simple yet ultra-sexy stand is made from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminum and features a clever (and completely discreet) cable routing channel along its slim back edge. The Stand for Apple Watch looks chic on your nightstand, keeps your Watch from slipping off into the darkness at night, and feels solid and sturdy.
The Stand for Apple Watch is made of a single piece of flat, ribbon-like aluminum that curves around in an eye-catching design. On the top of the ribbon, there’s a small circular cutout for the magnetic charging puck—this cutout has a cradle to keep the puck in place and is lined with black rubber. Next to this cutout, there’s a charging cord groove, which feeds into a routing channel that runs along the back edge of the stand before looping underneath to exit out the back. Installing the charging cord is very simple—all you have to do is loop the USB connector and cord through the circular cutout and gently push the charging puck into place. The puck doesn’t lie flush with the surface of the stand, but this isn’t too obvious once your Watch is in place.
The Stand for Apple Watch is gorgeous,comes in silver aluminum or Space gray aluminum, and it works with any band. Though the base of the stand isn’t any thicker than the stand itself, it’s infused with copper alloy for extra weight so it won’t tip over (it also has a rubberized bottom, so it won’t slip around on your nightstand).
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