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The manufacturer Choetech recently sent me a magnetic charging stand for the iPhone 12 models and AirPods (or other headphones), which can be charged wirelessly. The device was made available to me free of charge for the test. As always, this does not affect my opinion of the product.
You can currently only order the Choetech 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand at Choetech directly for less than 50 euros. Unfortunately, it is not available at Amazon. But you can check the availability quickly via this link check.
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I have to say, the Choetech charging stand is really a little eye-catcher. Especially when the iPhone “sticks” to it, it looks quite classy. The workmanship can also only be praised, because a lot of metal was used, which is also noticeable in the weight. Despite its weight, it doesn't look bulky and goes well with the other Apple products in Space Gray.
However, a lot of weight is also necessary so that you can remove the iPhone 12 from the stand with just one hand without the stand tipping over, as is unfortunately the case with some charging stands.
It is also pleasing that everything that is required to operate the 2-in-1 charging stand has already been included by Choetech. The stand is powered via a USB-C socket from the rear and the included USB-C cable is nice and flexible so that you can lay it well on the table. This makes the whole thing look pretty tidy.
I only noticed a practical detail for everyday use after a while: You can vertically adjust the angle at which the iPhone is aligned in a range of 45 degrees. This means that the iPhone can be perfectly aligned for video conferences and you don't have to hold it in your hand all the time.
There is one small limitation: The charging stand is only useful for iPhone 12 owners (regardless of the model). Only these iPhone models (and probably future generations) have the MagSafe magnetic ring in the back, which allows attachment to the charging stand. I've tried it on my wife's iPhone XS, but that doesn't stick at all.
And yes, I know that the iPhone XS does not support MagSafe and therefore cannot hang on the MagSafe holder, but I was hoping that Choetech might have built in some kind of magical holder with which you can also attach an older iPhone can. Unfortunately they don't have ...
Anyone who likes to wear a case on their iPhone will only be partially happy with the Choetech charging stand. I have my iPhone with the thin one NoCase cover from Artwizz can attach to the bracket, but the smallest wobble caused the iPhone to fall off. For this reason I would say: Can only be used without a cover.
When my iPhone 12 Pro Max is attached without a case, it will hold up reliably. You can also turn it with one hand and put it in landscape format for watching a movie. It all works fine and is fun.
Here, too, a short insertion to prevent misunderstandings: Of course, MagSafe charging also works through covers, provided that no metal parts are installed in the area in which the coils of the MagSafe charging puck are located. But what is not possible is to attach the iPhone to the Choetech stand - the cases reduce the holding force of the magnets so much that the iPhone no longer holds reliably.
What I find particularly good for everyday use on the Choetech charging stand is that the tray charges a device that has been placed on it wirelessly. So you can fill your iPhone upstairs while the AirPods are supplied with power on the shelf.
Since this is Qi charging, you can of course also charge other true wireless headphones with a charging case, provided they support this charging standard.
Basically, I don't really care how many watts the wireless chargers have. Anyway, if I want to charge my iPhone quickly, I'll grab a USB-C to Lightning cable and plug it into a USB-C power adapter. There is no faster way to fill an iPhone.
The Choetech magnetic charging stand advertises in the technical data with 15 watts of power, which we already know from the MagSafe charging pucks. In fact, the charging stand also supports the MagSafe standard from Apple and can therefore charge iPhone 12 models particularly quickly and wirelessly.
Spoiler: Wireless charging via MagSafe is still not as fast as charging via USB-C fast charging cable. This is due, among other things, to the development of heat, which slows down charging. Here is a test report about what I did with my iPhone 12.
Nevertheless, the Choetech charging stand is certainly a particularly affordable choice, as the charging stand, MagSafe and a 30 watt USB-C power supply are included in the set for less than 50 euros.
In a nutshell: The Choetech charging stand is perfect for people who have AirPods and an iPhone 12 and who use it without a case. In my case, it would be of little help, as I would always have to remove the case to use the charging stand.
I am therefore more of a friend of the Nomad Base Station Pro (available here very cheaply at the moment / here in the test), which charges my iPhone even with the case on. Of course, the charging mat cannot keep up with the low price of the Choetech charging solution and it does not hold the iPhone at a comfortable angle to watch films or otherwise use the display.
To be honest, I'm a little sad that I can't use the charging stand with the case on, because then it would be perfect for my desk. But using my iPhone without a case to use the charging stand is too high a risk for me because I hit the device somewhere or drop it too often. I guess within a week or two the display would be over.
However, if you are traveling without a shell anyway, you should definitely take a look at the 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Stand from Choetech. It looks really good and is extremely practical.
You can't find it on Amazon at the moment, but it's for less than 50 euros can be ordered directly from Choetech. Please pay attention to the Euro plug when ordering!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.