Belkin Powerhouse Dual Charge Dock 2020 Updated Review.
The Belkin Apple Watch Doc is a winner. The product is fully assembled. Just plug the power cord into an electrical socket and you’re ready to charge your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously. This article contains a complete review of the Belkin powerhouse review.
About Belkin Powerhouse
Belkin’s new PowerHouse ($100) is already the second Apple Watch/iPhone combo charger we’ve seen from the company. The earlier Belkin Charge Dock had the same functionality as this new dock — both docks can charge an Apple Watch and Lightning-based iPhone simultaneously.
Both have a built-in, moveable Lightning connector and charging puck. Both docks use their own AC adapter to supply power — 2.4 A to iPhone and 1A to Apple Watch simultaneously for full speed charging.
And both docks have a small dial to raise and lower the height of the Lightning connector to adjust for different iPhone case sizes. The biggest differences between the two Belkin docks are seen in the materials, and the corresponding price tags.
- The Belkin Difference: Pioneer in technology and innovation for over 35 years
- Safely charges your Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time
- Compatible with iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8/8 Plus and previous iPhone models with Lightning connector
- Compatible with Apple Watch Series 4, 3, 2, 1
- Includes built-in magnetic charging module for Apple Watch and Lightning connector for iPhone
- Adjustable Versa case dial raises/lowers Lightning connector to fit most cases
Whereas the Belkin (Valet) Charge Dock features an aluminium base and chrome-finished arm, PowerHouse is made of soft-touch rubber and white plastic — the rubber has seen on the front of the dock also covers the bottom of the base to prevent scuffing.
The new PowerHouse dock still feels substantial, though, with a weight comparable to Charge Dock, clocking in at slightly more than a pound. But the overall footprint is smaller as PowerHouse measures 3.8” x 3.25” x 3.6”, with the arm’s length measuring 5” wide.
While the older Charge Dock has a more premium look, it’s also $30 more expensive than the PowerHouse. We appreciate the clean, simple look of PowerHouse, and some users may prefer its design to the Charge Dock.
At a Glance:
- Built-in Magnetic Charging Module for Apple Watch
- Built-in adjustable VersaCase Lightning connector for iPhone
- Elevates Apple Watch safely while charging
- 3.4A total power (1A for Apple Watch, 2.4A for iPhone)
- Built-in power supply
- 1.2M/4FT cable
- Dock with Lightning Connector and Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Module
- Power Supply
The Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock can offer a total power output of 3.4A. You manage to arrive at that figure with 1A of current delivered to the Apple Watch, and 2.4A delivered to the iPhone.
That’s fast enough to take advantage of rapid charge features and get your iPhone from empty to full in as little as two hours. 2.4A output also ensures even if you get a phone with a larger battery, this docking station will be able to keep up.
It’s fairly safe to say the Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch is futureproofed. When it comes to longevity, the only things you have to worry about are the age of the formats involved with this docking station.
With new generations, if the iPhone and Apple Watch, for the next couple of years, it’s overwhelmingly likely they’ll continue to use the same connector ports. Maybe in 10-years, we’ll all be charging our devices wirelessly from a lightbulb plugged into the ceiling. You never know where technology will go.
You’ll probably be able to make use of this docking station for about as long as Lightning Ports and wireless watch charging continues to be used. Eight or ten years wouldn’t be a totally unrealistic expectation for longevity.
Who Should Choose the Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock?
The Belkin Powerhouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch has many things going for it. It’s at least three-quarters of the way to being a perfect charging station, and it’s well worth all the love it’s received from people who have tried it. Just about the only thing to really dislike about this charging station is the price.
It is on the pricey side, but paying a little extra for excellence is well-within the ethos of the Apple brand. Consequently, it’s hard to hold that against the station. If you’re looking for excellence, you usually have to be willing to pay for it.
With respect to its charging speed, it’s everything you could expect from a charging station. Belkin knows what they’re doing with this type of peripheral, and this certainly isn’t the first time they’ve made gear specifically for Apple products.