Review: 3-in-1 Apple Watch and Phone Charging Dock

As more Apple devices pile up on desks and nightstands, minimizing clutter becomes a chore. Fortunately, Archeer has designed a product to elegantly reduce the cable clutter while keeping your iOS devices charged. Does it do the job well? Read on to find out.

The 3-in-1 Apple Watch and iPhone Stand ($66.99) is designed to mount an iPhone (5 or higher) and an Apple Watch, as well as charge two additional devices via USB ports on the back of the stand. The unit itself is made of sturdy brushed aluminum and looks pleasantly high end without being too gaudy. The iPhone and watch stands are placed far enough apart for easy access to either device. 

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Unfortunately, the watch stand does not include a built-in wireless Apple Watch charger. Owners will instead need to use their existing wireless watch charger or purchase a separate one dedicated for use with the stand itself.  Fortunately, installing the watch charger only took a few minutes, with a majority of that time needed to thread the USB cable along the machined groove in the stand, then wrapping the slack around pegs hidden behind a removable cover on the bottom of the base.

3 in 1 Front View

The iPhone stand is optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6s, though iPhone 5 and 7 owners should be able to use the stand just fine.  My encased iPhone SE fit adequately, with just a slight tilt forward due to the rubber pad on the back of the stand's iPhone arm. The encased iPhone didn't lie flush against the pad, but it also didn't fall forward in any kind of destabilizing way.

Two additional USB ports found on the rear of the stand can be used to charge additional devices, whether those are iPads, rechargeable headsets, speakers, or even another iPhone.

3 in 1 Back View

Device stands might not be the most exciting accessory category, but sometimes they can make a substantial difference in reducing frustration and unsightly cable management. Archeer has achieved this objective with its charging stand, doing so well with a minimum of fuss.

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Mike Riley is a frequent contributor to several technical publications and specializes in emerging technologies and new development trends. Mike was previously employed by RR Donnelley as the company’s Chief Scientist, responsible for determining innovative technical approaches to improve the company’s internal and external content services. Mike also co-hosted Computer Connection, a technology enthusiast show broadcast on Tribune Media's CLTV.