Nomads new Base Station Pro offers a taste of what Apples AirPower had promised

Accessory maker Nomad already offers a couple of excellent wireless chargers that work great with Apple and other Qi-compatible devices, but theyre introducing a new one that could be their most versatile yet. Using technology provided by partner Aira called FreePower, the new Nomad Base Station Pro will be able to charge up to three devices at once placed in any orientation on its surface cool both because of the three device simultaneous support, and the fact that you dont have to make sure the gadget youre charging is lined up exactly right on the charger, as is typically the case.
This is pretty similar to what Apples AirPower promised, before its unfortunate demise. The hardware similarly makes use of a matrix of multiple charging coils, which interlink to offer charging capabilities across the surface of the Base Station Pro. Perhaps intentionally, Airas website URL is, one letter off from Apples shelved first-party accessory.
Nomads charger inherits the same aesthetics of the companys existing chargers, which means you get a black soft leather surface for putting your devices on top of, and the surrounding frame is made of slate gray aluminum. The charger should look and feel very premium, if Nomads other Base Stations are any indication.

The Base Station Pro supports charging speeds of up to 5W each, which is not the max supported by the iPhone or other devices but according to Aira co-founder Jake Slatnick, thats not actually much of a limitation at all.
An interesting detail that weve learned through benchmarking is that our 5W output charge time is comparable to other 10W advertised chargers, Slatnick explained via email. It turns out, as soon as the phone starts to heat up, the charge speed slows down significantly, usually below 5W. The 7.5W+ chargers seem to only last at those speeds for a few minutes. We think the performance right now is on par with everything else and that it shouldnt be noticeable to most users.
The Nomad Base Station Pro supports up to three devices all at 5W, you could use it to charge say, two iPhones and AirPods with Apples wireless charging case all at once.
Nomad also includes a 27W USB-C charger with Power Delivery in the box with the Base Station Pro, and a USB-C cable to connect to the charger. This probably will be a fairly premium priced piece of hardware, but well find out for sure when pre-ordes begin in November.
The one significant way this differs from what Apple was building, at least for Apple fans, is that it doesnt provide charging for the Apple Watch. Nomad has a Base Station model that offers an integrated Apple Watch charger, but of course with that youre not getting the place anywhere overlapping coil design built for this new model.
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