Nomad’s New Base Station Pro Offers a Taste of What Apple’s Air Power Had Promised
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The accessory manufacturer Nomad already offers two excellent wireless chargers that work perfectly with Apple and other Qi-compatible devices, but are offering a new one that could be the most versatile yet. Thanks to the technology provided by its partner Aira, called “FreePower”, the new Nomad base station can charge up to three devices placed simultaneously in any orientation on its surface, at the same time cold thanks to the simultaneous support of all three and the fact that You do not have to make sure that the device you are charging is exactly aligned with the charger, as is usually the case.
It is quite similar to what Apple promised AirPower before its unfortunate disappearance. Similarly, the hardware uses an array of multiple loading coils, which are interconnected to provide loading capabilities on the surface of the Base Station Pro. Perhaps by the way, the URL of the Aira website is “airapower.com”, a letter from Apple’s reserved accessory for the first game.
Nomad’s Base Station Pro looks like a Functional What Apple’s AirPower Had Promised
The Nomad charger inherits the same aesthetic as the company’s existing chargers, which means it has a soft black leather surface to place its devices and the surrounding frame is slate gray aluminum. The charger should look very luxurious, if indicated by other Nomad base stations.
The Base Station Pro supports upload speeds of up to 5 W each, which is not the maximum supported by the iPhone or other devices, but, according to Aira co-founder Jake Slatnick, this is not really a limitation.
“An interesting detail that we have learned through benchmarking is that our 5 W output charging time is comparable to other advertised 10 W chargers,” Slatnick explained via email. “It turns out that as soon as the phone starts to heat up, the charging speed decreases considerably, generally below 5W. The 7.5 W + chargers seem to last only a few minutes at these speeds. We believe that the current performance is at the height of everything the rest and that should not be notable for most users. “
Nomad’s Base Station Pro looks like a functional AirPower alternative
The Nomad Pro base station supports up to three devices at 5W, so you can use it to charge, for example, two iPhones and AirPods with Apple’s wireless charging box.
Nomad also includes a 27-W USB-C charger with power supply in the box with the Pro base station and a USB-C cable for connection to the charger. It will probably be a fairly expensive material, but we will know for sure when pre-orders will begin in November.
The only significant difference from what Apple was building, at least for Apple fans, is that it doesn’t recharge the Apple Watch. Nomad offers a base station model with a built-in Apple Watch Charger, but, of course, it does not benefit from the overlay coil design designed for this new model.