Belkin is taking the wraps off its 2018 slate of products, and between the fast-charging USB-C chargers and no less than four different wireless charging pads, it feels like the company’s new gear is tailor-made for Apple’s newest phones.
Now that Apple has finally embraced things like wireless and fast charging in the iPhone X and iPhone 8, we’re starting to see a whole new wave of accessories that support those features. Sure, things like wireless chargers have existed for years, but Apple’s implementation of the platform means that there’s a whole new market for these kinds of devices.
On the wireless charging front, Belkin is releasing four new Qi-enabled pads under its BoostUp brand, along with what the company is referring to as the BoostUp Wireless Charging System for commercial implementations of wireless chargers in public spaces, restaurants, and hotels. Belkin is going all in with basically every form factor imaginable for a wireless charger with its 2018 lineup:
- There’s the BoostUp Bold, which looks like an updated version of Belkin’s existing BoostUp wireless charger, cutting down on the overall size of the pad and adding some new colors.
- For those like my colleague Dieter Bohn who prefer angled stand chargers (which I’ll admit is particularly useful for the iPhone X’s Face ID), there’s the BoostUp Wireless Charging Stand, which uses a clever shelf to support both portrait and landscape charging.
- The BoostUp Car Mount does what it says on the can, and provides a wireless charger for your car, with support for dash or window mounting.
- And the BoostUp Dual Wireless Charging Pad, which is essentially two BoostUp Bold’s merged into one pad to allow you to charge two devices at once.
All of Belkin’s wireless chargers support 10W speed, enough for quick charging on both Apple and Samsung’s smartphones and are expected to release sometime in the summer, although no prices have been announced.
Belkin is also releasing two USB-C wall chargers: the Home Charger 27W, and the Dual Port Home Charger 27W (which adds a 12W USB Type-A port). Both charges support the USB-C PD specification, which makes them perfect for charging devices like a Nintendo Switch, or, more importantly, enabling quick-charging on an iPhone X, which is limited to USB-C PD devices. Both chargers are expected to release in the summer as well.
Lastly, there’s the Pocket Power USB-C 10K, a 10,000mAh battery pack with both USB-C and USB Type A chargers, set to release in the spring.