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Almost like the AirPower.
Almost like the AirPower.

Image: Belkin 

Apple’s AirPower — the wireless charging mat that can charge up to three Apple gadgets at once — is a year late and will reportedly be even more late

Luckily, third-party manufacturers are stepping up. Belkin has a new charging dock called Boostup Wireless Charging Dock that can simultaneously charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a third device of your choosing. 

Granted, the Boostup Wireless Charging Dock is not as elegant as AirPower. You can’t just place the gadgets onto it; instead, it has a lean-on surface for the iPhone, a similar surface for the Watch, and a USB-A port that lets you charge one additional gadget. 

All iPhones with wireless charging, as well as all Apple Watch models, are supported.

All iPhones with wireless charging, as well as all Apple Watch models, are supported.

But hey, unlike the AirPower, it actually has a price and a launch date: It’ll cost $159.99 when it hits Apple Stores in December. 

Belkin says its new dock has been “enhanced” to work with the iPhone XS, XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4, but it’ll also work with the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, and all Apple Watch models. Specs-wise, that means 7.5W of wireless power for the iPhone and 5W of power for the Watch and the USB port. 

If you don’t care about wireless (and want to buy something that can charge more than one gadget right now), the company also has a couple of similar, but cheaper takes on the same concept. The $99 PowerHouse Charge Dock can charge an iPhone and an Apple Watch at the same time, but you need to connect the iPhone to a Lightning connector at the base of the charger. The Valet Charge Dock is a bit more expensive at $129.99, but is essentially the same thing with a slightly different design. 

Both devices are available at Belkin.com.

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