Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock – functional yet nice looking charging dock for the new Apple Watch | IT Gadget Review

Griffin is one of the first few companies to manufacture a charging dock stand for the newly released Apple Watch. My past experiences with various types of iPhone charging dock were not all without setback. Given that there are not many options, I last decided to give this Griffin WatchStand a try!

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Packaging

Nothing too fanciful within the packaging. It comes with an instruction booklet, the cradle and the base.

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Opened Packaging

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Standard Kits

Initially, from the gallery pictures posted on the Griffin’s website, one can be easily misled on the stability of the stand with the all plastic looks. But I must say the base does weight quite a fair bit which I believe it should give sufficient support for the entire WatchStand.

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Unwrapped

Setting up the Griffin WatchStand is pretty straightforward:

1) Feed the cable through the cradle post (start from the USB end)

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Setup Step1

2) Run the whole length of the cable through, until the magnetic holder reaches the top of the cradle pole

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Setup Step2

3) Ensure the magnetic charging pad sits inside the groove at the top of the cradle pole

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Setup Step3

4) Wind the charging cable cord round the pole through the threads

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Setup Step4

5) After all the windings, re-insert the pole into the outer case

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Setup Step5

6) Attach the pole onto the WatchStand base.

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Setup Step6

This will be the final assembled Griffin WatchStand charging dock:

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Setup Final

Pic : Front view with the Apple Watch attached

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Front View

Pic : Back view with the Apple Watch attached

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - Front View

The ingenious way of wrapping, and hiding, the excess cord is stylish and works. The stand feels solid, not cheap. Unlike the typical charging on the tabletop, the Griffin WatchStand also helps to prevent unnecessary scratches while handling the Apple Watch on & off the tabletop.

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - No Stand

The front groove at the front of the WatchStand base allows it to be also used as a stand for the iPhone. Thus it provides the he convenience of being able to keep the watch and phone together.

Griffin WatchStand - with iPhone

It also help to get rid of all the untidy cable (1-2m in length) and the power adaptor plug socket is only inches away.

At a mere USD29.99, it is definitely a cost effective charging dock for all new Apple Watch owners out there to consider getting.

Griffin WatchStand Charging Dock - orientaation view

More information can be found on Griffin website.

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