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Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition

There are two variants of the Nomad Base Station. Hub Edition and Apple Watch Edition.

The difference between the Hub Edition and the Apple Watch Edition is the former includes a 7.5W USB-A port and an 18W USB-C PD port to charge an additional two devices, while the later, only consists of an Apple Watch charger.

On Nomad’s website, Nomad Base Station Hub Edition [1] retails for US$99.95 (S$136) while the Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition [2] retails for US$139.95 (S$190).

Shipping to Singapore is costly at US$39.95 (S$55) since there is only one shipping option, FedEx.

If I am not wrong, in Singapore, Nomad products are being distributed by Lamch & Co. [3]. Ante [4] is the store presence for Lamch & Co. [3] for both physical and online.

For Ante physical stores, you can find it at Paragon (Level 2), Takashimaya (Level 3), and Tangs Orchard (Level 3).

In Singapore, the official retail price of Nomad Base Station Hub Edition is S$169 [5] while the Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition is S$209 [6].

Besides Ante, both MobyShop [7] and CaseFactorie [8] carries Nomad products as well.

CaseFactorie is also on Lazada [9] and their prices there seems to be cheaper than on their website. Because of that, I managed to get the Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition for just S$189 [10]. Their Nomad Base Station Hub Edition is only selling for S$159 [11].

After the death of AirPower [12], Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition seems to be the next best choice when it comes to charging multiple devices alongside your Apple Watch.

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Box Front [13]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Box Front
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Box Back [14]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Box Back
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Box [15]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Box
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Box Open [16]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Box Open

Out of the box, Nomad Base Station comes with a built-in US plug, but both EU and UK adapters are included in the packaging.

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Box Contents [17]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Box Contents

The whole chassis of the Nomad Base Station is made of aluminum with non-slip rubber feet at the bottom of it.

Underneath the black padded leather charging surface are three Qi certified coils. Each coil is capable of a maximum output of 7.5W.

Since I bought the Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition, it comes with an integrated MFi-certified Apple Watch magnetic charger.

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Top [18]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Top
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Bottom [19]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Bottom

If you are using the Nomad Base Station in the bedroom, you will be happy to know that there is an ambient light sensor behind it. It will automatically dim the charging LEDs when it is dark.

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Back [20]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Back
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Front [21]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Front
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition [22]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition

To indicate which coils are in use, there are three LED wireless charging indicators in front.

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - Front LED [23]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – Front LED
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - iPhone Center [24]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – iPhone Center
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - iPhone Center With Apple Watch [25]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – iPhone Center With Apple Watch

Technically, you can charge three Qi-powered devices at once. But space is a constraint on the charging pad. And hence realistically, you can charge only two devices.

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - iPhone Right With Apple Watch [26]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – iPhone Right With Apple Watch

Because of the Apple Watch charger, it blocks the iPhone from aligning its charging coil with the Nomad Base Station and hence it will not charge on the left side. Tried with iPhone X and iPhone XS Max, both did not work. So you can only charge your AirPods with Wireless Charging Case or any similar sized Qi devices there.

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition - iPhone Left Not Working [27]
Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition – iPhone Left Not Working