We tested Pitaka’s MagEZ Slider 2 3-in-1 Charging Base, which combines the ability to charge up to 3 devices with a portable 4,000 mAh MagSafe battery that you can take anywhere so you never run out of battery.
There are plenty of charging bases for multiple devices, but few are as special as this MagEZ Slider from Pitaka. Its modularity and design differentiate it from all others, and the idea of using a portable MagSafe battery as a desktop charger for your iPhone It must be recognized that it is very spiritual but also very practical. Combined with the Power Dongle for Apple Watch, a portable charger for your Apple Watch that has fast charging and that you can take anywhere but also fits perfectly into the base, we have a very interesting “4 in 1” base that analysis.
The product that we are analyzing today is actually a combo of two products that can be purchased separately but that the Pitaka site itself offers us in a common pack. The MagEZ Slider Base includes the Desk Stand, which has a charging space for AirPods (actually any model of headphones with a wireless charging case) and an external battery that fits into the base to charge any iPhone compatible with the MagSafe system. To this we should add the Power Dongle for the Apple Watch, which attaches laterally to the base and has fast charging for the Apple Watch (compatible from Series 7 and Apple Watch Ultra). You also need to add a power adapter of at least 20W, which is not included in the pack, we have a USB-C to USB-C cable
If we look at charging the iPhone first, It has a power of 7.5W, which does not reach fast wireless charging (15W). As I said, this is actually a MagSafe external battery. with a capacity of 4000mAh, which does not completely recharge our iPhone’s battery, but it is more than enough to make it last all day even if we use it very intensively. Its design is quite compact, with the rear part finished in aramid fiber typical of Pitaka and with curved shapes that make it very comfortable to hold the iPhone or use it when the battery is in place. It does not have any type of button to activate it, it comes into operation when placed directly on the iPhone.
The external battery charges via a USB-C port placed on its base, which fits perfectly into the Pitaka base or which you can charge with any USB-C cable you want to use. It has LEDs on the front, which indicate the battery it has., and which are directly visible when placed on the MagEZ Slider 2 charging base. The magnetic connection is strong, and allows you to place your iPhone without the slightest problem even with a case, provided that it is compatible with the MagSafe system, of course. You can also use the StandBy feature of iOS 17 by placing the iPhone horizontally.
On the back it has an additional charging station, to which you must attach the small magnetic base that allows two positions, a higher one ideal for AirPods Pro or Pro 2, and a lower one for other cases longer charging times. The magnetic system that Pitaka thought of to attach this little “shelf” is really ingenious and works perfectly. The charging power offered by this space is 5W. On one side, it has a USB-C port to which you can connect a cable to charge another accessory, or the Power Dongle for the Apple Watch which offers 5W fast charging
The whole thing is supported by a rotating base that you can attach to any smooth surface thanks to the adhesive gel it has, which is also reusable so you can put the base on and off without any problem. In my experience, the base is stable without the need to use the gel, but if your idea is to use the base permanently in the same place, it is better to use it. The rotation of the base is very fluid and allows you to orient the iPhone towards your position, or easily retrieve AirPods from the back. If you don’t want the base to spin, you have a switch very reminiscent of the old iPhone to turn off the phone sound.
As a whole, with all accessories in place, It is a very compact base that takes up very little space, perfect for your nightstand or desk. The metallic gray color, the finishes with the aramid fiber pattern and the transparent gray of the Power Dongle for Apple Watch give it a modern but without stridency look. Remember that it has no light other than the small LEDs of the MagSafe battery, which won’t bother you at all if you plan to use it on your nightstand while you sleep.
Versatile and comfortable
Pitaka’s idea with this MagEZ Slider base is very good, and he makes it a reality quite well. Carrying your iPhone is as comfortable as it can be with any MagSafe mount, as is the security offered by the magnetic mount. If you want to take your iPhone with you, just detach it and go, and if you want to take it with the MagSafe battery, simply slide up and the battery gently detaches from the USB-C. The design is so well finished that removing and installing the MagSafe battery to connect to USB-C is simple and smooth. Like silk, I was very pleasantly surprised by this detail.
We can put it as The only flaw is that there is no fast charging for the iPhone, probably due to the limitation that charging is actually done by an external battery, and not by a MagSafe charging disc. If you need fast charging this may be a limiting factor, but in most cases this is not the case as the 7.5W provides good charging speed with the advantage of avoiding excessive overheating of the iPhone.
The MagEZ Slider 2 charging base and the specially designed Power Dongle for Apple Watch not only offer charging for up to three devices simultaneously, but you also have a MagSafe external battery always ready to take you away from home these days. those days. you need more than enough battery life on your iPhone. To this must be added a very careful design, quality materials and a rotation system which allows you to orient the base as you wish. You can buy the complete set on the Pitaka website (link) for $148.64 and now at Christmas with an offer that reduces its price to $112.97 with free shipping anywhere in the world.
- Editor’s note
- 4.5 star rating
$$112.97 A $$148.64
- Neat and compact design
- Built-in MagSafe portable battery
- Fast charging for Apple Watch
- Swivel bracket
- The number includes a power adapter (20 W minimum)
- No fast charging for iPhone
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