As a LEGO fan and an Apple Watch owner, I had heard about people building their own Apple Watch charging stands with LEGO blocks. When SwitchEasy came out with its Blocks Apple Watch charging stand, I jumped at the chance to take a look at it.
On paper, the SwitchEasy Blocks charging stand sounds great. It includes a form-fitting cradle to hold the Apple Watch in place; it is bumper friendly in case you put your watch in a case; and it can use bricks from various manufacturers, including LEGO. The kit also contains two different charging clips to hold either the plastic-encased charger for the Apple Watch Sport or the thinner metal-cased charger for the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition.
The stand was more difficult to assemble using the enclosed directions that I anticipated. The instructions were confusing, even for me, and I’m an experienced LEGO builder. Combine that with missing parts and parts that were a different color than the in the instructions, it took me a lot longer than usual to finish.
The bricks were a little stiffer to put together than LEGO bricks, but they stayed together. (Some non-LEGO bricks have a tendency to fall apart easily.) However, once built, the stand was unstable. The instructions give you no clue that the two small green baseplates need to be connected somehow, which meant the watch stand would tip when I put my watch on it. I fixed that issue by connecting the two baseplates with some extra bricks.
The cradle is molded to fit the Apple Watch, and the watch fits very well. Unfortunately, the charging cable threads through the back of the cradle, right where you need to put the watch strap.
As a result, the watch does not sit in the cradle. People with the Apple Watch Sport might not find a problem here, because you can straighten out the watchband, but people with loop bands might find it difficult use.
All is not lost, though.
Source: The product sample for this review was provided by SwitchEasy. For more information, please visit their site for more info.