Archeer 2 in 1 Apple Watch Stand and iPhone Charging Dock Station review


If you own an iPhone and an Apple Watch, you may find this beautiful aluminum dock station to be something you’re not sure how you’ve lived without.  I used to charge my phone by my bed, then charge my Apple Watch near my computer and I didn’t really have a system as to when I’d connect them. With the Archeer 2, I never have to part with my beloveds and somehow my life feels more organized and complete. There was some simple set up involved, that I detailed with pics.  Let take a look. 

Above is the bottom of the charging station and you can see that there are 4 screws that need to be taken out.  There is a lightning cable already installed in the station which you will see in detail in the pic below.  There is nothing you need to do with that half of the device. It’s ready for you to plug into a USB port or outlet and connect your iPhone, right from the get go. What we will be doing is installing the standard Apple Watch charger (not included) into the charging station.

After the four screws are removed, there are an additional two screws that need to be removed to free the bracket that holds the watch.  In the pic above you can see the lightning cable threaded through the device, and the two screws to the right of those are the ones to take out.

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Now that all the screws are removed, slide the long metal piece out of the bracket and pop the round head of the standard Apple Watch charger that came with your watch into the bracket.

Make sure that the cord is tucked nicely inside the groove in the bracket and slide the metal cover back on.

Now all that’s left is to slide the bracket back into the charging station and reaffix it to the base with the two screws that were removed. Then put the back cover on with the four screws that were taken out in the first step and you are ready to charge. Note: a small screw driver came with the device, but I was unable to unscrew two of the screws with it because it was very thin and I could not get a good grip on it, so I just used my own.

I have a case that I normally have on my phone that would not allow me to charge it while it was on, so I need to remove it when charging.  It seems to work for me though because I do it just once a day and it’s right on my desk so when it’s done charging I can put the case back on for the rest of the day.  However, if I had the Utomic Edge case I would have the perfect setup as only the corners of the phone are covered. Ahhh….a girl can dream…

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Now all that’s left is to find two USB ports (a dual USB wall plug would work great) or wall adapters to plug the two cords into and you can let the charging begin!

I found a great place in the corner of my desk to use as a new home for the charging station and my two favorite mobile devices.  I can sit and work all day and even use the phone while it’s on the charger. I think the station looks great on my desk and would look good on my night stand too if I decide to move it into my bedroom.

All in all, I think this is a great charging station. It does the job and looks good doing it!  The only downside is that I have to remove the case that I use in order to charge my iPhone, and if this was my only watch charger, I would have to disassemble the unit to remove the charger or take the whole thing with me when I travel.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Archeer. Visit their site for more information or find them on Amazon.

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Product Information

Price:$32.99
Manufacturer:Archeer
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • Minor assembly
  • Apple Watch charger
  • 2 USB ports
Pros:
  • Sleek simple design
  • All aluminum and durable
  • Convenient place to charge devices together
Cons:
  • May need to remove iPhone case (depending on case) to charge
  • If traveling, you'd have to disassemble to remove Watch charger, or take the whole thing with you
2 comments… add one
  • Alan Claver June 17, 2017, 11:30 am

    Is the dock heavy enough to allow one-hand removal? Lighting connectors are a pretty tight fit.

    Also, you should tell the company that slapping their silly logo so prominently on the front of their dock makes it look horrible.

    • Leslie Hosmer June 20, 2017, 10:13 am

      Hi Alan,
      A two-handed removal of the phone is required because as you noted, lightning connectors are pretty tight. If I don’t secure the base with my other hand, the whole thing is lifted. I agree with you about the logo. It could be half the size and still be really big considering the placement. Thanks for your comments!
      Leslie

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