Nomad Base Station Mini review – a wireless charger with the luxury of leather

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REVIEW – I typically don’t need to charge my phone while I’m at my desk. However, occasionally I have found the need/desire to top off my phone battery, but I wouldn’t say I like using a cable. When the Nomad Base Station Mini review offer came along, I thought it would be a great time to acquire one of these magical devices for my desk.

What is it?

The Nomad Base Station Mini is a wireless charging base for Qi-enabled devices.

What’s in the box?

  • Nomad Base Station Mini
  • 6ft (1.5m) Type-C cable
  • Instructions, welcome card, stickers

Hardware specs

  • Up to 15W wireless power output
  • USB-C power input
  • LED wireless charging indicator
  • Ambient light sensor dims LED’s at night

Design and features

The Nomad Base Station Mini impressed me from the moment I opened the box. It was much heavier than I imagined it should weigh. However, after thinking about it, it makes sense because of its magnetic MagSafe alignment capability.

The padded leather charging surface looks elegant and provides a soft surface to set your phone on. The built-in magnets automatically align your phone. The alignment was very subtle through my phone case but did work. When not using a case, the alignment was much more noticeable. Large rubber feet on the bottom help keep the Base Station Mini right where you want it.

The included 6 ft (1.5m) cloth-covered cable was very flexible, unlike some of the 3rd party cables I’ve purchased in the past, which makes routing the cable much more manageable and is something I like about this charger.

The Nomad Base Station Mini is capable of 10W wireless power output when using a 20W AC adapter and 15W wireless power output when using a 30W AC Adapter. However, iPhone is limited by Apple to charge at 7.5W on third-party wireless chargers.

A charging LED indicates when the Nomad Base Station Mini is charging. An ambient light sensor automatically dims it when you turn the lights down. I really appreciate this feature, as I prefer to be able to look across the room and see that it’s charging.

Your phone can be placed in either direction on the magnetic charging pad.

What I like

  • Quality of construction
  • Feels well built
  • USB-C power input
  • Charging LED indicator

What needs to be improved

  • Nothing I can think of

Final thoughts

I found the Nomad Base Station Mini to be a high-quality product that does exactly what it should and does it well. From the moment I pulled it out of the box, I was impressed. I’m sure it will be a permanent fixture on my desk for years to come.

Price: $69.95
Where to buy: Nomad
Source: The sample of this product was provided by Nomad.

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