Nomad Base One Hands-On: Apple’s MagSafe Charger should have delivered



i was a big fan MagSafe accessories shortly after I got an iPhone 12 but one that I never really bought was Apple’s MagSafe charging puck. The charger looks like something that won’t stay where I wanted it, and that was a little beyond impulse purchase to justify the purchase once I had wireless charging pads that worked fine. Nomad has always made great Apple products and has often tweaked what official Apple stuff has done, and the new Base One is exactly that.

If you are looking for another company MagSafe charger, you’ll find many “magnetic chargers” but not many “Made for MagSafe” accessories that use Apple’s official MagSafe technology. While other chargers will work just fine, there are a few differences that make the official ones better to use, such as a stronger magnet and MagSafe animation when placed in the charger. So what is Base One and why do I like it so much?



The Base One is the latest Nomad wireless charging pad that uses Apple’s MagSafe charging style to quickly charge all newer compatible iPhones. It is available in both silver and carbide (dark, black) versions and with a USB-C cable, but the Nomad does not include a wall adapter in the box. It is very important to remember that in order to use this charger you will need a wall adapter that provides at least 30W of power. If you don’t already have one, Nomad currently offers own slim version of the 30W charger half price right now, so you can purchase one with the new Base One to make sure you can properly charge your phone when it arrives.

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When connected to a 30W brick, your iPhone will charge at 15W, which is as fast as it can wirelessly. I’ve been using the Base One plugged into a Nomad 30 watt brick for about a week now and have had very consistent charging results. It’s worth noting that my results here weren’t carried out and your mileage may vary based on use, but I was supposed to gain around 10% of battery life in 10 minutes of charging and in most cases I didn’t need more than 20 minutes on the charger to survive the rest day.



I use this on my desk, which is probably one of the most common places it is used (or maybe on the bedside table). What I really like about how strong the magnets on this charger are is that I don’t have to be super precise in order for the phone to start charging on the pad. Magnets help pull it into place relatively easily. Due to the weight of the charger, removing the phone without moving the pad is actually quite easy, and since the pad sticks out from under the phone there’s an obvious place where you can put your fingers to remove it with one hand. In addition to being able to charge your iPhone or MagSafe-compatible AirPods headphones, the Base One can also charge any other Qi-compatible device you can use.

The charger itself is heavy, weighing 515 grams, which is just over a pound. For this reason, it probably won’t be the charger you carry in your travel bag, but there are plenty of other chargers that can be considered for this application. Apart from the weight, there aren’t many things in the charger that I don’t like.

It’s absolutely more expensive, costing $ 130 with no 30W wall adapter required. If you don’t already have a 30W power supply, there are many options available in places like Amazon. As with other Nomad devices, this charger is very well made and the overall look looks like something Apple would make, unlike some of the cheap and ugly ones you can find on the internet. At this price, I would prefer the Nomad to include a wall adapter, but if you already have one from the previous fast charger, you might not have to worry so much about the omission.

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