Nomad Base Station Pro Review: Luxury Wireless Charging at A Luxury Price

Bethany Walsh

Jun 04, 2022

A flat surface that can wirelessly charge any gadget you set on it is now a reality, thanks to recent advances in the field of surface tweezers. AirPower, Apple's wireless charging pad that got later scrapped, tried it out. Since then, there have been numerous three-in-one wireless charging pads, but none of them have genuinely allowed you to lay a device on the pad, walk away, and know that it is being charged without worrying about the item.

Wireless Charging of the Nomad Base Station Pro

Place a Qi-enabled device on its surface to use the Base Station Pro as a wireless charger. Isn't this a great deal? The location where you're going to place that device isn't important. Place it anywhere on the pad, and your phone will vibrate or sound an alarm to indicate that it's receiving power; no more waking up to find that you have only 4 percent of your battery life remaining. In most cases, the Base Station Pro addresses this issue, and we could charge a single, two, and even three devices simultaneously without any complications.

It's not the fastest charge in the world, but neither is wireless charging. Furthermore, it fails to meet Samsung's requirements for ultra-fast wireless charging. However, the Base Station Pro could charge a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, an iPhone 11 Pro Max, and a pair of Galaxy Buds Live when they were all at less than 5 percent battery life and placed on the charger at 10:30 p.m.

Isn't that impressive? It's also dependable when it comes to simultaneously charging three different gadgets. Android devices can only obtain 5 watts of power from this charger, compared to 7.5 watts for iPhones.

What is the charging procedure for the Base Station Pro device? That's where Aira's "FreePower" technology comes into play, and it's neat. The designers reduced a typical wireless charging coil and the technology needed to regulate it to a single panel.

On the Base Station Pro, that's exactly what you'll find behind the top layer. The panel has a total of 18 coils arranged in a hexagonal pattern. FreePower" technology ensures that wireless charging begins almost immediately when you place a smartphone on a table or countertop.

Design of the Nomad Base Station Pro

With the Base Station Pro, Nomad continues its tradition of high-quality, long-lasting products. Designed with curved corners and a modest Nomad logo at the upper right, this slate gray metal frame is precision cut. It has a reassuringly sturdy feel about it. The devices are stored in a padded black leather compartment on the bag's top.

To keep the charging pad in place on your desk or bedside, two black rubber strips run along the length of it. The front of the device has three tiny white LEDs illuminating to signal that it is charging.

A single USB-C port is located at the back, in line with the device's understated aesthetic. You're ready to go with the 30-W Power Delivery wall charger (included in the box) and the 2-meter braided USB-C-to-USB-C cable.

Performance of the Nomad Base Station Pro

Nomad Base Station Pro's ability to charge at any angle is a nice perk, but certain limits are hiding beneath the surface, making it less than ideal. According to Apple, the AirPods Pro and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case work with iPhones, AirPods, and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, whereas the Galaxy S, Note, and Galaxy Buds work with Samsung phones and tablets.

I used it to charge an iPhone 8, a Galaxy S10, an iPhone X, and a Pixel 4 with cases on, and it worked flawlessly on all of them. However, it works best with two iPhones and a pair of AirPods, as charging three phones is a tight fit.

The Nomad Base Station Pro can charge iPhones at their full 7.5W charging rate. However, Android phones can only be charged at 5W by this device. You won't notice a difference if you're charging overnight, but quicker wireless chargers are available if you need to top off your phone frequently throughout the day.

Aira developed the FreePower technology in the Base Station Pro, which Nomad partnered with for this device. As the name implies, the goal of Aira is to provide "complete surface freedom," which means that you can lay any Qi wireless charging device on any section of the pad. It will automatically receive the necessary amount of electricity to begin charging.

Final Verdict

For $199.95, you're getting a top-notch wireless charger, and that's what you should expect at this price point. We were promised wireless or surface charging in sci-fi movies and TV shows as kids, and this is a step closer to that. Instead of "Oh, let's simply drop our phone down, and it'll charge up," this is closer to reality. We're looking forward to the future, and we're pleased with the Base Station Pro's execution.

Additionally, it's made to a very high standard, and Nomad guarantees that you receive everything you need out of the package. Yes, it costs $199.95, but you get a wireless charger that charges up to 3 devices and doesn't care where you position it. That's a good deal. If you're willing to pay the price for convenience, you'll have to decide whether or not you're willing to pay the price.

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