Zagg's Mobile Charging Station for the Apple Watch and iPhone is both a portable charging platform and a backup battery for your Apple products. With its 5,000 mAh battery, the Mobile Charging Station is meant to be used while away from a power source. It has enough capacity to provide a full charge for both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, with a little juice left over.

zaggmobilechargingstationbox
There are a few features that set the Mobile Charging Station apart from other portable charging solutions, including a cord management system and a unique pop-up design that charges the Apple Watch in landscape mode and folds flat for travel, but on the downside, it is expensive and unattractive.

Design

Zagg's Mobile Charging Station is not an attractive accessory, but it is functional. Made from black plastic with red plastic accents, the Charging Station has a pop-up charging platform for the Apple Watch, allowing it to be charged in landscape mode, and it includes a built-in cable management system.

It's clear aesthetics weren't on the top of the priority list when it came to creating the Charging Station. It feels well made, but at the same time, the materials used feel cheap, and the thick black plastic certainly doesn't match or complement the iPhone or Apple Watch.

mobilechargingstationfoldedup
In a bag, backpack, or purse, the Charging Station is portable enough, but it's not pocketable due to its thickness. In width and height, it's similar in size to the iPhone 6s Plus, but it is more than twice as thick. It's all plastic, black outside and red inside, with a soft padded strip on the bottom to keep it from damaging desks and other surfaces.

mobilechargingstationinside
The two halves of the Mobile Charging Station come apart so the charging cables for the iPhone and Apple Watch can be inserted. The Apple Watch charger goes in first, with the USB end plugged into the USB port marked with the Apple Watch symbol. From there, the cord can be wrapped around the center island, which accommodates the full 2 meter cable length. Once the Apple Watch cord is wound up, the charging puck is placed inside the designated slot, which, as mentioned, is adjustable from flat to a 90 degree angle.

mobilechargingstationports
Zagg includes a Lightning cable for the iPhone, which is shorter than the standard cable. The iPhone cable does not wrap around the center island, instead plugging directly into the USB slot at the top and routing out through the bottom. There's actually quite a bit of cord left when using it this way, and I did wish the cable had been made somewhat shorter. I rectified this by using a 1m Apple Watch charging cable and my own 1m iPhone cable, which could be wrapped around to make it shorter.

mobilechargingstationcordwound
With both the iPhone and Apple Watch cables in place, the top of the Zagg Mobile Charging Station can be snapped back on, hiding the cords and leaving just the end of the Lightning cable and the Apple Watch charger exposed. The two halves of the Mobile Charging Station are held together with magnets that are strong enough to keep it from coming apart in a bag or backpack. Getting the cords in and out of the Mobile Charging Station is relatively simple, and the cord management system works well.

mobilechargingstationpopup
Both closed-loop and open loop Apple Watch bands fit on the pop-up Apple Watch charger, and open loop bands can also be charged while lying flat across the top of the Mobile Charging Station. The pop-up Apple Watch charger is a clever design element that makes it easy to charge an Apple Watch when on the go, and it's nice to have support for Nightstand mode. An Apple Watch and an iPhone can both charge at once, with the iPhone charging through the Lightning cable at the bottom of the dock while the Apple Watch charges on the Apple Watch charging puck.

mobilechargingstationiphone
While the Apple Watch has a clever stand to charge on, the same isn't true of the iPhone. I wish Zagg had built in some kind of iPhone stand to prop up the iPhone to give this accessory more utility, but there's just a plain Lightning cable. On the top of the Mobile Charging Station, there's an LED that gives an approximation on how much battery life is remaining, and there's a button that needs to be pressed to initiate charging when a device is plugged in. There's also a micro-USB port for charging the Station itself.

mobilechargingstationcord
My biggest gripe with the Mobile Charging Station relates to how it charges. When the 5,000 mAh battery inside is dead, it needs to be charged using an accompanying 6-foot micro-USB cable, which is long, thick, and ugly. It's thick enough that it doesn't wind up well, and long enough that it completely negates the convenience of having my iPhone and Apple Watch cords wrapped up.

When I travel, am I supposed to take this thick, unwieldy micro-USB cord with me? Without a micro-USB cord, I can't use the charger for more than a single day, and when traveling, I don't want to bring Zagg's super thick micro-USB cord. Obviously one can solve this problem with a different micro-USB cord because most of us have oodles of them lying around, but Zagg's cord choice here is simply baffling.

mobilechargingstationcharging
Taking into account the cord, the best use case for the Mobile Charging Station seems to be on a desk where it has a permanent charging position, with the option to remove it for day trips, long work days, school, and other times where charging might be required mid-day.

Battery Life

There's a 5,000mAh battery in the Zagg Mobile Charging Station, enough to provide one full charge to an iPhone 6s Plus and an Apple Watch when charged at the same time. With smaller iPhones like the iPhone 6s, the battery will go further, and thus this is best suited towards iPhone users with smaller capacity devices.

In my testing, the Mobile Charging Station charged my iPhone 6s Plus at a satisfactory rate. I plugged in a completely dead iPhone at 5:08 p.m., and by 5:55, it was at 50 percent battery life. At 7:25, it was charged to 100%. I drained my iPhone again, but the leftover battery life in the Charging Station was only able to charge it to 3%.

mobilechargingstationwithwatch2
I saw similar numbers when charging my iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. Both were completely dead at 5:41, and I plugged them in to the fully charged Charging Station. At 7:24, my Apple Watch was fully charged and my iPhone was at 95%.

Zagg claims the Mobile Charging Station can deliver one full charge to an iPhone and an Apple Watch, and that was true -- I got exactly one full charge for both, but no more than that.

As for the Mobile Charging Station itself, it took a couple of hours to charge from empty to full using the included micro-USB cable.

When charging my devices with the Mobile Charging Station, I did notice a high-pitched whining sound once or twice. It's not something that's audible from across a room, but if you're sitting next to the accessory, it's noticeable.

Bottom Line

Zagg's Mobile Charging Station, like several of the mobile Apple Watch chargers on the market, is of questionable use. Zagg did a good job with the cable management features and the pop-up Apple Watch dock, but those features and the built-in battery make the Mobile Charging Station much bulkier than a standard 5,000 mAh battery pack and much more expensive.

Zagg is charging $79.99 for the Mobile Charging Station, a price that seems unreasonably high for a hunk of plastic and a 5,000 mAh battery. For comparison, Anker sells a 10,000 mAh battery on Amazon for $21.99, and it's the same general size as the Zagg Mobile Charging Station. Sure, it doesn't offer cable management or a pop-up holder for the Apple Watch charger, but it's double the power at a third of the cost. Are the extra features the Mobile Charging Station offers worth $55? I'm not sure.

mobilechargingstationmain
I wasn't a fan of the design of the Mobile Charging Station because it in no way matches the aesthetic of my Apple Devices, something I tend to look for in an Apple accessory. Others may not mind the look, and even with the price premium, I can see where the Mobile Charging Station may be useful as a no-hassle desktop charging accessory that gives users the option to grab it and go on a day when extra power is needed.

Pros:

  • Keeps cords organized
  • Clever pop-up Apple Watch charging function
  • Nightstand mode supported
  • Charges Apple Watch and iPhone simultanously
  • Offers pass-through charging

Cons:

  • Design is not attractive
  • Thick and bulky, not pocketable
  • Expensive
  • Micro-USB cord for charging is thick and unwieldy
  • 5,000 mAh battery doesn't offer much power for the price
  • Occasional high-pitched noise when charging

How to Buy

Zagg's Mobile Charging Station can be purchased from the Zagg website for $79.99.

Tag: Zagg

Top Rated Comments

dwaltwhit Avatar
109 months ago
at $50 im a customer. $80? nahhhh
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zimmy68 Avatar
109 months ago
These companies love Apple. I can see the marketing meeting now at Zagg...

Wait a minute, tell me again... we can charge full price for a charging solution and not provide any cables???
And people would be gullible enough to buy that???
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bubba Satori Avatar
109 months ago
Zagg thinks they're Apple.

They applied a Zagg tax.
When in Rome...
Third party love the huge margin coattails of the Apple ecosystem.
Think $9 Pencil cozy that costs $1 to make.
Apple accessories are a license to print money.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nazuk Avatar
109 months ago
Fugly and expensive
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PinkyMacGodess Avatar
109 months ago
They probably could have made a groove in the sides of the thing to wind their monstrous USB cable on it.

What kills me is that so many companies refuse to use the lightning cable for charging. It makes no sense, or very little sense. I have a raft of Apple cables, and have a mass of assorted USB cables, and not there are THREE different types of USB cables, and it's getting ridiculous having to haul around three different cables!

Whatever happened to the EU? Weren't they coming up with regulations requiring a single charging port for all devices? I was looking forward to that eventually eliminating so many of the cords.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sinsin07 Avatar
109 months ago
Zagg thinks they're Apple.

They applied a Zagg tax.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iPhone 17 Plus Feature

iPhone 17 Lineup Specs Detail Display Upgrade and New High-End Model

Monday July 22, 2024 4:33 am PDT by
Key details about the overall specifications of the iPhone 17 lineup have been shared by the leaker known as "Ice Universe," clarifying several important aspects of next year's devices. Reports in recent months have converged in agreement that Apple will discontinue the "Plus" iPhone model in 2025 while introducing an all-new iPhone 17 "Slim" model as an even more high-end option sitting...
iPhone SE 4 Vertical Camera Feature

iPhone SE 4 Rumored to Use Same Rear Chassis as iPhone 16

Friday July 19, 2024 7:16 am PDT by
Apple will adopt the same rear chassis manufacturing process for the iPhone SE 4 that it is using for the upcoming standard iPhone 16, claims a new rumor coming out of China. According to the Weibo-based leaker "Fixed Focus Digital," the backplate manufacturing process for the iPhone SE 4 is "exactly the same" as the standard model in Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 lineup, which is expected to...
Apple TV Plus Feature 2 Magenta and Blue

Apple TV+ Curbs Costs After Expensive Projects Fail to Capture Viewers

Monday July 22, 2024 5:11 am PDT by
Apple is scaling back its Hollywood spending after investing over $20 billion in original programming with limited success, Bloomberg reports. This shift comes after the streaming service, which launched in 2019, struggled to capture a significant share of the market, accounting for only 0.2% of TV viewership in the U.S., compared to Netflix's 8%. Despite heavy investment, critical acclaim,...
iPhone 16 Pro Sizes Feature

iPhone 16 Series Is Just Two Months Away: Everything We Know

Monday July 15, 2024 4:44 am PDT by
Apple typically releases its new iPhone series around mid-September, which means we are about two months out from the launch of the iPhone 16. Like the iPhone 15 series, this year's lineup is expected to stick with four models – iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max – although there are plenty of design differences and new features to take into account. To bring ...
iPhone 17 Plus Feature Purple

These 5 Features Will Make the iPhone 17 the Biggest Update in Years

Monday July 22, 2024 4:02 pm PDT by
The upcoming iPhone 16 models that we're expecting to see in September are going to be quite similar to the iPhone 15 models, but rumors suggest that Apple is making big changes in 2025. We've been hearing hints of an all-new device in the iPhone lineup, and it may be the most expensive iPhone Apple has offered to date. New 'Slim' Design Rumors have taken to referring to the new iPhone 17...
iPhone SE 4 Thumb 1

iPhone SE 4 Rumored to Launch Early Next Year With OLED Display, 48MP Camera, and More

Monday July 22, 2024 7:22 am PDT by
The fourth-generation iPhone SE will offer a series of major upgrades over the current model, the leaker known as "Ice Universe" claims. The information was listed in a post on Weibo, which also detailed the specifications of the iPhone 17 lineup. As previously rumored, the fourth-generation iPhone SE is expected to feature Face ID and USB-C, marking a major upgrade from current and previous ...
bsod

Microsoft Blames European Commission for Major Worldwide Outage

Monday July 22, 2024 11:55 am PDT by
Last Friday, a major CrowdStrike outage impacted PCs running Microsoft Windows, causing worldwide issues affecting airlines, retailers, banks, hospitals, rail networks, and more. Computers were stuck in continuous recovery loops, rendering them unusable. The failure was caused by an update to the CrowdStrike Falcon antivirus software that auto-installed on Windows 10 PCs, but Mac and Linux...