Review: Stacked wireless iPhone charging buys you time

Wireless iPhone charging case is stacked with power


Wall charger, battery pack, iPhone case all stacked up and ready to go.
Wall charger, battery pack, iPhone case all stacked up and ready to go.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Best List: Wireless iPhone Charging System by Stacked

If there’s one thing I can never have enough of, it’s power for my iPhone. Even on normal, about-town sort of days, I’m always looking for ways to keep the battery topped off, in case I need it for something power-intensive later on. I carry around external chargers like some people carry around ChapStick and tissue, and I’ve always got a spare cable to share. All of that stuff can add up to a ball of wires and plugs, making for a nasty mess in my backpack.

I’ve long wanted an easier, wire-free charging existence, and that’s where the Stacked iPhone charging case comes in. It’s a clever system that’s a truly wireless solution to keeping my iPhone at the top end of the charged-up spectrum.

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Imagine a wall charger with a magnet on it. Then imagine an iPhone case that sticks right to the wall charger and recharges your iPhone while it hangs there. Add a 2,750-mAh battery pack that also sticks to the charger and the iPhone, and you can start to get the sense of how interesting Stacked’s modular design is.

Plug the wall unit in, stack up to five battery packs on it, then stick your iPhone on top of that for a full overnight charge for both the packs and the iPhone. Take the battery packs in your backpack and you’ve got an endless supply of little power jolts that will get you through the heaviest day of usage. When you get home and just need the iPhone charged, stick it to the wall charger and it’s ready in no time.

The iPhone case is easily installed onto your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus (as well as the “s” versions of each): Just pop your iPhone into the bottom edge of the case, slide up the Lightning connector, pull the flexible material over the top of your iPhone, and it’s ready to stack and charge.

Better yet, each battery pack can be charged and used for other devices via USB cable, making this one extensible, useful system.

The Stacked comes in black, white or gold and will run you an affordable $130 for the wall charger, iPhone case for either the 6/6s or 6/6s Plus, and one battery pack. You can grab extra packs for $58 each.

Buy from: Amazon, Stacked

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