Satechi Aluminum Stand review: a great charging dock for your iPhone or iPad mini

By , Apr 6, 2016

satechi stand iPhone mac

For the last several years, I have been using a Twelve South HiRise as the main charging dock for my iPhone on my desk. I just like the simplicity of it, in both design and function, but the Satechi Aluminum Charging Stand is a serious contender that I’ve had the pleasure to use for the past week or so.

Inside, I will share some thoughts and observations about this new dock’s design, look, and simple features.

A simple and elegant design

When it comes to charging docks, I like my accessories to be simple, elegant, but also match my existing setup. More specifically, I like my charging stands to match the color of my iMac to offer a consistent look across my desk.

Made of aluminum, and available in silver, space gray, or gold, the Satechi Aluminum Charging Stand definitely meets my basic esthetic requirements. Sitting next to my iMac on an otherwise very sterile desk area, this dock looks like it belongs to the rest of the Apple family of products.

Past the material and color choices, I think what I like the most about the Satechi Aluminum Charging Stand is its simple and unassuming design. I can image the folks at Satechi sitting down and wondering how they could make the most elegant, yet most simple dock for iPhone. This dock was their answer.

There is no unnecessary part here. Just the basics: a base, and a stand. Nothing else.

The minimalist in me was slightly disappointed to see the brand “Satechi” printed on the front of the base. But quite honestly, it is so subtle that you probably won’t even notice it. I know I don’t, especially depending on lighting conditions in the room that may make the print completely unnoticed.

An easy setup

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In the box come the base and stand, two little screws, and an allen wrench.

The initial installation is quick and simple, especially since the one tool needed is provided. Simply tighten the two screws at the bottom of the base, thread your own Lightning cable through the hole in the base, press the cable into the trough at the bottom of the base, and you’re good to go.

Not surprisingly, a Lightning cable is not included. Because of the design of the dock, only an official Lightning cable will fit inside the stand. You “may” be lucky with a third-party cable, but note it must exactly resemble a stock Lightning cable, or else it will simply not fit in.

A dock for your iPhone, iPad mini, and more…

satechi stand iphone silver

Once set up, you can use your Satechi Aluminum Charging Stand with any iPhone, iPad mini, and even with your Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Keyboard. I know, it sounds a little silly, and believe me, it looks silly too, but no doubt this is convenient not having to plug yet another cable to charge these two accessories.

To be completely frank, I did expect my iPhone to be a little wobbly when docked, mainly because there isn’t much to support it besides the Lightning cable itself, but my assumptions were wrong. Once docked, the iPhone is secured enough that you can easily tap on the screen to launch apps and what not without having to fear it will fall off.

Final thoughts

I’ve been sold on this dock the minute I was done setting it up.

As mentioned above, I’ve been a TwelveSouth HiRise user for years, but the Satechi stand got me on its even simpler design, devoid of any unnecessary parts.

At $24.99 on Amazon, I think the Satechi Aluminum Charging Stand is fairly priced, and I have no problem recommending it to anyone looking for a charging dock for iPhone or iPad mini.

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  • Tricki68

    Probably won’t work with a case on a 6s plus, like a Spigen Ultra Hybrid?

    • Actually, it might, since you can adjust how much the Lightning cable stick out of the stand. Now if a stock Lightning cable actually fits with the case you’re mentioning, I believe it should then work with this dock as well.

      • Tricki68

        Thank you sir.

  • Jamessmooth

    Ok this might be a weird thought, but here goes: I wonder if there could be any issues with the lighting port on the iPhone from docking and undocking multiple times a day? I’m thinking about something like this for my office, and I’m constantly moving around… I bet I’d dock and undock from this thing 10-15 times a day. Anyone think that could cause unnecessary “wear and tear” on the port of the phone? Does this make sense? Am I crazy??

    • Kree Terry

      I think that as long as you remove it with some care you would be okay. Just pull it straight off the dock like you would pull out a standard cord. I don’t see it causing any more wear than a cable.

    • I used a different dock before this one, but the concept was the same (it uses Apple’s stock Lightning cable). I’ve docked and undocked my iPhones on these docks for years without any issue.

      • Jamessmooth

        Bought it. Excited to try it out!

  • Noohar

    Good review Seb but can you also use your own pics; your own setup. All I see is stock/press pics.

    • I was going to but my own pics were terrible, very poorly lit and I couldn’t for the life of me get some good shots. That’s why I opted for these pictures instead

      • Noohar

        Thanks for you honest reply

  • Jeffrey

    Not trying to bash the Satechi, but I’ve coincidentally bought a VERY similar product for $14,70 a couple of weeks ago, and I am very positive about it!

    The only difference between the two products is that the base of the product I’ve bought is square. It’s even available in the colors of the iPhone 6s. You can take a look here: aliexpress (dot) com/item/Original-USAMS-Data-Charger-Cable-Charger-Dock-For-iPhone-6-6S-6-plus-6S-plus-Retail/32589618839.html

    What I’ve done is I’ve drilled a hole in my desk exactly where I wanted the dock and I’ve pulled my cable from under my desk to the dock and I’ve sticked the dock to the desk with doublesided tape so now I got a wireless dock :)!

    I’ll show youguys some pictures.

    Hope you don’t mind Sebastien!