Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch review

By , May 3, 2016

TimePorter in its retail packaging

I travel quite often and have spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for the perfect travel charger for my Apple Watch. I want to pack a few extra bands, the charging puck, and the wall adapter. Yet nothing I’ve run across can handle all that, let alone while looking good. That was at least the case before I ran across the TimePorter from Twelve South.

The TimePorter is a portable charging dock that can easily transport an extra band or two, plus the UK or US wall adapter. Alternatively, you could actually fit a small backup battery inside and create a portable charger to take with you on the go.

TimePorter for Apple Watch in white

When you pick up the TimePorter, there isn’t anything superfluous. A simple box in Twelve South’s usual design. The inside of the box is even felt lined so you can hopefully use it for something after the fact. Included is the TimePorter, some Twelve South stickers, and a handy getting started guide

The TimePorter itself comes in black or white with (I believe) leather on the outside and a silicone lined interior. A charging puck isn’t provided so you must use your own. Luckily it has built in cable management that can handle even Apple’s longest 6ft cord.

Your Apple Watch rests right on the top to charge. It can charge flat, or if you open the clamshell style case, it can charge at the optimal viewing angle for your desk, or nightstand. Unfortunately, for those diehard fans of Nightstand Mode, that won’t work particularly well with this case.

TimePorter with Apple Watch charger installed

To get started, you simply pop out the silicone Twelve South logo from the upper surface of the TimePorter. You don’t need to save or discard this however, as they smartly added a way to easily mount this to the posterior of the lid. You then add your charging puck in its place, then route the cable around the edges. On the left and the right are two contours that allow you to get the cord out of the case to afford easy charging. Now rest your Apple Watch on top and you are set. The bottom of the TimePorter is even slightly bevelled to allow the band to wrap underneath and not make it off kilter.

Apple Watch charging on TimePorter

As I mentioned at the inset of the review, I’ve tried a lot of different travel cases for my Apple Watch. Some have allowed me to easily take my charger, but don’t offer any storage. Others offer storage, but no way to charge. TimePorter is the best of both worlds. There is actually quite a bit of storage space and I’ve been looking at slim batteries I could tuck inside. That would give me the option to either take a few bands and a charger, or a backup battery.

Storing Apple Watch bands and a charger in TimePorter

Pros:

  • Comes in two colors, white and black to match your taste.
  • Can charge your Apple Watch, either flat or at your ideal viewing angle.
  • Inside you can store bands and a charger.
  • I really like the look of the TimePorter itself.
  • If I pickup a battery, I can create a portable charger for long weekends.

Cons:

  • Since no charging puck is included, you will have to provide your own.
  • Bands that are 1-piece make it hard to open the case to view at an angle.
  • If you really like Nightstand Mode, you will be disappointed that this doesn’t easily support that.

TimePorter with Apple Watch charging puck

If you travel, or just want a display stand that can squirrel away a few extra bands, this might be the perfect accessory for your Apple Watch. Build quality is top notch and it checks off all the boxes on my want list for a portable charger. You can find it on Amazon for $49.99 if you’d like to pick one up for yourself.

What do you guys think of the TimePorter? Is there something else you would like to see built into an Apple Watch portable charger?

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  • Ethan Humphrey

    Hey, is there anyway you could provide a link for the adapter you use to connect your link band to your Apple Watch? I have been looking for something EXACTLY like that and cannot find it ANYWHERE. It would really help me, thanks.

    • Joey
      • Ethan Humphrey

        That one is nice and I have seen it, but it does not work for link bands.

  • Impreza

    Hey Andrew, any chance you could contact the makers to verify if the external material is in fact leather?

    • Twelve South

      Hi Impreza – Marketing @ Twelve South here. The TimePorter is wrapped in vegan-friendly synthetic leather chosen for its high durability and soft luxurious feel. Thanks!

      • Impreza

        Thanks for the fast reply. What exactly is synthetic leather? Is it vinyl or does it have another trade name?
        Ps pardon my ignorance but also what does vegan friendly mean? I know vegans don’t eat meat but I don’t understand its usage here.

      • Twelve South

        Basically it just means that it is a material that is meant to look like leather but is not made from any animal products (thus making it vegan-friendly). Another name is just faux leather. Ours is made up of a polyurethane blend. Hope this helps!

      • Impreza

        Yes it does thank you very much for taking the time to cover my questions here. It’s always handy when reviews are done to having the actual makers of said products pop in to fill in the blanks so to speak. Good on you and Twelve South.

      • Twelve South

        Always happy to help! If you ever have any other questions about our products please feel free to reach out to our support team at support@twelvesouth.com. Have a great day!

  • Stephaughn Alston

    Like these videos in 60FPS.