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The NYTSTND Quad Tray MagSafe is an expensive four-way charger made from Amish-sourced leather and wood that tidies up your nightstand while remaining stylish.
NYTSTND offers a variety of chargers made from premium quality materials. We tested the MagSafe Quad Tray with oak finish, black leather and USB-C connector for iPad, but there are other configurations to suit individual needs.
The MagSafe Quad Tray can wirelessly charge two devices on its five-coil wireless charger Apple watch on its original Apple Watch charger and off you go iPad on the built-in USB-C connector. Aims to be the complete charging solution for your nightstand.
Design and materials
Many modern charging solutions try to capture a futuristic finish or mimic Apple’s aluminum and steel design. However, NYTSTND chose leather for the padding of the base and wood of Amish origin for the structure.
The design feels more like a piece of furniture than a piece of technology. The five wood finishes and two leather colors make it easy to customize a NYTSTND that fits your bedroom suite.
The leather is soft to the touch and adapts well to the shape of the charger. An additional piece of leather is included to help keep the iPad balanced when placed on the charging connector.
One small complaint is the underside of the stand. The wood finish wraps underneath and is beautiful, but will never be seen in use. There are four small padded feet in the corners to keep the stand slightly raised and off the table itself. However, we would have preferred some sort of rubber grip to hold the stand in place, as the padded feet tend to slide easily on a smooth surface.
Depending on the furniture, you may want to use some sort of Command Strip adhesive or a rubber grip under the NYTSTND. Otherwise, the stand slips with any touch, which is not ideal.
The construction looks sturdy, but the handcrafted nature of the device shows in some respects. For example, the leather padding in the tray in our model wasn’t fully glued, so she was able to move around a bit until it settled properly.
Further examination shows that the device consists of standard parts assembled with screws and glue. We only notice this because it makes it easier to repair or replace some parts of the charger, as long as the NYTSTND is able to send you spare parts.
The Apple Watch Charger is truly Apple’s original charger inserted into a piece of plastic – the cable connects via USB-C behind a panel on the back. The USB-C socket appears to be connected in a similar fashion, with a cable going to a port rather than a hard-line connection.
We hoped this would allow us to replace the Apple Watch charger with the new fast charger included with the Apple Watch Series 7, but that was not the case. Removing the magazine is simple, but the actual refill disc is glued to the plastic mold, so a new piece would be needed for a full replacement. Some more adventurous people might model their own mold using a 3D printer as it is a simple piece.
Using the NYTSTND MagSafe Quad Tray
Small design details aside, actually using the NYTSTND is a pleasure. We were able to greatly simplify the charging situation at our bedside table thanks to this stand.
Instead of using four separate cables and adapters to charge your essential Apple products, we were able to charge everything from this holder with a single input cable. We previously used the Belkin 3-in-1 wireless MagSafe charger and a USB-C charger to achieve the same result, but in a more clunky way.
Now, however, we have a single elegant solution that loads everything and at the same time shows it well. We particularly like that the iPad is placed vertically to show notifications or for easy use as a bedside alarm.
Our Ipad mini usually takes up the USB-C charger, but also the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was able to use this charger without any problems. The included leather slip was able to provide enough support to keep the devices from swinging too far back.
The USB-C port is a little awkward to use, however, as you have to tilt the iPad the right way to insert it into the charger. We would have appreciated some sort of indentation or groove to help align this, but it’s not a puzzle.
The five-coil charging pad is a wireless charger capable of charging i phone at 7.5W. Although this is not technically MagSafe, it’s magnetic, so the iPhone stays in place and won’t slip off after a random notification vibrates the phone.
The pad can charge two devices simultaneously at 5W each, so we were able to charge ours iPhone 13 Pro Max Other AirPods Pro at the same time. This isn’t the fastest charging, especially since the iPhone can charge at 15W on the current MagSafe, but it’s enough to get a full battery overnight.
The LEDs light up to indicate charging has begun, so there’s no need to guess if you’ve lined up your devices correctly. The LEDs also flash if foreign objects are detected which could be dangerous for the charger.
There is no catchy trade name attached to these bedside chargers. Instead, the name describes the exact configuration. Customers can order Quad, a charger for four devices, Trio, a charger for three devices, and Duo, a charger for two devices. There is also the option of adding a tray for storing other small items.
Each of the configurations is made from the same materials and uses the main two-device wireless charging coils. The Trio adds an Apple Watch charger and the Quad adds the USB-C or Lightning charger for an iPad.
Should you buy a NYTSTND?
Anyone looking for a good multi-device charger will not be disappointed with the NYTSTND range. However, the high price tag can discourage many potential buyers.
The price tag is worth it, however, if you want a piece of technology that can easily integrate into your home’s design. Most other chargers will feel like a piece of technology and don’t always blend well with the aesthetic.
The high price reflects the use of Amish-sourced wood, quality leather and handmade construction. The MagSafe Quad Tray we tested costs $ 234 and prices range up to $ 129 for the Duo MagSafe model.
- Robust construction
- Charging for four devices
- Quality materials
- Glides on smooth surfaces
- Not really MagSafe