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Pitaka Air Trio: All-in-one Wireless Charging Dock
The Pitaka Air Trio is the world's first wireless charging dock to charge all your Apple or Android devices.
It's an innovative, novel product that can charge up to 3 things simultaneously including your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad or iPad Pro, AirPods (1st & 2nd Gen), Samsung Galaxy phones, and so much more.
The product has a powerful, metallic folding stand for iPads/smartphones, an Apple certified Watch charger, which can auto flip-up when side button is pressed, and a dedicated wireless charging zone for any Qi device.
The charging dock was made from premium, long lasting aramid fiber and zinc alloy materials that were built for safety and endurance, and I think you'll be amazed when you see it in person.
The item is set to launch on Kickstarter and customers will have the option to purchase either the USB-C or Lightning connector model (18W output for both) depending on their needs.
But first it's time to talk more why you should give this product a try, particularly after a much promised Apple product failed to launch.
Update: The Pitaka Air Quad, a MFi 4-in-1 wireless charger for all your Apple devices, now joins the Air Trio. The Air Quad can charge your new iPhone 11, Apple Watch, Air Pods, and iPad simultaneously.
See the new Quad here on Pitaka's Kickstarter page. The estimated delivery date for early backers is December 2019 and it ships anywhere in the world.
Air Trio Product Information
Aramid Fiber - Zinc Alloy
5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A
Apple Watch Output
Type-C Connector (Version 1)
Lightning Connector (Version 2)
Idr Design: No Light Leakage (dark environments)
iPhone 8-XS Max, Apple Watch Series 1-4, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge-10 Plus (Includes Note Series), AirPods I-II, iPad & iPad Pro, All Qi Devices
Air Trio Dock - Dock Adapter
The Perfect AirPower Replacement
When the AirPower concept was first introduced, Apple lovers applauded in unison but after years of promise it just wasn't in the cards.
That's where the Air Trio comes in...
The Trio may not be a giant charging pad, but it gets the job done without risking damage unto itself and the products it's charging and it might be the biggest game changer yet.
5 Amazing Features of Air Trio
- Innovative Design
- Triple Charging
- Fast Charge Speeds
- No Light Leakage
- Safe to Use
There's nothing ordinary about this charging dock. It looks premium, it feels premium, and it's nothing like you've ever seen.
Everything from the metallic, folding iPad stand to the auto flip-up Apple Watch charger to the adjustable wheel (raises/lowers Lightning/USB-C connector) were made with care. It fully embraces the "think different" Apple mentality without it being an official Apple product.
The materials used give the dock weight, stability, security, and they elevate it to beyond what I thought was possible.
I'm currently using the USB-C version and I'm charging my Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Apple Watch, and Galaxy Buds (wirelessly) concurrently.
If I wanted to I could charge an iPhone, AirPods II, or any other Qi phone wirelessly. Tablets with USB-C/Lightning ports could be placed against the stand and charged via the connector. I'd recommend purchasing a small Lightning to USB-C (or vice-versa) adapter to get the most out of the connector.
The bottom line is that this product can charge almost anything and quickly too.
Fast Charge Speeds
The Air Trio outputs 18W of power for either connector, 7.5/10W for wireless charging, and 5W for the Watch charger.
These are considered relatively fast speeds in today's market though maybe not so much down the line given Samsung's 25W charger already in release.
Regardless, I'm happy with the charging speeds plus the fact that they won't decrease no matter how many devices you're charging.
No Light Leakage
There's an indicator light under the surface, but you'll barely notice it at night.
Through an Idr design, the LED light was made to stay cloaked in dark environments, which is a useful addition. I can't tell you how many indicator lights I've had to tape over because of their brightness.
Safe to Use
The Air Trio has been Apple certified with CE/FCC/RoHs certifications that will protect your devices from short-circuiting, overheating, over-voltage, and more.
I've tested the dock with multiple electronics and not one of them felt warm afterwards. The difference is night & day when compared to other chargers.
How Air Trio Compares to Other Wireless Chargers
The Air Trio is different from other wireless chargers in many ways, most good, some not as much but that will vary greatly person to person.
5 Cons of Pitaka Air Trio
- Too Heavy
- Bulky Adapter
- Charging Speeds Not Future-Proof
- Less Useful for Singular Devices
- Two Connector Versions (USB-C vs. Lightning)
Due to the materials used, it's expected that the dock would be heavy.
I don't mind it so much because the weight is a byproduct of its design, but I could see it turning off consumers. It's not the most travel friendly product though it can fit inside a bag, backpack, carry-on, or suitcase just fine.
You do have to be careful with it; you wouldn't want to drop it on something fragile. Again how heavy it feels will be subjective, however I'm just letting you know that it's not a light weight product.
A big, heavy product may naturally have a bulky adapter to match.
The multi-charging functionality will require a large adapter because we're talking about various charging speeds, connectors, and devices working together.
Honestly I'm not sure they could've done this differently.
The adapter takes up two outlets and it won't fit in your pocket, so if that bothers you then you've been warned.
Charging Speeds Not Future-Proof
I've mentioned this before, but I'd like to briefly reiterated how Samsung already launched a 25W charger and how that power is likely to go up.
The 18W/10W connector/wireless outputs are good today, but they're not very future-proof when the next big thing is right around the corner.
Less Useful for Singular Devices
If you own one phone or device, then I don't recommend this product.
This is a charging dock, and it was created to charge several devices at a time. There are plenty of single-use wired/wireless chargers available that will be much less expensive than this product and more suitable for you.
I recommend trying the Lecone or Choetech wireless chargers that I've reviewed. Those two are excellent options for single devices and each have one or two special features that differentiate them.
Two Connector Versions (USB-C vs. Lightning)
While I like that consumers will have the option to choose which connector to use, you're also missing out either way.
Now granted the dock has a large wireless charging pad built-in, but the output will be about half of the connector's power.
There are adapters available for 10 to 15 bucks that'll convert USB-C/Lightning to Lightning/USB-C/Micro-USB, but I wish other options were already included. Perhaps they could've had a button that would've switched out the two connectors when needed.
Still, this doesn't change my favorable opinion of this product; it's merely a suggestion.
Pitaka Air Trio: Final Review
The Air Trio has outdone its competitors, and it really is the world's first wireless charging dock for your Apple & Android devices.
I give the Pitaka Air Trio: The World's First Wireless Charging Dock 4.75 out of 5 stars.
I've been extremely impressed with the Pitaka charging dock, and it has exceeded my expectations. I've been using it as my go to charging station in my home and office and it hasn't disappointed me yet.
It keeps my devices fully loaded, and I don't have to get entangled by dozens of charging cables. Everything gets charged how & when I want them to, and I can tell this product will last a very long time.
Is it for everyone...no...but nothing ever is.
I've dinged the product slightly for its size but I also acknowledged how important it was for stability and functionality.
If you're an Apple user, then I would 100% recommend this product. It'll charge any iPad, iPhone, AirPod, or Apple Watch you have to the point where dongle-gate will be left in the dust.
As for everyone else, I still highly recommend this dock because it's innovative, highly useful, and far superior than what's out there. The Pitaka Air Trio is truly the world's first wireless charging dock and it'd be a shame not to give it a first look.
To learn more about Pitaka products, the Air Trio, including Kickstarter updates and how you can save $100 at launch, please go to ipitaka.com
FlourishAnyway from USA on July 05, 2019:
Your review of this product is thorough as always and given its final rating it demands a good look by consumers, especially Apple users like me.
Liz Westwood from UK on July 04, 2019:
You give this a good score after a thorough workout, which is praise indeed.