Native Union’s Apple Watch charging solution, dubbed the “Anchor,” is definitely winning in one category: its simplicity. The new accessory is neither a stand nor a dock, but more of a pad designed to nestle an Apple Watch charger and act as a dedicated area for users to rest their Apple Watches on to give them power. It’s a stripped-down approach that makes the Anchor endearing, but ultimately also keeps it from becoming a front-runner in the budget-minded Apple Watch charging solution market.
The Anchor is crafted in two separate parts, with a non-slip silicone acting as the base for a weighted zinc alloy for resting the Apple Watch on. The two halves come apart for installation, which is a simple process thanks to the ease with which the silicone base forms around Apple’s inductive charging puck. It’ll also be a breeze for those who travel frequently, since the Anchor’s small footprint and minuscule weight (3.2 ounces) should be easily accommodated in a travel bag.
Due to its flat build, it should be mentioned that the Anchor’s small size is a bit deceptive initially, as its 2-or-so inches become anywhere between 10 to 12 inches (depending on Band size) once the Apple Watch lays on the dock. And given its design, the Anchor doesn’t elevate the Apple Watch above and away from a desk’s clutter while being charged — as many other docks successfully achieve — instead tending to add to any clutter.