Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station review: Small footprint, big capabilities

in General Discussion edited January 23
The Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station from Case-Mate can simultaneously recharge an iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, and a fourth device in an all-in-one charging system.

Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station
Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station

Made with recycled materials, the power station has wireless power options for three Apple devices, and it also includes a USB-C port to charge an additional device. It works with Qi-compatible products at up to 15W of power.

Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station - Specifications

The iPhone stand has a max output of 15W, though iPhones are limited to 7.5W under Qi without MagSafe, while the AirPods and Apple Watch pads produce 10W and 5W, respectively. The USB-C PD 3.0 port has a maximum output of 20W.

The power station doesn't have a large footprint, so it should be able to fit on most desks and side tables
The power station doesn't have a large footprint, so it should be able to fit on most desks and side tables

There are charging indicators on the power station that light up when a device is charging, with an amber color used when it detects metal objects such as keys or coins. Fuel recommends removing the object and aligning the iPhone on the charger to ensure regular operation.

Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station - Usage

The power station doesn't have a large footprint, so it should be able to fit on most desks and side tables. It measures just under eight inches in length, 3.5 inches in width, and just under 0.5 inches for height.

The charging slot for the iPhone is purely Qi and doesn't have any magnets for MagSafe iPhones -- it just leans there. Like most 15W chargers, it can recharge an iPhone 14 from 0% to 100% in about two hours.

For charging other devices, AirPods Pro reached 100% in roughly two and a half hours, and 3.5 hours for an Apple Watch Series 7. The USB-C port offers more power and cuts the Apple Watch charging time down to about two hours using Apple's USB-C fast charging cable.

It comes with a DC power brick
It comes with a DC power brick

A DC cable with a barrel connector powers the Fuel 4-in-1, which isn't ideal since it has limited usage. We can't think of any other product like this one, with that type of input port. In an age of high-power USB-C, this isn't fabulous.

That said, it's a nice power station, overall, and a good competitor for similar products at its price point. For example, a cursory web search surfaced other 4-in-1 chargers.

We found some that were around $100, and others as high as $180, and they were from well-known brands. Case-Mate is such a brand, and the Fuel power station is a fine addition to their collection.

Adding magnets to the iPhone and AirPods charging components would have been nice, because a wayward pet or child could easily knock devices loose. This reviewer's house has neither of those, however, so that particular situation wasn't available for testing.

Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station - Pros

  • Nice design

  • Every charging pad is fully powered for Apple devices

  • Foreign object detection

Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station - Cons

  • DC connector with barrel connector, versus USB-C

  • MagSafe-like magnets would be nice

Rating: 4 out of 5

Pricing & Availability

The Fuel 4-in-1 Power Station is available from Case-Mate for $150.

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  • Reply 1 of 2
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,072member
    Why bother if it isn’t MagSafe?
  • Reply 2 of 2
    entropys said:
    Why bother if it isn’t MagSafe?
    Totally agree. This seems like a product getting to market much later than originally expected. The competition in the $150 multi-device charging station space has featured MagSafe and its advantages for a while now, not the least of which is 15W charging vs. 7.5W for this non-MagSafe Case-Mate. There's nothing "wrong" with this product, per se--it would have been a great power station three years ago. But it's no longer competitive at the high end $150 price point and I'm surprised by the very generous four star rating. 
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