Review: Scosche’s Modular BaseLynx is a Useful All-in-One Charging Solution

iPhone and Mac accessory maker Scosche in 2019 came out with a novel all-in-one charging solution, the BaseLynx, which is a modular charging system that can be customized for the devices that you have.


Scosche sells its BaseLynx in Apple retail stores, offering two modular kits along with add-ons that let it be set up to charge the Apple Watch, ‌iPhone‌, iPads, and more. Individual pieces are priced starting at $40, while full charging kits go for $149 to $199.

Because the setup is modular, you can purchase chargers just for the devices that you own. If you have an ‌Apple Watch‌ and an ‌iPhone‌, for example, you can get just those chargers, but if you have an iPad, you can add a USB-C endcap or a vertical charging station.


It's customizable to your setup, and individual pieces are reasonably priced for the most part, though some are a little more expensive than you might pay for a standalone charger from another company. Basically the pieces are on the higher end of average prices for individual charging components.

Scosche offers the Apple version of the BaseLynx in an exclusive white and gray color, while the version sold on the Scosche site comes in black. Scosche sent me the standard charging kit, which includes an MFi-certified ‌Apple Watch‌ charger, a 7.5W Qi-wireless charging pad, and a vertical charging station that can charge three devices at once.


Each piece of the BaseLynx is made from a white plastic material with gray accents, and the pieces snap together and can be arranged in different configurations. Size wise, the charging components are a bit big and this setup is going to take up a lot of desk space. I would have liked to see less superfluous plastic around the border and on the pieces in general, because slimming some of the components down would have saved a lot of surface area.


The ‌Apple Watch‌ charger, for example, is about as large as the ‌iPhone‌ charger, and bigger than it needs to be. Even the wireless ‌iPhone‌ charger on its own is quite a bit bigger than some of the other wireless ‌iPhone‌ chargers that I own. On the plus side, the entire unit is powered by a single power cord, so that does save some plug space. It does not ship with cables, so you're going to need to supply your own. To avoid lots of excess cable, you'll probably want smaller 1-meter and 0.5-meter cables to use with it.


The Qi-based wireless charging pad offers 7.5W of power, so it can charge an ‌iPhone‌ at the maximum wireless charging speed. Wireless charging is best for charging at night or during the day when you don't need your phone because it's slow. Expect to get around 25 to 40 percent battery over the course of an hour depending on the temperature conditions and which ‌iPhone‌ you have (larger batteries like the ones in the iPhone 11 line are going to take longer). I liked the gray fabric of the charger and my ‌iPhone‌ (and AirPods) stayed securely in place when charging.


For the vertical charging station, there are three gray rubber sections to hold your devices, along with two 12W USB-A ports and one 18W USB-C port. More and more devices use USB-C these days, so I would have preferred to see two USB-C ports rather than two USB-A ports. That may not be the case for everyone, but even for the ‌iPhone‌, I prefer USB-C to Lightning over the slower USB-A charging. The slots are big enough to fit a device as large as the iPad Pro or even a MacBook Pro, but since this charges at a maximum of 18W, it's best used with iPhones, iPads, and similar sized devices like the Nintendo Switch.


In testing, all of the ports and the charging surfaces worked as expected, and I ran into no unexpected problems with the setup. I only had a few components, but there is an option to add on more. It's a bit confusing, though, because Scosche doesn't make it super clear how many modules can fit together.


Each component is assigned a point value, and a single power cord can support 15 points. For reference, an ‌Apple Watch‌ charger is one point, the Wireless Charging Pad is two points, an EndCap is three points, and the vertical charging station is five points. The setup that I have here to test is a total of eight points, which means I could add an EndCap and another wireless charger in the future.

Bottom Line


The modular setup of the BaseLynx is useful, and the range of available charging options makes it easy to build a charging station that works for the devices that you own. It's also easy to upgrade as you get new devices or as new modular components are added.

I'm a fan of the single power cable because I hate cords, but I wish the design was a little sleeker and slimmer, especially for components like the ‌Apple Watch‌ charger. This charging station is not going to fit on smaller desks and counters because of how much space that it takes up, so it's not really a space saving solution.

With a kit priced starting at $150, it's also quite expensive, but the cost can be amortized by purchasing the charging components piece by piece over time for those who don't want to pay the full price right away. The components (minus the EndCap) all work on a standalone basis.

I hope in the future that Scosche will add alternative components that have additional USB-C ports, as that's the one area where it falls a bit short.

How to Buy


The standard black BaseLynx setup can be purchased from the Scosche website or from Amazon with multi-device kits starting at $90. The white BaseLynx setup can be purchased exclusively from Apple.
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Apple Stores Now Selling Scosche’s BaseLynx Modular Charging System

Apple's online store and select Apple retail stores are now selling Scosche's BaseLynx Modular Charging System, which features different device charging components that can be paired together to form a charging base.


The BaseLynx Modular Charging System can be purchased in a kit or piece by piece, and there are four different options available:

  • MFi-certified Apple Watch charger, which works in Nightstand mode).

  • Qi wireless charging pad for iPhones and AirPods.

  • Vert charging station that charges three devices at once with one 18W USB-C port and two 12W USB-A ports.

  • Charging EndCap, which fits on the end and includes an 18W USB-C port and a 12W USB-A port. The EndCap is the one component that doesn't work alone.
Apple is selling the Scosche BaseLynx Modular Charging System Kit for $149.95 and the BaseLynx Modular Charging System Pro Kit for $199.95.


The standard kit includes the ‌Apple Watch‌ module, Qi module, and the vertical charging stand, while the Pro version includes those three modules along with the EndCap charger.


Each portion of the BaseLynx can also be purchased separately at prices ranging from $39.95 to $69.95, so customers can build a setup piece by piece.

There are only four charging modules at this time, but Scosche plans to build additional modules in the future that will integrate with the existing modules.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a ‘MagicMount Pro Charge’ Wireless Charger for iPhone From Scosche

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Scosche to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's MagicMount Pro Charge wireless chargers.

Priced at $69.99, the MagicMount Pro Charge is a versatile, upright wireless charging mount that can go anywhere, offering charging capabilities and easy access to the iPhone wherever it might be.


You can use the MagicMount Pro Charge on a desk, in the car for access to maps, in the kitchen for viewing recipes, and more.

The MagicMount Pro uses magnets to hold your iPhone in place, with no base or cradle required, keeping it at an optimum viewing height with an unobscured display and accessible ports.


There are magnets built into the MagicMount Pro Charge, which work with a metal MagicPlate that attaches to the iPhone. The magnets do not impede wireless charging, with the MagicMount Pro Charge offering 7.5W charging for Apple devices and 10W charging for Android devices.

The MagicPlate attaches to the back of an iPhone or an iPhone case using an adhesive, with the iPhone plate able to be easily removed.


A StickGrip suction base at the bottom makes sure the MagicMount stays in place while you're using it, and the charging portion can be swiveled, rotated, or tilted so you can adjust your iPhone's display to where you want it.


A power adapter is included with the MagicMount Pro Charge, with the cord routed through the base of the device. As with most wireless chargers, foreign object detection is included to prevent accidents from overheating.


MagicMount Pro Charge is Qi-certified and has been laboratory tested to ensure safety, energy efficiency, interoperability, and more. The charger works with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, and XS Max.

We have eight of Scosche's MagicMount Pro Charge accessories to give away. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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CES 2019: Scosche Launches New Qi-Based Wireless Charging Options

Scosche today announced the launch of several new products that make Qi wireless charging easier and more convenient for Apple's iPhone 8 and later.

MagicMount Charge 3


The new Qi-compatible 10W MagicMount Charge 3 is the latest MagicMount product from Scosche, and it's now available with a unique vent mount that features an articulated swing arm so it doesn't impede airflow from a vehicle's vent.

The MagicMount Charge 3 is able to offer up the convenience of a vent mount without the usual drawback of blocking the vent, and it also rotates 360 degrees so your iPhone can be viewed from any angle. The swing arm offers up additional positional options for a customized fit for each vehicle.


An iPhone attaches to the MagicMount Charge3 using Neodymium magnets, and the stand has been designed with a thermal management gap that between the phone and the mount to allow heated air to disperse.

There are a total of four mounting options for the MagicMount Charge3, including the aforementioned vent mount, a dash mount that uses adhesive, StickGrip mount for the window or the dash, and a double pivot option for more versatility.

The MagicMount Charge 3 will be available in spring 2019. Pricing has not yet been announced.

MagicGrip Charge Wireless Charging Mount


The 10W MagicGrip Charge Qi Mount, designed for use in the car, is a motorized charging stand that uses a sensor to detect when a Qi-enabled device is nearby.

When a Qi device like an iPhone is aligned with the charging coil of the accessory, the arms of the mount automatically close to hold it securely in place while you drive. The charging head is designed to offer full 360-degree rotation, letting users view the device in landscape and portrait orientations.


There are four mounting options for the MagicGrip, including a dash mount that uses an adhesive grip material, a grip mount with swing arm, a window/dash StickGrip base, and a Double Pivot option that offers more versatility.

Scosche's MagicGrip Charge Wireless Charging Mount will be available in fall 2019. Pricing has not been announced.

BaseLynx Charging System


Scosche's BaseLynx system is a multi-device charging dock designed to support multiple Apple products at once, including an iPads, iPhones, and the Apple Watch. The BaseLynx consists of several different modules that can be paired together to meet each person's needs.


Modules include a 10W Qi wireless fast charging dock for the iPhone, an Apple Watch charging option that uses your own Apple Watch charging puck, a vertical power station that holds and charges three devices with two USB-A outlets and one USB-C outlet, and an end cap that offers up additional USB-A and 18W power delivery outlets.


The USB-C ports on the device can be used for charging the iPad Pro and fast charging the iPhone with a USB-C to Lightning cable. Each of the different modules comes with an AC power cord and two end caps to allow them to be used on a standalone basis.

Scosche's BaseLynx system will debut in spring 2019. Pricing has not yet been announced.


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Review: Scosche’s Magic Mount Pro Charge Refuels iPhone in Your Car or on Your Desk

I've never been a fan of magnetized iPhone mounts in cars because they require special iPhone cases that stick to the base of the mount to keep the smartphone in place. Since I enjoy using Apple's own leather and silicone cases, I haven't had the urge to ditch a case for one that would be compatible with a car mount.

Although Scosche's Magic Mount Pro Charge still requires a few unruly magnetic accessories to use, it's come close to convincing me that I need to make a few concessions so that I can get the advantages of hands-free iPhone use in my car. The Magic Mount also doubles as a Qi-enabled charging platform, so it will work with any compatible smartphone or case.


The Magic Mount comes with two options for installation: a suction cup with an extended reach (for the upper dash board or lower windshield) and a shorter arm with a sticky pad (for the infotainment center area). The initial unboxing and setup for the Magic Mount is a bit overwhelming, with nearly a dozen different parts and accessories making up the process: a magnetic case mount, magnetic smartphone mount, wire clip cable organizers, suction mount, sticky mount, charging pad, 12V car power adapter, micro-USB to USB charging cable, and even cleaning wipe to prepare the intended area for the mount.

The charging pad itself attaches easily to the two mount attachments with a ball and screw "tension collar" system. You then can attach the micro-USB cable into the charging pad, and feed the cord into the car adapter to enable wireless charging when you place your phone on the pad. As a note, Scosche also provided me with a separate fast car charger, which features both a USB-C and USB-A port to charge two devices simultaneously. I found both this car charger and the charger included with the Magic Mount (which has just a single USB-A connection) to be reliable throughout my testing period.

Attaching the mounts to an iPhone or case (left, middle), and the finished product (right)

For the magnetic mounts, you have to choose between placing them directly on your smartphone or on a case. For obvious reasons I didn't want to attach a large black magnetic pad to the back of my iPhone X (Scosche does promise this is completely safe), so I opted for the case option. This includes placing two smaller magnetic rectangles on the back of a case of your choosing, which will help magnetize the iPhone to the charging pad and enable Qi charging through compatible cases (which are pretty much any thin iPhone cases, including all of Apple's first party leather and silicone options).

The installation process for the magnetic strips was easy enough, since Scosche provides a helpful paper guide with arrows that point you where to place the strips depending on the size of your iPhone or Android phone. Once you have the alignment right, you remove a film on the back of the measurement tool, press hard to attach the magnets, and when it's removed your case will have two new magnetic pads permanently attached to the back. The process appears largely the same for attaching directly to an iPhone. Scosche says these are neodymium rare-earth magnets and 100% safe for all smartphones.
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