UPDATE 23/08/2016: Kickstarter campaign surpassed first funding goal.
Enblue Technology is a German company that designs and manufactures charging docks for Apple devices. Their current lineup consists of the X1, W2 and W3 docks, capable of charging an iPhone, an iPhone and an Apple Watch, and an iPhone, an iPad and an Apple Watch respectively. The most prominent feature of them is how gorgeous they look and how seamlessly they integrate with Apple’s design, so much so that they look like they could have been designed by Apple itself.
Enblue is presenting a new product and is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter. Their newest product is called the EVOLUS and aims to be a future-proof solution for charging future generation Apple Watches along with two other iDevices. I can’t say I’m not hooked: I’ve been in the market for a decent charging solution that doesn’t make a mess with cable clutter for a long time and I can’t wait to see how the EVOLUS will fare.
The most prominent features of the EVOLUS is the modular nature of its smartwatch stand, which allows the user to remove it and use it on the go. Enblue also allows for preordering only the smartwatch charger, in case you don’t need the whole dock. EVOLUS also features two Lightning (or, in the MB model, micro USB) plugs to charge two other devices, and has a USB port on the side to charge a fourth device. This port is rated at 2.4 A, so it should provide enough power to charge even the most power-hungry tablet.
I read the Kickstarter presentation estensively and that left me with a few unanswered questions. I got in touch with Enblue’s CEO Michael Schöning and he kindly addressed my questions in a friendly and professional way. My questions regarded the product’s ability for future expansion through the side USB port and the ability to swap out the smartwatch stand for a different module. Michael admitted that these are things they plan to work on after the launch, estimated to happen this November. What is even more interesting is the ability to set the height of the factory-installed Lightning connectors for micro USB ones, thanks to their newly-developed system which is undergoing patent registration.
I would’ve liked to see the dock feature a couple of speakers to listen to music while the devices are charging, but Enblue feels that with Bluetooth speakers becoming more and more common, adding them to the unit wasn’t worth it. They said, however, that the optional acrylic pencil stand can be replaced with other accessories, among which will probably be a speaker unit.
I’m very curious to see how Enblue’s offering will fare in the market and if it will meet my expectations. In the meanwhile, those who are interested in receiving theirs early can help fund the project on Kickstarter.
As of August 23rd the EVOLUS has surpassed its first funding goal.