BentoStack Charge

Bento Stack with a built in wireless charger for iPhone.

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Function101’s BentoStack Charge takes organization and mobile productivity to a higher level with its next generation BentoStack Apple Accessory Organizer. Integrating a Qi-wireless charger and 5000mAh power bank into the Top Cover of the BentoStack, users now have one solution to stay organized and charged, both on the road and on their workspace.

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Aleksander Skjoelsvik
Mike Smart
Ruben Mirzoyan
 
  • Aleksander Skjoelsvik
    Aleksander SkjoelsvikI like making things
    Pros: 

    • Integrated wireless charging cover

    • Fits 87W MacBook Pro chargers

    • Outside material feels good

    • Many compartments

    Cons: 

    • Need to use rubber bands to hold together

    • How you need to roll up MacBook charging cable

    • Size/ weight

    • Need to use lids

    I saw this on the front-page of ProductHunt a while back and decided to give it a try due to the 25% discount. I received the unit a little under a week back.

    Overall I'm unfortunately disappointed with my purchase and will probably not be using it moving forward, but due to factors I should've considered before spending almost $100 (including shipping) on it.

    My biggest gripe with it is the rubber band you use to hold the entire thing together. Putting this on and off is a process in and of itself, and therefore makes using the BentoStack a cumbersome process. When I'm at a café and need to charge my laptop, the last thing I wanna do is pull this up and start fiddling with the rubber band while knocking over drinks left and right. Reassembling it is also a challenge. Furthermore, when not-in-use, the rubber band is just laying on your desk cluttering it up. It'd be much better if the compartments themselves had some snapping mechanism that prevented the need for the rubber bands altogether.

    Furthermore, due to the width of the unit, you need to wrap your cables super tightly. This is especially difficult with the rather stiff MacBook Pro USB-C charging cable. I've spent an embarrassing amount of time rolling up the cable, only to realize it's not small enough, and then having to redo it. I also question how good this is for the cable, as after using the BentoStack my charging cable is now rather curly.

    For me, the lids are useless. They're meant to hold an iPad (or other similarly sized) pencil and Apple Watch bands, but I have neither. They can also double as an iPhone stand, albeit very very vertically so. Instead, I'd love a completely flat lid so I can put the extra iPhone I need to carry around for development in there. At the very least, the compartments themselves should fit together so I don't need to struggle with yet another piece. The way it is now, a lid is required between the compartments.

    It's also significantly bulkier (both in terms of size and weight) than I expected, and barely fit in my backpack.

    On the bright side, I do love the idea of having a visually appealing unit that can hold all your cables and gadgets, while doubling as a wireless charger and phone stand. Unfortunately due to how cumbersome this product is to use, I will not be using it moving forward. What once took a few seconds (retrieving/ packing down cables and chargers) is now a huge process that I'd rather be without.

    Aleksander Skjoelsvik has used this product for one week.

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Elena ZhizhimontovaPro@zelena · Co-Founder, TogethAR | Developer+Artist
Looks interesting! Would be nice for traveling - curious, how much does this box weigh?
Mike Smart
Mike SmartHunter@mike_smart · VP @ Greenline
@zelena HI Elena! With the battery charge cover, Bentostack Charge weighs 1.125 lbs. It is also modular so if you do not need both storage compartments, you can lighten the load and take the charge cover and one compartment. We are offering a Product Hunt Discount of 25% off your order with the promo code PH25 on htttps://function101.com.
Aleksander Skjoelsvik
Aleksander Skjoelsvik@alekplay · I like making things
Does this fit the 87W 15" MacBook Pro charger as well?
Mike Smart
Mike SmartHunter@mike_smart · VP @ Greenline
@alekplay Hi there and great question!​ It sure does. The 87W sits in the bottom compartment. It was designed specifically to fit this adapter!
Aleksander Skjoelsvik
Aleksander Skjoelsvik@alekplay · I like making things
@mike_smart Shipping is quite stiff at $10, but I got it. Looking forward to cleaning up the cable mess in my backpack!
Mike Smart
Mike SmartHunter@mike_smart · VP @ Greenline
@alekplay Thanks for the support and hope you enjoy it. Would love your feedback once you had a chance to put it to use!
Babken Karapetyan
Babken Karapetyan@babken_karapetyan · Innovation is a Memetic Evolution
How much this cost?
Mike Smart
Mike SmartHunter@mike_smart · VP @ Greenline
@babken_karapetyan Hi there Babken. It costs $99.95 but we have a promo code of PH25 which gives you 25% off your order. Thank you for the support!
David Sanchez
David Sanchez@david_sanchez3
where can I order?
Mike Smart
Mike SmartHunter@mike_smart · VP @ Greenline
@david_sanchez3 you can order at https://function101.com and use the promo code PH25 to get 25% off your order!
Karine Darbinyan
Karine Darbinyan@karine_darbinyan · Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Very useful thing! Thank you, idea-generator😊
Karine Darbinyan
Karine Darbinyan@karine_darbinyan · Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Where and for which price you plan to sale it?
Mike Smart
Mike SmartHunter@mike_smart · VP @ Greenline
@karine_darbinyan The complete BentoStack Charge is $99.95 at https://function101.com and we have a 25% coupon code with PH25 for Product Hunters!
Mike Smart
Mike SmartHunter@mike_smart · VP @ Greenline
@karine_darbinyan Thank you Karine!