Raptic Rise Headphone Stand With Wireless Charger

California-based Raptic is probably best known for offering a wide selection of protective smartphone cases — you’ll find the Raptic Terrain featured in my hands-on roundup of cases for the iPhone 13 Pro. Regular readers may also recognize the brand from 2020, when I reviewed the Titan XL portable power station and accompanying Titan 100X folding solar panel. Today, I’m looking at a desktop accessory from the company that covers off three functions at once. The Raptic Rise is a headphone stand with a built-in USB port to keep wireless headphones charged when not in use. And its base is a Qi wireless charge pad.

Raptic Rise Unboxing and Assembly

The Rise headphone stand arrives in two pieces: base and headphone rest. Also included in the box are a power supply and a USB-C cable. The stand is made of machined aluminum with a dark, anodized finish, while the base is a combination of aluminum, plastic, and vegan leather. Assembly is a matter of attaching the rest to the base. Raptic supplies a pair of screws and a hex tool for this purpose. Plug in the USB-C power supply and it’s ready to go.

Padded Headphone Stand

The primary function of a headphone stand is keep your headphones off the desk, reducing clutter. They keep the headphones in easy reach and also serve to show them off. 

The Raptic Rise headphone stand does just fine in this regard. From the top of the stand to the top of the rest is just over nine inches. An arm sticks out from the stand horizontally for about three inches. That should be sufficient space to accommodate pretty much any headphones or headset. On the top of that arm is a silicone pad with notched ends. This serves to protect the headphones’ headband from damage while also keeping the headphones from slipping off. The chunky base (4.0 x 5.1 inches and one inch tall) has enough surface area and weight (the stand tips the scales at 14.7 ounces) that you are highly unlikely to accidentally knock the stand over.

Integrated Qi Wireless Charge Pad and USB Type-A Charge Port 

Where the Raptic Rise differs from most headphone stands is its base. The reason the base is chunky is that it incorporates a 12W Qi wireless charge pad. That’s covered with black vegan leather. It works quite well, but as with any wireless charger, positioning is everything.

With some cases on my iPhone 13 Pro Max — particularly those with aggressive camera protection ridges — it could be a struggle to find a position where wireless charging would work. Other cases were no issue. My wife’s iPhone 11 had no problem at all. When wireless charging is successful, a pinpoint white LED indicator light shows at the front of the base. A red LED shows if you accidentally put something incompatible on the Qi pad.

In addition, the back of the Rise base has a USB Type-A charge port. You can plug into this port to keep wireless headphones charged and ready to go. The bottom of the base can pop off to wind excess USB cable out of sight, keeping the cable tangle to a minimum.

USB Power Supply Included, But Cable Could Be Longer

Raptic actually includes a USB power supply in the box, which is unusual for USB-powered accessories these days. However, the instructions for the Rise warn agains using powered USB ports or any other USB adapters, so you won’t want to lose the included one. 

Raptic also includes the USB-C cable used to connect the Rise to the power adapter. At three feet long it was a little tight trying to reach to the back of my desk and then down the wall to the electrical outlet. A four-foot cable would have given more flexibility in positioning the headphone stand.

Raptic Rise Recommendation

The Raptic Rise is a solid headphone stand that does the job expected with no danger of tipping over. Its dark, anodized aluminum construction gives it a premium look. If you could also use a Qi wireless charge pad on your desk, this stand is well worth considering — it will save space compared to a separate headphone stand and Qi charge pad. At $69.99 it may also save you money over buying both. And its built-in USB Type-A charging port is handy, especially if you’re using the stand with wireless headphones.

However, if you don’t need the Qi or USB charging capabilities, then there are many headphone stand options that are cheaper and less chunky than this one.

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