Benks Grand Pro Headphone Stand review – Hang your headphones while you charge your phone
EXAM There’s no shortage of headsets, but if you want to support the full length of the headband of your AirPod Max headphones, I haven’t seen any that do so as well as Benks’ Grand Pro headset stand. That’s not the stand’s only feature either, so dive into the review with me and take a closer look.
What is that?
The Benks Grand Pro is a headphone stand as the name suggests, but inside the base is a 15W wireless charger to charge your phone or other Qi-enabled device.
What’s in the box?
- charging base
- Helmet Hanger
- Hex key and mounting screws
- USB-C cable
- instruction manual
Materials: PC/ABS, silicone and chrome zinc alloy
Wireless: Qi charging 15w
Cable: USB-C (bring your own power adapter)
Design and features
As a headphone stand purely, there are a few features worth noting about the Benks Grand Pro Headphone Stand. First, the headband cradle is curved specifically to match the curve of Apple’s AirPods Max.
The hanger support rod leans forward placing the center of gravity directly in the middle of the weighted base giving it a solid stance.
A silicone pad under the base prevents the stand from moving, which is useful with heavier headphones.
Additionally, a Qi charger is included in the base of the Benks Grand Pro Headphone Stand and will quickly charge compatible devices up to 15W when connected to a suitable power adapter.
Insert the stand post into the square hole on the top of the base.
Then, flip the base over and install the retention screw until snug with the included hex wrench.
The final step is to connect the USB-C cable to the port on the back of the stand and to a nearby USB-C power source. (I’m using a different cable in this photo because I needed a longer length. The one included is only about 3 feet). To charge a Qi-enabled device, center it on the small cross graphic above the Benks logo on the base.
When placed correctly, a small white LED will appear just below the Benks logo. Note that your device’s Qi coil may not be centered, so you may need to adjust the placement for charging to begin.
As a headphone stand, the Benks Grand Pro Headphone Stand does its job well. I tried it with a number of different headphones and it worked fine with all of them. Headphones with very round profile headbands work best.
If you have a pair of AirPods Max, you’ll get a headband holder that matches the headband perfectly without any sharp edges that could potentially damage the soft stretchy mesh that Apple uses on the headband.
You can see how well he mates in this photo.
Note that the Benks Grand Pro Headphone Stand does not charge your AirPods Max headphones (nor does it claim to do so). You will need to continue charging them the same way you always have. The main thing to note is that the stand doesn’t include any magnets or features to put the headphones into low-power mode. Again, there’s no claim that this is the case, but it would be nice to have a fix for that battery drain when out of the funky storage case. Your headphones will look fine hanging there, but it’s not worth much if they’re dead when you go to use them, so be prepared to run another cable and keep your headphones plugged in when not used.
The Benks Grand Pro headphone stand, however, has a Qi charger in the base, so you can easily charge your phone or other Qi-enabled device. Below you can see that the white LED on the stand indicates charging status, while my hearing aids indicate that each earbud and the case have power. I had no issues using the wireless charging feature with a number of different devices.
What I like
- Clean minimalist design
- Headband holder specially designed for AirPods Max
- The base has a built-in Qi charger
What I would change
- Add Sleep Magnet for AirPods Max
- Include an AC adapter so customers won’t connect a low-power adapter and miss high-speed charging.
- A longer charging cable would be nice
There are many ways to store or display your headphones. The Benks Grand Pro Headphone Stand does a great job of this. It will also wirelessly charge your phone or other Qi devices. However, your AirPods Max headphones won’t go into hibernate mode when suspended, so be sure to use a separate cable to keep them charged.