There are many wireless charging devices out there, and we have another chance to review one of them. This one is the PowerPort Qi 10W from Anker.
The Anker PowerPort allows for 10W fast charging. This one charges Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 7, S7／S7edge, and S6 edge＋, but I’ve seen reviews for iPhone X as well. If it’s a device with wireless charging capabilities, Anker has your back. You’ll know if your device isn’t compatible if you lay it on the charger and get a rapid blink on the LED lights around the edge.
When I attempted to charge my phone, I noticed that it didn’t charge as fast as I thought it would. I then read that you need a Quick Charge adapter (not included) for Fast Charge 10w mode. I mean, it works if you plug it into a USB port, but don’t expect spectacular speed. Also to note that if you use your device while it’s charging, it might overheat.
The nice features of the charger is that it is small and relatively slip-proof. The dim blue LED lights around the edge will tell you the status of your charge. There is a thermoplastic elastomer coat on top and the foot pads on bottom to prevent slipping of the phone and the surface you place it on.
All-in-all, it’s a device that will simplify the charging of your device, and it has the benefit of being compact.
The listing price on the Anker site is $25.99. You can get a Quick Charge adapter with a single USB port for about $16 on Amazon.com.
Oh man, it has been way too long since I reviewed a Mophie product! The last time was the Outride, and this company has been making some great stuff for a long time! Today, it something that I am very familiar with, the Wireless Charging Base.
I’m sure that name should give you a more than adequate description. If you are somehow unfamiliar with a wireless charging platform, they have this Qi technology that allows you to just put your mobile down on it, and suddenly, you can charge your device. You can do it pretty quickly at up to 7.5W.
So, I had the chance to try it out. It says that it is good for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and other Qi-enabled devices, but I tried it out on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8. The S8 worked fine, and it even had a case on it. As for the S7, I found that I had to lay it on the Wireless Charging Base in a certain way to get it to work. What really surprised me is that I was able to wirelessly charge my LG G6. I had no idea that it was capable of that.
So, I guess the moral of this story is if your smartphone isn’t set-up for wireless charging, then it probably actually is. Yeah, I’m just hoping that all smartphones are capable of wireless charging eventually. It used to be that you had to buy something like a Powermat and get some weird contraption for your phone.
As of now, you can purchase the Wireless Charging Base from the Mophie site for about $59.95.
It would appear that our friends from TYLT, makers of the Alin, are up to their old wireless charging tricks with the VU SOLO.
Now I have covered wireless chargers before, and I might as well go into the whole schtick I do about how every family should have a wireless charger because we can just put the mobile device on the charger and forget about it…blah, blah, blah. So yeah, the VU SOLO plugs into a USB, the micro USB plugs into the pad, and then you put the mobile device that is Qi powered.
So what makes this different? Well, different phones have their charging coil in different places, and sometimes, if you don’t set the phone down in the right way then it won’t charge at all. Fortunately, the VU SOLO has an adjustable “fence” on its cord so you can place it right. Okay, that didn’t make much sense, so I’ll just let the video after the jump explain it.
In addition to that cord feature, the SOLO has some kind of sticky stuff on the surface so it will hold still on the table, or wherever it is.
Okay, if my press contact is correct, the VU SOLO should be out right now. It is available here, and this probably won’t be the last time that I write about it. I plan to do a hands-on review of it, right before the holidays.