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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing A Wireless Charger


Ok, so wireless charging is cool, it's true.  However, what isn't so cool is when you end up buying a wireless charger that ends up being rubbish: Imagine picking up your phone from the wireless charger only to find that the battery is still flat!  Or it can only charge one phone at a time while you have two?  Even though you will see lots of wireless chargers on the market, how many of them are any good?  What do you need to consider before choosing one?  Have no fear; today's article will make everything much clearer.

First thing's first, it's worth taking a look at a few of the popular wireless chargers on the market to see how they stack up.

1. What are your wireless charger options?

It's a common belief that if you stick with a brand that has a good reputation for stuff including charging gear, you can reduce the risk of unexpected charging problems, and you are guaranteed of some sort of aftersales service if there is a problem.  While there are many brands out there, only a few make chargers, which are certified, and future proofed.

1) Apple AirPower ($200 or so)

What makes Apple stand out from the crowd is that they usually pursue themselves path when making mind-blowing gadgets, they have a habit of leaving other manufacturers in their dust.  The question with the Apple AirPower is, what makes it so popular?  There was no mention of it in this September's Apple event, and more importantly, Apple has pretty much removed all word of it from their website? Ok I know soon there will be another Apple Event on this 30 October, will they ever lease this time, let's see!

airepower

Well, in case you are wondering, the AirPower enables you to charge multiple devices wirelessly, like the latest iPhone, the Apple Watch, and the AirPods, just by placing them anywhere on its surface, simultaneously.

Whilst it's revolutionary, Apple's first attempt on a wireless charging dock has been met with some considerable delay, and it has some inherent flaws.

2) Samsung Wireless Charger Duo ($119.99)

Samsung has been promoting wireless charging for quite a few years now, as a long-time competitor of Apple.  The Duo comes as Apple continues to work on its AirPower mat and if there were to be a charger, which could match the Airpower, it should be this one.  The Duo is capable of charging either two Qi-compatible phones simultaneously or a phone and the Galaxy Watch, both charging areas support fast wireless charging. Granted, it will only charge two devices at once instead of three, but still, it's a step up from where Apple is at the moment.

Samsung Duo

3) Wyrex ($59)

The Wyrex is another multi-charging unit that follows the wireless charging trends.  It can charge up to 4 devices including the iPhone, the Apple Watch, the AirPods, as well as many Android phones.

Wyrex

Obviously, it's the charger that can handle the most devices at once. Compared to the Airpower, you can adjust the viewing angle slightly, although your devices are not fixed on the charger, so you need to be careful that they don't slip off.

4) Belkin 'Boost Up' wireless charging pad ($49.95)

The Belkin 'Boost UP' is one of a very few wireless chargers authorized by Apple, and also one of the first companies to come out with a faster 7.5W wireless charger for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus after they were launched, it can also handle any compatible Android phone effortlessly.

Belkin

It should come as no surprise that Belkin takes up a competitive position among those common third-party wireless chargers, although it can only charge one device at a time.

5) PITAKA MagDock (was $39 on Kickstarter)

With similar functionality to the Airpower, the MagDock is a wireless charger that can charge 3 devices simultaneously: an iPhone (or Android phone), an Apple Watch, and a set of AirPods on its surface.  

However, the MagDock is somewhat more advanced than the Airpower, and it doesn't suffer the same limitations:

PITAKA MagDock

A. Using your Phone whilst charging.  You can adjust the viewing angle of your phone when in need.

B. Attach and Charge.  The MagDock has magnets inside, every time you place your phone on the charging pad, the phone is automatically aligned to ensure that charging is successful and you don't end up with a flat battery.

C. The MagDock also has a built-in power bank in case of the emergency situation, and it enables you to be able to charge your devices on the go when you can't connect to a mains socket.

D. Other functions can be found here.

Ok, so that is a look at some of the most popular wireless chargers out there, but which one should you go for?  What do you need to look for to choose the right one?

2. What should you look for in a wireless charger?

Even though wireless is the most convenient way to charge, it still has several aspects that need improvement.  There are a few common problems, for example, heating and slower charging speed where wireless charging technology is still limited.  The following 6 points should help you to choose the right charger.

1) Is it really charging your phone?

OK, so you might be of the opinion that you don't need to use your phone whilst it is wirelessly charging, but unless you are constantly checking that it is charging, you might not be aware of your naughty cat accidentally knocking the phone out of alignment with the charging pad so that it stops charging.  Typically though, you will only find out when you go to grab your phone and find a flat battery, am I right?

Cup-Crash

So a charger that can automatically locate and steady your phone on the charging pad is more likely to win.  And it might get ahead even more if it charges your device with a simple put action instead of having to adjust it several times, making it far more reliable.

2)  Does it support fast charging?

Fast charging is still a little controversial.  For example, Apple's bundled wall plug delivers 5-watt charging via a Lightning cable, whilst the aforementioned Belkin pad can charge at 7.5 watts, although at present, the new iPhones don't yet support that rate.

Quick Charge

Even so, fast charging has become the must-have feature for a wireless charger. And unfortunately, the majority of charging pads and stands don't specify their power output. So if you want a little future proofing in the form of support for fast charging, you should go for a charger that explicitly states 10-watt output or better.

3) Does it support for multi-devices?

Wireless chargers with multi-device support are becoming more popular.  They are far more convenient, and it means that you do not need to be concerned about fiddling with different cables when you need to charge all your devices.  But how many devices do you have, how many does the charger need to support?

Imagine you have an iPhone X, a Samsung S9 and an Apple watch, and you have invested in a Belkin charging pad.  You need to catch a flight urgently, and you have forgotten to charge all 3 devices ahead of time. So, what do you do?  Well, you could try to charge them on the airplane or take a power bank, but you will end up charging them one by one, which can take a long time and end up being fiddly.

Multiple Charging

4) Can you use your device whilst charging?

Ok, if you need to use your Phone, which one of these do you think is going to hold your device securely, a magnetic car mount or a simple wireless charging pad? I suspect you guessed correctly, the magnetic car mount will hold the phone securely, whilst your phone will slide all of the places on the simple wireless charger.

A charging stand needs to hold your phone upright or at an angle so that it's easier to see messages or notifications or to watch videos whilst charging.  A wireless charger that is adjustable for portrait or landscape mode or multiple angles will be so much more useful than those can only lay flat on a desk or table.

Dacetime When Charging

5) It's better to be portable.

There are many wireless charging technologies committed to keeping your devices running 24/7, but are they really up to the task?

If you are a heavy smartphone user and you need to charge it often, you might have to consider carrying around a power bank or perhaps setting up a few wireless chargers, although it could get quite pricey to do and it's not the most convenient thing to have to do.

What you really need is a portable wireless charger that has a built-in power bank, to keep your phone charged whenever, wherever.

Packing-Magdock

6) Does it have good aesthetics?

There are a wide variety of different styles available when it comes to wireless chargers, some big, some small, some curved and some flat.  When it comes to aesthetics, it's worth considering the look of the charger, especially if you want to place it somewhere like your desk or beside the table.

If you want a wireless charger for travel, size and features are also important.  It's worth finding a charger which can support all the devices you carry as well as being able to be stored in a suitable travel case.

MagDock

3. So which one to choose?

OK, so now that we've gone through the most important aspects you need to consider when choosing a wireless charger, how do you validate these against the 5 most popular chargers and how do you choose the best one for you?

Well, I've made a table sheet for you to decide.

Keep in mind that all the answers are based on their actual functions.

 

Does it support multi-devices?

Can you use your device while charging?

Is it really charging your phone?

Is it portable?

Does it support fast charging?

How's the size and aesthetics?

AirPower

Yes

No

No

Yes*

No*

Yes

Duo

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

Wyrex

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

No

MagDock

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Belkin

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Please note: *means that the answer can vary from person to person.

As you can tell, except for the PITAKA MagDock, the other 4 chargers tend to fall short in a few areas.  For example, the Airpower, while it may have its competitive advantage in supporting multiple devices, we still do not know if the 22 individual wireless charging coils will lead to heating problems. (Something we will never know until it's launched, which, at the time of writing is as yet unknown).

Furthermore, you probably don't want to grab an AirPower as you can't really use your phone easily whilst it is charging, it does not have a guaranteed method of securely attaching your phone, and as of yet, it doesn't support fast charging.

Oh, and if you were to look at the other chargers we've discussed, say on Google, you would find that they all have their weak points.

So, who is the winner? Which charger is the best wireless charger and which should you spend your hard earned money on?

Simple, it's the PITAKA MagDock.

Video Begining

It charges all your Qi compatible devices including iPhones, Apple Watch and AirPods; it enables you to adjust the viewing angle from portrait to landscape flexibly; it allows you to attach your devices to the MagDock securely and reliably every time, automatically charging straight away; It is supplied with a zip&go travel kit which enables you to charge your devices anytime, anywhere; it's portable in size and its design will not look out of place in the office, the lounge or even the bedside table.

Not to mention its other useful function: a built-in 7500mAh power bank ensuring that you can charge anytime, even if there is no electricity socket around to plug the MagDock into.  It's Compatible with all the Apple watch bands including those that cannot be unbuckled; it can even smart track your charging and let you know whether your iOS & Android device on is charging or not.

All of this in can be found in PITAKA MagDock, your all-in-one wireless charger that you can use to charge anything, anywhere and anytime.

Don't waste your time looking at inferior wireless chargers or those that have yet to be released, and the PITAKA MagDock is the best one you can get, don't miss out!

 

Lily

About the Author

Lily, not just a blogger of PITAKA but also an aficionado of science fiction and fantasy. From books such as Harry Potter to movies such as Interstellar. One of her greatest interests in her daily life is discovering the coolest inventions from various fields especially electronic products.



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