Anker PowerWave Stand Wireless Charging Dock

Last updated date: November 18, 2020

DWYM Score

9.3

Anker PowerWave Stand Wireless Charging Dock

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We looked at the top Wireless Charging Docks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Charging Dock you should buy.

Editor's Note November 18, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Charging Dock for a detailed review of all the top wireless charging docks.

Overall Take

Twin charging coils enable this wireless charging dock to charge your phone in either portrait or landscape orientations. Propping your phone securely at a comfortable angle, this tool lets you watch videos in landscape mode or use social media and facial recognition in portrait mode.


In our analysis of 11 expert reviews, the Anker Anker PowerWave Stand Wireless Charging Dock placed 2nd when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Twin charging coils let you watch videos in landscape orientation, or stand in portrait mode for web browsing and facial recognition—all while keeping the power flowing. Don’t worry about taking your case off whenever you have to charge. PowerWave delivers charging power directly through cases up to 5 mm thick—including Otterboxes.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.4
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
37,339 user reviews

What experts liked

Doubles as a phone stand. Inexpensive.
- Tech Gear Lab
Sleek and minimal design. Affordable. Easy to set up.
- Lifewire
Small form factor that doesn't take up much space at all.
- Charger Harbor
Light-sensitive sleepers will appreciate that the small blue charging-indicator light isn’t too bright and is easily covered if it’s still too much.
- The New York Times

What experts didn't like

Can only charge a single device at a time. Difficult to charge non-smartphone devices.
- Tech Gear Lab
Slow for iPhone users. Prone to scratches and fingerprints. Bright LED light doesn’t turn off. Short power cord.
- Lifewire
No rubber grips where you place your phone, and that can result in your phone moving around.
- Charger Harbor
Delivered about 20 percent less charge in an hour than the fastest chargers.
- The New York Times

An Overview On Wireless Charging Docks

Wireless chargers are a great way to juice up your devices without dealing with the clutter, compatibility and wear-and-tear issues that come with wired charging. While different devices have different connectors, such as USB-C, Lightning or various magnetic charging points, all modern devices that can be charged wirelessly follow the same wireless charging technology standards.

All the major phone and smart-device manufacturers, such as Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, Google, Motorola and Huawei, use Qi technology for wireless charging. Because of this, any modern wireless charger should be compatible with your phone or smart device.

Since compatibility is generally not an issue, there are other considerations when choosing wireless chargers. One aspect to consider is whether you want a charging pad where devices can lie flat, or a wireless dock that props your phone up so you can continue to use it while it’s charging. Some such docks let you revive your phone in either portrait or landscape orientations, enabling a variety of uses while it’s charging. Some docks even feature the ability to fold flat and charge that way, for a multifunctional, all-in-one experience.

Another consideration is what type of device the wireless charger is optimized for. The charging speed and power of a wireless charger is usually indicated by the wattage at which it can charge particular devices, usually 5W, 7.5W, 10W or even 15W. The charging speed of your phone may also depend on its operating system — for example, an iPhone running iOS 12 or higher charges faster than the same phone running an older version of iOS.

Because of this, charging speeds can vary, but many wireless charging stations are engineered to work best with a specific type of phone, such as Samsung or Apple devices. Choose a wireless charger that is the best fit for the devices in your household.

 

The Wireless Charging Dock Buying Guide

  • Keep in mind phone-case restrictions when choosing a wireless charger. Most case-friendly chargers will specify what thickness and materials of cases it can charge through.
  • Most chargers are not able to charge phones through cases that are made of metal, have magnetic parts or other holders or that contain credit cards.
  • Some cases specify the type of power adapter they require. Some use your device’s native adapter, while others require that you use the adapter packaged with the wireless charger itself.
  • If you have an older device, it may follow a different wireless charging standard. Previously, there were two wireless charging standards: the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard, and the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard. Now, all modern devices follow Qi, but some older phones, such as older Android models, used the PMA standard. Check your older device’s charging standard and look for a compatible wireless charger.