Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger
Last updated date: June 4, 2019
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Built-in cooling, surge protection and short-circuit prevention all make the Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger a top option in safety. It's also an extraordinarily small charging pad, lending to portability and making it easy to fit onto a nightstand. One of its best features is its two charging modes: a 10-watt fast-charging option and a 5-watt version. In our analysis of 79 expert reviews, the Anker Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger placed 3rd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
The 10W Wireless Charging Pad Simple Charging Cutting-edge Wireless inductive technology simplifies charging into just setting your phone down on the charging pad. Charge Faster Fast Charge Mode delivers 10W charging to fast wireless charge-capable device. Premium Design Breathing LEDs indicate device and charger status. Indicator will turn off when charging is complete. Non-slip charging pad keeps devices secure. Sleek, compact build takes up minimal space. Note Using your device while charging or misaligning the device and charger may cause higher temperatures. Remove protective cases to ensure effective charging. Fast Charge Mode compatible devices include: Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ / S8 / S8+/ S7 / S7 edge / S6 edge+, and Note 5. Quick Charge 3.0 wall adapter required for Fast Charge Mode. Samsung S9 and S9+'s original wall charger is not compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge Mode. Do not use Apple's 5V/1A stock charger or a computer's USB port to power your Anker wireless charger. Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL (The phone's screen will display the message: Charging slowly.) Troubleshooting Tips: If your phone has expandable grip or your phone case is more than 5mm thick, please remove your case/expandable grips before charging. Ensure that your phone is centered on the wireless charging surface. Restart your phone and the wireless charger. If this does not work, try using another wall charger and cable. Input: 5V==2A / 9V==1.8A
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An Overview On Wireless Chargers
- Before you start searching for a charger, you need to make sure your phone is compatible with the technology. You’ll need your phone to be Qi-enabled, which means it has the build to handle fast-charging technology. You’ll find the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Nokia 9 and Lumia 920 have that functionality, as do many newer versions of the most popular smartphones.
- If you use your charging pad to recharge your phone overnight, you probably won’t pay too much attention to how quickly your mat does its job. But there will occasionally be times when you need it to work quickly. Maybe you’ll forget to charge it one night and need to at least get some juice into the battery before you head out the door. The Samsung Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Charger’s fast-charging capabilities can cut charging time by as much as 50 minutes. Its output is 10 watts, compared to the 7.5-watt Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad and CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger. The Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger has two charging modes: a 10-watt fast-charging version and a 5-watt normal mode.
- With some mats, you’ll need a special adapter to take advantage of the fast-charging technology. The Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger requires a separately sold wall plug, while the CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger will only support quick charging with a 2-Amp A/C adapter.
- At the lower price point, you’ll find many wireless chargers build in only one coil. That means you’ll have to set your phone in a very specific spot on the pad to get a connection. For that reason, it may be wiser to go with a smaller unit that is easier to set on a bedside table or tuck into a bag rather than purchasing a large mat. With the Samsung Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Charger and Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger, you’ll find that you have to place the phone very precisely to make a connection.
- One issue that comes into play with charging pads is that devices can easily slide off, especially with the smaller mats. The CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger has an anti-slip surface to keep your phone in place, along with antislip rubber underneath to keep it in place on a tabletop.
- Handy LED lights let you know when your device is charging. The LEDs on the Samsung Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Charger and CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger also display the battery level. If you’ll be keeping your charging mat in the bedroom while you sleep, the LED lights can be a problem on some models. The lights on the Samsung Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Charger and CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger may not be ideal for this type of use since their lights are so bright. With the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad, you’ll get a softer light that’s easier to handle in a dark room. The Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger is best of all in this area, with lights that shut off after confirming that the phone is connected and charging.
- Before you make a purchase, consider the area where you plan to use it. The Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger is by far the smallest, measuring 0.3 x 0.3 x 0 inches. Compare this to the still small Samsung Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Charger, at 3.5 x 7.25 x 0.8 inches, the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad, at 2.72 x 5 x 6.18 inches and the CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger, at 3.6 x 3.6 x 0.4 inches. Even a small size difference can be an issue when dealing with an already overcrowded bedside table.
- You may not think about it outright, but safety features can come in handy. The Samsung Qi Certified Fast Charge Wireless Charger, Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger and CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger all build in cooling. With the Anker Qi Certified Wireless Charger and CHOETECH Qi Certified Wireless Charger, you get surge protection and short-circuit prevention.
DYWM Fun Fact
Wireless charging may seem like it has only just been discovered, but the concept was actually realized in 1820. Physicist Hans Christian Oersted noticed that an electric current can cause a magnetic field. This idea was furthered 10 years later when English scientist Michael Faraday discovered a way to transfer energy between two objects. That concept is the very foundation of the wireless charging used today. However, the biggest advancement in the technology came in 1890, when Nikola Tesla transferred electricity wirelessly using his now-infamous Tesla Coil. His invention allowed him to illuminate a light bulb from the other side of the room with the use of a high-frequency alternating current.
The Wireless Charger Buying Guide
It may seem like magic, but wireless charging is actually science. Instead of having to plug your mobile devices in with a cord, you can now simply set them on a charging mat and wait. With fast-charging technology, you won’t even have to wait as long. But how can a mat possibly charge your phone?
Wireless charging works by transferring energy via an electromagnetic field between two copper coils. There are various ways this is done. Generally speaking, the technology relies on the physics behind time-varying magnetic fields, which causes a current if a loop of wire is closed.
The real convenience of a charging mat, though, is that with some of them, you can set your device anywhere and charging will happen. Not all charging mats offer this, though, and some are so small, you won’t have a variety of choices. The larger your mat is, the more important it is to have multiple coils so that you aren’t limited to just one spot.
Smaller mats have the benefit of being more portable, though. If you travel frequently, or you just want to take your charger to work with you, that’s a plus. However, if you’ll set your mat up at home and leave it there, a larger one may be a better choice, especially if you’ll be charging multiple devices with it.
Many charging mats use LED lights to alert you to charging status. As helpful as that is, it’s important to keep in mind that they can be bright if you keep them in your bedroom. Unless you want a nightlight, look for a bedroom-based charging mat with a darker LED, or choose a spot in your room where the light won’t be as disruptive.
Although it isn’t a must-have, some mats have a bonus feature that keeps your device cool while it’s charging. You may also find add-ons, like surge and overvoltage protection. These little things could help you sleep a little better as you leave your phone on the mat each night.