Trying to think about this is actually making my brain hurt. Have you ever noticed the fact that most (or maybe all) wireless chargers aren’t actually wireless? Weird, right? I also make this argument about some wireless headphones. Not the Air Pods, but there are some that have a cable that connects the two earpieces. They’re not wired into your phone, but they’re technically not wireless. Everything seems to have some kind of cable or cord as part of it, so it makes you wonder why they say “wireless” charger when there is a wire?
Now, there is a wireless charger that doesn’t have to be plugged in to use it. The RAVPower Wireless Portable Charger is a 10,400 mAh battery pack with two USB ports, which means it can function just like any other portable charger. The difference? It has a wireless charging coil built right in, and it supports both 7.5 W fast wireless charging for iPhones as well as 10W fast wireless charging for Android devices. If you’ve got an older iPhone, then you’re out of luck. Anything below and including the 7 isn’t supported by this charger. But we knew that right? By that, I mean, the technology included in the device won’t support this kind of charger. I find this interesting because the iPhone 7 was a 2016 model, so it’s not that old. And yet, this feature isn’t present until the iPhone 8 models.
Now let’s talk specs:
- 7.5W Fast Charging for iPhone: 50% faster wireless charging for iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 8 with iOS 11.2 or later than traditional 3.5W – 5W chargers (Note: Testing under 71.6 °F / 22 °C – results may vary when temperature increases)
- 10W Fast Charging for Samsung: Power your compatible Samsung device, like the Galaxy S8 in as little as 3.85 hours (Note: Wireless charging stops working at 0% battery)
- Works with Any Qi Devices: Widely compatible with iPhone X / 8 Plus / 8, and Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus / Note 8; non-Qi enabled phones will require a Qi wireless charging cover to power up
- Power Up 2 Devices Simultaneously: 10400mAh capacity charges 2 devices at once, thanks to a wireless charging top surface and a USB port; charge an iPhone X for 2.7 times via USB port or 1.8 times via the wireless charger
- 2x Faster Recharge: RAVPower wireless battery pack recharges twice as fast in 6 hours with a 2A / 2.4A AC charger
If you do get one of these, make sure that you understand you can’t charge through a metal or magnetic phone case. When the battery drops below 25%, you won’t be able to use it. Do not plug your device And charge it at the same time. I mean, who does that? The whole point of this device is to be able to charge on the go. So, let’s use some common sense. On RAV’s website, they do say “make sure your device is aligned properly on the charging pad for maximum efficiency. You will hear noise if the device is not properly aligned”. That’s weird, right? I mean, there should be no noise coming from your phone at all, unless it’s a phone call or a notification.
But, given that we don’t have a truly wireless charger, I think I should give this one a chance. This charger is currently available on Amazon for $59.99. Do you think that you need a truly wireless charger, or do you have other ways to charge your devices, and are ok with carrying around a cable?