Anker’s PowerWave pad and stand can wirelessly charge your phone as quickly as a cable.
BARCELONA—If there’s one complaint about wireless charging, it’s speed. Often it can take an hour or (far) longer to charge wirelessly, compared with plugging in with a cable.
With flagship phones from Apple and Samsung now loaded with wireless charging coils, it only makes sense for Anker to advantage of the growing market by offering not just wireless charging stands, but fast wireless charging stands that can push more power to your phone. We saw its two new fast wireless charging solutions here at Mobile World Congress.
The Anker PowerWave 7.5W stand keeps your phone propped upright and angled while delivering power, which is handy for keeping an eye on texts and notifications. The PowerWave 7.5W pad (pictured above) juices up your phone while it lies flat. Both can push 7.5W of power (technically they dynamically vary at intervals of 5W, 7.5W, and 10W), which may not be as fast as if you use a big brick, but it’s a lot more than you get with standard wireless charging pads.
Both chargers are made of white molded plastic with a grippy rubberized finish at the bottom to keep from sliding off the table. The PowerWave stand (pictured above) weighs 7 ounces, with much of the weight coming from a fan in the back that keeps the charger cool. You’ll also find a micro USB charging port for input back there. It did a good job of keeping a phone upright even when I was poking around at the screen.
The PowerWave pad is a puck designed for laying your phone down, making it a good fit for your nightstand. It measures 4.3 by 4.3 by 0.7 inches (HWD), which was enough to comfortably accomodate a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It too has a fan built into the base and a micro USB input in the back.
The Anker PowerWave 7.5W stand is expected to launch March 15 for $46.99, while the Anker PowerWave 7.5W pad will be slightly less at $42.99. Check back for reviews.