Battery life on phones continues to be a major issue, and while manufacturers aren’t using larger batteries, there are some interesting technologies to help ease charging. Some manufacturers have been using fast charging, which delivers more power to the phone by using a special wall adapter that regulates the power flow based on how much juice is already in the phone.
Fast charging still requires you to be tethered to a cable if you want to charge. For those who prefer the convenience of not having to plug in, wireless charging has become an increasingly common option. Wireless charging uses magnetic induction to charge the phone by having it rest on top of a wireless charging pad or cradle. But wireless charging is slow, taking significantly longer than standard wall chargers.
Now, new technology has allowed the two to essentially come together to create fast wireless charging. This combines the speed of fast charging with the convenience of wireless charging, bringing together the best of both worlds. The catch? Very few phones currently support the standard that enables fast wireless charging.
Choetech is one of the accessory manufacturers that has jumped on board to create a fast wireless charger. The T518 charging pad supports devices that use the Qi wireless charging standard, which is a pretty sizable list. In addition to offering the standard wireless charging, it also offers fast wireless charging to those devices that support it.
One of the popular phones that supports fast wireless charging is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. For the review, I was able to borrow a Note 5 from a relative to give fast charging a shot. Needless to say, I was impressed. While fast charging through a wired charging was slightly faster, the fast wireless charging capability drastically cut down the time needed to charge wirelessly. As an estimate, I’d say that fast wireless charging cuts around an hour off of the time needed to fully charge the device.
I also tested the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad with a Nexus 6 and Nexus 7 (2013). Both of these devices support standard wireless charging, so there was a definite increase in the amount of time needed to charge the device. With the Nexus 6, the time needed to charge wirelessly was particularly frustrating, as it paled in comparison to the Nexus 6′s usual Turbo Charging speed. If you to were wirelessly charge the Nexus 6 from zero, you’d probably need a solid three or more hours to do so, as compared to about an hour and a half using the wired Turbo Charger. In addition to that, you can’t get any quick fill-ups when you’ve got a low battery like you can with the Turbo Charger.
In my time with the wireless charging pad, I found that it was a bit finicky in regards to the placement of the device on top. You may have to move the phone around a bit before it begins charging, and even then, it can be unsteady. For example, I placed my Nexus 6 on the charging pad before bed, ensuring that it was charging. But I bumped the charger slightly when I turned off my lamp and I woke up in the morning to a phone that hadn’t been charged.
Perhaps this is an issue with other wireless chargers, but I haven’t tested enough to know for sure. In any case, if you don’t have fast wireless charging, it’s almost more of a hassle to use the wireless charger in comparison to a standard wired charger. Sure, you don’t have to plug in the device, but you have to fiddle with the positioning and, once you do get the device charging, you’re going to have to wait much longer than you would with a wired charger.
At the end of the day, I can highly recommend the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad to someone who has a device that supports fast wireless charging. It’ll be convenient and you won’t be sacrificing speed for the ease of not having to plug in.
For others without fast wireless charging, it comes down to personal preference. If you’re okay with giving up charging speed for the convenience of ditching wires, the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad should work well for you. It’s simple, it does its job well and it’s quite affordable. If you value speedy charging, you may want to stick with your wired charger for now.
You can follow this link to purchase the Choetech Fast Wireless Charging Pad from Amazon for $29.99.