Anker PowerWave Pad

TL;DR: The Anker PowerWave Pad is a solid, low-priced wireless charger, but it’s really not that fast.

What I Like:

  1. This wireless charger is small, light, thin, and qi certified.
  2. It is relatively cheap, about $12 as of this writing.
  3. It is really good looking.
  4. The blue indicator light (see 2nd photo) means the phone is charging.
  5. It is capable of fast charging. This means 10W for the newer Android phones or 7.5W for iPhones. Standard charging is 5W. Charging my iPhone XR at 5W, I got ~17% battery life added every 30 minutes for 2 hours.

What I Don’t Like:

  1. The surface is not as grippy as I’d like it. If it is sitting on a flat, hard surface, then it is fine. While testing, I left the phone on top of the charger which was sitting on carpet. After like 15 minutes, the phone had fallen off the charger. This happened several times.
  2. It uses micro-USB. C’mon Anker! Can we move everything over to USB-C please?
  3. Fast charging (10W/7.5W) requires a QC 2.0/3.0 charging adapter, which most people don’t have. Using a standard 2.4A USB, this will provide you with 5W charging.

Conclusion:

Whether you charge 10W or 7.5W or 5W, it doesn’t make a huge difference. It will still take hours to charge from zero to full. If your habit is to charge your phone overnight, then this will work just fine as long as you keep it on a flat, hard surface, e.g. your night stand. At $12, this is a bargain. Happy charging!