Review: Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand

Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand

8.6

Power

7.5/10

Design

9.0/10

Build

9.0/10

Reliability

9.0/10

Pros

  • Has a Great Build quality and that's something that you can expect from Anker
  • Compatible with all Qi Compatible smartphones

Cons

  • Does not support Fast Wireless Charging for Samsung smartphones or the iPhone X/ iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Many charging electronics on the market have undergone some sort of upgrade. With USB wall charger using much more USB ports, then they become charging stations. The same is true with portable chargers as now power banks use multiple ports and also use powerful charging technologies such as Quick Charge and USB-C Power Delivery. Wireless charging has been around for quite a while but hasn’t been known to have an upgrade. However, wireless charging has gotten better with some wireless chargers now being able to output 5V/2.0A speeds.

In this case, we’re reviewing this Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand. It doesn’t have Fast Wireless charging but what it does have is a unique form factor that makes it more user-friendly. So let’s see what it has offered to in comparison to a regular flat wireless charger that most people purchase.

Power

Output Charging:

Most of the time when you have a very small wireless charger such as the YooTech charger, there’s just a single coil used. The coil within a charger is what actually enables the wireless charging, and you have to make sure that the coil within your smartphone and the wireless charger are aligned.

With this Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand, things are a bit different and that’s because this charger uses two charging coils. One of the coils is at the top of the charger and the other one is at the bottom. Therefore, you can set your smartphone either vertically or horizontally to watch some videos on full screen all while you’re wirelessly charging your smartphone.

No Fast Wireless Charging

Then there’s the actual wireless charging speed with this charger. What matters most when you’re using a wireless charger is that you use a powerful USB wall charger, also known as an AC Adapter. In this case, Anker highly recommends that you use a 2 Amp wall charger or higher so that the output you get is as high as possible. The max charging output of this wireless charger is able to deliver 5V/1.0A.

In fact, Anker urges that you don’t use anything lower than a 2 Amp wall charger as it won’t provide enough power to this wireless charger to function properly. The charging speed with it pretty good in terms of wireless charging, but at the same time, it’s important to know that wireless charging is not as fast as wired charging.

This Anker wireless charger does not feature Fast Wireless Charging as the output isn’t 5V/2.0A.

Input Charging:

Make sure that you’re using a 2 Amp USB wall charger to power this wireless charger so you can get the most out of the output charging. The input that’s used is Micro-USB, although we would like it if Anker now started using USB-C with their wireless chargers as it’s more modern.

We actually recommend looking into Anker’s very own Wall chargers as all of their wall chargers have an output of 5V/2.4A for standard charging, which is enough power for this wireless charger.

Design

Size and Weight:

Like most wireless chargers, this one is very small despite it being a stand. The height of the charger is about 4.5 inches and the thickness of the top and bottom part are about half an inch. You won’t have any trouble placing this charger on your computer desk or really any surface. The main feature is that this is a stand rather than a flat charger.

Functional Components:

It’s a very easy charger to use with its stand form factor as you can either place your smartphone vertically or horizontally and have it charge. The stand is not adjustable, but if you do want an adjustable wireless charging stand, then we recommend Samsung’s wireless charger that does just that.

At the bottom of the charger is where there’s the Blue light that comes on when your smartphone is wirelessly charging. Other than that, when there is nothing charging the Blue light stays off and there are no other colors.

At the back of the charger is where you’ll find the Micro-USB input port where you connect a Micro-USB charging cable to actually power the wireless charger.

This wireless charger can actually be used with a case that’s 5mm thick. However, many users of this wireless charger found that charging still works with thicker cases such as Lifeproof ones and OtterBox ones too. That said, just make sure that your case does not have metal as wireless charging won’t happen then.

Build

Structure and Material:

The entire wireless charger is made of plastic, but that’s the case with all wall chargers on the market. There are no signs of weak points as long as you’re not placing a brick on the charger (just a joke) and the stand part doesn’t show any signs of being loose to breaking. That said, just make sure that this doesn’t fall off your table, as it being a stand does give it more areas to break.

Tech:

The charger and your phone will get hot during charging, but that’s completely normal when it comes to wireless charging in general.

Reliability

This Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand has a better user experience than wireless chargers that just lay flat as it makes it easier to use your smartphone while its charges. Another thing is that it uses 2 coils which gives a better user experience with the ability to use your phone either vertically or horizontally.

Summary:

Power:

The charging power is pretty good but you have to make sure that you’re using 2 Amp wall charger or higher to get the most out of the output charging.

Design:

The design of the stand is one of the most important parts of this charger as the phone is at a more usable angle.

Build:

It has a solid build and it does get warm during charging but that’s normal when it comes to wireless charging.

Reliability:

This wireless charger is very to use with its two coils and stand design.

Specs of the Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand:

  • Output: 5V/1.0A
  • Input: 5V/2.0A Via Micro-USB Input

Micro-USB input: 5V/2.0A

  • LED Power Indicator: Single Blue LED Indicator
  • Size: 4.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 7 Ounces

Conclusion:

Anker does a good job of providing value with many different charging electronics on the market and they’ve done it again with this one. As it has 2 coils and a good enough charging speed when it comes to wireless charging.

Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand, 5W Standard Qi-Certified Wireless Charger for iPhone X, iPhone 8 / 8 Plus (AC Adapter Not Included), Anker

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