Anker PowerWave 10W Fast Wireless Charging Stand
Wireless charging has been around for quite a long time, however, as cool as it is to use, wired charging is almost always faster.
That said, there are two main smartphones on the market that are able to charge faster with certain wireless chargers. Those types of phones are Samsung phones and Apple’s iPhones. Fast wireless charging for Samsung phones is done at a 10W charging speed, while any iPhone after the iPhone X and iPhone 8 are able to charge at a 7.5W charging speed.
In this review, we’re going to be taking a look Anker’s PowerWave 10W wireless charging stand. This charger has fast wireless charging for Samsung phones, but what about iPhones?
So this Anker charging stand only features fast wireless charging for Samsung smartphones. In order to get a 10W wireless charging speed for smartphones from the Samsung S7 and beyond, you have to use a Quick Charge wall charger to power the charger.
In this case, we’re using Anker’s PowerPort Speed 2 wall charger, which makes use of two Quick Charge ports.
As for charging speed for other Qi-compatible smartphones, they will receive a 5W standard charging speed only. This includes charging speed for the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 8 and iPhone XR, unfortunately.
That said, if you want a charging stand that does feature 7.5W fast wireless charging for an iPhone, we recommend getting Anker’s alternative Powerwave charging stand that is actually able to fast charge both Samsung phones and iPhones.
Size and Weight:
The size of the charger is not a problem. It has a length of 3.1 inches, a depth of 2.7 inches, and a height of 4.5 inches. The weight of the charger is 3.8 ounces.
Just placing it on your desktop table or any surface really is going to yield zero problems.
To power the charger you have connected a Micro-USB port to the back of the PowerWave stand. The use of a Micro-USB port is acceptable, but what would have made it better was the use of a USB-C input, as that’s basically the standard now.
The placement of the Micro-USB input port is a bit odd as it’s all the way to the right on the back of the charger.
Once powered, you place your phone on the charger either vertically or horizontally, because the charger has a charging coil at the top and bottom. A stand form factor definitely makes it easier to use your charger rather than a charging pad as you have a clearer view and less of a chance of knocking it out of orientation.
Also, once your phone is charging, there’s a blue power indicator that stays on until the phone is fully charged.
Structure and Material:
The entire charger is made of plastic, honestly, the build quality of this charger stand is on the economy side considering that it came from Anker. Sure, it does have a solid build, but at the same time, the spot where you place your phone does not have any rubber pads at its base. That’s usually standard so your phone doesn’t move around as much when you’re using it while it’s charging.
There is a larger rubber pad at the bottom of the charger, though, that prevents the charger itself from sliding around.
Another reason that the build is lacking is that there are no vents on the charger. For fast wireless chargers, most of them do have vents. This Anker charger does not.
If you’re fast wireless charging a Samsung phone, which we did with the Galaxy S8, the charger, and the phone does get warm. Nothing too worrying though, but a few vents would have helped.
Although, it’s Anker’s style to not use vents on their wireless chargers, to begin with.
On the reliability side, to get the most out of this wireless charging stand you should own a Samsung Qi compatible smartphone, as you can use its fast wireless charging capabilities.
If you have any other wireless charging phone, then this charger will still be reliable, but not as much as they will charge at a 5W charging speed.
Charging power is fast for Samsung phones, but in order to get that fast charging, you have to use a Quick Charge wall charger.
The charger is small and the stand form factor makes it easier to use your phone while it charges.
The charger does get warm, and it’s missing a few pieces of material that you would think it would have.
On the reliability side, the charger does a good job for charging Samsung wireless charging smartphones as it can provide them with 10W of charging power. That said, other wireless charging smartphones will charge at a 5W charging speed.
Specs of the Anker PowerWave 10W Fast Wireless Charging Stand:
Quick Charge Wall Charger: 10W for Samsung Qi-Compatible Smartphones
Other Qi Compatible Smartphones: 5W
- Input: Quick Charge Wall Charger or 2 Amp Wall Charger
- LED Power Indicator: Single Blue Power Indicator
- Size: 3.1 x 2.7 x 4.5 inches
- Weight: 3.8 Ounces
The Anker PowerWave Samsung fast wireless charging stand is exactly what it sounds like. A fast wireless charging stands for Samsung smartphones, which is still usable by any wireless charging smartphone but it will only charge them at a 5W charging speed, rather than 10W for Samsung phones.
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Since 2016, Usman has flourished as an independent tech journalist, reveling in the evaluation of diverse tech gadgets, with a particular fondness for charging technology to ascertain product performance. Besides his journalistic endeavors, he helms the Charger Harbor YouTube channel, where he extends his tech insights to a broader audience.