Review: Ailun Ultra Slim Wireless Charger

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Wireless chargers are becoming more popular because more smartphones are being produced to be compatible with wireless charging or better known as Qi Charging. Wireless charging offers a way of charging that requires absolutely no cables to be entered into the device that needs charging. Instead, charging is being done in an inductive manner through coils in both the wireless charger and the smartphone itself.

This Ailun product is a wireless charger that holds a small size and offers wireless charging that is meant to be highly reliable and compatible with most Qi charging compatible devices. It’s a simple charger that still has a lot to offer in the way of wireless charging. How far can it really go?

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Wireless charging is fairly new but not to the point of not having any innovation. The Ailun wireless charger is able to deliver an Output 1.0 Amp charging speed. It’s an overall slow charging speed, we know; Remember, though Wireless charging is within another realm of charging tech and as a result, it cannot be put into the same category as wall chargers, car charger or power banks.

With that said, the charging speed of the Ailun wireless charger is actually intermediate. Most wireless chargers or rather, low-end wireless chargers have an output of 500MA which is half of an Amp; That is a very slow charging speed and those are wireless chargers that have bad powering capabilities.

If you’re searching for a wireless charger that will charge your Qi compatible smartphone just “Fast Enough”, then we recommend getting this charger. It, of course, won’t meet your charging cable speeds but it will charge it fast enough as you set your phone to let the wireless charger do the charging.

Design

The design of the Ailun wireless charger stands out the most about the charger. Its got a such a minimalist look to it that it would look great in nearly any environment. The small wireless charger is shaped like a circular disc that has a glass outer rim and the inner part of the wireless charger is where the charging coil is. With a diameter of just 10 centimeters and a thickness of 10 millimeters, the wireless charger is very low profile.  Ailun has a tried to make this wireless charger as user-friendly as possible and it definitely shows in the design aspects.

The bottom part of the wireless charger has a rubber slip proof pad that makes the charger stay where it’s placed. On the top of the wireless charger is a rubber outlining that makes the smartphone that is placed onto the charger stay put; This way, the wireless charging is not interrupted because the device is staying in one place. There’s a blue LED light in the center of the Ailun wireless charger that turns on when something is charging on the wireless charger; Although this is a cool feature, it’s not so cool when you’re trying to sleep and the bright Blue light is lighting up your entire room.

If there’s one trade off pertaining to design and functionality of the Ailun wireless charger it’s that the charger has only 1 charging coil. That means when a smartphone is placed onto the wireless charger it must be in the center for the charging to take place. It’s a trade off because 1 charging coil makes the wireless charger small and compact but on the functional side, the charger has to be used in a very stringent manner on how you place your smartphone.

Build

It’s important to remember that just like Power, wireless chargers don’t  have to match up to the same build standards that other, more hands on charging devices have to. Wireless chargers are meant to stay stationary nearly all the time and have a smartphone laid upon them to charge.

The Ailun wireless charger is circular. It has a glass edge and the inner part is where the actually charging takes place. To have to worry about the physical strength of it is quite unnecessary because you won’t carry it around with you. However, for travel reasons, we recommend wrapping the wireless charger, just in case there’s a chance of it getting damaged.

The rubber soles at the bottom on the of the charger won’t come off very easily because they’re extremely slim and more inverted into the wireless charger. The same goes for the top, as the rubber holding ring at the top is structurally strong and short studded.

Small and sturdy.

Reliability

The wireless charger gives the bare necessities for what a good wireless charger can give. It has the capabilities to charge Qi-compatible devices when they’re placed on the wireless charger. If you don’t find yourself using your smartphone, then laying it in a position where it will charge on the wireless charger is easy. However, a wireless charger is most conveniently used when the user is sleeping, and in this case, maybe the wireless charger isn’t such a simple choice; With its bright LED blue lighting that is very bright in a dark room.

The Ailun wireless charger is able to provide intermediate charging experience that is to be expected from a modern wireless charger, so it’ll get the charging job done well enough. It’s a reliable charger when you need it.

Power

Wireless chargers don’t have the same charging power capabilities that charging electronics like power banks or wall chargers have. With that said, the Ailun wireless charger is able to provide enough charging power of 1.0A to charge your Qi compatible devices fast enough by using a 2.0A Wall charger or higher.

Design

The design of the Aliun wireless charger is bound to blend into nearly any surrounding and look fantastic. Functional designs such as the bottom placement pads prevent the wireless charger from sliding; There’s also a rubber ring around the wireless charger on the topside that makes the devices that you put on the wireless charger stay put. The main design flaw is the LED Blue light that comes from within the wireless charger. Wireless chargers are mostly used when you’re sleeping and the blue light is very bright which can make it difficult to sleep.

Build

The build quality of the Ailun Wireless charger is great. All the components feel very well put together. The bottom placement studs are strong and inserted heavily into the wireless charger so they don’t fall out. The top stud ring is short but holds devices in place. One would think the outer rim of glass would be a structural weakness but it’s actually very resilient and thick that it won’t break.

Reliability

Ailun has created a wireless charger that will charge your compatible smartphones without any wires going into it. It provides a relatively fast charge and design choices that are very welcomed; Expect for the LED charging light that is rather obtrusive. It’s a great wireless charger that holds simplicity tight and as a result allows you to rely on it for common use.

Specs of the Ailun Ultra Slim Wireless Charger:

  • Output: 5V/1A
  • Input: 5V/2A
  • LED Power Indicator: Blue LED in the center of the Wireless charger
  • Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Comes with a 2.6 Foot Micro-USB Cable

Conclusion:

Ailun wireless charger is an intermediary powerful charger that will charge your smartphone just fast enough to reach your charging speed expectations. Its mostly got the right design choices down with studs to hold the wireless charger itself and the devices placed on it. It’s a slim charger that’ll look good anywhere, except for the dark because the bright LED Blue charging light may prevent you from falling asleep. The tightly put together components all come together to give you a good wireless charger that is a great choice for those looking to want wireless charging capabilities in their lives.

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Review: MobilePal Wireless Power Bank Charger

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Once in a while, there’s a power bank that is capable of doing more than just being a regular power bank. Sometimes there’s a wireless charger that is capable of being more than just a wireless charger. Sometimes you can get the best of both worlds and get a power bank that’s capable of wireless charging. That’s what this MobilePal power bank is. It’s capable of wireless charging and normal USB charging through its two ports.

With that said, it this too good to be true? Find out if this power bank really lives up to what it’s meant to be.

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The main attraction for this power bank is that it’s a wireless charger as well. The MobilePal power bank has two charging Outputs and a Single Coil for wireless charging. You just lay your Qi compatible device in the center at the top of the power bank to charge it wirelessly. The power bank wireless charger comes with a 10,000mAh power capacity, which is below the capabilities that this power bank is made for, we’ll get to the reason behind that soon.

The charging Outputs are rated at a 5V/2.1A output for each of the two USB charging ports. The wireless charging speed is 5V/1.0A, which is standard when it comes to wireless charging. The most surprising thing about this power bank is not exactly the 3 options of charging, rather it’s the fact that you can use the two USB charging ports and the wireless charging capabilities all at the same time with this power bank. So far so good, right?

Well not really and here’s why.

If you’re going to be taking advantage of all three charging options all at the same time, the power bank has a hard time keeping up with the amount of current it needs to Output. As a result, charging speed is lessened with the USB charging Output ports. A smartphone that’s supposed to be getting a charging speed of 1.5A may only get a charge of 1.0A because the power bank can’t keep up with the power output needs for all the devices connected the charger. Since one smartphone isn’t getting enough power, the other smartphone that’s connected to the other USB charging port has a lower charging speed as well.

Just to clarify: Just because you can charge 3 devices at once, does not mean it will charge all of them at max speed. Charge speed is limited.

Remember, the power bank also has to account for a wireless charging device too. Ultimately, when you’re using this power bank that has a lot of capabilities, you have to strategize on how you want to use it. If you’re going to mostly use the USB ports then charging will actually stabilize back to a 2.1A potential charging output and devices will charge at their optimal levels. So charging two devices is the best choice if you want your charging experience to be fast. It’s somewhat of a disappointment but it’s an expected disappointment for a power bank that has so much potential but the execution of its charging is lacking.

Along with the charging, the power capacity of the power bank isn’t up to standards with what it’s capable of. This is a severe case where the capacity is lacking, because if three devices are charging at once, that means they’re pulling power from the 10,000mAh capacity. Also, remember that initial capacity is not the same as Output capacity, so the power bank is more rated as an 8,000mAh since energy is lost during  charging.

An initial capacity at about 15,000mAh would be great because at least the power bank would be in the 13,000mAh power capacity range.

 MobilePal Wireless Power Bank Charger (Real Capacity 8,000mAh)Phone CapacityMobilePal Wireless Power Bank Charger
iPhone SE 8,000mAh1,624mAh6,376mAh
4.9X
iPhone 6 8,000mAh1,810mAh6,190mAh
4.4X
iPhone 6 Plus 8,000mAh2,915mAh5,085mAh
2.7X
iPhone 6s 8,000mAh1,715mAh6,285mAh
4.6X
iPhone 6s Plus 8,000mAh2,750mAh5,250mAh
2.9X
Samsung Galaxy S6 8,000mAh2,550mAh5,450mAh
3X
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 8,000mAh2,600mAh5,400mAh
3X
Samsung Galaxy S7 8,000mAh3,000mAh5,000mAh
2.5X
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 8,000mAh3,600mAh4,400mAh
2.2X

Design

One of the poorest designs of the MobilePal power bank is its 3-way charging options that we mentioned before and we’d like to mention it again because it’s going to be the most prevalent problem with this power bank. It’s designed to possibly charge 3 devices at the same time, however, it’s not designed powerful enough to offer enough energy to all the devices it’s charging at the same time.

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Moving onto physical traits of the power bank. It’s quite long measuring at a length of 6 inches, so it’s half a foot. Width isn’t too bad by being 2.8 inches and a pretty good thickness at 0.6 of an inch. The weight is what really gets this power bank and many other power banks have this same problem is the weight. The power bank weighs 9.3 ounces and when coupled with the size dimensions, this power bank isn’t designed to be walked around with. It’s best to keep this power bank in once place, especially if you’re going to be using the wireless charging.

Speaking of wireless charging. The power bank uses only a single coil for the inductive (Wireless) charging to take place. Using one coil means that you have to keep your smartphone smack dab in the middle of the charging plate, so the coil within you smartphone and the power bank align and are able to charge. Don’t expect your phone to keep charging if it slips away from the center that it was charging from. A 3-coil wireless charger is what you’re looking if you want to ensure that your wireless charging experience is near perfect. Although, MobilePal realizes that wireless charging with a single coil can be frustrating, which is why they included a Non-Slip Ring Pad with the power bank charger so you can place it in the center where the charging coil is and your smartphone won’t slip away.

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The USB Output ports are on the middle side ring of the power bank and in between them is the Micro-USB Input. On the side of the power bank is the power button that. On top of the charger are the LED power indicator lights that have 4 Blue LED lights for showing capacity and there’s one single Red LED light that turns on when Wireless charging is enabled.

To turn on the power bank, simply tap the power button. To turn on the power bank and turn on wireless charging you must hold down the power button until the red wireless charging light turns on.

Build

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The top and bottom of the power bank is plastic that has textures to make the power bank look like it’s leather and it’s also stitched at the sides. The side rim of the power bank is steel with a slim textured line that runs throughout the middle of the strip. Overall the quality and build of the materials used are to make the power bank easier to hold. The plastic top and bottom don’t leave smudges but it’s still open to scratches.

When you have three options to charge, that means the power bank will be Outputting current in three different places and forcing itself to give the maximum output. However, as we said before, the power bank doesn’t do so well with keeping up with powering need. With that said, charging three devices at the same time is still quite tasking and can result in lots of heat being generated. The power bank does have safety guards to stop it from causing damage to itself or your device in times when the power bank is being heated up too much and the safety tech can potentially prevent a fire.

Although, the power bank is still being heated up and heat for a power bank and nearly all batteries is a bad thing. As a result, the overall capacity of the power bank will be depleted quite quickly and you may notice a few months down the road that the power bank’s capacity is nothing like the first time you got it. Degradation is a concern for this power bank, so if you want a more stable experience in the long-term, then this may not be the best purchase.

Other than that, the power bank’s functional features such as the Input and Output ports, button and LED lights are able to function perfectly with every use. It’s just the inner components that will most likely be damaged in the long-term.

Reliability

The concept of the MobilePal 10,000mAh power bank is solid. However, the execution of the power bank still has a lot to be desired. The power bank can’t keep up with its own capabilities if you’re charging 3 devices at the same time and as a result, the charging speed suffers. Although to make it more reliable, the power bank can just be used as a 2 option charging power bank; By using the two USB Output ports only or using wireless charging and a single USB Output port. To make this power bank reliable you have to choose which way you want to use it.

It’s most reliable if you know how to use the most energy from it. For portable needs like walking with it can be quite difficult with the size and weight of the power bank. Instead, it’s best to keep it in a single destination and rely on it that way.

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Its powering capabilities promised grandeur but it falls short of that. With the amount of charging options, the power bank can’t keep up with its charging speed and as a result charging speeds are lowered if you’re going all out. Along with the charging, the capacity can be very underwhelming since some power is lost during charging and it can be depleted quite quickly if you’re taking full advantage of the power bank.

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It’s a purpose built portable charger that is able to be taken to a destination and used comfortably because it’s a bit too big and heavy to be carried around and used. The single wireless charging coil can be frustrating if your smartphone slips away from the center but the charger comes with a ring to keep your smartphone in place.

build

It’s built quite well if we’re talking about the physical traits of the power bank. However, if you’re using the power bank heavily with the 3 options to charge, then it can take a toll on the power bank’s battery; By generating heat, the long-term capacity of the power bank can get damaged severely

reliablity

It’s a reliable power bank if you know how to use it and when to use. A location specific portable charger that is best left in one place. A power bank that has 3 options of charging but only two should be relied upon.

Specs of the MobilePal Wireless Power Bank Charger:

  • Capacity: 10,000mAh            Real: 8,000mAh
  • Output:  5V/2.1A Per USB Port          1.0A Via Wireless Charger
  • Input: 2.0A via Micro USB Input
  • LED Power Indicators: Four-LED status system      One-Red LED for Wireless Charger
  • Size: 6 x 2.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • 1 Year Warranty

Conclusion:

The MobilePal power bank is capable of lots of charging way. However, it falls short with delivering on what it promises. The USB charging ports have great charging speeds and the wireless charging is able to give a standard charging speed for a wireless charger. Using them two at a time and the power bank does good, but if you want to go all out with the power by using all 3 options of charging, then it’s not gonna work out so well as the power bank struggles to provide power throughout each output. A portable charger isn’t the best title for this power bank either; Sure you can take it with you and hold it but it’s more of a charger that you’d take to destination and use.

A power bank with plenty of capabilities and an equal amount hold backs.

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What is Qi Charging / Wireless Charging?

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Charging is done usually through a charging port and even though it’s still very common to use a charging cable to charge your smartphone, wireless charging is a type of charging that is steadily rising. A more mainstream term for wireless charging is called Qi Charging.

What is Qi Charging?

Qi charging is done through wireless energy that is sent from a charging pad to a device without the need of wires going into the smartphone. Also known as Inductive charging, Qi charging is done through an electromagnetic field that uses two main points for wireless charging to work.

The first point is the Primary coil, the Primary coil is the wireless charging pad itself, that a smartphone would lay on to charge. The Secondary coil is the smartphone that receives the energy from the Primary coil and is able to send energy to the Secondary coil because the electromagnetic field is a kind of catalyst for energy to be sent through.

 

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The symbol of Qi Charging.

 

What makes wireless charging better?

Wireless charging is better in some ways but it’s important to remember that they accomplish the same thing that chargers do overall, they charge.

Wireless chargers don’t require the use of any wires to be used on the phone. This means that the cables for smartphones no longer need to be used; Micro USB, Lightning, USB Type-C and basically any other cable meant for charging purposes becomes irrelevant because the charging is done wireless manner. With there being no charging cables, the fear of a damaged cable is non-existent. The only cable that is used for wireless charging is the cable that the wireless charger uses to connect into an outlet.

Is my phone compatible with Qi Charging?

Unfortunately, not all phone are compatible with Qi charging because many phones still do not have the Secondary coil implemented within them to receive a charge from a wireless charging pad.

However, Qi enabled devices are rising with current smartphones and the fact is, newer phones will most certainly be able to undergo Qi charging.

Is Qi Charging faster than wired charging?

Overall wireless charging is simply not faster than wired charging. Qi Charging can really go on a high at a current of 1.5A and that’s not really the standard anymore. Currently, the standard is more of a 2.0A current with normal charging.

If you’re searching for fast charging with Qi charging, then you need to look more towards wired ways of charging such as Smart tech and Quick Charge because currently, wireless charging does not charge as fast as wired charging.

What are the negative sides of Qi Charging?

Wireless charging overall is not very friendly when it comes to charging and using a device. This is because when you place a device onto a charging pad, it has to stay on the pad to charge; Mobilizing the device is not an option and using a device while it’s on a pad is an inconvenience due to it laying flat on a surface.

However, there are wireless chargers that do try to make it more viable to use a device while it’s wirelessly charging:

 

The Spigen Qi Charger is such an example that allows the use of a phone while it’s undergoing wireless charging because the charger is at an angle and therefore allows the use of a phone at the same time as wireless charging is taking place.

Other chargers that make wireless charging a more viable option are wireless charging battery cases, it’s not quite the same as charging a device directly, but charging a battery case in a wireless way holds its merits.

The company, Mophie, specializes in charging technology and most importantly their main focus is on battery cases. Mophie has developed a new technology they call Charge Force which is basically wireless charging for battery cases. This means that wireless charging is not happening to the phone itself but the battery case and the battery case is charging the phone. Charge Force is a really neat kind of tech because this means there are two main pieces that are receiving power at all times: The battery case and the phone.

 

Charge Force wireless charging also enables the battery case to be magnetic towards the charging pad, this allows for the charging pad to be placed on car air vents for GPS usage while you charge your battery case and as your battery case charges your phone. The charging pad can also be used as a stand since the battery case and charging pad are magnetic, it makes it quite versatile with the way the charger can be placed.

Ultimately having a battery case that is charged through wireless means is an amazing way to truly be at 100% battery power because everything is being charged at once.

Wireless charging is now being created as a base way for charging some devices, an example of this would be the Apple Watch. The Apple watch uses a Magnetic charging cable, nothing is actually inserted into the Apple Watch to charge it; Instead, the magnetic charger latches onto the back of the watch to charge. The magnetic charger is just like any other charging cable, though, in the way that it’s designed, it has a USB port end and the other head is the charging piece which is the circular magnetic charger.

 

This kind of charging is truly innovative not only in the wireless charging space but also for charging cables in general. Yes, this kind of charging uses a cable and people may argue that it’s not truly wireless but the charger is not actually going into the device, the charger is simply on the device to charge it; The same way a phone can lay down on a wireless charger pad to charge.

Cable/Wireless charging crossover is definitely something that the smartphone industry leaders should think about because there’s really no wear and tear when it comes to chargers that are able to just latch onto a device and charge. All that’s needed is a strong head charging base for the charger to withstand movement and this way the actual charging head doesn’t wear down with use.

This kind of chargers still does allow for use of wearable devices even when they’re charging as well, which is why it would make sense to possibly implement them into smartphones.

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