FUSEchicken Gravity Touch Wireless Charger REVIEW Attractive Desktop Charger
It is crazy to think that the origins of wireless power date back to the late 1800’s and that the Qi standard was not introduced until 2010. We have gone from proprietary AC adaptors to USB powered everything to USB-C and Wireless Induction charging, over the last few years. If you had asked the average techie about wireless charging technology a decade ago, we would have told you that it was gimmicky and still in the realm of science fiction. Now, companies like FUSEchicken pair elegance with power delivery to elevate your nightstand/desk charging rituals.
The FUSEchicken Gravity Touch Wireless Charger arrived in a classy 3 3/4 inches wide by 6 3/4 inches tall by 7/8 inches thick white package with translucent front window. Staring through the window, I was pleased to see a beautiful bamboo surface shining back at me. Having tested so many bland black charging pucks, I was truly excited to evaluate this unique device. The sides of the packaging detailed the title of the device and company name. The rear face of the packaging provided three distinct sections, a paragraph detailing the merging of renewable bamboo with aluminum, a middle icon section detailing the wireless charging, earth-friendly materials, and the elegant design. Lastly, [FUSE]chicken provided a realistic visual representation of how a desk charger should look. If you open the top lid, you can slide the white plastic tray outward. The 4.44 ounce (125 gram) 5 5/8 inches tall by 2 7/8 inches wide by 1/4 inches thick wireless charger was designed to be the same shape as a phone. The bamboo surface had a pleasing tactile surface and had a V with three semicircles etched into the center and “[FUSE]chicken” etched into the bottom.
The metallic underside of the charger extended up the sides and provided a stark contrast to the bamboo surface. To improve traction, each of the four corners had a 5/16 inch diameter rubber anti-slip foot. Near the bottom, you will find a micro-SD shaped icon with “Gravity Touch,” 5V/2A input, and 5V/1A output listed. Along the top edge, you will find the micro-USB charging port. Before you dispose of the packaging, make sure that you remove the 40 inches long USB-A to USB-micro cable and review the green warranty sticker Inside of the white tray. You will need the listed serial number when you navigate to fusechicken.com/warranty. To use the charger, simply plug the micro USB end into the device and then the USB-A end into a 5V/1–2A charging brick or into a computer USB-A port. To test the output of the charger, I plugged a DROK USB-A/C Multimeter into a USB-A port and then the USB-A port from the Gravity Touch charger into the multimeter. At rest, the multimeter read 5V/0A. Placing my iPhone X atop the charger, the voltmeter read 4.9V/0.8–1A output. For my first test, my phone was placed on the charger at 5:05 PM with 65% charge. I checked on the charging status at 5:24 PM and found my phone to be at 74%. For my second test, I placed my phone on the charger at 9:04 PM with 25% power. I checked the device again at 9:14 PM and found my phone to be at 31% power and then again at 9:34 and found my phone to have 40% power. My phone was fully charged by 12:00 am, obtaining roughly 6–9% every 10 minutes.
It is important to note that the iPhone X is capable of 7.5W charging as of iOS 11.2. Although the 5W output of this wireless charger is not the fastest on the market, I would argue that it is one of the most attractive chargers on the market. I am tired of generic/bland disks on my desk, and I was very pleased that [FUSE]chicken successfully fused aesthetics with function. If you are looking for rapid/urgent power for your iPhone X, wireless charging, in general, is not the best option. For the fastest charge possible with the iPhone X, you can net 50% power, in 30 minutes, using a MacBook 85W charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable. If your goal is to have an attractive desk piece, which can be hidden beneath a standard sized phone, [FUSE]chicken has a device for you. The included cable is perfect for desktop charging but may require an extension cable if wanting to power from the wall. I tested the device with the USB-A output from my MacBook, a standard iPhone charging brick and a USB 3.0 PC switch. The Multimeter showed the same readings for each of the tests. I was pleased with the 5W output, but for future devices, I wish that it was capable of 7.5W or even a 10W output. Lastly, I would have liked to have seen a cable management system for the charging cable. There is nothing worse than a cable eyesore to ruin your layout.
Originally published at macsources.com on June 8, 2018.