iClever BoostCube Fast Wireless Charger REVIEW Set It Charge It Forget It
The idea for inductive charging has been around since the late 1800’s and was discussed by science greats like Nicholai Tesla and Heinrich Hertz. With the development of the Qi standard in 2010, wireless charging became a reality. Android users have been able to enjoy inductive charging since roughly 2011 with the Nexus 4. As quick charge 2.0 and quick charge 3.0 technologies were developed, fast charging became the norm. As an Apple fan, I was not alone in my hope for a wireless charging option for the iPhone. Luckily in September of 2017, Apple brought this concept to market with the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X devices. Even though the iPhone X will charge fastest using a 29W charger and a USB-C to Lightning cable (50% in 30 minutes), there is something special about the simplicity of a charging pad.
The iClever BoostCube device arrived in a clean appearing 4 9/16 inches wide by 5 5/16 inches tall by 1 3/8 inches thick retail package. The image of the iClever black wireless charging disk seemed to float upon the infinite space of the white cover. The stark contrast between the black device and white background proved to be markedly superior to the previous iClever packaging choice of box brown. I loved the blue “iclever” logo across the top left and the extension of the color theme along the left side of the packaging. The right side of the packaging promised a fast Wireless charging puck with over-voltage protection, over-temperature protection, short circuit protection and “foreigner object detect.” The back of the packaging provided an incredibly useful specifications table, which detailed the 5V/2A, 9V/1.67A input, 5V/1A, 9V/1.1A output and the 100mmx15mm size (4.13 inches by 0.59 inches). Since the device weighs a mere 105 paperclips (grams), it could easily find its way into your carryon/luggage.
Within the packaging, you will find the 3 7/8 inch diameter by 1/2 inches thick charging disc and a 40 1/2 inches long USB-A to USB-micro cable, resting in a thin white plastic tray. Located beneath the tray, you will find the six-panel instruction manual and a registration/warranty card with QR code. The matte black disc has a soft rubberized material along the top and four small anti-slip 7/16 inch rubber discs along the bottom. It may not seem like much, but these small rubberized feet provided a much-needed enhancement to the product. I appreciated the attention to detail and the safety conscious inclusion did not go unnoticed. Furthermore, the rubberized top was designed to safely cradle your phone and to prevent scratches. The charging distance of 2–5mm was more than sufficient and I was able to charge through a Speck Presidio Ultra Case. With prominent safety features, it only made sense to proudly brand the product. If you look closely, iclever intelligently etched their logo/name onto the cover. The device was well built, felt solid and beautifully enhanced my nightstand.
To test the device, I plugged the USB-A cable into a DROK USB-C LCD Digital Multimeter. At rest, the LCD screen of the multimeter indicated 5V/0A. I placed my iPhone X (85% power) onto the charger at 4:02 PM and the DROK device registered 4.83V/1.0A. There was some fluctuation over the ten minute testing period from .86A to 1.02A. I did not use my phone during this testing period and inexplicably at 4:13 PM, my iPhone X was at 84%. This first test was conducted utilizing my plugged-in MacBook Pro 15″. A repeat test (later) with my iPhone at 30% showed a steady increase of about 1% every 2–3 minutes. I could not initially explain the drop in charge that I discussed earlier. However, my Xfinity internet went down during this test and I believe that the phone was searching for a WiFI signal. To further test the charging capabilities, I plugged the DROK/USB charger into a standard Apple iPhone wall charger. Starting at 84% at 4:14 PM, the phone increased to 89% by 4:25, 92% by 4:30, 96% by 4:49 and 98% by 5:08 PM. The rate of charge seemed to remain constant at about 1% every 2–3 minutes. From 10% power, my iPhone X was fully charged in just at 3 hours.
The instruction manual stated that the device could support 5W and 10W charging and further recommended a 5V/2A or 9V/2A QC2.0 or 3.0 charger. The Boostcube Series Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB Wall Charger with USB 3.1 A to C cable may be that perfect device for your tech (expect a review of this device soon). I do not have an Android phone to compare rates of charging but there appears to be an advantage for Android users. Even though the iOS 11.2 update improved the wireless capabilities (7.5W charging), the current device only provided 5W of power. The limitations of the iclever fast wireless pad were more of an Apple issue than an issue with the charger itself. The price is perfect, the styling is ideal/modern and like other products from iclever, it is actually well made. iclever has quickly become one of the companies that I believe in. They continue to surprise me with their tech and I happily rate this charger at 4.5/5 stars.
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Originally published at macsources.com on March 26, 2018.