iOttie iON Wireless Charging Stand REVIEW Wirelessly Charge in Style
With the release of the new iPhone XS Max, I wanted a visually appealing, yet reliably wireless charger to adorn my desk. The iOttie iOn Wireless Stand arrived in a 6 5/8 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches thick retail package. The cover displayed a 3 5/8 inches tall slightly raised glossy image of their fabric laden wireless charger. The grey fabric colored charger contrasted perfectly against the white cover background. The company logo appeared in black/white and lime green across the top left of the cover, the “iON Wireless Stand” was listed beneath the logo, and the Qi icon was listed across the bottom right. I was pleased to discover that the device was capable of 7.5W charging speed for iPhone (iOS 11.2 or newer) and 10W charging speed with Android devices. When I rotated the packaging 90 degrees clockwise, I saw the power cord draped across the side panel. This provided a bit of life to the design and reduced the two-dimensional feel. The panel provided two icons, which noted vertical/horizontal charging and a charging range up to 7mm. Excitedly, this charger should work with most of the thinner cases on the market.
The reverse panel provided an attractive, vividly colorful scene of a phone charging on a side table near some books. The image did a great job capturing the essence of the charger and encouraged me to learn more about the product. Beneath the image, I discovered that the device had a two-year warranty and that it provided an angled Qi charging experience. The opposing side panel proved to be the most useful of the panels. The device was built to charge the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, Note 8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge + and the note 5 with Fast Wireless Charging (10W). It will also charge the iPhone X, 8, 8 plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and all other Qi-Enabled devices at Standard wireless charging rates of 7.5W. Even though there was no mention of the new XS Max/XR line, I can attest that the device will work for the XS Max. Lastly, I was excited that the iOttie iOn charger used USB-C input instead of micro-USB.
Returning to the cover, I lifted open the magnetic flap and found another attractive, photo-quality image of the charger and iPhone X. Along the bottom, iOttie provided a list of included items: Wireless Charging Stand, USB-C Charging Cable, Wall Adapter, instruction manual. I removed the product from the outer packaging and found the 4 3/4 inches tall by 2 3/4 inches wide by 2 3/4 inches thick stand-up wireless charger contained within a thin clear plastic shell. Beneath the thin clear plastic shelf, iOttie added a 3 7/8 inches tall by 4 1/16 inches wide by 1 inch thick white cardboard box, which contained a 1 1/2 inches wide by 2 inches long by 7/8 inches thick USB A to Type A wall outlet adaptor and a generous 47 1/2 inches long USB A to USB-C cable. The outlet adaptor displayed iOttie on one side and displayed the product specifications on the other side. The adaptor can accept 100–240V input at 50/60Hz frequency (600mA) and can output 3.6–6V/3A, 6–9V/2A, 9–12V/1.5A. The USB C end of the charging cable fits tightly within the back of the charger, the USB A fit snugly into the wall adapter and the wall adaptor attached safely/securely into the wall. The front and back faces of the wireless charger were covered with a grey tweed-esque fabric, whereas the sides/bottom were made of a gray rubberized material. The back of the charger was designed to provide a 65-degree viewing angle for an optimal viewing experience. I would have liked the option to change the viewing angle like the Wireless Charge Stand.from Ventev. However, the felt backed, single-piece design, combined with the rubberized slip resistant footer, ensured that my iPhone XS Max remained securely in place.
Since the charger and iPhone XS Max were roughly the same size, looking directly at the pair provided a neat hovering phone image. From the front, I saw the iPhone XS Max and just the lower lip of the charger. It may not seem like much, but the lower rubberized stand was well designed. Instead of curving upward and blocking the screen, the ridge allowed full access to unlock my screen. Additionally, the viewing angle, the lower rubberized foot, and the curved shape prevented the charger from rocking forward. To test the rate of charge of the device, I used a DROK USB-C multimeter. I plugged the wall outlet into a standard type B wall port, the multimeter into the wall adapter and then the cable into the multimeter. At rest and without my iPhone XS Max on charge, the multimeter showed 6V/0A. Since current is on-demand, as soon as I placed my iPhone XS Max onto the wireless charger, the rate of charge increased to 8.97V/0.5–1.18A (4.5–10.58W). The average rate of charge was 8.97V/0.7–0.8A with some peaks. With repeated testing, I was pleased to find that the wireless charger increased the power on my iPhone XS max by 1% for every 2 to 2.5 minutes on the charger. Whether you rest your phone on your nightstand or your workstation, you can enjoy a maximal charge. If you navigate to their website, you can purchase the device in ruby red, ash grey, and ivory coloration. I loved that they used USB-C, but I was a little disappointed that the cable was USB-A to USB-C instead of USB-C to USB-C. As we progress into an all USB-C world, I am sure iOttie will be in the limelight.
Originally published at macsources.com on October 3, 2018.