ANKER POWERWAVE 7.5 FAST WIRELESS CHARGER STAND REVIEW

Published On March 22, 2019 | Chargers, Reviews

Thanks to the iPhone releases over the last two years the Qi wireless charging standard has drastically boosted in popularity and so has the need for wireless desktop chargers.

Out of the two types of desktop Qi wireless chargers. Flat base chargers allow you to place your iPhone on charge in a horizontal flat position, whereas vertical stand wireless chargers angle the phone in a way that makes them more suited on a working desk or nightstand placement. 

The Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless Charger Stand positions itself in the vertical stand department of wireless chargers. In the smart-looking Anker box you’ll find the sleek black plastic charger that’s fully assembled, a short run micro-USB cable, a quick start manual, support leaflet and a deeper specification manual.

Its overall form factor is a little leaner than its older brother, PowerWave 5 Fast Wireless Charger Stand, that we have also reviewed. Its narrower and its ‘chin’ is less as thick. Whilst it charges, its illuminating front circle is positioned under the shelf and appears more discrete. The rear resting plate has more curved edges to it, to match the latest iPhones, and its weight is around 30 grams heavier than its older brother, which makes it feel more solid when placing your phone onto it. Unlike its brother, the mini-USB connection port is centred in the rear of the stand, which helps reduce the stand from rocking back when you do place your phone on to it. Its supplied cable is also longer and thicker than its older brother.

Assembly is as simple as plugging in the micro-USB cable into the charger and into a powered USB-A port. The charger supports 5W / 7.5W and 10W wireless charging. So the Anker PowerWave 7.5 supports a wide range of wireless charging accessories, including the latest wireless fast charging Apple iPhones.

Thanks to its twin charging coils, the PowerWave lets you watch videos in landscape orientation, or stand in portrait mode for web browsing and FaceID recognition—all the while keeping the power flowing to its device. 

Wireless charging through case of various thickness allows you to charge your iPhone without taking your case off whenever you have to charge it. The PowerWave 7.5 delivers charging power directly through cases up to 5 mm thick, including the thicker Otterbox protective cases

The PowerWave 7.5 only comes in a traditional black colour scheme. However, since recently reviewing a white coloured fast wireless charger, I personally think black is more fitting and stands out less on a desktop table. Its front-facing circle of light informs you when your device is charging.

To take advantage of this stand’s fast charging functionality, iPhones require a Quick Charge 3.0 wall adapter to enable 7.5W fast charging for iPhone. If you opt for a less powerful adapter, such as the stock iPhone adapter, this wireless charger will charge your device at 5W, which is still enough to charge your iPhone overnight, but maybe not enough for the quick ‘top-up’ during the day.

Overall, the Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless Charger Stand is a solid wireless fast charging stand. It has refined its previous stand into a very sleek and functional wireless stand. At a retail price of $29.99 from Amazon, it may not be the cheapest out there, but you get the solid build you come to expect from Anker, and it certainly looks the part. It delivers fast wireless charging of up to 10W for any compatible device, including when new iPhones support it. So if you’re after a solid wireless fast charging stand that just simply works, and has support for thicker cases, I would certainly recommend the Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless Charger Stand.

Anker PowerWave 7.5 Fast Wireless Charger Stand

$29.99
9

Overall Score

9.0/10

Pros

  • Heavier and more stable than PoweWave 5
  • Thick cable and solid build
  • Charge both portrait and landscape

Cons

  • Separate quick charger needed

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