Simple, yet elegant, 10W Wireless Desktop charger.
Until the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X released in September 12, 2017, Apple fans had to rely solely upon lightning cables to charge their devices. I was jealous of the Qi enabled Android phones and the convenient ability to set the phone onto a wireless charging pad. When I purchased the iPhone X and eventually the iPhone XS Max, I fell in love with desktop wireless chargers. I enjoyed the ability to charge my phone, while simultaneously gaining a viewing kickstand. Unfortunately, Apple phones were only able to wirelessly charge at 5W until the release of iOS 11.2 on 12/2/2017 allowed 7.5W charging. This was a step in the right direction, but still inferior to other devices that allow 10W charging. Regardless of your phone choice, I invite you to forget about those boring charging disks and to consider a wireless desktop charger.
The Model FT02 Fast Wireless Charger arrived in a 4 1/2 inches long by 3 3/4 inches wide by 3 inches tall white box. The top panel provided an attractive 2 1/2 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches wide image of the grey Desktop Wireless Rapid Charger along the center, the model number within a blue rectangle along the top left, and the generic product name just beneath the image. Looking to the side panels, I hoped to learn more about the device but I only found the same grey title as the top panel. Neither the front nor back panels added any useful information either. The back panel was left completely blank, while the front panel had a 1 3/4 inches wide by 3/4 inches tall silver SKU sticker. The bottom panel provided all of the useful information/specifications about the charger. The packaging listed the model number, 5V/2.4A or 9V/1.8A input, 5W/7.5W/10W output, contents, detailed the aluminum alloy/ABS material, the over-voltage protection, the over-current protection, environmental parameters (-20 degrees C to 65 degrees C), and information about the dual indicator lights (5V red and 9V blue).
Within the packaging, I found the 4.8-ounce wireless charger and a fourteen-panel bilingual instruction manual. The charging surface measured 2 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/8 inches tall and was lined with a grey tweed like material. The charger attached to an A-shaped base, which measured 2 5/8 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches long. Along the bottom, they included two anti-slip, rubberized pads (1 7/8 inches long by 1/4 inches wide posterior and 2 3/8 inches long by 1/4 inches wide anterior). The base footprint was wide enough to eliminate wobble when my iPhone XS Max was placed vertically or horizontally upon the charger. The front lip was coated with a silicone layer, which helped the prevent my iPhone XS Max from slipping forward. I found it interesting that they chose to hard wire the 43 1/2 inches long USB-A cable into the charger. Most devices utilize a USB-A to USB-micro cable and add a USB-micro port onto their charger. This charger ran the cable between the support limbs of the base and thus added a passive cable management system. I liked that there was essentially no need for setup and really no need for the instruction manual.
I plugged a DROK USB A multimeter into a 12W Apple Charging Brick and then plugged the USB-A cable into the multimeter. When I placed my iPhone XS Max onto the charger, the multimeter read 5.0-5.1V/1.3-1.6A. Starting at 10:16 PM at 36%, my phone was at 40% by 10:24, and 42% by 10:28. I was able to utilize the charger/stand in both landscape and vertical mode. I was pleased to find about 1% charge every 2-3 minutes for both positions. While charging, I turned to the instruction manual and the language difference became quickly evident. For example, the manual stated: “It cannot be baked in the microwave oven.” As another example, the manual stated: “the wireless charger has sensitive components and cannot be handsome, hit or vibrate violently.” Yet for another example, the instruction manual stated: “If the product is exposed to any pollutant that may cause pollution…”. The wireless charging device had small 1/4 inch long LEDs along the flanks. When plugged into power, both LEDs illuminated a bright red color, and neither LED was overwhelming.
The device lived up to my expectations and charged my iPhone XS Max at 7.5W. I was indifferent about the hardwired USB-A cable but I was quite disappointed with the bland packaging and with the generic product title. I was pleased that the phone could charge in vertical and landscape mode and that it would charge through my Catalyst Impact case. The rubberized anti-slip feet and base design remained securely attached to my nightstand. I appreciated the inclusion of an instruction manual but it actually detracted from the overall experience.