In the word of mobile power accessories, Anker is a company that needs little introduction and now it's looking to have a similar impact on wireless charging with the introduction of two new wireless chargers. That's according to a new announcement from the company, in conjunction with the ongoing MWC 2018 event in Barcelona. The new series of charging devices – marketed under the PowerWave branding – are an attempt to solve one of the problems that hold back the technology from reaching its potential. Namely, they are geared at preventing the overheating that can occur and slow down the charging process. The heating itself is, of course, the primary issue because safety is of paramount concern and an overheating battery can be dangerous. To fix the problem, the company introduced a built-in cooling system that it claims can speed up the process by as much as an hour.
Both new entries into the PowerWave Series feature that cooling system, which Anker Innovations CEO Steven Yang describes as a specially designed cooling fan placed underneath the charging coils. Either can charge nearly any device that supports wireless charging thanks to an intelligent adaptable output rating of 5W, 7.5W, or 10W. The differences start with the two chargers' form factor. The ANKER PowerWave 7.5W Pad, as its name suggests, is a wireless charging pad. It features a variable input rating of 12V/1.5A, 9V/2A, or 5V/3A, measures at just 110 x 110 x 18mm, and weighs in at just 180g. Anker introduced that charger with a price point of $42.99. The other device, the ANKER PowerWave 7.5W Stand, is a charging stand, allowing users a bit more versatility in how it's used at a retail cost of $46.99. The stand has a smaller footprint in general at 82 x 68 x 116mm but, thanks to the additional materials used, weighs 200g. Input for the stand is set at 12V/1.5A.
It's not really much of a surprise for Anker to take advantage of global mobile events to show off or announce new products and this latest is hardly revolutionary. However, it is a definite step forward in terms of wireless charging, which has consistently had issues with charging speed due to overheating that prevents a sustained high-power throughput. Anker says its new chargers will be available on Amazon as of March 15.