Anker debuted a couple of new wireless chargers at Mobile World Congress, the PowerWave Pad and PowerWave Stand. We've been using the PowerWave Pad for a few weeks now, on various wireless charging smartphones, and it actually works really well. It's actually one of Anker's more expensive Qi-enabled wireless chargers on the market. So that begs the question of whether it's worth it, so let's find out.
The PowerWave Pad is a pretty small charging pad from Anker. It's a little larger than a hockey puck, but large enough to charge a smartphone or even a tablet - though many tablets don't sport wireless charging anyways. It's white with a light gray finish on the top. The top of the pad is actually soft-touch, which is going to keep your phone from sliding off the pad at night, that is definitely a good thing. Seeing as smartphones have slid off of other charging pads overnight before. So keeping it in one place is definitely appreciated. There's an Anker logo on the top and then a LED light to the left of the logo, which appears when its charging your smartphone. There is a fan inside, along with a micro USB port on the back. It's unfortunate that Anker is sticking with micro USB still, but micro USB is still very, very popular these days. So it likely saved on costs, to keep this a bit cheaper.
One of the main selling points on this wireless charger is the fact that it does 7.5W. That is for fast charging the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. But Anker has Android users covered as well, since it does also support 10W for fast charging on Samsung's smartphones. So if you have a new Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, or really any flagship newer than the Galaxy Note 5, you can take advantage of faster wireless charging with the PowerWave Pad. We did test this with the Galaxy S9 and it turned out to work really well. It's still a bit slower than plugging it into an Adaptive Fast Charging wall charger, but definitely faster than a regular 5W wireless charger.
The two main smartphones that we used with this wireless charger was the Galaxy S9 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S. Both of which support fast wireless charging, and both of which worked really well with this wireless charger. Now this will work with any Qi-enabled device, since it is using the Qi standard. So whether you have a LG G6, LG V30, or any other wireless charging smartphone, it'll work perfectly fine. It'll fully charge your device in around two hours, depending on the battery capacity. Sure that's still kind of slow, but it's perfectly fine for charging overnight.
With the PowerWave Pad, Anker includes a Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger, and that is a great thing here. Many wireless chargers don't come with a wall charger anymore, to make it cheaper. But with the PowerWave Pad needing more power, it needs something that can give it that power, which is a Quick Charge 3.0 charger. And by doing it this way, users are able to use that wall charger for the wireless charger, but also to quickly charge up their smartphone if they do need it fully charged faster than a wireless charger can provide. Now, we did try plugging this into a regular wall charger, or even a USB hub that doesn't support Quick Charge 3.0, and the PowerWave Pad won't even work. Not too surprising, but worth taking note.
The Anker PowerWave Pad is priced at $45.99, normally. That is pretty expensive compared to its other wireless chargers, not to mention others on Amazon. So is it worth the price? Well if you have an iPhone or a Samsung smartphone, then this is the charger you'll want, and others with "fast" wireless charging at either 7.5W or 10W are also in this price range, with Samsung's own being quite a bit more cash. So it's definitely worth the price. The build quality is also much better on this model than some of Anker's other wireless chargers out there. You can find it on Amazon by hitting the link below.