Mophie Wireless Charging Pad review: Don't let its basic looks fool you

 pcworld.com  01/16/2020 11:30:00   Jason Cipriani

Mophies Wireless Charging Pad has a simple name and a simple design. Its a small black (or white) disc with a shiny finish, encircled with a rubber ring that keeps your smartphone from slipping off its surface. A single port on the back accommodates the included power cable with barrel adapter; a status light resides on the front.

Note: This review is part of ourroundup of wireless charging pads. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods for both Android phones and iPhones.

Yes, its looks are as basic as a wireless charging pad can get, and we dig it.

The pad is marketed as a wireless charging solution for Apple products, but its Qi-compatible, so it will work with most wireless-charging smartphones released in the last few years, including Googles Pixel and Samsungs Galaxy lines. Itll also charge your Galaxy Buds or AirPods.

Capable of charging at up 7.5W, you wont get any fast charging done on a Samsung device, but iPhone users will get to take advantage of the maximum speed their phones can accept.

When testing the speed, the wireless charging pad surprised us. Using a Galaxy S9, as weve done for all previous wireless charging tests, it took an average time of 170 minutes, or 2 hours and 50 minutes, to go from a completely drained battery to full. Thats good enough to put it tied for third-best out of all the pads weve tested.

For the iPhone test, we used an iPhone 11 and let it start charging an empty battery and then recorded the result after an hour. After three test runs, the iPhone 11 battery was charged to an average of 39 percentthats good enough to put it near the top of the list for speed among the iPhone chargers weve tested when you take into account the battery sizes of the various iPhone models weve used to test.

You can get the Mophie Wireless Charging Pad for $40 right now, and its a steal. Its well designed and has the performance to match.

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