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RAVPower Qi Wireless Charging Pad Stand Review
      #47691 - 02/11/15 04:34 PM

RAVPower offers several Qi Wireless charging solutions including charging pads and covers. The RAVPower RP-WCN15 Qi Wireless Charging Pad Stand is designed to hold your phone up while charging it wirelessly, and it's small enough when it's folded to carry with you on the road. The RAVPower Qi Charging Stand works with any Qi compatible phone and it outputs 1A power.



Design

The RAVPower Qi Charging Pad Stand is a compact and light charger. It measures 5.03 x 2.75 x 0.55 inches and it weighs 3.75 ounces. The charging stand has two foldable parts: the back one props the stand up on a table and the front one holds the phone in place to line up with the charging coils on the charging pad. The micro USB power input port lives on the top of the stand, and the tiny LED light lives on the bottom. You really can't see the LED unless you pick up the stand and check the bottom. The RAVPower Qi charging stand comes with a USB cable and the stand comes in black only.


With the Nexus 6

Features

The RAVPower Qi Wireless Charging Pad Stand works with all Qi compatible devices such as the Nexus 6, HTC 8X, Nokia 920, the new Nexus 7 and more. For certain devices that support Qi charging but requires Qi compatible receivers, RAVPower sells them separately for devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4/S5, Galaxy Note 2/3, Nokia Lumia 820 and more. The RAVPower Qi Charging Stand has 3 overlaying coils on the front charging pad that maximize the charging area and avoids blind spot when the back of your phone makes contact with the pad. We tested it with several Qi compatible devices and it worked with all easily. Inductive charging isn't as efficient as direct wired charging, and the RAVPower charging stand is no exception. As a result, devices take a bit longer to charge on the RAVPower charging stand. For example, the Nexus 6 took 2:45 hours to charge from 37% to 97% on the RAVPower. It seems quite slow especially with devices that support Qualcomm's fast charging 2.0 that can juice up 50% of a large phone's battery in just half an hour via wired charging.



While the pure charging speed is slow, the advantage of a wireless charger is that you can drop your phone onto the charger anytime you have a moment without having to fussing around with a charging cable and an AC adapter. The RAVPower Qi charging stand makes it even more convenient by giving your phone a stand so that it's even easier to put your phone on the charger while you can still use the phone and seeing alerts, reminders or incoming calls easily. The stand is sturdy enough to hold large phones such as the Nexus 6, Galaxy S5 and even the Nexus 7 tablet.



Conclusion

The RAVPower Qi Wireless Charging Pad Stand is a convenient charger in more ways than one. You can drop your phone into the charging stand without worrying about connecting any cable and the stand props up the phone so that you can continue to use it while it's charging. The stand is compact enough to fit in any gear bag for travel and it's a perfect desk stand. The RAVPower charger is easy to use thanks to the large coil coverage and it's pretty much just put your phone on the stand and it'll make perfect contact and start charging. The charger does take longer to fill up a device's battery and the LED light is hidden on the bottom where you can't see when you're using the stand.

Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Works smoothly, the kickstand is very handy, slim and light.
What's Not: Charging speed isn't fast and you can't see the LED light when your phone is charging.
Price: $99
Web site: RAVPower

Reviewed by: Tong Zhang









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