nxtab was recently contacted by RavPower, a company that sells chargers and battery packs around the world, and invited to test out one of their Nexus compatible wireless chargers.
Wireless charging is not something I had embraced in the past and so this seemed like a fantastic opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.
One of the great things about the Nexus range is inbuilt support for the QI wireless charging standard. Whilst Google’s main rival (Apple) is trying to engineer a better plug, the bright sparks who designed the Qi standard have ensured we can do away with cables altogether. Thanks to fast data transfer via my Internet connection I see little reason to ever plug my phone in again!
Wireless charging is a little slower than plugging in directly, RavPower suggest about 80% in their documentation but thankfully it is not something I have really noticed with my charging habits. I’ve been coming into work, placing my phone down, and then I know that when I head home at the end of the day it will be fully charged.
The convenience of being wire free is fantastic when at work, it doesn’t matter how frequently I’m using my Nexus 4 during the day it no longer ends up with 20% left at the end of the day just when I need the iPlayer app for my commute home.
Unfortunately, not everything on my desk is wireless:
The company’s brand values can be seen on their website and on their products: reliable, affordable and value. As someone who always goes for ‘bang for buck’ when making purchasing decisions this seemed like an interesting proposition.
When compared to the official Nexus universal charger the price is definitely favourable. But how does it compare?
The advantage that the official charger has is a magnetic face that ‘snaps’ your phone into position, this is a neat feature, but I don’t think the RavPower charger is any less functional without it. The charging pad’s footprint is about the same size as my Nexus which makes it easy to position, it always connects up without needing to try it in different spots.
When you place your phone down the RavPower charger will emit a beep, the idea is that this confirms you have made contact. Personally I would rather the beep wasn’t there as it has attracted a few glances in my office environment. There is also an indicator light which tells you the charging status – I would prefer to watch for a change in colour, or at least tone the beep down a little!
Once in place the charger will do its thing, you’ll notice your phone heating up a little but this is normal and will happen with all chargers.
RavPower also do a 2 in 1 charger / battery pack. This will cost you some more cash but will work even when away from a mains power supply. I am a big fan of external battery packs and definitely recommend them for when you are travelling about.
I was pretty much instantly converted to the convenience of wireless charging, if you haven’t bought one yet then do give it a go, it seems like a small thing but if you are constantly picking up and putting down your phone whilst at work then you’ll see the benefit. I’m even considering getting another one for my overnight bedside charge!
The RavPower unit does what it says on the tin, a good price and has been reliable in my usage to date. No problems getting it to connect up and charging time seems solid. The reduced price compared to the official Nexus charger does make it an attractive buy.