I’ve never made use of a wireless charger until Belkin sent over its latest Boost Up Bold Wireless Charging Pad.
The device looks deceptively simple – it’s small, round and made out of plastic and rubber. With no branding whatsoever on the surface, you might even mistaken it for a saucer or one of those USB-powered cup warmer that keeps your mug of coffee hot all day.
Except it’s not. The device is Belkin’s newest and fastest wireless charging base engineered for Qi-enabled devices. Capable of delivering up to 10 watts of power, it’s designed to charge compatible Apple, Samsung, LG and Sony models faster than the standard 5-watt charger that you get in the box
Precision resistors and shielding will also prevent any disruption to network or WiFi signals so your phone will function normally even when it’s charging. The charger also works with plastic cases up to 3mm thick but if your device is in a metal case, then you will need to remove that first.
Belkin is so confident of its product that it comes with a S$2,500 connected equipment warranty should your phone be damaged by its use. You also get up to three years warranty on the wireless charger.
I’ve been using the Belkin Boost Up Bold Wireless Charging Pad for about a week now and am just getting used to charging my phone by placing it flat down. I love modern convenience so I do not miss picking up a cable and locating the charging port on my phone to plug it into. (Anybody who has tried doing that in the middle of the night in a dark room will know that is not an easy task.)
The rubberised circumference is designed to hold the device being charged securely so it won’t fall off the base if you knock into your phone slightly. Moving your phone slightly also won’t disrupt the charging process.
But here’s the biggest difference I noticed between using a wireless charger and a normal cable. With the latter, you can still hold your phone freely in your hand and take a photo while it’s being juiced up. Unfortunately you can’t do that with a wireless charger, although you can still manage other tasks like text or make a call with the speaker on.
Perhaps a wireless charger like the Belkin Boost Up Bold is best suited for use at home where you are less likely to pick up the phone and use it while recharging. So don’t cut the cord and throw out your cable and wall adaptor just yet – you’ll still want to use it at some point.