RAVPower Wireless Charger Eliminates iPhone Cords

RAVPower Wireless Charger Eliminates iPhone Cords

As the adoption of wireless charging technology grows, devices utilizing the Qi inductive power standard are becoming more prevalent. Although Apple has yet to integrate this technology into its devices, the concept is straightforward: you simply place your device on a charging pad instead of connecting it with a cable. We recently had the opportunity to try out the RAVPower Wireless Charger, priced at $35.99, using a Mocreo Qi-enabled case for the iPhone 5.

Specifications

RAVPower Wireless Charger Eliminates iPhone Cords
  • Dimensions: 5.7″ x 3.11″ x 0.31″ (14.48 x 7.9 x .79 cm)
  • Weight: 4.5 ounces (127.6 gm)
  • Input: DC 5V, 1.5A
  • Output: 5V, 1A Max
  • Interface for charging pad: USB to micro-USB cable
  • Available in black or white finishes

Design Highlights

The RAVPower Wireless Charger features a sleek, thin design with a prominent central ‘target’ for optimal device placement, which is not actually a button but helps guide the placement of your iPhone. This target is seemingly magnetic, helping to correctly align the phone using the Mocreo case when placed on the pad.

Various Qi-enabled iPhone cases are available online, and the Mocreo case used in our test is an affordable option that allows the iPhone to be constantly ready for wireless charging.

Simply placing the encased iPhone on the RAVPower Charger begins the charging process.

An interesting feature noted on the RAVPower site is that the charger automatically switches to idle mode when the phone is fully charged or removed, conserving energy.

Functionality

Initially, the wireless charging experience was not seamless. The first attempt to charge resulted in an error message due to the non-certified nature of the Mocreo case. After adjusting the case, the charging process commenced as indicated by the iPhone’s status bar. Although the error message occasionally reappeared, it was generally resolved by repositioning the case.

The charger emits a soft beep and has an LED that flashes green and red to indicate active charging.

RAVPower mentions that wireless chargers generally operate at 75 to 85 percent efficiency compared to wired chargers, which means charging takes longer. However, the convenience of simply placing the iPhone on the pad to charge compensates for the slower speed.

During my use, I found it extremely convenient to just place the iPhone on the charger when not in use and pick it up as needed without dealing with cables.

Conclusion

Despite some initial hiccups with the Mocreo case, the RAVPower Wireless Charger provided a liberating charging experience for my iPhone 5s. The design is effective, and it’s a technology that would be beneficial for Apple to consider in future devices. Hopefully, Apple is paying attention.

For additional insights, check out this review of the iQi Mobile Receiver by Mel Martin from TUAW, which also discusses a compatible Qi charging pad.

Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars

Giveaway

We’re excited to offer a giveaway of our test units, including the RAVPower Wireless Charger and the Mocreo Qi-enabled case for iPhone 5/5s.

Dana

Elizabeth is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the Apple news community. With a keen eye for detail, Elizabeth covers everything from the latest iPhone releases to in-depth reviews of the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch. Her insightful articles help readers stay informed about the ever-evolving world of Apple products. When she’s not writing, Elizabeth enjoys exploring new features on her iPad and capturing moments with her iPhone’s camera.