Wireless charging is pretty great in the right circumstances. My Nexus 5 is getting a bit long in the tooth, so the battery doesn’t really last for an entire day with regular usage anymore. Having a wireless charger at my desk is a great way to top off when I’m not really going to be moving around for awhile. We’ve reviewed several other Choetech wireless charging products here on Techaeris in the past, and have come away impressed. Today I’ll be looking at the Choetech Iron Stand wireless charger and we’ll see how it stands (pun completely intended) up in the world of wireless charging.
- Input : DC 5V, 1.5A to 2.1A
- Output : 5V 1A(max)
- Conversion : >70%
- Charging Distance : 0-5mm
- Dimensions : 3.2×5.2×4.1inches
- Frequency : 110~205KHz
- Cable Length : 1.2m
- Weight : 172g
What’s in the Box
- Choetech Iron Stand Wireless Charger
- USB –> MicroUSB cable
- Wall Plug
The Choetech Iron Stand charger is a sharp looking device. The housing of the stand is a lightly textured aluminum while the front charging area is a dark plastic with Choetech inlaid plainly in the center. The rest of the charging apparatus is enclosed in a plastic shell. The “feet” of the stand have good rubber strips that keep the stand from slipping around on smooth surfaces. The “lip” where your phone sits also has a slightly thicker rubber strip to help keep your phone from moving around. On the right side of the stand you’ll find the micro USB input as well as four small holes where the blue LED light shines through when the charger is in use.
This is a solid stand, and it has a bit of weight to it due to the mostly metal construction. It looks good sitting on your desk, and the three-coil arrangement of the wireless charging bits ensure that your phone will be charged whether in portrait or landscape orientation on the stand. The inclusion of a wall plug in addition to the USB cable offers flexibility for powering the charger. If you’re using the charger on your desk next to your computer the USB cable is probably sufficient, but if you want to have the stand in your bedroom or just don’t have a free USB port the included wall plug will keep the Iron Stand charger going.
Ease of Use
When the hardest part of the whole operation is plugging in a wall plug or USB cable, you ought not to have any difficulty getting up and going. Once the stand itself is plugged in, simply set your phone on the stand, ensuring that it’s not too far off-center, and you’ll be charging. The three charging coils ensure that you’ll be able to set your phone on the dock in either portrait or landscape. The lights on the right side of the dock will light as long as you’re charging. If you see that the blue lights are off, you’ll know to re-position your device. The rubber strip on the bottom keeps your phone from slipping around, and the plastic charging plate was big enough for my Nexus 5. Bigger phones might slip past the edges of that charging plate just a bit, but that won’t be an issue for charging. The aluminum parts of the stand are very lightly textured, but you probably won’t want to rub your phone too hard against it as it could possibly cause some scuffing. That would still be very unlikely, but is a remote possibility.
Unless you’ve got a high-speed wireless charger and a compatible device, wireless charging will always be slower than wired. With that said, it’s still pretty perfect for leaving on a desk and propping up your phone during the day. You could use it to charge your phone overnight, though if you prefer your room to be pitch black you’ll want to cover the blue LED’s with a small piece of electrical tape or something. It’ll take away from the overall aesthetic slightly, but it’s the only way to block the lights.
I found that the Iron Stand charger would charge my phone at a respectable rate. Wired will of course be faster, but as a phone stand/charger you’ll be able to clearly see your screen and any notifications as they come in while charging.
You can pick up the Choetech Iron Stand wireless charger for $35.99. This is actually very reasonably priced for a metal stand like this. You can find cheaper stand chargers, but they’re usually made out of plastic. This charger is solidly built, and looks very nice sitting on your desk or table. If you’ve got a wireless charging capable phone and are looking for a charger that doubles as a phone stand you should give the Choetech Iron Stand wireless charger a chance.
*We were sent a demo unit of the Choetech Iron Stand charger for the purposes of this review.
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