Logitech POWERED review: Clean design delivering 7.5W of power wirelessly to your iPhone

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If you’re flexible or have a case that works fine the Logitech POWERED is a rockstar device!

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Now that all new iPhones have wireless charging you might be searching for a good wireless charger to purchase. The Logitech POWERED is a very good option but does have one possible major flaw. That flaw is going to heavily depend on what sort of case you use and if you have a preference between landscape and portrait orientation. Read on for the full review of the Logitech POWERED iPhone wireless charging stand!

Specifications

The Logitech POWERED has the following features and specifications:

  • Charging Output: iPhone up to 7.5W / Other Qi compatible smartphones – 5W
  • Stand: 65-degree angle with portrait and landscape capability
  • Overheat protection with no fans
  • No-slip materials
  • Input: 100-240v ~ 50/60Hz 0.5A
  • Output: 16.1v -1.125A
  • 5ft charging cable with wall wort
  • Case compatibility:
    • Apple Silicone cases, Apple leather cases
    • Other cases up to 3mm thick
    • Cases with metal or magnets at back are not compatible
    • For iPhone 8 Plus case must have an open bottom
  • Phone compatibility:
    • iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS MAX, XR
    • Samsung S7 edge, S7, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, and similar Qi-enabled smartphones
  • Dimensions:
    • Height: 4.13 in
    • Width: 3.94 in
    • Depth: 2.95 in
    • Weight: 14.56 oz

What’s In The Box

  • Logitech POWERED wireless charging stand
  • Power adapter and cable
  • User documentation
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Portrait orientation.

Design

If Logitech is good at one thing, it is the design of their products. It’s no wonder they tend to feature inside of Apple Stores given that they share a similar design language. This particular device is simple-looking with clean lines and a nice all white color.

There’s nothing much to say in terms of buttons, knobs or anything of the sort. There’s just one LED light at the top which shows when you’re charging your device. It’s nice and subtle, not obnoxiously bright but useful enough to see the status of the charger.

The U-shaped bottom helps keep your phone snugly inside its cradle. Logitech says this keeps the phone from sliding out of the charger if it happens to vibrate. The Logitech POWERED can be used in landscape and portrait mode as well.

Logitech POWERED
Landscape orientation.

Now, the one design choice that sort of hurts the Logitech POWERED is its incompatibility with some phone cases. I found that some cases I use with my iPhone XS Max were too thick at the bottom. This caused the phone to not rest where it needs to in order to activate the Qi-charger.

Cases that are 3mm thick will work, but I think the deciding factor is how thick is the bottom bumper of the case. My UAG case has exaggerated corners which adds to the height of the iPhone as it sits on the bottom edge. So you should be aware that your case may pose a similar problem.

There is a way around that, the cases that didn’t work in portrait mode did work in landscape mode. Now, that’s all well and good, but if you want your phone in portrait mode then you’re out of luck in this case.

Overall, the design is beautiful and it looks great on the desk or nightstand, but the hit and miss of case compatibility might turn some users off.

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Back of the Logitech POWERED

Ease of Use

This is a plug-and-play device. Just plug it into the wall with the included wall adapter and 5ft cable and drop your phone on the charger. There’s nothing more to it. It’s simple to use, other than the frustrating case situation, which you may or may not run into.

Performance

The Logitech POWERED will push 7.5W of power to your compatible iPhones and 5W to other Qi-enabled phones. I experienced good charge times using the Logitech POWERED, much faster than the Apple included power adapter and Lightning cable. I did test the Samsung Galaxy S9+ with this charger and it also worked just fine. But you won’t get the 7.5W power with anything other than a compatible iPhone.

Overall, I think the POWERED performs as advertised. If you have a compatible case you won’t be disappointed with the performance here.

Works with most Qi-enabled smartphones.

Price/Value

The Logitech POWERED is actually priced a lot lower than I would have expected. You can pick this up at Logitech’s website or Apple for $69.99USD. I was thinking it was going to be more like $99.99USD so the price was a nice surprise.

Wrap Up

I like this device. I don’t like the case situation, but I have enough cases sitting around I can swap if I need to. Not everyone, though, is holding on to a dozen cases and only have one. That’s where you’ll need to decide if charging in landscape mode will be fine for you or not. If your case doesn’t work and you prefer portrait mode, then this is probably not for you. But if you’re flexible or have a case that works here, the Logitech POWERED is a rockstar device!

*We received a sample of the Logitech POWERED for the purposes of this review.

Logitech POWERED

$69.99USD
9.1

Design

9.0/10

Ease of Use

9.5/10

Performance

9.0/10

Price/Value

9.0/10

Nailed it

  • Sleek and clean looking
  • Good build quality
  • Decent price
  • 7.5W of charging power

Needs work

  • Doesn't work with some cases in portrait mode

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