Sleek wireless charger looks great while powering up iPhone and AirPods [Review]

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Satechi Wireless Charger V2
A wireless charging mat should look as good as it works, and Satechi’s does.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Wireless charging is so much easier than the daily hassle of plugging and unplugging your iPhone. And the new AirPods wireless charging case makes giving up Lightning cables even more logical. Satechi just introduced a Apple-compatible wireless charger that’s not only functional, it’s also great looking.

We fully tested this accessory out, so don’t miss our hands-on review.

Satechi Wireless Charger V2 review

A wireless charger sits out in public all the time so appearance is almost as important as functionality . Satechi’s fits the bill. The edges and bottom are a single piece of aluminum, creating a prominent silver ring around a black-plastic charging pad. A raised X adds a finishing touch to very professional look.

A generous-sized charging mat is helpful with the large phones that are so popular. The Wireless Charger V2 is a 4-inch circle, well suited for even the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. It’s 0.4 in. thick, and surprisingly lightweight considering how much metal is involved in the casing.

This Satechi accessory gets power through a USB-C port. It comes with a USB-C cable but not the necessary adapter for a wall socket. This is one of the few complaints we have about this product.

An LED lights up when power is being wirelessly transferred to the phone or other device. This is green if the charging mat is just sending 5W but turns blue when 7.5W or 10W are being transmitted.

Satechi Wireless Charger V2
Satechi’s charging mat works with recent iPhone models, Wireless Charging Case for AirPods and more.

Satechi Wireless Charger V2 performance

The advantage of wireless charging is the ease and convenience. Just place an iPhone or AirPods charging case on the mat and power starts flowing.

With the Qi standard, recent iPhones and the AirPods Charging Case can receive up to 7.5W. We tested the Wireless Charger V2 with an iPhone XS Max, and — because Satechi doesn’t bundle a wall adapter — the RavPower PD Pioneer 45W. This handset’s battery went up 10 percent in 20 minutes, which is typical for wireless chargers.

Next, we tried this accessory with a 5W iPhone charger, which requires a USB-A to USB-C cable. In 20 minutes, this setup only increased the XS Max’s battery 5 percent. So be sure to pair Satechi’s accessory with a more powerful wall adapter. Consider the Aukey 18W Power Delivery Wall Charger.

The Wireless Charger V2 is capable of providing up to 10W of power to Android devices.

Satechi Wireless Charger V2 final thoughts

Every iPhone since 2017 supports wireless power, and Apple is now bringing this feature to AirPods. Satechi’s charging mat is good way to take advantage of this. The Wireless Charger V2 looks great while powering up mobile devices quickly.

We just wish it came with the appropriate wall power adapter.

The list price for the Satechi Wireless Charger V2 is $44.99. It’s available on Amazon for that same price.

Buy from: Amazon — $44.99

Buy from: Amazon — £44.99

Check out Cult of Mac’s Best wireless iPhone chargers now that AirPower is dead for a list of rival products, but Satechi’s could easily be added to this list.

Satechi provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See our reviews policy, and check out more stuff we recommend.