I’m looking to get my first Qi charger and I’m having decision fatigue. I know I want a stand – it’s for my desk – so I can look at the iPhone easily while working. I’ve narrowed down to brands like Anker or Samsung (the wirecutter pick).
Where I get confused is the array of stands that come with or without adapters. Ideally, I’d like to plug the cable into the hub on my desk … but the stands without adapters caution you that if you don’t have the right (i.e., matching voltage) adapter, the charger won’t work.
is it worth the extra $13-15 and the extra outlet space to get the adapter? Hoping those of you with Qi chargers can enlighten me!
I have two RavPower docks. The first I bought (Model# RP-PC013) when the iPhone X and 8 came out and it works just fine plugged into my LG 4k monitor using a USB-C to MicroUSB cable. You should be able to use this dock with a powered hub. My wife decided she liked the dock, so I gave it to her to take to work and ordered a second RavPower dock. The new one (model # RP-PC069) only works if I plug it into the wall using a dedicated adapter.
My 2 cents, if your hub is powered you have a reasonable chance of being able to plug your wireless charger into it. If your hub is passive (without its own power source), I doubt it will work.
Agree with @climbingguy about the nature of your hub. I ended up going with an adaptor just because it’s more versatile. If I ever change set up or want to use it in another location (my fifteen month old can now reach my desk and just loves to “talk” on Mummy’s phone), I at least have some options.
It doesn’t look as neat, though, and it is one more cord into the pile of cables on or under the desk.
While on the pricey side, I have to say that of all the Qi docks that I have, the Mophie model that Apple sells directly is the best charger I’ve used. It stays cool and comes with it’s own adapter. Luckily, throughout the years I’ve managed to keep a fair number of my iPad charging blocks and have used them for the other dock types I have (Kmashi, Anker).