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iClever Wireless Charger Review: The Best iPhone Travel Accessory

Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon.

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iClever Wireless Charger for iPhone

The iClever Wireless Charger ($12.99) is an affordable, compact, and user-friendly Qi-enabled charging device that's made for the iPhone.

It uses three charging modes and has foreign object detection so that it knows exactly how much power to use and what type of phone it's powering up.

It can be paired with a QC adapter for fast 10W charging that works extremely well with the latest Samsung Galaxy phones. Additionally the 5W standard settings can work with pretty much any Qi-enabled device.

But what really makes this gadget a gem is its super light & compact form factor, so much so, that you can place it in your pocket or small bag without worry.

Wireless chargers have never been sleeker, and there's so much to love about this little, handy product.

Product Specifications

Product specifications taken from user manual

Product specs.

Input: 5V/2A, 9V/1.67A

Output: 5V/1A, 9V/1.1A (Max)

Transmission Distance: 8mm

Dimensions: 3.93 x 3.93 x 0.43 in.

Weight: 2.04 oz. (58g)

Phone Compatibility: iPhone XS/XR/XS Max/X, Samsung S8/9/10/S8-10+, all other Qi-enabled phones

What's Included: iClever Wireless Charge - Micro USB Cable - User Manual

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5 Best Features of iClever Wireless Charger

Think you've seen it all already, well think again.

The iClever is packed with cool new, useful features that make it the ideal gift for friends and loved ones.

Top 5 Features

  • Quick Charge Modes
  • Indicator Light
  • Travel Friendly
  • Affordably Priced
  • Safety Certs w/18 Month Warranty

Quick Charge Modes

As stated, iClever uses 10W, 7.5W, and 5W charging modes with automatic foreign object detection.

This means it'll know the difference between an iPhone and Android, and it'll charge it accordingly. The 7.5W mode is exclusively used for Qi-enabled iPhone products, and it will charge them from 0 to 100 percent in less than 3 hours.

Furthermore you can use a QC 2.0 or 3.0 adapter for even quicker charging speeds, and I was able to power my Samsung Galaxy S8 from zero to full in just under 2½ hours.

Indicator Light

Unlike other indicator lights, this one is non-obtrusive and it actually serves a useful purpose.

Of note is that the light will stay on while your phone is charging and turn off when it's fully charged. This is very helpful, and I'm surprised more wireless chargers don't do this.

Travel Friendly

At a length and width of under 4" and a weight of 2.04 oz., this product is extremely compact for what it does.

It's the ultimate travel friendly companion, which I can attest to. I've brought it with me pretty much everywhere, and to my surprise, I was even able to put it inside my coat pocket.

But don't let its miniature size fool you; it's just as powerful as any wireless charger out there and oh man is it responsive too.

Affordably Priced

I've seen wireless chargers go for as high as $40-60+ but not this little guy.

At less than $12 this is the most affordably priced device of its kind; it's almost criminal how low the price is.

So if you were ever looking for a reason to hop onto the wireless Qi train, then this is the item to do it with.

Safety Certs w/18 Month Warranty

This item has all the essential safety specs and certifications that you'll ever need. It has over current, voltage, temperature, and short-circuiting protections and certs from the FCC, CE, and RoHS.

It also comes with a 18-month warranty upon purchase that covers electrical and mechanical failures caused by normal use.

And if you questions about what is "normal" or if you think you've received a defective product, then you can email customer service at iclever@support.com.

Top 3 Biggest Cons

There's not too many negative things to report because most of these cons have more to do with the concept of Qi charging than anything else.

Top 3 Problems

  • Small Charging Area
  • QC 2.0/3.0 Adapter Needed for Faster Charging
  • Can't Use Phone While Powering Up

Small Charging Area

Sadly when you have a compact device you'll also be sacrificing a lot of space.

If you own a large phone, then you have to place it right in the center of the iClever pad otherwise it may not charge your phone properly. Also make sure there's no metallic interference and avoid using in extremely hot or cold places.

I would recommend powering the phone without a case though it should work with one just as well.

QC 2.0/3.0 Adapter Needed for Faster Charging

If you want to take advantage of the faster charging speeds, then you'll need to invest in a QC 2.0 or 3.0 adapter.

With a QC adapter your charging times could decrease by 30-45 minutes, but it'll cost you. A decent QC adapter can cost as much if not more than the iClever wireless charger.

But if you're willing to fork up the expense, then it will be worth it.

Can't Use Phone While Powering Up

I say this in most of my wireless charger reviews and the same applies here. Most of today's Qi chargers function best during overnight charging.

That's because it takes up to 3 hours to fully charge your phone and it can't be disturbed while it's on the pad. Any outside interference will prolong the charging times.

So if you need to use your phone, then maybe wait till bedtime.

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Final Review

Testing the iClever wireless charger was fantastic, and I'm going to keep using it in the future.

I would give the iClever Wireless Charger 4.75 out of 5 stars.

One thing I forgot to expand on was just how responsive it was. It started charging my phone as soon as it was placed on the pad. Other chargers can take a few seconds before they start charging, but this one had very little lag.

Along with that pro is the low price point, compact size, foreign detect feature, and functional indicator light. My only con (that's also a pro) is the small charging area because it can get a bit irritating placing my device precisely in the center of the pad.

Beyond that, there's nothing else to dislike, and I would highly recommend anyone who owns a Qi-enabled phone to buy this item.

Or perhaps you can gift it to someone...

The iClever Qi charger is after all a traveler's dream, and at under $12, it's the wireless gadget that will keep on giving.

Your Turn!

Comments

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 15, 2019:

This is a terrific review. I think you're right about the wonderfully low price for this product. I wish I had a more updated iPhone that could take advantage of this item.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 13, 2019:

This is a useful review. Wireless chargers are definitely the future. I take it for granted that I can use my phone while it is plugged in and charging. That's a definite downside for me.