The Belkin AUF001 – BOOST↑CHARGE 10W Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker – is a natty all-in-one Qi 10W wireless charger, mini-BT speaker and mic for hands-free speakerphone use.
It is the kind of gift that you might find under a techies Xmas tree. At $99.95, it is affordable enough to cross over from that ‘cheapskate’ to ‘I really love you’ gift.
There is not a lot to review here. We can check charging wattage; we could (and did) check speaker frequency response (mono – that is it) and such other. But really what you need to know is that it works as advertised and it is from a quality company.
NOTE: It is not for iPhone 12 MagSafe devices or other magnetic devices such as an Apple Watch.
Belkin AUF001 – BOOST↑CHARGE 10W Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker
Qi Tests – PASS
Modern Qi-certified chargers’ output 5V/1A/5W, 5V/1.5A/7.5W and 5V/2A/10W (approx.) to cover earbuds (5W), iPhone to 11 (7.5W) and most other Android Qi smartphones (10W).
It comes with a 12V/1.5A/18W plug wall charger.
Even though Belkin calls it a fast charger – it is not really. Fast charge usually starts with high voltage/amps for the first 60-80% then scales back.
In tests, it locked onto a specific voltage/amperage and stayed there until full.
For example, with an iPhone 8, it locked at 5V/1.5A. With Samsung Galaxy, it was 5V/2A.
We also tested efficiency – the ability to convert Qi power to battery charge. Belkin does not quote figures, but it is creditable for a single coil charger at approx. 70% (Qi maxes out at about 85%). What that means is that it will take about 30% longer to charge the iPhone.
It has the usual Qi charging safeguards.
Usability – PASS
It has a vertical stand design which means that it does not suit anything other than smartphones – no AirPod charging here (although you could). The design allows for portrait or landscape. The latter is important for smaller smartphones where you need to align both charging coils or efficiency drops off.
It can handle TPU cases to 3mm. Qi cannot charge through metal, alloy or thicker cases; hence the warning on Apple iPhone 12-series.
BT speaker – PASSable
It is a standard BT 5.0 single-point pairing with any BT host device – phone, Window, Mac etc.
But don’t expect ‘quality’ music as the default is a hands-free phone (HFP) that cuts the frequency response and transmits in mono to allow the other channel for a mic.
Maximum volume at the speaker is 80dB and at 1metre is 76dB.
How does it sound? PASSable
Belkin claims a frequency response of 250Hz to 20kHz. In essence, that means no bass or lower mid – they are right.
You must remember it is an upwards-slightly backwards-firing, 3W, 4Ω, 40mm speaker. Its main purpose is to provide clear dialogue for voice calls – not so much music. Below is the HFP hands-free mode.
You can disable ‘calls’ which implements the A2DP protocol that improves the frequency response. Below is the audio-only mode.
As it is for indoor, up-close-and-personal use, its sensitivity is quite low. The mic is in front of the speaker, and feedback can occur at higher volumes. Its fine for hands-free use but callers commented that I sounded like I was in a tunnel as the phone was in front of it.
Belkin Connected equipment warranty – EXCEED
It covers damage up to $2500 if the device should damage the phone.
Details: Belkin AUF001 – BOOST↑CHARGE 10W Wireless Charging Stand and Speaker