Belkin BOOST↑UP 10W wireless charging stand and pad (Australian review)
4.6Overall Score
Price (RRP): $99 to 109 Manufacturer: Belkin

Belkin has added a BOOST↑UP 10W wireless charging stand and charging pad to its growing range of Qi chargers. Qi adds unmatched charging convenience.

Belkin’s range is extensive and covers three levels of Qi charge – 5W, 10W and 15W.

Qi charging 101

It is best to think of these as

  • 5W slow (overnight – around 10 hours for an iPhone 8 Plus)
  • 10W normal (takes up to double the time of a 5V/2A wall charger – around four hours for an iPhone X)
  • 15W fast (around the same time as a 5V/2A charger)

Each smartphone has a maximum charge speed. It intelligently communicates this to the charger. For example, the Apple iPhone 8/Plus/X charge at 7.5W. So, a 10A charger will lower the amperage to match. You can’t hurt the phone by using any version of a charger.

BOOST↑UPSome of the recent Samsung Galaxy devices can take 10W, so a 15W charger is best. Belkin makes a Samsung version that supports its adaptive fast charging (5V/2A, 9V/1.67A) to cut the charge time even more.

This pad works with any device. It is fastest with a Galaxy S8/9, Note 8/9 or Qualcomm Fast Charge 3.0/4.0 smartphones.

So, let’s not get technical – this pad is capable of up to 10W charging if your device accepts it.

Review

Belkin BOOST↑UP Bold Wireless Charging Pad 10W for Apple, Samsung, LG, Google and Sony

BOOST↑UPWebsite (here)

And

BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Stand 10W for Apple, Samsung, LG and Sony

BOOST↑UPWebsite (here)

Both use the same charging pad. Each has a 1.5m cabled AC adaptor that provides 12V/2A (24W) power to the pad. That is converted into appropriate voltage and amperage for charging.

We tested an iPhone 8 Plus with a 2,675mAh (10.28Wh) battery. All tests were with the phone using Wi-Fi/Bluetooth but all background apps disabled, e.g. after a cold boot.

The iPhone 8 has 1,821mAh (6.96Wh) battery so that it will charge faster. The iPhone X has a 2,716mAh (10.35Wh), so it will be marginally slower than the Plus.

  • A standard Apple 5V/2.4A, 12W wall adapter full charge took just under four hours.
  • Using a standard 5W Qi pad (up to 5W delivered) took over 10 hours.
  • The BOOST↑UP 10W (7.5A delivered) pad a full charge took about six hours.
  • The BOOST↑UP 15W (10A+ delivered) made no difference to the 10W charger time.

But there is an interesting issue here specific to the iPhone 8/Plus and the iPhone X. Apple states it support USB-C Power Delivery standards 1.0 (7.5W), 2.0 (60W) and 3.0 (100W).