- Minimal design
- Skid-proof surface
- Ahead of its time
- Doesn’t include an adapter in the box
Wireless is evidently becoming the norm these days. Be it accessories or peripherals, everybody is opting the wireless route. Even the top tier smartphone manufacturers see wireless charging as a key ingredient to the perfect flagship. Now, while there are plenty of wireless chargers in the market as well, Huawei has rolled out its 15W wireless charger. If you own a smartphone that supports wireless charging, this might just be the perfect wireless charger for you. Or maybe not, to be honest. You see, there is hardly anything that can go wrong in a wireless charger. Now, while I will be discussing the performance aspect, the main idea of the review is to help you better understand if you even need it. Now, with that clear, let’s get started with our Huawei Wireless Charger 15W review.
Design and Build Quality
Right off the bat, the design of the Huawei Wireless Charger 15W is subtle and neat. And it is minimalistic in nature too, giving it a clean look. It comes in a white color, with the Huawei branding on the top. There is a cutout at the side to allow for plugging in the charger. It makes use of the USB Type-C port, which is kind of expected, considering its fast charging rates. Turning around the side, there is a tiny white LED up front. This LED lights up once you place a smartphone on top of it. However, do note that it will only light up when the smartphone is charging, obviously. That being said, it does blink when there is some sort of error in the connection.
The top of the wireless charger is coated with a matte white silicon surface. It has a soft and rubbery finish to prevent the smartphone from slipping away. Huawei has made its charger quite light, making it easy to carry around. On the whole, the build quality of the Huawei Wireless Charger is pretty darn good. The aforementioned surface is quite prone to dust, but can easily be cleaned with a cloth, so there isn’t any major issue with the gadget as such.
No Adapter though
Okay, so this one is a surprise. The Huawei Wireless Charger 15W doesn’t come with a power adapter in the box. Yes, that’s right. I know it sounds dumb, and to be honest, it kind of is. The funny part is that the sales package of the charger outside India does come with an adapter. In India though, you are required to purchase another USB Type-C adapter to power this thing up. Now, while the company hasn’t mentioned any specific wireless charger as such, we expect any QC 3.0 certified fast charger to work with this.
Now, before you make any fast judgments, I think Huawei isn’t completely wrong here. You see while reviewing this product, I tested it with my Huawei Mate 20 Pro. And to be fair, the company is currently targetting those users only. As such, you’d already have a fast charging USB Type-C 40W adapter. Now, why do I think that the company is targetting just a small portion of the audience? Allow me to explain.
During the testing of the Huawei Wireless Charger 15W, I used it primarily with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. With the support of up to 15W of fast charging, this product from Huawei is indeed the world’s fastest wireless charger. There is an issue though. As of this writing, and even for a couple of months to come, there is only one smartphone that can actually make full use of that power. Which is, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
You see, most other competing smartphones support wireless charging standards up to 10W (Galaxy Note 10). In fact, even the iPhone XS Max supports wireless charging of up to 7.5W only. As such, the charging speeds on those devices is bound to be slower. On the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the device took a little over 2.5 hours to completely charge from 5% to 100%. To be fair, that is super fast, considering that the Mate 20 Pro has a battery capacity of 4,200mAh.
But that was the result in ideal conditions. The way I see it, wireless charging, despite its speed, is still in its native stages. While using it, the number of times that the device failed to charge was almost 40%. I can’t quite put it into words since there is no exact dimension of it, but the device just won’t charge at certain angles. And I won’t blame Huawei for that. I’ve faced similar issues with a ton of wireless chargers in the market. The issue is that the Qi Wireless coils need to align properly to complete the circuit and allow for current to flow. And it still isn’t that seamless yet.
As such, don’t just go about expecting to just place your smartphone on the wireless charger and expect it to be charged. Make sure to place it slightly in the right angles to ensure that it is, indeed, charging.
Huawei Wireless Charger (15W): is it worth it?
I’m sure a lot of you are interested in knowing whether the product is even worth it or not. Well, the answer to that can be divided into two parts, depending on whether you own the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or not. For me, since I own the Mate 20 Pro, the Wireless Charger from Huawei is one of the best accessories out there for my smartphone. In fact, it is the perfect mate for my Mate 20 Pro. I already have the fast USB charger that I can use to power the Wireless charger. Yes, I can get way faster-charging speeds in the wired mode, but the idea of wireless is convenience which this product does offer. And well, it manages to charge my smartphone quite fast too. So at Rs. 4,000, the Huawei Wireless Charger isn’t a bad buy at all.
However, if you don’t own a Mate 20 Pro, the 15W wireless charger from Huawei is a pointless purchase. Your smartphone will never be able to make full use of the wireless charger’s potential. Worse still, you’d have to spend extra to even allow the wireless charger to work at its peak. In contrast, you can buy the Portronics Toucharge or the SKYVIK Beam 2, both that offer speeds up to 10W fast charging and priced less than half of the Huawei Wireless Charger 15W. Better still, they even include a power adapter inside the box.
Huawei Wireless Charger 15W Verdict: Futureproof!
Truth be told, the Huawei Wireless Charger 15W is an excellent product. However, it comes in at a time where it can serve only a selected portion of the market. For those who own the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it is a great buy. Unfortunately, that isn’t a very big market. For everyone else, however, you can make a pass on it. It is not like the Huawei Wireless Charger won’t provide you with a good experience. But, it would be an extra investment for something you won’t be able to properly utilize.
That all said, you could also wait to study the market a bit more. Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S10 series, with more manufacturers to launch their flagship smartphones soon too. If the standards of wireless charging improve over time, the Huawei Wireless Charger might just prove to be a great buy. In fact, it is a great buy considering the future of the smartphone world as well. It’s just not the best buy right now, for the majority of consumers.