Review: Belkin aims for the enterprise with Boost Up wireless charging spot

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Belkin has released a wireless charging pad that embeds into or under a table-top surface, enabling business users to charge up their Qi-enabled smartphones or tablets without searching the room for an outlet (or their briefcases for a charging cable).

Single device charging pads offer modest convenience to consumers when placed on a desktop or bedside table. The only thing they eliminate is the inconvenience of reaching over and plugging in a mobile device.

A wireless charger aimed at businesses, BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Spot, however, provides a far more solid use case for company visitors, employee meetings or simply for workers who don’t want to purchase multiple cables to charge a device at home and at work.

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The review model of the Belkin BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Spot.

The BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Spot offers up to 10W of current, enough to charge any Android smartphones that can receive up to 9W, and enough to meet Apple’s definition of “fast charging” for its Qi-enabled iPhones (7.5W); a typical charger offers 5W of power.

Belkin was among the first companies to begin selling wireless charging pads. It has sold a consumer-grade pad capable of offering up to 7.5W of power a year ago. In fact, last year when Apple first announced its first wireless charging capable smart phones – the iPhone 8 and iPhone X – it recommended owners purchase a charging pad from either Belkin or Mophie.

Wireless chargers abound

Today, there are more than two dozen companies making Qi-specification wireless charging transmitters, receivers and pads that support 15W fast charging, from Belkin and Toshiba to LG and Zens. They range in price from about $20 to $100 or more.

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