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AirPower is dead, so buy this charge mat instead – Review Geek



Rating:
9/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot garbage
  • 2 – Sorta lukewarm garbage
  • 3 – Heavily defective design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptable imperfectly
  • 6 – Good enough to to buy in the trade
  • 7 – Great, but not class best class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money [19659004] 1
    0 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $ 99

  An Apple Watch, an iPhone 8 Plus and an iPhone 8 on a Unravel Charger
Jason Fitzpatrick

I really like wireless charging, but I prefer I do not like multiple wireless chargers to pack when I'm on the go. The Travel Charger Unravel by Ampere makes packing light easy. Now that AirPower is dead, it's an even more compelling product.

Here's what we like

  • Packs light
  • Folding 3-in-1 design is both clever and useful.
  • Comes with a 60W USB-C Charger

At CES 2019 I had the opportunity to personally take a look at the Unravel and was really impressed with the design. While everyone was waiting for AirPower to arrive, the company not only had a triple charging bag, but also one that could be folded up to pack and even convert. With the hot news from the press that Apple's AirPower project is dead, the Unravel looks better than ever.

The project was a successful Kickstarter, prepared for distribution and now available on Amazon, so anyone can get it. Clever design without a trip to CES or playing the Kickstarter lottery. But should they participate? Let's take a look at the design and the functions of the unrolling.

What It Is: A Jacob's Ladder for Your Gadgets

When you unpack the Unravel for the first time, it looks like a Jacob Ladder toy, folded and serviced. Like a Jacob's Ladder, the design is pretty clever (but much more useful for our modern needs).

The charger consists of three separate 10-watt wireless charging trays, all interconnected and driven by a supplied 60W USB-C charger. All three panels feature wireless Qi charging that you can use with any Qi-compatible phone, including iPhone 8 and above, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10 lineups, Google Pixel 3, and Qi-compatible accessories such as these AirPod wireless cases and Apple's own wireless charging case. In addition, one of the panels is not just a generic Qi-compatible charger, it also charges your Apple Watch.

In the most compact form, it looks like this:

  Unraveling Charger in Folded Compact Format
Jason Fitzpatrick

When the charger is fully collapsed, the charger is still fully functional, but only the upper charge cushion is operational. This position comes in handy if you do not need to use all the pads or drape your Apple Watch over it (if you have a particularly stiff, curly band that is not flat at the moment). Apropos, it's a great design option if you place the one panel that supports the Apple Watch at the top of the stack, so you can use the charger in single-stack mode at will.

  Unpack the charger in the flat position.
Jason Fitzpatrick

The second way you can use the charger is to fully unfold the charger. In this position you can charge three devices, be it three different phones or a combination of phones, an Apple Watch and other accessories like the AirPod Wireless Charger.

Finally there's a really clever third In this position, you can use your Unravel charger in stand-by mode. If you fold the charger flat, then continue to fold the charger until the two outer edges snap together magnetically, create a stand.

In this position, the sides of the triangle are about 45 degrees and by swinging out a small recessed lip From the front of one of the panels, you have a handy little stand that supports your phone in either landscape or portrait mode.

As if that was not cool enough, although I was initially convinced my Apple would not stand a chance The clock would stay in portrait orientation while the charger was set up as a stand. It actually works. This is pretty great for people who like to use the nightstand mode of the watch. Just hold it for a moment to get a firm connection with the magnetic base or it will slide down.

How is it in the real world?

Everything I've just described in the previous section sounds great on paper, but how well does Unravel work in the world? I've been using the Unravel as both my home and the last two months as my primary wireless charger, and I have only good things to say.

It loads all my devices, including the Apple Watch, as fast as one of my other charging stations (but you know 3 devices). When traveling, my wife can easily charge her mobile phone without having to worry about plugging it. You can take full advantage of wireless charging without having to take a full-size wireless charging stand with you on the go. [19659039] The Ampere Unravel Charger "width =" 1600 "height =" 900 "data-credittext =" Ampere "src =" /pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif "onload =" pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this); " onerror = "this.onerror = null; pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this);" />

When our AirPods 2 arrive, we're ready. Ampere

For someone like me who's scared of it used to having his phone on a stand right in front of them while working at his desk, it's so nice to stand on the street without trouble packing the full-sized and inflexible that's just lying on my desk. Stands like the Logitech Powered are great if they're not going anywhere, but are impractical to go.

Really, if you're the only one on the market for a flexible, wireless, multi-device charger, that's maybe give a break, is t the price. While it's not unreasonable for what you're getting (a three-panel wireless charger that also supports your Apple Watch and comes with a nice 60W USB-C charger and cable), $ 99 is $ 99. Considering that a nice 60W USB-C delivers 35-40 dollar power, the price is a bit tastier.

Apart from the costs, we have difficulties to say something negative. It's cleverly designed, works well, packs easily and offers more flexibility than any other loading bag or stand we've used, tested or reviewed. If you are in the market for a truly flexible, wireless travel charger, it is a tough product to turn to.

Here's What We Like

  • Packs light
  • Folding the 3-in-1 design is clever and useful
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