Yes, it’s a Qi charger and yes it has got a fabric coating on the front. Let’s take a closer look at the Lecone Fast Wireless Charger in my full review.
- Great for phones with always on displays
- Fixed cable
- Needs high power USB output
Now that we have finally gotten back to sticking Qi into phones, something I have missed for years since I retired using my old Nexus 5, I wanted a Qi charger back on my desk full time and if it is going to be there all the time I want it to look good. Hitting up Amazon, this product from Lecone, well, it looks great in the photos, doesn’t it? I mean the metal, the fabric it looks like a really fancy, premium object. Sure £20 is a bit expensive for a charger but it’s not crazy money so a couple clicks later, one was on its way.
When the box came, it was smaller than I expected and when I opened it, well it was smaller still. Okay, not a deal-breaker but I assumed the flat panel would be phone-sized, modern phone-sized. I mean I use a Pixel 4, not the xl, but the Pixel 4 is huge in comparison. Still that’s not really a problem as it has two Qi charging coils inside so the listing says it’ll cover pretty much anything size. I’m kinda wishing I’d got the grey/silver one but oh well.
It is fair to say this might be the best-looking Qi charger that I have ever seen. I really want the grey one to see what it’s like in the flesh. It looks, really really nice. I’m sure there are other nice-looking ones out there, but this one is lush. It looks so modern, with the bare anodised metal and the soft fabric pad (yeah Google suckered me into the whole fabric coated cases thing). It’s natural and tactile too. I really cannot fault the visuals on this little charger, except perhaps the cable.
Excellent. It really is first class, I cannot fault it. Well, I do have one complaint though; it’s got a fixed cable. That I hate, not least of which because I can’t decide what length to use so the cable gets left trailing and is ugly, but also if the cable fails at any point, then you can’t swap it. This stupid move aside, I can find no issues at all.
Good, I never found it not to be picked up when I slapped it down. I’d be lying if I ever did so without then checking. I never had confidence with it, its size and another issue I’ll come to later just never gave me confidence in it.
Well, this is part of where my confidence in this product took a beating. I had it connected to a powered USB 3 hub. By powered I mean hub with its own PSU so each socket should be full power, not sharing 500mw. Whilst the Pixel 4 was below 50% battery and put onto the stand, it would seem to charge fine, but when above that it would say its charging, on-screen, wireless charging but the battery level would fall. Yep, the phone says it’s charging but battery charge level falls. This is obviously a problem and this is why I never had confidence when using it. When I changed to connecting it to a USB power brick this issue seemed to go away. Strange but true. I never could just put the phone down and not keep checking back every 10 min.
I paid £20 and it just dropped to £16 for Black Friday 2019. £20 is good value for it and £16 is obviously better. It’s a super nice Qi charger and compared with what else is out there, this is really, really nice in the hand and on the desk. I’m actually thinking about picking up a grey one too.
I like it, mostly. Its looks are great, when plugged into a USB power brick it seems to work great too. I know I was always double-checking it, and I still am but I believe that will fade in time. The only real downside to this thing is the fixed cable. Who decided this was a good idea? I hate it so much when things have an attached cable. There is never a need for it on anything.
However, the rest of unit, well that I do like, but here I find myself swaying between buying another and returning this one. The fixed cable I loathe and the issue I had with it saying it’s charging but not when plugged into a hub still makes me constantly worry that it isn’t really charging. This is a problem for me.
Should you buy one? If you don’t mind the fixed cable then I’d say yes. Just be sure to plug it into a high output USB socket and you should have yourself a functional yet very good-looking charger on your hands. It really is excellent looking and doubles as a stand so you can notice notifications (particularly excellent for phones with an always-on feature) so I’d say it is worth the full price at £20 and is a bit of a bargain if you can find it cheaper in a seasonal sale. I just wish so much that cable was removable. Did I mention that?