Ever since I upgraded my iPhone to 8 Plus I have been wondering about wireless charging. Is having another device on your desk for charging really easier than using a thin cable for charging? Will the phone take longer to charge? Can I use my phone while it’s charging? The latest addition on my desk — a wireless charger from an obscure manufacturer in China, ESR — was bound to let me go through the experience for less than $20.

The delightfully simple packaging and the visual simplicity of the device itself kicked off my experience on a good note

Wireless charging still requires a charger to be plugged into a power source: the flat cable on this device will never get tangled in your bag and the handy rubber strap keeps it in place

Somehow, no power outlet adapter is included — not a problem for me, since I generally use chargers in the field (on coworking desks and cafes as I roam around the city)

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Charging begins as soon as you place your phone on the surface, and a soothing green LED light glows indicating so — but only for about a minute. ESR charger is capable of charging through cases of any thickness

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The charger is very thin (0.22 in) — a perfect companion in travels. Four tiny rubber strips on the charging surface grip the phone in place
The rubber ring in the bottom allows the charger to stay in place

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ESR Wireless Charger
$16
Express Prime delivery available (next day)
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