We see all kinds of weird and wonderful products here at eTeknix HQ and while I’m no stranger to mobile devices or even wireless charging devices, this one is marketed with a twist that really caught my attention. The Qi Wireless Charger from Fusion is technically like any other Qi wireless charging system, so if you have a Qi compatible device, you can pop it on the base it provides, charge it and you’re good to go, review done, see you later.
OK, so there’s a lot more to it than that, a few add-ons that offer extra functionality, as well as some swish marketing that make the Fusion suitable for the visually impaired. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a fair few fights trying to line up either end of a USB cable, I doubt I would fare much better if I had impaired vision; we’ll get to how it helps with this in a moment.
- Dynamic Power Limiting™ (DPL) for USB and Limited Source Operation
- Foreign Object Detection (FOD) in WPC mode
- Fusion OTR™ technology
- Ultralight weight & slim design only 55*78*6.5 mm
- Ti (Texas Instruments) smart dynamic & overcharge detection
The packaging is pretty straight forward, and with that bright pink cover it certainly stands out! You’ll also notice the packaging comes with braille print on the front, as well as a sticker which reads “official sponsor – Taiwan guide dog association.”
In the box, you’ll find a cut-out guide to aid with installation although anyone who’s half adept at sticking something to a flat surface likely won’t need it. There’s a large white sticker with high-vis pink letting and braille on the top, a 3M sticky pad, USB cable, two cable routing fittings with sticky backs and two screws; everything you need to install the system in a wide range of configurations.
The main power delivery unit is slim and nicely designed, so much so that it’ll look nice and tidy on your desktop as a direct “put your phone/tablet on this” style device. However, using the 3M pad you can mount it on the underside of a desk or table surface. Again, taking note that there is a little braille on the edge to show where there Micro-USB port it.
On the underside, there’s a nice flat surface, so it should be nice and easy to mount under a desk or table using that 3M pad. There’s also two screw holes, perfect for those that prefer a more permanent mounting solution.
The previously mentioned Micro-USB port on the end. This is for the main power input, you can connect the included USB cable to a USB plug, computer or any other compatible output.
A nice bonus is the Qi add-on, which can make any device wireless charging compatible. Of course, the grand irony here is that it comes with a cable, which seems silly, but there’s merit to be found here and I’ll get to that in a moment.
On the underside, you’ll find a gel-like surface which is tactile and will stick to glossy surfaces such as the back of a phone, SatNat, tablet, etc.
If the Micro-USB connector isn’t much good to you, a dual connector Apple adaptor is also included!
The power delivery component of the Qi system is nice and slim so mounting it under your desk is a perfectly simple task, even more so thanks to the 3M strip that came included. The USB cable would trail, but the stick on cable routing hoops will help with that.
Your Qi compatible device can then be placed on top of your desk above the component you just installed, or you can use the add-on adaptor for none Qi compatible devices.
As I said before, this part sticks onto your device should you need it to. While I don’t actually need it, attaching it to a SatNav would be handy, with the charger fitted to your dock; no more fussing with that cable each time you get in the car.
Once the base unit has a connection, a small power light comes on and a clear audible beep lets you know it is active, which again would provide an advantage to the visually impaired.
The whole system is pretty self-explanatory, it works exactly like you would expect. You pop your Qi device on top, it charges and that’s really all it does. What really makes the difference here is the additional bits and bobs that are included. The stick on Micro-USB Qi connector is a great little addition and has a lot of uses, which in all honestly aren’t immediately apparent. As I said before, those who have impaired eyesight or even no eyesight at all may struggle with USB connectors and having something that will add backward compatibility is handy for phones, especially for those who have older devices, or struggle with the cables; I personally found it works well on the back of a SatNav or camera.
The sticker that can be placed on your desk is another big win for the visually impaired, as it is bright, easy to see and for those who need it, it comes with braille lettering, making it even easier to find in those situations. To be honest, it’s not a bad thing to have on your bedside table, as you can pick your phone up and get it back on charge in a dark room; lazy, but handy.
It doesn’t charge as fast as a 2.1A USB socket, as it is only 1A, but it’s also easier to dock and charge your device, so you’re sacrificing performance for convenience overall.
The Fusion Qi Wireless can be purchased directly from the Fusion website for $69.99. Unfortunately, I could not find stock with a preferred UK retailer.
The Qi Wireless setup is a little expensive, but it does open up a lot of practical methods for charging a very wide range of devices. The inclusion of an Apple adaptor, Micro-USB connector and a power receiver means that any devices which don’t have native Qi charging support can be quickly adapted to your needs. While I admit, having that stuck on the back of your mobile device may not be the most practical thing for a lot of people, that is certainly a market for it for those who need ease of access to their charging setup. Fusion even include a few little extras to make the setup user-friendly for those who are visually impaired, helping to make the product appealing to even more users.
The build quality is very good overall, with all components being slim, light, nicely finished and durable. They’re also surprisingly easy to install and it’s nice to see everything from screws, stickers, 3M pads, and cable management accessories included to help make the installation process as simple as possible for a wide range of usage scenarios.
The price is a little high, but you do get a lot of for your money and while I admit you can find cheaper setups on the market, I’ve yet to see one that comes with everything this set includes as standard, so it’s certainly an attractive deal in that respect.
For charging a wide range of mobile devices and gadgets with ease, The Fusion Qi is a handy piece of kit. Sure it’s not really needed for everyone, but to add some modern functionality to your desktop, or any or surface for that matter, it’s a cool little gadget to make charging as simple as possible.
- Great build quality
- Easy to install
- Can benefit blind/visually impaired users
- Good range of accessories
“Simple, easy to install and with lots of practical applications, the Fusion Qi charging kit is a welcome add-on to your digital world”
Thank you Fusion for providing us with this sample.