Which is best? Wired vs Wireless Phone Charging.

Wired vs Wireless Charging

The big advantage using a cable to charge your phone or other devices is more power. Wireless charging currently limits the amount of power (measured in watts) it can transfer to your phone. This directly affects how long it takes to charge your device. Currently my Anker Wireless Charger Stand is limited to 7 watts. No matter how much power is available from my USB adapter it’s still limited to 7 watts. Your phone itself may also limit how fast it can charge in the wireless charge mode due to heat buildup.

Using the Anker Elite USB charger and a cable, I can get the full 24 watts of charging power to my phone. That’s also enough power to charge 2 iPads at full speed. I can go from 20% to full charge in less than an hour. It also works great for a quick charge during the day when I’m getting a bit low but not out of power. Plug it in for 15 -20 minutes and get a nice boost of available power. There are still limits built into your phone on how fast it can recharge, which is something you can’t change.

Note: it doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge; if you need that feature this isn’t the product for you.

The Anker Elite 24W

This is a pretty simple review. I ordered several of these in December 2017 and have been using them ever since. They are convenient and fast. The 110 volt plug folds into the base for traveling. It’s located near the top so that you can plug something else into the same socket, a nice design feature. It has 2 USB ports so you can charge 2 devices at the same time.

More Than Just Phones

I’ve use these as my daily charger for just about everything that you can charge with USB. Most devices have some sort of built in limits on how fast they can be recharged. Some of the devices I’ve charge on the Anker Elite are: phones,  of course, 4 different headphones, 3 different ear buds, Fitbit, and several vape pens. I also have my Avantek White Noise Sound Machine plugged into one as well. Pretty much anything with that can charge via USB will work.


As convenient as wireless charging can be, plugging in your phone is generally not that much more difficult. It just takes a second to plug it in vs. setting down on charging pad. That few seconds can reward you with up to 3 times faster charging that can save you time waiting for your phone to finish charging.

MonkeyFAQs From Around the Web:

Will this work for charging a Kindle? Or is it too much amperage?

Answer: This will work fine for any device, amperage is the max amount of electricity a charger will allow, so even if your device only draws 1.0 amp, you can charge with a 5.0 amp charger, it will still only draw 1.0 amp.

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Will the output still be 2.4 amps even if you use a 2 meter long cable?

Answer: The longer the cable, the lower the current and voltage. This is why some adapters are marked 5.2 volts instead of 5.0 volts. A very long cable will drop the voltage from 5.2 volts down to 4.9 volts. And the current flow will also be reduced. But at 3 feet or 6 feet, you don’t have much to worry about.

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Can this be used in an extension cord or power strip?

Answer: Yes, it can be used in that way.

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Does it stop sending a charge when the device charging is complete?

Answer: Your phone or tablet will stop charging its own battery. Your phone will receive a continued power supply. It’s up to your phone. When your phone is in standby, screen off, it will charge its own battery fastest. When the screen is on, some phones run off the battery. Some other phones will charge at a lower rate and the measured power on the charge cable will be very low.

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My phone does not recognize that it is being quick charged with this charger, using the same OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cable. any ideas?

Answer: Although this Anker charger is capable of charging “fast”, it does not support a device’s “fast changing” setting. At least that’s the story for my Gs7. Fast charging all the time will shorten your battery life. No prob if you will annual upgrade your battery.

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Does this have the same effect as the Samsung adaptive fast charger?

Answer: I don’t know how the Samsung adaptive fast charger works but when plugged in for just a 1/2 hour this will give you a 45% charge and in 90 minutes or so you have a full charge.

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Is this UL listed?

Answer: Yes.

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Does this charger also act like a converter 220 to 110 (I’m going to Europe and need this for my iPhone SE).

Answer: No, this is not a converter and it won’t work in Europe.

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How do I know it’s not going to burst into flames?

Answer: I have several of these. One is on 24/7, and is charging one or more devices over 12 hours per day. None have ever gotten overly warm. None have failed. How do I know that I will not be struck by lightning today? Odds are…..

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Does this have a light in the ports? I have a dark place that would need a flashlight without lighted ports. Is that a blue light in the ports?

Answer: No. There’s just the one light above the ports that indicates the power/charge state. It’s a great, fast charger, though, that has never given me any compatibility issues with my various iPhone’s and iPad’s and third-party USB camera battery chargers.

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