Mophie has announced a new wireless charger, Wireless Charge Stream Pad Plus, through MacRumors. It's basically an updated version of the Wireless Charging Base that the company announced in partnership with Apple when the iPhone maker first launched the iPhone X and iPhone 8 with wireless charging last year.
Like the Wireless Charging Base, the Wireless Charge Stream Pad Plus is a wireless charger based on Qi, but unlike the previous version, it has the sacred position of being one of the two chargers that Apple sells in its stores, The updated version offers a full 10 watts of wireless charging, instead of the maximum of 7.5 W offered by the wireless charging base. That comes down to allowing faster charging on devices like Samsung's Galaxy S9, which has a faster Qi fast-loading option, compared to Apple's iPhones, which reach a maximum of 7.5W.
Is that a useful update? Of course. But there is also the argument that Mophie should have supported the higher specifications to begin with, rather than sticking with Apple's slower speed. The Wireless Charge Stream Pad Plus solves another major problem with the Wireless Charging Base: it uses a standard MicroUSB cable instead of the patented connector that the original model used. But it's frustrating to see that Mophie is not yet using USB-C here.
And it still does not solve the biggest problem: at $ 59.95, it's still too expensive compared to other wireless chargers so it's worth considering cheaper options from companies like Anker, RavPower or Samsung. It's nice to see that Mophie is actively improving its wireless charger offering, but the Wireless Charge Stream Pad Plus does not seem to go far enough to justify the price.