Having a QI enabled device comes with benefits, one of which is the ability to charge it wirelessly. We all know that trying to find your phones charging cable late at night can be a cumbersome affair, but with a wireless charger, that hassle becomes a mute point.
Witti is a company that specializes in “Amazing Little Things”, and its new Candi wireless charger was sent to us for testing. This charging station aims to make recharging your QI enabled device as simple and quickly as possible thanks to its ability to output up to 10W of power to get your gadget topped off faster than ever. It’s not a mat-style wireless charger, rather it is more of a stand that your device can lay on, either vertically or horizontally. Thanks to its design it’s great for a bedside or desk side charging station, because you can use it to turn your phone into a clock while it charges, or you could play music or watch videos on it while you get things done.
Using it is as simple as placing your phone on the little notch that keeps it in place on the stand. In testing, it would immediately start charging the moment I placed it on the stand, and outside of my case sometimes getting in the way — it’s a wallet case with credit cards, so it’s a bit thick — I haven’t had an issue with it during a week’s worth of testing. While it would sometimes stop charging, it was only related to my case being thicker than the recommended specs for the Candi charging station, and anytime I removed my case it would start charing and stay charging flawlessly. I’ve even found the sweet spot now with my thicker case on, so I don’t have to remove it anymore to get the wireless charging started.
If you have a 10W power supply (the Candi only ships with the base and a USB-C cable) then you can get the fast charging benefits of the Candi. With a capable power supply it can juice your device up much quicker than its own charger, and again you don’t have to mess with cables getting tangled or lost to do so. It would have been nice if the Candi just came with its own power supply, but any device’s own power supply will suffice. If you want the fastest charge though, you’ll have to pony up for a 10W power supply.
The Candi also has a blue LED light to let you know that the wireless connection has been made, and that your device is being charged. I do like this feature, because it gives you instant feedback about the connection between the Candi and your device, and while this may sound like a nuisance to have on your bed stand, the light does turn off after being on for 3-minutes, so you don’t have to worry about light noise while sleeping.
The Candi supports all QI enable devices, which include the iPhone 8 / 8 Plus and iPhone X, Samsung S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5, so all current smartphones with QI technology are covered. I used it with my iPhone X, and like I stated earlier, it works flawlessly, even with a thick wallet case installed. It works even better without my case on, but only because I don’t have to find the sweet spot, so it still works even with a thicker than recommended case installed.
I’ve been looking into wireless charging stations ever since I got the iPhone X, but now I need to look no further than the Candi from Witti. It’s affordable at a $29.99 price point, easy to use, and functional thanks to it being a stand versus just a mat. It works with cases installed, even thick ones with a little finagling, so it offers a much more convenient method of charging today’s most current smartphone devices.
If interested you can order the Candi now from Amazon with Prime shipping. You can also buy it directly from Witti, which offers discounts if you bundle it with other products. You can find the full specifications below.
- Color: Black / Blue / Pink
- Input: 9V-1.67A/5V-2A
- Output: 9V-1.2A/5V-1A
- Charging Efficiency: ≥ 85%
- Weight: 170g
- Dimensions: H115 x W115 x D56mm
- 1 x CANDI
- 1 x Type C USB
- 1 x User Manual
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