Notebooks with wireless charging have yet to make it to the mainstream, but you can do so now with the Lenovo Go USB-C Wireless Charging Kit. It turns your boring wired charging laptop wireless. All you need to do is stick the receiver to the laptop's bottom, plug in the USB-C connector, place it on the wireless charging mat, and you're good to go.
- USB-C charging port
- Maximum operating temperature 35 degrees Celsius
- Input power minimum (20V/2.25A/45W), maximum (20V/3.25A/65W)
It's a pretty elegant solution, but there are some caveats. For one, the tape used in the charging component isn't reusable. So once it's stuck on your laptop, that's really it. I decided to just test the charging portions, and not tape it to my Apple MacBook Pro (2021). It will add a slight elevation you put your laptop on a flat surface. The wireless charging tech isn't Qi, in case you're wondering. So you can't just put your phone on the mat to charge, too. Furthermore, devices that support Energy Square's Power by Contact tech used in the Lenovo aren't plenty, so the laptop will probably be the only thing you charge using it for now.
Charging is as simple as making sure the USB-C cable of the charger is plugged in, before resting your laptop on the mat. The charging starts almost immediately. The mat, which sports a solar panel-like grid design, didn't feel hot when it was charging. In terms of power draw, the mat sucked up to 60W of power, and claims to deliver a 93% efficiency in charging. I did not test this part out, unfortunately, due to time constraints. I'll revisit this in the future and update this review when I do.
The charging bit can also be separated from the railing part that's attached to the laptop, so you can remove it as needed. There's no extra ports on the mat or the charging bit, so you're essentially out of a USB-C slot. The cable is also short, so you may have difficulties trying to use an accessory like the Flujo CH-62 Signature Pro 7-in-1 Multi-function Adapter to maximise the amount of ports on your laptop.
Retailing at S$199, the Lenovo Go USB-C Wireless Charging Kit is a tad expensive just to let your laptop charge wirelessly. While it does add some convenience, that's really it. You're also paying to be an early adopter. Get it from Lenovo's online store. You may also want to pick up a charger while you're at it since it doesn't come with one.
Note: Review unit provided by Lenovo.
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