When you are on the road as a photographer it is vital that you have a portable battery to charge your devices, such as your phone and camera batteries. For quite some time Android phones have had Qi charging, and more recently Apple has also adopted it. About time. Given that most mid to high end phones today have Qi charging, I wanted to investigate the 'best' portable battery pack that has Qi charging. In addition to Qi charging, I had a few more requirements:
After an extensive search, I found what is an excellent option that meets all of my requirements. And best of all is you can easily order it off Amazon, via Prime. It was not an easy task to find a Qi charger that met all of my requirements,
Hokonui Qi Portable Charger
The Hokonui 10000 mAh Qi portable charger (Amazon) meets all of my requirements above, and comes in a friendly and well designed case. First, let's look at the external design so you can see all of the connectors it offers.
What's really great about this device is that you charge it via the latest USB standard, USB-C. And it supports power delivery (PD), so the battery pack can charge a device at high speed, as well as itself be charged at a high rate. And, if you have multiple devices to charge (e.g. phone and camera batteries) you can charge up to four devices at once. Yes, just set your phone down on top to charge and then connect via a cable more devices like a camera battery charger.
The battery case itself is nearly the same size as a iPhone X/XS, but is just a touch longer. The dimensions are 5.9" x 2.8" x .6". I find that the case has very smooth rounded edges, so it can fit in your pocket comfortably. It has a great feel in your hand, and is fairly stylish as well.
Another user friendly feature is the two-digit LED battery level readout. It gives you a highly accurate battery level indication, and dynamically goes up and down based on charge level. No more 'dot' displays that only show you roughly the charge level.
Due to the fast charging the battery pack can be fully charged in approximately 4 hours. One cool feature is it can double as a phone holder for watching videos, via a simple slide out clip that you can prop your phone up with. While you can't wirelessly charge in this mode, you could connect a USB cable and charge while watching a movie.
The Hokonui 10000mAh fast Qi charger (Amazon) is by far the best fully featured Qi charger that can power your phone, camera batteries, or any other USB device via USB-C, USB-A, and Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0. At $34, I think it's a great buy.