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Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad review: Faster speeds, fewer worries

Double doesn't always mean trouble.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad
Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad
4 out of 5 stars
4
Price
From $149
Charging speed
Up to 15W
Charging standard
Qi2
Fergus Halliday
May 24, 2024
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Quick verdict: Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad is a little expensive, but it's got a standout design that offers quick and easy wireless charging for two devices at once.

pro
Pros
pro Excellent design
pro Charges two things at once
pro Faster wireless charging speeds
con
Cons
con A little expensive
con Doesn't work with thicker cases

There are lots of nice things you can say about the new Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad, but very few of those verbs couldn't apply just as equally to its predecessors. This is far from the first sleek, minimalist 2-in-1 wireless charger that Belkin has brought to the Aussie market.

That said, it is the first to feature both MagSafe and Qi2 wireless charging for Android devices. This specific upgrade might not be a reason to trade in your existing wireless charger but if you're coming to things afresh it makes for an experience that's clear-cut above most of the competition when it comes to speeds and much less finicky to boot.

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad isn't quite the wireless charger of your dreams, but it gets pretty close.

How much does the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad cost in Australia?

Starts at $149
Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad

In Australia, the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad starts at $149. That makes it pretty pricey by the standards of wireless chargers. It's not as affordable as I'd like but there aren't that many Qi2 chargers on the market so the premium price seen here isn't exactly coming out of nowhere.

Plus, you can always save by shopping around. Check out the table below for a round-up of deals for the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad.

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Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad: Design and features

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad keeps things simple. Compared to Belkin's past charging pads, it's a little slimmer, sleeker and willing to cut away at the corners. The final result takes up less space on your desk but is far from an eye-sore or paperweight, though there is a surprising amount of heft involved.

As you'd expect given the Belkin brand, there are a handful of thoughtful touches here that feel borne of practicality. The underside of the unit is armed with a set of rubberized grips that help keep it grounded. Meanwhile, the charging surface here is broken out into two circular zones. The left-most of these is a raised surface with magnetic coil alignment for both MagSafe and Qi2 devices. Its counterpart is a shallow depression with an LED light that helps you line up the charging coils. I wish there were magnetic coils on both but it is what it is.

Last but not least, the back end of the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad is adorned with a 30W USB-C port that's used to make the magic happen. Setting up the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad is as simple as plugging it in. Making use of the charger is just as intuitive. You simply need to glide your device over the charging zone until the magnets snap everything into place. This works with iPhones, Android devices with MagSafe cases and even AirPods.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad: Performance

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad

For the most part, the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad does what it says on the tin. You chuck your devices on top of it, the charger does its thing and you're ready to go sooner rather than later. That said, there are a few pitfalls that you'll want to keep in mind.

The first of these is that wireless charging might be faster and more intuitive, but it still doesn't always play nice with phone cases. Depending on your setup, that might undercut the value here. All the clever design in the world can't balance out the frustration of having the remove your phone from its case every time you want or need to charge it.

The other potential tripping point here is the power supply. While Belkin does include a USB-C cable and charging brick in the box that is designed to help you get the most out of the BoostCharge Pro Pad, neither are particularly visually distinct and if you store all your cables and charging gear in the same place it's very easy to lose track of them.

Should that happen, nothing is stopping you from substituting another USB-C cable or charging brick. However, if either of those components isn't built for the 30W of throughput that the BoostCharge Pro Pad promises to offer you'll end up in a situation where you aren't able to charge at the best speeds or even limited to only charging one device at a time. In either case, you're missing out on what you're paying for.

Even if these issues aren't necessarily things that Belkin is in a position to directly address, it is worth understanding that some of the pain points of wireless charging remain stubbornly intact even though the product involved looks like it might have moved beyond them.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad: Is it worth the money?

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad header

The Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad is a great-looking charger that offers fast speeds. The design here pays dividends for the experience, making it feel as futuristic to use as it looks. That said, the thorny issues and caveats when it comes to wireless charging can sometimes detract from its ability to justify its higher price.

At its best, the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad feels like it's inches away from the perfect wireless charging experience. At its worst, that distance can feel like a mile.

Compare wireless chargers

Check out the comparison table below for a sense of how the Belkin BoostCharge Pro Pad compares to other wireless chargers we've reviewed and recommended.
Fergus Halliday
Written by
Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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