AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger Review

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger
AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger - High end charging pad supporting all speeds for any wireless charging phone or device

Summary

The AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger is a premium charging pad. Ideal if you have a newer model phone supporting fast wireless charging. Or to charge your current phone and future proofing for your next upgrade.

Overall
4.5
  • Performance
    (5)
  • Design
    (4.5)
  • Safety
    (4)
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Pros

  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and LG phones with Qi wireless support
  • Non-slip rubber surface
  • Cooling fan
  • Switch on/off lighting and fan
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-A cable for use with a Quick Charge charger

Cons

  • Rubber surface can gather dust
  • Can work with USB-C PD charger, but doesn’t include a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Heavy for travel

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. AUKEY provided the product in this review.

Model: LC-Q11
Tech Specs:
AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger specs

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger specs

  • Ports: Qi Wireless
  • Output:
    • 15W
    • 10W
    • 7.5W
    • 5W
  • Input:
    • 22.5W USB-C PD (5V/2A, 9V/2A, 12V/18.A, 15V/1.5A)
    • 22.5W Quick Charge 3.0
  • Size: 4.25 x 4.25 x 0.75 inches | 108 x 108 x 19 mm
  • Weight: 5.6 oz | 160 grams

Learn more about Fast Charging.

Included In Box:
AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger box and contents

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger box and contents

  • AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger
  • USB-C to USB-A cable, 3.9 feet (56k Ohm resistor)
Good For:
  • Additional charger for home or work
  • iPhone
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • Google Pixel
  • LG
  • AirPods w/wireless charging case

First Impression

The AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger is taller and heavier than other wireless charging pads I’ve worked with. After the rubber, non-slip top is a zinc alloy base which looks good and helps with heat. Followed by another non-slip pad on the bottom so the charging pad itself doesn’t move. The front has a small and dim LED indicator, nothing that should bother you next to your bed. The back has a USB-C port, compatible with various USB fast chargers.

On the under side are on/off switches for the two features some will like while others will not. There is an internal fan to help cool while fast charging. That can be switched off if you’d rather make it quiet with the understanding charging may take longer. And there is a green, ambient light which looks nice in the day. But would be disturbing at night, so a button turns if on or off.

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger with iPhone

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger with iPhone

Compared to Similar Wireless Chargers

ChargerAUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast ChargerAnker PowerWave 15 PadAnker PowerWave II Pad
Output15W Qi Wireless15W Qi Wireless15W Qi Wireless
InputUSB-C PD or Quick Charge inputUSB-C PD or Quick Charge inputAnker power adapter with non-USB connection required
FeaturesInternal cooling fan

Ambient light
CableUSB-C to USB-A cableUSB-C to USB-A cableAnker power adapter
Dimensions4.25 x 4.25 x 0.75 in
5.6 oz
3.5 x 3.5 x 0.4
3.8 oz
3.5 x 3.5 x 0.6 in
4.6 oz
Price$26.85$39.99$29.99

Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2020-10-31.

Device Testing

Check with your device’s manufacturer to verify which charging standards it supports.

The power output from this wireless charging pad depends on what your device supports and what type of USB charger it is connected to. Using a wireless power meter I tested three different USB ports: USB-C PD, Quick Charge 3.0, and standard USB. All three ports were from the same charger, the AUKEY PA-Y13 46W PD Charging Station.

USB-C PD Charger

  • Supports 5-15W output

 

We see more than 15W going into the wireless charging pad. Which makes sense, as some power is lost through various inefficiencies. My wireless power meter gets a bit over 12W. Given the limits of the power meter I can see the pad offering closer, if not quite, the full 15W to a compatible phone.

Quick Charge 3.0 Charger

  • Supports 5-15W output

 

Again more than 15W is going into the wireless charging pad. And again my wireless power meter gets a bit over 12W.

There is no performance difference between an 18+W USB-C PD or Quick Charge 3.0 charger. If you have a QC charger available you can use the included USB-C to USB-A cable. If you have a USB-C PD charger then pick up a USB-C to USB-C cable when you get the AUKEY LC-Q11.

USB-A Charger

  • Supports 5W output only

 

With regular USB-A we see more than 6W going into the wireless charging pad. And around 4W coming out the other end. Again this is expected after accounting for power inefficiencies.

Different Charging Rates for Different Phones

The AUKEY LC-Q11 auto detects the wireless charging capabilities of your phone. And adjusts its output accordingly. Provided the charging pad itself has enough power input (is using a USB-C PD or Quick Charge charger). You cannot manually select which charging speed you get.

15W

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger front

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger front

  • LG V series
  • LG G8/G7

10W

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10/9/8
  • Samsung Galaxy S10/S9/S8

7.5W

  • iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8

5W

  • AirPods w/wireless charging case
  • Google Pixel 4/3

If you have a different Qi wireless charging phone check its specifications. But this pad should support it at an optimal rate.

This wireless charger would also be good for future proofing. If you have an iPhone you can get away with a 7.5W or 10W wireless charger. But this model will still be optimal should your next phone support 10W or 15W.

Fan & Lights

Unlike lower power wireless chargers, this model includes an internal cooling fan. It allows for cooling of both the charging pad and your phone. Maintaining a lower temperature allows the charger to maintain fast charging longer.

AUKEY advertises the fan as silent, but it isn’t. When the fan is running (under fast charging conditions) it can be heard distinctly up close. But at two feet away it is more quiet background noise than a disturbance. While testing I could make out the wireless pad’s fan in a quiet room. After turning on my desktop PC (a couple more feet away) its fans drowned out the charger’s.

So in a quiet space, like your bedroom, you can hear the fans. But unless the pad is right next to your head it shouldn’t be a issue for most. In an office setting with other machines running you’ll hardly notice it after a minute or two.

I tried to capture the fan noise in the video above, but even close up the mic can’t really make it out. Illustrating how minimal the noise is. During this brief filming the iPhone’s battery went from 10% to 22%.

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger bottom

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger bottom

You can turn the fan off with a switch underneath the charging pad. With the fan off temperatures will rise. If they reach a certain point it will disable charging to product your phone’s battery. There is no safety concerns with the failsafe, but don’t expect as fast of a recharge.

There are two light sources on the wireless charger. The lesser is a small LED indicator on the front. It will always remain on, showing the current status of the charger:

  • Red – Standby
  • Green – Charging/Fully Charged
  • Flashing Red – Error
  • Flashing Red & Green – Overcurrent Cutoff

The brighter is the green, ambient light underneath the pad. During the day it is low level without glare. At night could be a comfortable night light. Or a big distraction while you try to sleep. There is a button on the underside of the charger which turns on and off the ambient light.

Pad & Placement

With non-slip pads on both the top and the bottom the charging pad doesn’t move from a casual push. Such as when putting your phone it. Likewise your phone stays put once on the pad. So much so that to adjust it you’ll need to pick it up rather than push it. All this means your phone will stay on the pad and keep charging. Even if the surface it is on gets bumped.

Wireless Charger Meme

The pad is a good size for most phones. But is still only a single coil charger, so you’ll want to aim for placing your phone in the center. As with other charging pads placing the phone most of the way on it isn’t enough. In some cases when I placed the phone poorly the LED starting blinking, meaning there was an error. I had to pick up the phone completely to reset and establish a charge.

If new to wireless chargers be sure to pay attention to the LED indicator your first few days. It should be solid green, indicating a good charge. Once you’re use to its placement needs it’ll become second nature.

Quick Charge 3.0 Over USB-C

The presence of Quick Charge over USB-C is against USB-C specifications. Such chargers have been around for years without issue. But we don’t know what the future holds.

Under section 4.8.2 of USB-C specifications a proprietary charging method cannot change the voltage of USB-C output (between 4.40V and 5.25V) in a manner not defined by USB methods. Quick Charge operates at higher than default voltages. And so goes against the specifications. USB Power Delivery is an open source charging method. Created alongside USB-C, it is with specs even though it also increases voltage. The big difference is USB PD uses communication lines to negotiate power transfer. While proprietary methods take over the data lines for their negotiation. They do so because legacy USB connections, such as USB-A, don’t have comm lines.

There is no known risk with running proprietary charging standards over USB-C. Manipulating the data lines does disrupt data transfers. But when plugging into a wall charger or power bank there is no data transfer anyway. Some USB-C engineers warn against using any USB-C chargers with third party standards. Their concern is unforeseen consequences. Future technology may prove to be incompatible with such configurations. And pulling out a charger several years from now with a new device could have a bad result.

I have not run into any issues with these fast charging standards on this or any other charger. But as it is a spec violation I want you to be informed. If you’re a stickler for meeting USB-C specifications this isn’t a good charger for you. If you’re more pragmatic it works fine and has no known issues.

Summary

The AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger is one of the fastest wireless charging pads available. Its 15W output is as high as the tech goes currently. And it can support that with either a USB-C PD or Quick Charge charger. But most phones won’t actually get the full 15W benefit right now.

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger port

AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger port

Newer LG phones (V series, G8, G7) can draw up to 15W. They will work with older, slower chargers. But at a noticeable charge rate if topping off during the day.

Samsung Galaxy phones from the last few years will draw up to 10W. And iPhones with wireless charging will get up to 7.5W. Meaning AUKEY’s charger still outperforms the more basic 5W charging pads.

If you have an LG or other phone specced for 15W Qi wireless charging this pad is a no brainer. For other model phones it’ll work as well as anything else. And will provide future proofing for your next model phone. iPhones are expected to go wireless only in the next year or two. If they jump up to 15W this charger will serve you well today and a couple of years from now.

The fan noise and ambient light are hit or miss features for any charger. Some will appreciate them, others won’t want them next to their bed. By including on/off switches for both AUKEY can make everyone happy. Just setup your charging pad the way you want.

The included USB-C to USB-A cable needs a Quick Charge charger to support fast charing. Consider AUKEY’s PA-T9 USB Turbo Charger. Inexpensive with a Quick Charge 3.0 USB port.

If you would rather use USB-C PD you can, you just need to provide the needed USB-C to USB-C cable.

About AUKEY

AUKEY has U.S. based support (web and email) and a 24 month warranty. You must have purchased the product either from them or through Amazon for support.

Bottom Line

The AUKEY LC-Q11 Graphite Podium Wireless Fast Charger ticks all the boxes for wireless charging. Supporting from 5-15W output. Working with USB-C PD or Quick Charge input. A built-in fan to keep fast charging longer. Ambient light to give it some ascetics. And on/off switches for the fan and light, in case you don’t want them.

Buy if you:
  • Have an LG or other phone which supports 15W Qi wireless charging
  • Want to fast charge your current phone and future proof for your next phone
  • Are looking to go all USB-C and avoid micro-USB products
Don’t buy if you:
  • Need a thin and light wireless charger for travel
  • Are looking for a budget level charging pad with no concern about charge time
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