Wireless charging is now almost ubiquitous in smartphones. Sony is the most recent to jump on board by offering that functionality to the Sony Xperia XZ2, and like many manufacturers, Sony has released its own wireless charger.
We didn’t receive this package as a gift. Instead, we paid for it ourselves, at a relatively high HK$798, or roughly 699 yuan. Let’s go on ahead with the unboxing.
Sony’s charger is a bit on the pricey side. Even at the checkout counter, the store’s clerk asked if we were sure we wanted to purchase this for HK$798. But alas for the sake of testing, we must!
Let’s look at the packaging: Sony uses corrugated paper which is stronger than typical paper. The outside package is in English and as you can see, it says clearly this package includes the charger, a USB-C cable, and supports Qi wireless charging standards at 9W output.
There’s a cutout for peeling open the box at the bottom.
The back has the usual specifications.
It also shows the two positions the charger can take.
Here we go with the opening…
Here’s the entire package inside.
There’s some instruction and warranty booklets, a USB-A to USB-C cable, a charging brick, a small box and the charger itself.
Part 1: the charger itself
From the front, it doens’t look like a wireless charger at all.
There’s a protective sticker to rip off.
The charger is in matte black, with a “Sony” logo.
The sides of the charger has ventilation holes that resemble speaker grilles.
On the back are the ports, obviously.
More specs: Model number is WCH20. Type is AC-0090. Made in China, has input of 9V1.8A.
The support tray is magnetic to keep the phone from sliding away.
The magnetic tray can be plugged into the back of the charger like so. The front edge is slightly tilted to prop the mobile phone.
You can charge your phone in landscape orientation…
… or in portrait.
Using our POWER-Z KM001 inverter, we tested the charger on the iPhone 8 Plus and achieved a rate of 7.5W input.
Part 2: Cables
The USB-A to USB-C cable seems to be high quality and well crafted.
A bit more Sony branding on the plug, with the model number being UCB20 AI-0162. The cables are slightly thicker so they’re very firm yet flexible.
ChargerLab used our POWER-Z FL001 power inverter to test the cable’s performance. We see that the 5V1.5A current suffers a slight drop to 4.7V, which isn’t too bad.
The brick is the tri-leg brick that’s used in Hong Kong and England.
The charging brick supports both Qualcomm’s QC3.0 and MediaTek’s MTKPE2.0.
From our testing, we can see that it charges QC3.0 as advertised, at 200mV. You can see the power output range is quite high, going from 4.2V to 12.0V.
We used our POWER-Z FL001 to check the power transfer between the charging brick and a Meizu portable battery, and the brick does indeed support MediaTek’s MTKPE standard.
Sony’s wireless charger is well designed, and we liked that it supports both landscape or portrait orientation for charging. We also liked that it supports Qi charging standards up to 9W.
The USB-A to USB-C cable has excellent flexibility and is sturdy. Supporting both Qualcomm QC 3.0 and MediaTek MTPE2.0, this is a versatile charger.