SanDisk is a brand that is generally known for products like flash memories, hard drives, memory cards, USB flash drives, solid-state drives, to name a few. Western Digital’s SanDisk, for the first time, has forayed into wireless charging products in the country. The SanDisk IXpand Wireless Charging Sync and SanDisk IXpand Wireless Charger (15W) are the two new products launched last month in India. While the former has more features like backing up your phone’s data — and charging your phone simultaneously, it is also the higher-end model in the lot.
But, the latter is more affordable and does the job as the name suggests; it provides wireless charging for Qi-compatible products. It is in for review, and I have been using it to charge the supported devices, and its experience has been good.
SanDisk IXpand Wireless Charger (15W) — What you get
The IXpand wireless is a sleek-looking charging pad that comes in only one color variant: white. It accompanies a long USB Type-C cable measuring about 1.5 meters, which is pretty decent and convenient, assuming your desk is too far from the outlet. The wall charger is a conventional 24W adapter that can deliver outputs ranging from 15W, 18W, and 24W. Despite higher capable outputs, the wireless charger maxes out at 15W. According to the company, the compatible devices include iPhone 8 and newer, Samsung Galaxy S7/Note 8 and newer, OnePlus 8 and above, LG G7 ThinQ/V40 ThinQ and above.
As for the design of the IXpand, it is a portable wireless charger that can slip in your backpack quite swiftly or can be an excellent add-on to your bed table or working desk, for that matter — be it at home or the office. As suggested earlier, it comes in white, which is, to be frank, a drawback as it can accumulate dust on it very often. I found myself cleaning it every alternate day — especially on the no-slip rubber ring up top, which makes your phone stick on it without wobbling/slipping. A similar rubber ring is at the bottom, which makes it glue to the table on any furnished desk. There’s a USB Type-C port tucked away nicely below the pad. It doesn’t get in the way either on the table or while the phone is placed on it for charging.
The IXpand further comes with a LED indicator on the top, right beside the no-slip ring, to state the charging is happening the way it should be. For example, if you place your phone quite far from the center, the LED indicator continuously flashes in orange color, suggesting the charge’s not taking place. Likewise, whenever you place your phone precisely, the charge indicator stays blue during the charge.I found this quite convenient during my usage. That’s because, with my iPhone, I often remove the Apple leather case during the day or sometimes at night. With the case, the phone has less tendency to slip, and the camera bump doesn’t come in the way during the charge.
But, without the case, it was annoying for my iPhone, because I often placed it not so precisely due to it’s smaller size and slippery finish on the back. While the no-slip rubber ring still holds the phone in place even if your phones have glass slabs, which most wireless charging compatible phones do have, placing it on correctly is often what you should look forward to — on the IXpand wireless charger. Yet, this is not the case for bigger phones, as the camera bump most likely doesn’t come in the way. And that’s why having the LED indicator on the charging pad is quite handy, in my opinion.
SanDisk IXpand Wireless Charger (15W) Charging Speeds
During my testing, I used a couple of wireless compatible devices, including an iPhone Xs and iPhone 11, which are restricted to 7.5W wireless charging speeds, which the IXpand had offered without any hassle. While the devices support up to 18W fast charge through the respective adapter (via USB Type-C to lightning cable), the charging speeds offered through the wireless charging pad are still better than the conventional 5W, which we usually used to get in the retail packaging for the aforementioned phones. Moreover, less cable management is a plus with such a portable wireless charging pad sitting on a corner of your table at home or office every day.
With speeds up to 15W through the charging pad, I am quite sure other such supported/compatible devices like the Galaxy S21 (supports 15W charging wirelessly) or accessories like earbuds’ cases (wireless-compatible) should efficiently work on it without any benefit of the doubt. There’s a MagSafe charger for Apple devices that offers 15W wireless charging speeds for iPhones only, iPhone 12 and above, for instance. Yet, with the IXpand, you get the same 15W speeds for iPhone 12 and above; you could also get the same charging speeds for other high-end smartphones alongside the compatible Apple products, which is very convenient.
I prefer to charge my devices overnight, and as I said earlier, this doesn’t take up much space on my bed table, or any table for that matter. Having the 1.5-meter long cable had made the setup easier to set it on my table. While the phone rests anyway during sleep, it’s better to have it nearby charging conveniently on the IXpand rather than tucked away somewhere far near an outlet with a wired connection.
Is it safer?
Like any traditional wireless charger out there, the phone gets mildly heated during the charge, which is not something you should be worrying about. It was seamless during my testing, wondering how well it handles wireless charging through phone cases. The company also suggests that in most cases with less than 5mm thickness, it should be fine to charge the phone wirelessly. The additional protection with the IXpand includes temperature control, foreign object detection (wherein it again flashes orange color indicator), and supports adaptive charging for healthy battery life.
SanDisk IXpand Wireless Charger (15W) — Verdict
The SanDisk IXpand Wireless charger comes in two models: the charging pad alone costs Rs 1,999, and the other model comes along with 24W Quick Charge 3.0 adapter, which I used for this review, retails at Rs 2,999. They are available for sale through stores like Croma and online through Amazon India. Rather than going with a non-adapter model, we would suggest considering the bundle. It includes a reliable, fast charge adapter, a longer charging USB Type-C cable, which can be convenient, and the pad itself.
The product here is highly portable and doesn’t occupy space much, and does the job as promised. There are other models in the competition at this price point; most of them top at 10W. And then there are 2-in-1s, and 3-in-1s too, which also settle for lower charging speeds.
It’s worth a shot to consider SanDisk’s first-ever wireless charging model; the IXpand Wireless 15W charger if you need a simple one that does the job, which is wireless charging reliably and more safely. If you’re looking for more than just a charger; SanDisk also provides the Wireless Sync model that gives you other options like data, photos, and contact backup, which is handier if you’re running low on storage. The only minus on the IXpand 15W pad would be the color, which is white, which is, for me, very hard to maintain. The competition also offers other color options, which are worth considering too.