Review by iMore
The SliceCharge has recently been exposed by one of the most famous tech media in the US - iMore. And thanks for the iMore that offered us a '4.5 out of 5.0' rating. The iMore credited us that 'Apple hasn't released its AirPower multi-device charging pad, but other companies are filling the void. Hard Cider Labs has done that beautifully'. Check out the following paragraphs for more details.
SliceCharge 3in1 Wireless Charger review: An alternative to Apple's AirPower
Charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously.
Do you want to get rid of that tangle of cords on your nightstand or desk? Check out Hard Cider Labs' SliceCharge. This slim mat charges up to three devices including any Qi-enabled smartphone, Apple Watch, and AirPods (you'll need to add on the charging case for $20 more) rapidly and simultaneously.
SliceCharge: What I like
We were pretty excited when Apple first announced AirPower. What a great idea to have a single mat where you could set down your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods for wireless charging, without having to mess with all those wires and plugs. But in the long wait for its release, other companies jumped in to fill the void. Hard Cider Labs has done that beautifully.
SliceCharge is a slim, unassuming mat constructed from aluminum and covered with an anti-scratch, anti-slip fabric. The fabric looks and feels like a sturdy canvas. It comes in three colors: Frosted White, Carmine Red, and Indigo Blue so you can match it to your devices and/or your decor.
It has three charging areas. The center spot is for an Apple Watch. The left and right spots can charge any wireless-enabled Qi protocol phones, such as the iPhone 8/8 Plus/X, iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, and Samsung Galaxy S9/8/7. The left and right spots can also be used to wirelessly charge AirPods by using the Hard Cider Labs' ElectroLeather AirPods case, which costs an additional $20, but now you have a protective case for your AirPods case!
The total output for the SliceCharge among its three charging areas is 18w. Each of the outer phone spots is 7.5w. It comes with an 18w QC 3.0 power adapter (type A/B) which has over-voltage protection, temperature control, and foreign object detection for safety purposes.
I did not run speed tests, but each 7.5w charger is purported to fully charge an iPhone in 3.2 hours, which is about a half hour faster than its competitors. In my experience, the SliceCharge just works as expected.
SliceCharge: What I don't like
You can't just slap your devices down anywhere on the mat. The charging areas are specific, so be sure to place your devices in the right spot and check to make sure they are charging before you walk away.
As I mentioned earlier, if you want to charge your AirPods on the SliceCharge, you do need to make an additional $20 purchase of the ElectroLeather AirPods Wireless Charging Protective Case. This is actually a nice solution on Hard Cider Labs' part to a limitation in the AirPods' technology, but it is an additional purchase you need to be aware of.