Wireless charging first came to iPhone in 2017. Over the years, we’ve seen many different approaches, including docks that charge multiple Apple devices at the same time. But SanDisk hasn’t put one on the table. Until now. Over the past few days we’ve been testing the iXpand Wireless Charger , a wireless charger that also backs up your photos and contacts so they’re always safe.
iXpand Wireless Charger, technical features
- Accessory type: wireless charger with backup
- Dimensions: 100.3 x 19.5 x 201.4 mm.
- Weight: 201 grams.
- Wireless charging standard: Qi.
- Maximum charging speed: 10W (7.5W on iPhone).
- Supported devices: iPhone 8 and up, other Android devices.
- Connector: charge and mini-USB.
- Includes: charging base, charger, European and British plug adapter.
- Capacities: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB
- Price: from 101 euros at Amazon.
A large and heavy wireless charger, but with an ace in the hole
The first thing that catches the eye of the SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger is its dimensions and weight . It’s not your typical minimalist wireless charger that’s as small and light as a coaster. This accessory weighs 200 grams and it shows.
This is an aspect to take into account if you are looking for a light and compact one. If you have an iPhone 11 Pro Max, the set can add up to a total that is dangerously close to half a kilo in weight.
Because of its size, it is also larger than any iPhone ever released. When you place the 6.5-inch Apple terminal perfectly centered, the corners of the device almost touch the sides while there’s plenty of room on all four sides.
As for its thickness, we are once again faced with an accessory that far exceeds that of the iPhone. These factors aside, the iXpand is a wireless charger with a soft touch. Its surface is made of a rubber that reminds us of the Apple Watch’s Sport straps and ensures that when you place your iPhone on it, you’ll treat it with care.
It is clear that the iXpand wireless charger does not seek discretion . In addition to charging your iPhone, its function is a very different one that represents its ace in the hole: the backup of your photos and contacts.
All your photos stored on a local hard drive and wirelessly
For some users with large photo libraries, the most convenient option is to pay for adequate iCloud storage each month. That way, every night your memories are safe. However, there are others who prefer to use a copy they always have on hand , by means of an external hard drive.
SanDisk has always had solutions for this with various options. But never before have I proposed one that was wireless.
With the iXpand Wireless Charger , you can forget about wires. Just plug the dock into the power supply, download the free app, and connect it to your iPhone. The truth is, the initial setup process isn’t easy. It requires giving the app permissions to always know your location, access to Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. All of this, with the idea of automating those backups.
Of course, once it’s ready, the charger will start saving all the photos and videos you have on your device, including your contacts if you wish. The process is not done all at once the first time, but saves files up to a limit of about 3,000 photos and videos. This way, every time you rest your iPhone on top of the uploader, the files will be saved.
With the iXpand Wireless Charger you have a two-in-one accessory: wireless charger and photo backup. All without wires
The iXpand Wireless Charger has three other interesting features. The first is a feature that lets you delete photos on your iPhone after they’ve been saved. The second is that several people can use the base to save their files separately . And finally, you can connect it to a Mac via a mini-USB cable (not included, a shame it’s not USB-C).
At AppleA glance at the iXpand Base Sandisk: charge your iPhone and make an extra backup while you sleep
In the end, the SanDisk iXpand is an accessory designed for those who want to load and take advantage of making a local backup of their memories. It is ideal to always use it in the same place rather than on a trip, due to its size and weight. Its price from 101 euros on Amazon makes it a product far from an impulse purchase, but perhaps a good candidate for a gift.