A Boost to Battery and Productivity – Review Geek


Rating:
7/10
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  • 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 – Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 – Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 – Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 – Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $40

ESR HaloLock Shift wireless charger with iPhone 14 Pro in front of monitors on desk
Marcus Mears III / Review Geek

We’ve all been there. You plug your trusty, frayed charging cable into your iPhone, but much to your dismay, its days of charging your handset are no more. Rather than scour your junk drawer for a new cord, you may want to consider a MagSafe solution like ESR’s HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger.

Damaged cables aside, wireless chargers come with their own set of issues. As long as you understand its limitations, this little charging puck can up your productivity, improve your iPhone’s entertainment value, and prevent the need for a charge before bed.

Here’s What We Like

  • Keeps your iPhone charged throughout the day
  • Minimalist design scheme
  • Detachable puck
  • 18W output

And What We Don’t

  • Not easily adjustable
  • Still tethered to an (exceptionally long) cord
  • Might not work with your phone case

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A Simplistic, Thoughtful Design

ESR HaloLock Shift wireless charger with iPhone in landscape mode on desk
Marcus Mears III / Review Geek

I’ll start off by saying that I like the minimalist white and metallic design the HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger offers. It doesn’t try to be the start of the show, and it never distracts from the phone’s screen.

However, I wouldn’t mind seeing more than one finish option; I could see this charger looking just as good or even better in understated colors like black or dark blue. Of course, this has no impact on functionality, so the charger coming solely in white is far from a deal breaker in my mind.

HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger without charging puck
Stand without charging puck Marcus Mears III / Review Geek

If you’re used to wireless chargers that lay flat on a surface, the HaloLock Shift’s stand will undoubtedly be a step up in the ease of use department. Rather than lift your phone off the charger, or carry a MagSafe puck on the back of the phone as you bring it to your face, ESR’s charger puts your phone in a position that shows you everything you need to know.

I find it especially useful on a desk, giving me updates and reminders at a glance while I work away. Paired with the iPhone 14 Pro’s Always-On Display, it’s almost like adding another monitor to your desktop setup.

There’s also the added benefit of easy camera operation. If you create content, or just enjoy frequent FaceTime chats with friends and family, the HaloLock Shift charger will save you some shoulder strain and allow you to have both hands free for demonstrations, tutorials, or general nonverbal communication.

And, if you want to swap orientations from portrait to landscape, just rotate your phone while it’s attached to the stand.

HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger puck on desk next to iPhone 14 Pro and drink coaster
Marcus Mears III / Review Geek

Say you don’t want to charge your phone using the stand—no worries. Whenever you want, you can pull the charging puck off of the stand and lay it flat on a desk, take it to your car (though you may want to check out ESR’s HaloLock Wireless Car Charger if this is your main goal), throw it in a bag for transport, or answer any phone calls that come through.

However, this design isn’t airtight. In the event you want your phone’s screen higher up or further down, you’re out of luck. The only adjustability this stand offers is in removing the charging puck from the stand; you don’t have many options otherwise, aside from the tried and true monitor method of boosting the stand with books.

Furthermore, a wireless charger doesn’t mean you’re free of cords. In fact, I would call the HaloLock Shift’s 5ft (1.5m) cord, which attaches to the bottom USB-C port of the charging puck, exceptionally long. This comes with its own set of pros and cons. When you detach the puck, you’ll be able to move it just about anywhere, but when it’s on the stand, you have a spool of wire and not much to do with it.

HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger side view with iPhone 14 Pro on charger
Marcus Mears III / Review Geek

If you’re a cable management pro, or you want the charger on the other end of the device or adapter it draws power from, this isn’t an issue. But for most use cases, you’ll have to find a way to stash the unsightly wire.

Last on the design’s cons list is the problem I ran into when trying to use this MagSafe charger with a phone case. Despite my Incipio iPhone 14 Pro case stating its MagSafe compatibility, it just wouldn’t stick. You’d likely have better luck with an official MagSafe case from Apple (something ESR addresses in its FAQ section), but be warned that you may have to use this charger without a case if it’s from a third-party retailer.

All in all, I think the HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger brings a lot to the table design-wise. It puts my phone where it needs to be for easy notification reading and text answering, and I can always take the charging puck with me if the need arises. However, I do think the charger could stand for some height adjustment options and a cleaner cable solution.

Charging Power: More Than Sufficient

Marcus Mears III / Review Geek

With an 18W output, ESR’s HaloLock Shift charger puts up solid numbers, especially when it comes to wireless chargers. 18W is greater than the 15W of wireless charging that MagSafe-compatible iPhones accept, but it’s admittedly slower than a wired 20W or 30W connection.

Note: As the ESR HaloLock Shift is not an official MagSafe wireless charger, your iPhone will only charge at 7.5W. To take full advantage of the 18W speeds, you’ll need a compatible Android smartphone and a magnetic mount.

However, since you can set your iPhone on the HaloLock charger and forget about it, it keeps your iPhone near full charge all day long. You won’t have to worry about charging up mid-day or before bed, and you’ll still have your phone right at your fingertips, rather than at the nearest wall outlet.

This may cause some concern for battery drain in the long term, but as long as you have Optimized Battery Charging enabled, it should largely minimize these effects.

Should You Buy the ESR HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger?

iPhone 14 Pro on HaloLock Shift Wireless charger
Marcus Mears III / Review Geek

If you want to break free from frayed cables, you should definitely consider the ESR HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger. Not only does it power your iPhone throughout the day, it also keeps your notifications, phone calls, and YouTube videos right at your fingertips.

Be aware that you’ll need a MagSafe-compatible case (from Apple or ESR’s HaloLock collection) and a way to deal with a 5ft cord. You’ll also have to be a fan of the height the phone sits at since there’s no way to adjust the base.

If you’re looking to charge more than one device at once, you may want to look into options like the Nomad Base One Max which can power your iPhone and Apple Watch, or the Mophie snap+ 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Stand which can also juice up your AirPods.

You can pick the HaloLock Shift Wireless Charger up in white for $39.99, which is roughly the same price as an Apple 20W adapter and 1m lightning cable.

Here’s What We Like

  • Keeps your iPhone charged throughout the day
  • Minimalist design scheme
  • Detachable puck
  • 18W output

And What We Don’t

  • Not easily adjustable
  • Still tethered to an (exceptionally long) cord
  • Might not work with your phone case




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