Google Pixel Stand (2nd gen) review: Power with finesse

Three years after the launch of its original wireless charger, Google has returned to the market with the Pixel Stand from 2021 (2nd generation). Like its predecessor, the latest Pixel Stand pairs with your Pixel smartphone, giving it a functional Google Assistant and other functions while charging. It is much more than a standard wireless charger.

While it was primarily designed to quickly charge the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google’s second-gen dock also aims to power a wide range of wireless charging smartphones. Let’s see if that’s the case in Android Authority Pixel Stand (2nd Gen) review.

What you need to know about the Google Pixel Stand (2nd generation)

Google Pixel Stand box content on wooden table

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  • Google Pixel Stand (2nd generation): $ 79 / £ 69 / € 79

Pixel Stand is first and foremost a fast wireless charger designed for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It provides 21 W and 23 W of wireless power to these smartphones, respectively. The stand also supports up to 15W for Qi Extended Power Profile (EPP) certified devices, including previous generation Pixel smartphones.

The design of the Pixel Stand from 2021 is bulkier than the previous model. Its dimensions are 113.9 x 71.6 x 82.0 mm, with capacity for the built-in fan, while the stand weighs 71 g (2.8 oz). Here’s an all-plastic build, with a mostly white coating and what can best be described as a mint green base for the stand, in keeping with Google’s Pixel 6 series’ colorful color schemes. There is a single USB-C port on the back to provide power to the stand.

What is good?

Google Pixel 6 Wireless Charging Assistant setup screen

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The 2021 Pixel Stand is a solid option for quickly charging your Pixel 6 series smartphone. It’s not as fast as wired charging, but it’s not far behind, at two hours and seven minutes to fill up the Pixel 6 Pro. The stand also provides robust wireless charging speeds for a wide range of Qi EPP smartphones, making it a great option if you have several different phones in the home.

Power test at the stand Google Pixel 6 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max OnePlus 9 Pro Sony Xperia 1 III

Power test at the stand:

Pixel Stand (2nd generation)

Google Pixel 6 Pro:

28.2 W

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra:

12.7 W

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max:

6.6 W

OnePlus 9 Pro:

19.1 W

Sony Xperia 1 III:

19.6 W

Power test at the stand:

Pixel Stand (1st generation)

Google Pixel 6 Pro:

11.8 W

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra:

5.9 W

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max:

6.2W

OnePlus 9 Pro:

6.4 W

Sony Xperia 1 III:

6.0 W

Based on the table above, we can estimate that the support is approximately 80% efficient in sending energy over the air. This gives us a maximum charging power of 23W transferred to the Pixel 6 Pro and 15W to a selection of other Qi EPP compatible phones. I also tested phones with the original Pixel Stand, and there is a clear and noticeable improvement compared to the basic Qi 5W option compatible with the first-gen model and many third-party chargers.

Support for 15W Qi makes the Pixel Stand ideal for more than just the Pixel 6 series.

Besides being an excellent wireless charger, Pixel Stand offers additional functions for your Pixel phone. When docked, Pixel phones from Pixel 3 onwards can become a Google Photos frame, a smart home controller, a sunrise alarm, can be set to do not disturb mode and take all Common commands through the Google Assistant. Pixel Stand transforms your phone into a kind of little Google Nest Hub. When charging wirelessly, a message pops up to guide you through setting everything up just the way you like it. If you’re involved in the Google ecosystem, these features are a nice touch and certainly add some extra value over third-party wireless chargers.

However, if you’re running a Pixel 5 or earlier with Google’s first-gen base, you won’t get anything out of the switch to the new Pixel Stand (2021). The features are exactly the same as last time; the main update is faster charging speeds for the Pixel 6 and other phones.

What is not so good?

Google Pixel Stand Gen 2 vs Gen 1 back

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However, there are a couple of small complaints with the Pixel Stand (2021). For starters, I wouldn’t quickly charge the Pixel 6 Pro above 9W without going through the Pixel Stand onboarding process mentioned above. As part of this process, your phone offers you the option to choose Optimized, Maximum, or Silent charging preferences. It seems like you need to visit this option at least once before fast charging is enabled, but it took several tries before the setup process got to this screen. This is beyond annoying, especially if you don’t intend to use the Charger Assistant and other functions. However, you can turn them off and retain fast wireless charging afterwards.

If you find that your Pixel 6 series is slow to charge wirelessly, this is likely the reason. Also, verify that you are running software version SQ1D.211205.016.A1 or newer.

You cannot quickly charge the Pixel 6 Pro without first running the Pixel Stand onboarding process.

I’m also not very excited about the design of the latest Stand. It’s much thicker and certainly not quite as sleek as the first model, due to the inclusion of a fan that fortunately remains quiet even during a full charge cycle. The USB-C cable doesn’t plug perfectly under the stand either, so you’ll need a spare inch behind the Pixel Stand to accommodate the cable as well.

Related: The best accessories for charging phones

Google Pixel Stand review: should you buy it?

Google Pixel Stand Gen 2 on the desktop

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Google’s second-generation Pixel Stand is designed for the Pixel 6 series, as it is much more than just a basic wireless charger. With Assistant, Smart Home, Do Not Disturb and Photo Frame capabilities, Pixel Stand is an accessory created to help you take full advantage of Google’s broader ecosystem while charging your Pixel phones.

Pixel Stand (2nd Gen) is designed to get the most out of the Google Assistant and your smart home while charging.

Stylish extras aside, the Pixel Stand (2021) makes a great wireless charger too. The Pixel 6’s charging speeds are pretty much as good as its wired specs, but the dock remains quiet and cool. Furthermore, the 15W Qi EPP compatibility means that it will also charge a wide range of smartphones and other devices in a reasonably timely manner.

See also: Best Wireless Chargers: A Buyer’s Guide

The only downside is Google’s hefty $ 79 starting price. If you’re not primarily shopping for a Pixel smartphone, you won’t benefit from those extra Google features that almost justify the hefty price tag. Instead, you should check out the much more affordable 15W Anker PowerWave II stand ($ 39.99) which has you well covered for fast Qi wireless charging.

second generation google pixel stand

Google Pixel Stand (2nd generation)

Build for the Google ecosystem

Pixel Stand (2nd Gen) isn’t just a fast wireless charger for the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It also lets you control your smart home, talk to the Google Assistant, and view your photos while charging your phone.

Google Pixel Stand (2nd Gen) Top Questions and Answers

Q: How long does it take to wirelessly charge the Pixel 6 Pro?

TO: Two hours and seven minutes.

Q: Can you quickly wirelessly charge older Google Pixel smartphones?

TO: Yes. Pixel 3, 4 and 5 series phones charge wirelessly with up to 10W of power.

Q: Does the Pixel Stand charge other smartphones?

TO: Yes, as long as they are compatible with Qi wireless charging. Pixel Stand supports up to 15W wireless charging for Qi EPP certified products and 5W for regular Qi devices.

Q: Can you charge my Pixel Buds?

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