Kerf Wireless Phone Charger review: Nature plus tech

You might think of your iPhone's wireless charger as something purely functional. Why can't it also be elegant and beautiful? Kerf's natural wood wireless phone charger brings warmth and style to the wireless charging game.

The Good

  • Beautiful
  • Locally-sourced natural wood
  • Fast charging
  • Can be engraved
  • Many wood species
  • Lifetime warranty

The Bad

  • Can get pricey

Form and function

Kerf Wireless Phone Charger: Features

Kerf Wireless Phone Charger

The Kerf Wireless Phone Charger is carved from natural hardwood and has a non-slip cork bottom. It's a smooth rounded square shape. Beyond its attractive exterior, its interior is designed to be future-proof. A custom PCB allows charging at multiple wattages. The charger is compatible with Qualcomm 2.0 and 3.0 Fast Charging. The power output is 5W - 10W. Unlike many chargers, this one has a USB-C port. You can order it with or without an Anker 1-meter braided nylon USB-C to USB-A charging cable and brick. It's compatible with every iPhone from the 8/8 Plus through the current models and any other Qi-enabled device. It will work even with a case on your phone if the case is 3mm thick or less.

I was able to set my phone down on the charger any which way, horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and it works. It is a single phone charger; you cannot charge two devices at once. It's quite lightweight but the cork base keeps it from slipping around on your desk.

Kerf's natural wood wireless phone charger brings warmth and style to the wireless charging game.

Kerf pays attention to the environment, using sustainable locally-sourced natural wood and 100% post-consumer recycled packaging. For the base price, you can choose a popular wood such as Maple, Walnut, Sycamore, or Cherry. If you want to go more exotic and are willing to pay a bit more, there are also rarer woods like Bocote, Figured Sapele, Purpleheart, or Paduak. There are 15 different species of wood from which to choose. If you have a Kerf case on your iPhone, you can get your wireless charger to match (or complement) it.

If you wish to personalize your wireless charger further, you can have it custom engraved for an extra fee. Engraving options include text, logos, or simple images.

A step above the average

Kerf Wireless Phone Charger: What I like

Tech doesn't always have to be plastic, metal, or glass. Kerf's charger is proof that it can also be naturally beautiful. I love the look and feel of real wood, and Kerf delivers a powerful charger in a stunning package.

Kerf Wireless Phone Charger

Not cheap

Kerf Wireless Phone Charger: What I don't like

The entry price is certainly competitive with plastic chargers, but if you add in cable and power supply, you'll pay a bit more. If you want a fancier wood species, the prices can go up pretty quickly. If you choose to add custom engraving, there is an upcharge.

Elegant, high quality tech

Kerf Wireless Phone Charger: Bottom line

If you're just looking for a cheap fast charger, this isn't it. But if you want an elegant natural wood charger that elevates your decor while charging your iPhone rapidly and wirelessly, this is the one. It would make an excellent gift for the techie in your life, or a treat to yourself.

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Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.