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10 Qi smartphone wireless chargers with looks and personality

0. phoneArena 11 Jul 2014, 08:38 posted on

If you happen to be looking for a techy decoration for your desk that also has the practical benefit of charging your mobile devices with zero hassle, investing in one of these ten accessories is a no-brainer. We shopped around for some neatly designed chargers and didn't end up disappointed...

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posted on 11 Jul 2014, 08:45 9

1. lalalaman (Posts: 275; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Lololol....they first showed nokia qi wireless charger in the article picture and then it is not in the list

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 10:22 5

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3232; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Its for attraction..... Lol

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 08:45 1

2. hafini_27 (Posts: 215; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


You should have put that Smacktom charger in last place and concluded with Combo Breaker...

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:08

3. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I thought the Duracell model used a different standard than Qi. Might be worth a look, along with that SmackTom. The Nokia ones are too pricey, and the last time they were fairly priced was when AT&T was clearing their inventory (I had $100 worth of chargers and they cancelled my order. Jerks.)

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 11:29 1

9. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 276; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Yeah, that Duracell is not QI and should be removed from the list. Maybe this product was a nice idea when it came out, but it's a POS by today's standards.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:31 1

4. tokuzumi (Posts: 230; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


The idea of wireless charging is great. The reality is not so great. It takes much longer to charge wirelessly, compared to wired charging. My S4 comes with a 2 amp charger. It charges the phone very quickly. The best wireless charging solution I've found on the web is around 0.65 amps. That won't even keep the phone charged if I'm using it at the same time. I do look forward to the next generation of this technology, where it can provide over 1 amp of charging power, preferably closer to 2 amps.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 13:07

10. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 276; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


OTOH, it saves a lot of wear on your phone's USB jack. And there are times where fast charging isn't needed, such as when you're sleeping.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 13:49 1

13. Augustine (Posts: 605; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


No, the way in which USB micro was designed, the wear and tear happens to the cable plug.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 10:29 1

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The Orb that debuted with Nexus 4 was simply beauty. But it was flawed, it wasn't magnetic and used a cheap rubber instead to hold the phone.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 10:30

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The Orb that debuted with Nexus 4 was simply beauty. But it was flawed, it wasn't magnetic and used a cheap rubber instead to hold the phone.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 11:28

8. Augustine (Posts: 605; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


FWIW, I found a decent phone holder for the car with Qi charging: the AirDock (v.http://www.theairdock.com ).

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 13:10

11. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 276; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Meh. I've seen other car chargers with friction mounts and they don't have a great track record for keeping your phone in place. Plus it's $70. For a charger.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 13:48

12. Augustine (Posts: 605; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


It has magnets too... What's bugging me is that with GPS and the screen on it cannot keep the battery charged and eventually it drains away.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 15:57

15. marbovo (Posts: 578; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Why use those chargers if we can use a standard usb charger for free and have the same or better results? if at least there were any kind of qi charger pool where we could put multiple devices... but this is useless made for mindless people to spend their money

posted on 12 Jul 2014, 16:24

18. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


Not really. They might be slower. But they're definitely a lot more practical. Just think about it. "my tab's dead. I'll just put it on the charger". Since you don't manipulate the cables on the Qi charger as much as on a phone (I wouldn't even move mine), the cables last a lot longer than they would with wired charging. So on the long run, it's actually cheaper.

posted on 12 Jul 2014, 21:29

19. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 675; Member since: 29 May 2014)


There is an electricity lost when transferring the electricity wireless. I believe it's around 30%. I hope PA can test it.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 17:41

20. Augustine (Posts: 605; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Actually, I read a paper at the Qi Alliance and it proved that energy can be transferred more efficiently through induction than via wires. It surprised me, but, from what I see, it may depend on the circuit design.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 18:41

16. DonShock (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


I love my Tylt chargers but the price is an issue. The biggest plus is no positioning worries, with the bonus that it keeps the phone held in a viewable and usable position for answering incoming calls or using as a universal remote without the need to pick it up off the charger. But I'll admit it was hard to shell out the $70 for the first one, a $40ish price would make it a no brainer purchase. I only pulled the trigger on a second one when they had a half price sale.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 21:04

17. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 675; Member since: 29 May 2014)


@Luis D,

I'm expecting a follow up article about how this different brand stuck up against each other. Such as from ZERO to HERO measurement, and if any problem on compatibility against any phone.

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