10 wireless charging pads for Qi-enabled smartphones
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10 Wireless Charging Pads for Smartphones
What you're looking at is actually the world's smallest wireless charger, or at least that's what LG says. The LG WCP-300 has a diameter of 7 centimeters and is only 11.9 millimeters thick – perfect for places where free space is scarce.
You can ditch that old, boring radio alarm clock of yours and replace it with this gadget by Oregon Scientific. In addition to being a full-fledged radio alarm clock with many bells and whistles, it also features a pad for charging a Qi-enabled phone. Its price, however, will make many think twice before buying one.
This wireless charger by Zens may seem pretty simple at a glance, but there's some clever technology thrown under its hood. It comes with 7 induction coils so your smartphone will charge no matter how you place it, and once it's charged, the system shuts itself down automatically in order to save power.
With the Energizer Dual Inductive Charger you can charge a couple of Qi-enabled devices at the same time. There's also a USB port in case you need to charge a third device by using a USB cable. Energizer has a single device version of its inductive charger as well.
The Duracell Powermat is a small, sleek, and efficient charger for your Qi-enabled device. It comes in black or white and there's variants of it that can charge two or even three phones simultaneously.
6. TYLT VU
This colorful contraption is the TYLT VU wireless charger and smartphone stand. It is titled back at a 45-degree angle so that you can still see your phone's screen while it is charging. Expect it to be available in June of 2013.
For owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy S4 there's the WiQiQi by Monster Watts. What's special about the product is that it comes as a kit including a charging pad and a thin, removable coil that you place behind the phone's back cover. In other words, your Galaxy smartphone does not need to have the official Samsung Qi back cover in order to charge wirelessly. First shipments are expected to start around May 31, 2013.
Price: $44.99 - $49.99
This wireless charging pad is compatible with a broad range of Qi-ready devices, such as the Google Nexus 4, HTC Windows Phone 8X, Droid DNA, Nokia Lumia 920, and more. For smartphones that don't have wireless charging capabilities out of the box, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, there's a receiver in the set that you place behind the back cover.
This accessory by Nokia is meant to work with the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, but with Qi being a universal standard, chances are that other Qi-enabled smartphones would be compatible as well. It comes in a variety of colors, including white, black, red, cyan, and yellow.
This pricey accessory by TDK will not only charge a Qi-enabled phone, but will also play your favorite music streamed right to it over Bluetooth. It is packed with 4 full-range speakers and a subwoofer.
1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5424; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'd get the TYLT one. those guys sell some cool stuff. o:
2. tech2 (Posts: 814; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Hey does anyone know if HTC One supports Qi charging ?
3. Nick_T (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Nope. My guess is that wireless charging would be very hard to implement in a phone that's made of metal.
4. tech2 (Posts: 814; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Okay, that helps me in making my decision. Thanks !!
6. Amro_ (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Sadly the Lumia charger does not work with Google Nexus 4. Not sure if it works with any other phones than Nokia Lumias.
8. Nick_T (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Actually I think it is the Fatboy pillow that reportedly doesn't work with the Nexus 4. My guess is that it has something to do with the pillow's shape. Number 9 might work since it is flat, but I'm not 100% sure.
10. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
It does work, you just need to find the right spot since the Nokia is a small charger, there a video on Youtube, i wont mention the website because am a loyal PA reader :)
12. Amro_ (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Wow. Tried it for about five mins and it seems to work once it's positioned correctly. I'll still have to try it overnight.Thanks for the tip!
9. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
Does anyone else think there is a big discrepency between the price of these devices and their value? Do people really hate plugging in a cord that much?
I had a touchstone for my palm pre plus and I never really liked it. I think the flat ones are better (I guess), but not worth $50-150 imho.
11. evarod48 (Posts: 112; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
I completely agree. You are paying money to get nothing extra and a longer charge time
13. Amro_ (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
They are rather expensive yes, but I find it much more convenient to just put the phone on a charging pad rather than plugging in the charger. Also, you won't wear out the charging port on the phone. The micro usb port on my Galaxy S can't hold usb cables anymore after using it for two years.
15. rsxl5 (Posts: 64; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
More expensive but more convenient.
Why more expensive?
Engineering, sampling and finally molds do cost a lot of money. You should disassemble charging station to see that it's not just one IC but much more.
IMO 40-50USD for a wireless charging mobile case (if needed) and 50-60USD for a charger is reasonable.
14. tacarat (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
Will there be a follow up article regarding the PMA chargers and phones?
16. kewell69 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
What's the need,if d concept was to carry d phone around while it still charges then it's wireless charging but now it's just handicapped wireless charging.
17. Gadgetsbucket.com (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)
Q1 wireless charger are really cool
18. chrispauly (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2013)
I don't think the Duracell Powermat belongs on this list. Nothing on their site says it is Qi compliant and all the reviews on Amazon say that it definitely is not Qi compatible.
22. nicane (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2013)
The Duracell Powermat definitely doesn't belong on this list. I was first led to believe this would charge my Droid Mini because of this article, but after further research it definitely is not Qi compatible and will not work with any Qi devices, since Powermat is it's own wireless charging standard apart from Qi wireless charging standard.
19. chrispauly (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2013)
Anyone looking for a good deal on a Qi charger, the Nokia ones are on sale at All 4 Cellular for $25. That's a killer deal for this unit. (go to their website, All4Cellular, and search for Nokia Wireless Charging Plate (bulk))
20. diogenes (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
So if you've got a nexus 4 what's the best answer?
21. Ali.Afs (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
hey everyone, i needed to ask a question, ive bought the samsung charging pad, but didnt know that id have to buy the special back cover for the charging pad, and after during some research i found out about this Q1 reciever for way cheaper, i was wondering will this reciever work with the samsung wireless charging bad?