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LG G3 Wireless Charger (WCD-100) hands-on

LG G3 Wireless Charger (WCD-100) hands-on
Here we have the LG WCD-100 Qi wireless charger. This is LG's accessory that's meant to power up Qi standard-compatible devices, such as the LG G3's European version. Owners of US and Asian models must procure either LG's official Quick Circle case, or another replacement back panel with support for wireless charging.

The unassuming looks don't lie, as the WCD-100 is extremely simple to use - as simple as any ordinary smartphone dock, in fact. The only difference is that a microUSB port lies behind the cradle. This is where the charger feeds on electrical current and passes it to the phone. So stick one end of a microUSB cable into the charger, and the other end into an USB port or a charger, and you've got the WCD-100 working. That's it!

The LG WCD-100 Qi charger

The LG WCD-100 Qi charger

The charger doesn't have any lights, thus, you will only know that it works by your smartphone's indications. As you can see in the photos, the LG G3 outputs a battery indicator in the Quick Circle window, while the notification LED glows red. The WCD-100 can only support the phone in portrait mode. We should also point out that the cradle is quite sturdy - don't expect it to shake or budge.

Charging the LG G3 with the WCD-100 is literally foolproof. And in addition to wireless charging, the accessory makes for a nice smartphone dock, too. You won't go wrong with LG's offering if you are looking for any of the two, but bear in mind that the stand won't work for tablets. Additionally, the WCD-100 is rather expensive at around $60.




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posted on 11 Jul 2014, 08:58

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2102; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


No sticky feet?

posted on 15 Jul 2014, 02:00

15. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 164; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


This article states that the US versions don't support wireless charging without the Quick Circle case, but every VZW rep I've asked says it has wireless charging capability out-of-box.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:14

2. fistigons (Posts: 262; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


I love standing qi chargers. Too bad I own 4 Nokia fatboy chargers.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:15

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5454; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In my opinion LG G3 is the best smartphone in the market for today but official LG G3 wireless charger looks cheap and not ergonomic. And maybe it just me but so far I didn't saw black version of this charger only white models.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:23

4. matty1323 (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I agree with PAuser, you would think that they would have been going for affordable with this style but apparently not. I like to go OEM for accessories when I can but this is hard to swallow. I'll definitely have to try and fins this cheaper in the next couple !months or so. I would like to hope it works landscape too if you're using it as a desk dock? Confirmation would be great tho.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 10:27

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5454; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I agree with PAuser..."

Thank you matty1323.

"I would like to hope it works landscape too if you're using it as a desk dock? Confirmation would be great tho."

I was watching LG G3 wireless charger review on YouTube (don't remember the channel) and as far as I remember author of review tried to charge LG G3 while phone was placed in the horizontal position but charging didn't worked. I assume that coil which is inside of LG G3 back cover in horizontal position didn't cover most part of charger's coil which is in vertical position. So induction is to low to start charging process.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 10:38

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5454; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In theory since charger can lay flat, it should be able charge phone in both horizontal and vertical positions but I'm not 100% sure, this info still should be confirmed.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 14:58

9. TheGenius (Posts: 251; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Article clearly says that it supports potrait and landscape modes.!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:51

16. luis.d (Posts: 97; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


This is a mistake that has been corrected now. The LG G3 won't charge in horizontal orientation. I apologize for the incorrect information.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:29

5. dmh0284 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


How is this more convenient or practical than wired charging? I mean, if you were able to hold it in your hand and use it while it wirelessly charged then that would be one thing. But the fact that it has to sit in a cradle in order to charge means that you will have to leave your phone alone while it charges. This isn't the case when you charge your phone with a traditional cable.

As far as I'm concerned, this whole cradle wireless charging thing is a gimmick. I'm not bashing the G3, BTW, just cradle charging. I am a G2 owner.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 10:01 1

6. TruthSpeaker (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 May 2014)


$60 seems a bit much, especially if you're in the US & Asian markets and need further accessories to make it work.

Although I'm a big fan of the "magnetic charging dock" on the Z2, very convenient. Works a treat and was less than £5 delivered on ebay.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 17:02

11. scy1192 (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 May 2014)


Can anyone recommend a similar one that isn't so expensive?

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 20:47

12. eric0668 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


I don't really think it looks that cheap at all. But I haven't seen or used it. You may have thus the opinions of some.

I am wondering 2 things:

1. I am with T-Mobile fwiw. What is needed to make it work with the charger, the Circle case? Maybe nothing? Or is there a regular case or battery cover it will work with?

2. If when I were to get that back cover that may or may not exist, is it like the Nexus one where it works with a case on it.

Thanks so much

posted on 12 Jul 2014, 04:11

13. luis.d (Posts: 97; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


1. You need either the QuickCircle case, or a replacement back panel with support for wireless charging. LG sells both, but you'll have an easier time finding the case. Before you've asked, I'm not aware of third-party accessories that support wireless charging.

2. Wireless charging usually happens through cases and covers that aren't very thick.

posted on 12 Jul 2014, 07:02

14. eric0668 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


Thanks Luis

Not fond of any portfolio case. Can't find just the back cover. If anyone can, and they could share a link, I'd be most grateful

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