10 Qi smartphone wireless chargers with looks and personality

10 Qi smartphone wireless chargers with looks and personality
Wireless charging is becoming increasingly ubiquitous among flagship smartphones and smaller tablets. It's a welcome feature for those of you that like to keep their mobile devices charged during the day without having to tether and un-tether them from the nearest computer or outlet with an USB port. Additionally, some chargers double as stand-up smartphone docks, which is just dandy no matter how you look at it.

Alas, wireless chargers are still a tad overpriced for what they offer, and aren't suitable for everyone out there. But 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. And hopefully, neither will you.

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21 Comments

1. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Its for attraction..... Lol

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.)

9. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

10. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

11. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

15. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 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

18. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 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.

19. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

20. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

16. DonShock

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

17. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 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.

21. esquire415

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The one from SmackTom is an imitation isn't it? Made in China and can be found a lot on eBay below $10. The original maker is SoundBot. They made the PowerBot and they come in different sizes and shapes. This particular model is the PowerBot® PB1020 and costs between $15-$25.

22. TinCity

Posts: 6; Member since: May 07, 2013

Update: Anyone ever heard of Zon Deals Galore (just google it)? They have a yellow widget on their homepage that spits out all the discounts for any item that you can buy on Amazon. Got these chargers using this tool for little of nothing. Going to try it with other items there as well.

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