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10 wireless charging pads for Qi-enabled smartphones

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10 wireless charging pads for Qi-enabled smartphones
There was a time when wireless charging was only talked about, but rarely ever implemented in consumer products. Today, there's a growing list of smartphones you can charge without plugging them into an outlet – smartphones like the Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X, and more. 

But in order to do that, you need a special accessory, namely a Qi-compatible charging pad. Below we've listed 10 of them – 10 wireless charging pads for smartphones that support the Qi standard. Check them out and pick your favorite!

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posted on 22 Apr 2013, 04:47 1

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i'd get the TYLT one. those guys sell some cool stuff. o:

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 04:49

2. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Hey does anyone know if HTC One supports Qi charging ?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 05:12 4

3. Nick_T (Posts: 177; 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 05:54 2

4. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Okay, that helps me in making my decision. Thanks !!

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:16 1

5. shreehari (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

nokias charger is best out of all

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:35

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.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:10

8. Nick_T (Posts: 177; 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:32

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 :)

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 12:54

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!

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 14:52

25. thekiwiguy (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)

The Nokia charger works great with my Nexus 5. It should fine with my S5 too, once my Qii ribbon for the battery arrives

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 06:37

7. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

I want #6

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 08:59

9. ayephoner (Posts: 850; 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:46

11. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

I completely agree. You are paying money to get nothing extra and a longer charge time

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 13:00 1

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.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 14:49

15. rsxl5 (Posts: 65; 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.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 13:16

14. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

Will there be a follow up article regarding the PMA chargers and phones?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 17:48

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.

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 15:33

17. Gadgetsbucket.com (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)

Q1 wireless charger are really cool

posted on 22 May 2013, 23:02 1

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.

posted on 29 Nov 2013, 19:21

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.

posted on 22 May 2013, 23:09

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))

posted on 18 Sep 2013, 19:18

20. diogenes (unregistered)

So if you've got a nexus 4 what's the best answer?

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 03:50

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?

Best Regards..

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 01:12

23. aoke.george (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)

hey guys, there is George from China, who do the wireless charger business. if somebody want to purchased any QI wireless charger transmitter or receiver. Pls add my skype:yang.geogre or sent a email to yang.george@outlook.com

Best regards

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 20:16

24. wirelesscharger (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)

If you guys want to buy qi wireless charger, you can visit amazon store and look for CHOETECH (one of the trusted seller of wireless charger in amazon).

posted on 20 May 2014, 22:47

27. jeffherd (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

Yes I totally appreciate with you, becasue i also use choetech qi chargers with my nexus phone form 2 year and didn't get any problem in it till now, reliable and trustable brand for everyone.

posted on 19 May 2014, 12:19

26. erinjanelle (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 May 2014)

The newest one on the market always seems to be way ahead of the older wireless chargers available. I didn't think they were that useful until a client had me work on a campaign, and I have to admit...its awesome. It's the QiPack on Kickstarter.

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