Confirmed: the Nexus 5 does work with the Nexus Wireless Charging Orb

Confirmed: the Nexus 5 does work with the Nexus Wireless Charging Orb
It was expected that the Nexus 5 would work with the old Nexus Wireless Charging Orb that was sold for a while on the Google Play Store, but it was never officially confirmed by Google, likely because there is a new charging pad that is expected to be released that will be compatible with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. But, we can confirm that the Nexus 5 does work with the old Charging Orb.

The question was never if the Nexus 5 would charge on it, because it's all the Qi standard; the question was if the magnets in the device were configured properly to hold it on the Orb. Of course, it doesn't work quite the same way as the Nexus 4. The Nexus 5 seems to have ever so slightly stronger magnets (or it could be that the device is ever so slightly lighter than its predecessor), and there seem to be more of them within the device itself. The magnets in the Nexus 4 were set lower down in the device, so if you set it on the Orb centered the phone would charge, but it would eventually slip off and stop charging. It had to be placed a bit off-center to compensate and be connected towards the bottom of the device. We're assuming . 

With the Nexus 5, while you can set it on the Orb with the same off-set stance as the Nexus 4, it won't charge that way. The Nexus 5 will only charge if it is set centered on the Orb; and luckily, there are magnets in the middle that will hold it in place in order to charge properly. In limited testing, the Nexus 5 charges quickly on the Orb, and seems to hold in place without slipping off at all. The plastic backing of the Nexus 5 is far less slippery than the glass back of the Nexus 4, and it is also lighter, so that isn't much of a surprise. 

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Will Google support the wireless charger for 18 months as well... just sayin

10. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You mean "just askin'"?

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"Exclusive"? More like "obvious" since it's the Qi standard.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Sorry, I edited it for clarity. The question wasn't if it would charge, but more if the Nexus 5 had magnets set properly to hold it on the Orb.

12. ChristianMcC

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Could you do me a huge favor and tell me what the model number is of the charger? I bought a used orb without one, and I don't want to hurt it or my new N5 by using a higher 2+ amp charger, or slow the process with a lower than 1.8a charger.

3. Retro-touch unregistered

Also confirmed on XDA forums, Nexus 5 supports USB OTG out the box

5. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Now I've got a real reason to be mad about my Gnex not getting 4.4 KK.

6. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

That is interesting as other people said that the nexus 4 wireless charger did not have any magnets and was just a sticky surface?

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The rubber surface helps to hold it, but it does have magnets.

8. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I still have an old Palm wireless charger. I wonder if...?

9. plantman60

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Palm Pre had this in 2009, still works for my HP Pre 2.

11. Naepxpulse

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Any word yet on price/availability of the new wireless charger?

13. choetechnology

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 11, 2013


14. jeffherd

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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