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 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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1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No sticky feet?

15. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

2. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

4. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

9. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

16. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

5. dmh0284

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

6. TruthSpeaker unregistered

$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.

11. scy1192

Posts: 11; Member since: May 15, 2014

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

12. eric0668

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 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

13. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

14. eric0668

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 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

17. imjcmr

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This will not work with the AT&T variant of the lg g3 at all. They opted to go with PMA charging. And does anyone make a PMA charging back cover for the Lg G3? Of course not!

18. joelks

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I have the LGG3 with ATT. I wanted wireless charging really bad for just the geek value. Use quick circle case from ATT, bought duracell powermat, waited 15 days to get it. Plugged it in and it worked twice. TWICE! and never again. After checking into it I find lots of posts from people with the same problem. Turns out ATT's jacked up control that won't allow Qi has a phone that rarely works well with the PMA. It's the phone thats screwed. I really hope someone can find away to fix this. I would by a new back if I could find one, but it would be awesome if someone could find away to get out from under ATT's thimb and switch the phone to QI like Verizon's phones. What a pisser!

19. mpampis

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

does it work with the lg g2 international?

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