Wireless charging pad for Nexus 4, 5, and 7 now available for $49.99

Wireless charging pad for Nexus 4, 5, and 7 now available for $49.99
Back on Halloween when the Nexus 5 first hit the Google Play Store, we heard that Google was also planning to release a new wireless charging pad for its Nexus 4, 5, and 7 devices. At the time, Google unwisely decided to claim that the new charging pad would be listed in the Play Store that same day, but we knew to not get to caught up in that sort of thing, because it seems Google likes to seriously miscalculate release times.

It took Google nearly 6 months longer than advertised to release Google Play Music for iOS, and 3 months between the announcement and release of the Wireless Charging Orb. This time around, it only took Google a touch under 3 weeks to get the wireless charging pad up for sale. The new Nexus Wireless Charger (the same official name as the Orb) is now in Google Play, it will cost you $49.99 plus tax & shipping, and right now the store is listing shipping times of 1-2 days. 

Google lists the device as compatible with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (2013), but of course this is a Qi standard wireless charger, so it will work with any device that supports that standard, including many Nokia devices. The wireless charger is only available for sale in the U.S. and Canada.

source: Google Play



1. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

The red and yellow cases are available now as well.

2. gadgetwsb

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

reminds me with HP Palm.

3. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013


4. homineyhominey

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

It will if you have the charging back for the S4. They said it's Qi compatable, the same that is sold for the S4 by Samsung.

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5. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I really hate sounding like a broken record with embedded battery issues. But, with removable batteries going south, wireless charging is not a good idea. Induction charging is only around 80% efficient. 20% then becomes wasted energy. Wasted energy turns to heat and heat destroys batteries. Most all of my friends that have used induction charging, found premature battery failure. Not good when you have no access to replacing your own battery. John B.

6. Cgood311

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

price jumps up after tax and shipping. Is this worth them money? Also interesting point about the battery replacement and heat.

11. hadouken

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I just bought the Nokia DT-900 from AT&T for $25. Works great with the Nexus 5. Maybe you should consider that. I'm definitely not spending $50 for a wireless charger. It does get slightly warm when charging, but not hot.

8. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

What's the point? Only available in the US and Canada. Google you sucks!!

12. gofmarat

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 05, 2013


9. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

whats the amp charge rate on wireless? i prefer cable.. my note 3 charges fast.. but would like a wireless one to throw it on my desk when im sleeping

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I can't say exactly, but from experience it took my Nexus 4 about 2-3 hours to get to a full charge on the Orb, and it takes a bit over an hour for my Nexus 5 (thanks to the Snapdragon 800).

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This should be available worldwide.

14. jeffherd

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Why not try All-Direction Qi Wireless Charger with more functionality? Very soon available at - amazon.com/dp/B00I03LLUM

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