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A great cheer rose up from the internet early this month when Samsung added listings for the Qi wireless charging accessories compatible with the Galaxy S4. The cheer then quickly faded into a confused murmur as everyone realized you couldn't actually order them. The accessories have been listed as backordered ever since. At last, the white replacement back and the Samsung-branded Qi charger have shown up as in stock.

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The back cover will run you $39.99 and is only available in white at this time – the black is still backordered. The replacement back adds the necessary inductive coils to the device, allowing it to receive power from the pad. These covers support the Qi standard, so there are plenty of units able to charge the GS4 sans cables. Samsung's own Qi charger costs $49.99, which isn't a bad price compared to the alternatives. For example, the Nexus Orb is Qi, and it's $59.99.

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The inductive cover is expensive, but wireless charging is still a niche thing. It's nice to have, but spending $50 on a charger in addition to a replacement back that's almost as expensive is a tough sell. Still, you have the option now... unless you have a black GS4.

[Back Cover (White), Charging Pad]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • herbivoor

    And only a year too late!

  • Josh

    Fifty bucks seems about average for the charging pad, but forty for the back? What the fuck? I got a similar accessory for my Thunderbolt way back in the day for about fifteen dollars.

  • Byron33196

    The charging pad doesn't even have its own power supply; you have to bring your own. You can get great charging pads, and charging coils/pads for much less on ebay, amazon, etc.

  • McLean Riley

    You can register your S4 with Samsung.com and they will send you a code for 50% off for up to 5 items under $50 each. This will make the whole kit $45. Disclaimer: It doesn't work with cases.

    • ProductFRED

      On my Note 2, the Nokia DT-900 wireless charger works with cases. Just make sure they're not too thick.

      • McLean Riley

        My bad, I meant the case won't fit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        Where did you get the replacement backing for the Note 2? I'd love to have one.

        • ProductFRED

          Actually you don't need to get a replacement backing. You just need the "patch" that gets sandwiched between the battery door and the battery itself. As an added benefit, the battery door no longer creaks when you press it down:

          Just know that, unless you do some soldering on the other models, this only works with the AT&T model: http://www.fasttech.com/products/0/10001947/1142300-qi-inductive-wireless-charging-receiver-patch-for-

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            Oh man, I have the T-Mobile one. Thanks for the heads up, I'm going to read up on it.

  • Freak4Dell

    Wow...Samsung is so cheap. $800 phone, and they can't just throw in the coils for free. It's one thing to pay for the charger, but the back too? Ridiculous.

  • Usman Ansari

    Will this work without any other hardware with my Nexus 4?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      It says it's Qi wireless standard so it should work with a Nexus 4. I'm pretty sure the Nexus 4 uses Qi.

  • m_j_b

    I got one of these from a non-Samsung supplier. It worked great! The first time, that is. The second time I placed it down on the charging pad, the phone beeped and said "wirelessly charging". Awesome. Then, 10 seconds later, it did it again. And ten seconds later, it beeped again. There is no way to turn off the beep, apparently. The charger is supposed to charge up to 98% and stop, presumably to keep this from happening, as it goes from fully charged to nearly fully charged and starts the process over again. I did an Internet search, and this is not an uncommon problem. Hopefully the official branded Samsung charger doesn't have this problem. I sold it all on eBay. I'll just plug in the silly thing again like everyone else does.

    I will say that I had a Palm Pre with the touchstone inductive charger, and it was awesome in form and function. If you had a call with the phone on the charger, when you picked it up, it would answer. Very slick. Why can't Samsung replicate that basic and fairly simple 10 year old functionality?

  • maroko

    it would have been better if Samsung had introduced these accessories with the box of s4, I hope that the next galaxy s5 will not have a wireless charging back sold separately

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    They need to start doing this stock with the Note 3. It's built into my Nexus 4 and it's super handy. It's ridiculous to charge people so much for this.