18
Mar
Untitled-1

We all love new Nexus accessories right? After all, Google doesn't have a spotless track record with providing accessories for their own line of phones and tablets. Today, Google added one item to the lineup - a Nexus Charging Accessory. The don't-call-it-a-travel-adaptor accessory is a basic micro USB cable with a block, just as you'd expect.

2014-03-18 18_43_03-Nexus Charging Accessory - Devices on Google Play

For reference, the accessory is listed as a 1.8A adapter. The Nexus 5's stock adapter is 1.2A, the new Nexus 7's charger is 1.35A, and Samsung has been shipping 2A adapters of late. So while this may be a bit faster than your other Nexus chargers, you might not see a mind-blowing boost in charging speed.

That said, the charger is only $14.99 in the US. It's also confirmed to be available in the UK and Canada, though we can't be certain just yet how broad the rollout is. Is the charging accessory available in your country? Hit the link below to grab one for yourself.

Play Store

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Mapekz

    Looks like the adapter + cable that connects to the Nexus wireless charger.

    • samuelmaskell

      It is. That's why it has more amps. Also, that's why it's a weird shape. Regular usb cables don't fit in the wireless charger which is awful. Anyway, this article should definitely be updated.

  • remister

    It looks so bulky...

    • Ivan Myring

      I was gonna say that's what she said, but it doesn't really fit :)

      • AngstKeiner

        "but it doesn't really fit :) "

        now THAT'S what she said!

    • krudl3rx

      There is no way that will fit the official Nexus "bumper" case.

  • RockAndRock

    This product is available in the Play Store FR too (for 14,99e)

  • http://about.me/andrew-nguyen Andrew Nguyen

    Shows up in the Australian Play Store! AU$19.95

  • https://twitter.com/aushah A. Shah

    MicroUSB, not mini (I would hope)

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      You're right, I got my mini and micro mixed up. Thanks!

      EDIT: And Google did too! "Featuring a detachable mini USB cable and fast 9W AC charging."

      • abqnm

        Lol first thing I saw. They get it right in the specs further down, but chalk this one up to yet another Play Store Fail.

      • https://twitter.com/aushah A. Shah

        Too funny that Google mixed it up!

  • RockAndRock

    ALERT: The Chromecast in now available in France (you can find it in the Play Store)

    • NexusKoolaid

      Nice but...

      • Arthur Dent

        WIN!

  • CerealFTW

    Idk how this would be faster than the nexus 5 stock charger. It can only take up to 1.2A afaik

  • Matteo Franco

    Chromecast and Charging Accessory available here in Italy too! :D

  • Erstam

    How long is that cable I wonder? It looks really short.

    • abqnm

      Looks to be about a meter in length, which is pretty standard. Samsung ships slightly longer cables and some others may too, but most are 1m these days.

      • Mike Harris

        I can't believe I'm in my 30s and I still have no idea what a meter is.

        • drvadlamudi

          It's a little shorter than a yard.

          • Mike Harris

            Haha, thank you.

          • Bob Hart

            Actually ....1 m is equivalent to 1.0936 yards, or 39.370 inches.

  • Disqus Sucks

    Only $14.99? That's a rip off.

  • Nathan Fletcher

    Nexus 7 2012 2.0 Amp Charger FTW

    • Peter Crees

      Great except mine 'popped' and smells of burnt capacitors.
      Got the new 'Charging Accessory' this morning, lets see if it lasts any longer!

  • jack galler

    Really Google? I thought you were cool enough to actually call it a USB.

  • ITGuy11

    Ummm why? Doesn't everybody already have at least a half dozen chargers by now...

    • Tomáš Petrík

      But with "NEXUS" written on them??

    • xnadax

      Yes, but all of my >1A chargers are making horrible high pitched noises, so I'll keep buying new ones until I find a quiet one.

      • Cory_S

        Erm..I think your house is broken.

        • xnadax

          It's not my house; it's the same wherever I take my charger. And judging from forum threads, I'm not alone.

        • zmr333

          My Nexus 7 2013 charger whines, my Nexus 5 charger whines, and my Nexus 7 itself whines when it's charging. It's so loud and obnoxious. Maybe it's a thing with older houses...

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Well, I can tell you from experience that the Nexus 5 is PAINFULLY picky about its chargers. I've tried a variety of chargers and cables, and settled on only ONE pair that actually charges it at a reasonable pace. Everything else, not counting what comes with it, is sub-500mA. Awful.

      • NexusKoolaid

        Most chargers are wired to the Apple standard and many Android phones therefore don't know they're hooked up to wall juice so they restrict themselves to a 500ma draw. It only takes a slight internal modification to make these chargers Android friendly.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          The vast majority of the market is not capable of or willing to modify their chargers. Not to mention it voids any warranty you may have had on said charger. Also, I've used chargers that weren't optimized for Apple's awful non-standard and still had issues. I have several chargers with clear Apple and non-Apple ports (I hate this, as I own NO Apple devices, yet have ports wasted thanks to them), and some combinations with the non-Apple ports still don't charge properly.

  • Stanley Chan

    But I thought faster chargers would damage the batteries? Not?

    • abqnm

      The phone decides how much current to draw from the charger. You could have a 15A charger if they made them and your phone will still only charge at its designed charging current. Or at least that is how it works on reputable brand phones. Who knows about the knockoff Asian devices. I am sure most are safe, but who knows what goes into some of them.

  • Carles Sànchez

    Available in Spain, 14.99€ plus shipping.

  • Mystery Man

    Rather just monoprice

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Yes and no. I've had somewhat good experience with MonoPrice, but only if I use specific ports on one of their chargers with their premium cable. Any other combo and I get crap with the 5.

  • arathkone

    No Australia yet.

    Wait, it's there now! $19.95AUD

  • Drew Freyling

    Charge available in Aus too.

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    this seems to be the same adapter that comes with the new n5 wireless charger

  • Nick McMurray

    So, who thought it was a good idea to go back to one-piece usb chargers?

    • Shaun

      It's two-piece. It's just tightly integrated, so it appears to be one-piece. It also looks exactly like the one that came with my Nexus Wireless Charger.

      • Nick McMurray

        Outstanding, that's what I like to hear. Thank you!

      • Bob Hart

        The power adapter with new square type Nexus wireless charger that I purchased during my stay in South Korea is 3 pieces.The 5 pin USB cable,adapter body and changeable plug.
        The adapter specs are 5V 1.8A,100~240V~0.35A 50--60Hz.

    • GazaIan

      Dude, the first and only line of the description tells you it's detachable.

      • Nick McMurray

        Fair enough, I also see in the box contents that they're listed separately. The one line description also says it's a mini USB cable, so that's not very reliable now is it? Unless, of course, it's micro on one end and mini on the other.

  • theunknown

    This accessory is present in India too, with the change in the plugin jack type (we use round pin here rather than flat pin)

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      $15 sounds so cheap here. But Rs. 1300 for a charger...!! WTF..!

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        My thoughts exactly

  • Jeffery Keel

    Would it be too much to ask to include the overall length? I'm currently using an old LG charger that came with an LG Rumor to charge all my devices. It works well and it has an incredibly long cable. Why oh why didn't they include the overall length?

    $15.00 and it says Nexus? I'll buy it.

  • William Pickering

    $19.95 in AU.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Not worth the price.

  • nxtiak

    This charger is the exact same one that the new Wireless Charger comes with.

  • Vlad

    £9.99 in the UK Play Store!

  • Minux

    Charger available in France, 14.99€

  • WORPspeed

    overprice
    ALL THE ACCESSORIES!!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I need 3 of these for all my Next charging needs... But for EU sockets

  • sony

    interesting article.....article like this will help newbies like me in the beginning..... At the same time we expect more and more topics with huge informations,tips, tricksin the future…. Make Money , Blogging Tips

    • Mike Harris

      What in holy hell are you talking about? Did you forget the link to your work-from-home money-making scheme?

  • Dan

    Careful that you don't get sucked into the marketing bullshit, folks. This charger WILL NOT charge your device faster unless you're currently using an under-sized charger for your device.

    The charging circuit in the Nexus 5 absolutely will not ever, under and circumstances, pull more than 1500mA. That's the maximum for the chipset. So, if you're using the crappy, under-sized 1200mA charger that came with the Nexus 5, then yes you can pay Google $15 for this 1800mA charger that they should have shipped with your Nexus 5 in the first place.

    Or you can spend $10 on Amazon for a 1500mA charger.
    http://www.amazon.com/1500mA-Charger-Power-Supply-Raspberry/dp/B00INWXVSK/

    If you're already using a charger that can supply at least 1500mA, then this charger won't make a bit of difference. Also, the cable is short because you almost always get better charging when using a shorter, shielded cable.

    • Dan

      "under any circumstances"

      spellcheck is not dumbcheck

    • Benjamin Haube

      All of you hating on this charger obviously don't know what you are talking about. A charger can have 10mA but if it has .2 volts it will charge very slowly. Just like a 2mA 2V charger will charge slower than a 1.8mA 5.5V charger. People KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BEFORE YOU SPEAK.

  • Arthur Dent

    The regular charger that ships with the N5 might say 1.2A, but my N5 charges REALLY DAMN FAST using that charger. I wonder if it's rated lower than what it can really deliver. I'm shocked (pun not intended) at how fast it charges some times.

  • aSquard

    The wireless charging orb (for the Nexus 4) - plug/cord combo charge at 1.8A (the orb part brings it down to 1.0A)

  • C0080900V

    Google didn't specify the microusb cable's length in the product specs.

    It looks pretty lengthy in the image, though.

    I'll be disappointed if it's short like my N7 2012's microusb cable.

  • moehre

    Germany 14,99€ as well.

  • ncangelo

    It's not available in Bulgaria. Thanks!

  • Sarah Login

    Love the fact you neglect to inform that the Nexus 10's stock charger is 2.0A which would mean this charges slower.