Wireless charging. It's like charging, but without wires. I didn't understand why it was such a big deal when the first devices came out with Qi charging compatibility. I mean, is it really that hard to plug in a cable to the bottom of your phone? Nah, it really isn't, but man, once you have had a device with wireless charging, it's hard to go back to one without it. It's just so incredibly convenient. Read More
In case you were wondering (and it seems many of you were): the OnePlus 2 does not support Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology or any other sort of fast charge tech, and it also lacks wireless charging of any kind. As to the latter, well: it is what it is. No wireless charging.
Update: We've received a statement from Qualcomm clarifying the Quick Charge / USB-C situation. While there is no specific technological restriction that would not allow USB-C and Quick Charge to play nicely together, there are cost considerations. Specifically, Qualcomm had this to say:
Any QC2.0 power controller part would work with any QC2.0 power accessory, both with Type-A and Type-C connectors.
Dude, what is your problem. You have a sweet new phone with wireless charging capabilities and yet you still are wasting whole seconds every day manually plugging in your phone like a neanderthal. Why? Because, you complain, wireless charging plates are just too darn expensive.
Not today they aren't. Amazon has two sweet deals on a pair of different wireless charging plates. One of the two is sure to fit your needs and your budget.
First up we have the hockey puck shaped Anker PowerPort Qi Wireless Charger. It comes with a MicroUSB cable but you will need to provide your own power supply. Read More
As nice as wireless charging is, a lot of people go through the entire lifespan of an Android device without ever using it, because the accessories to enable it are bloody expensive. Wireless charging pads typically start around the $40-50 range and go up, and for that kind of change, you can fiddle with a MicroUSB plug once or twice a day. But if you could get a wireless charging pad for under ten bucks, would you? If your phone uses the less popular PMA standard, you can.
Amazon has this Duracell Powermat wireless charging pad for just $8.82. Considering that the original price was $50, it's a considerable discount - the seller is probably clearing these things out. Read More
One of my favorite innovations that has started to become more mainstream over the past several years is wireless charging. I'm bummed that every phone doesn't have it at this point (looking at you, Motorola - the Moto X should've been qi-compatible!), because it's easily one of the most convenient changes of all time. OK, maybe that's a little hyperbolic...but really, I do love it.
When it comes to wireless charging, my go-to charger has been the Tylt VU for as long as I can remember. The angle is great, it's super easy to use, and it's large enough to charge basically everything I own that has wireless charging. Read More
I dig my TYLT VU, and it's how I charge my Nexus 5 basically every night. Like most users who get used to never having to plug in their phone, I get slightly annoyed when I have to search for the cable and stab the microUSB port for a dose of juice. Typically, this only happens in the car, because I've been using a standard car charger for what seems like an eternity. Till now, anyway.
Today, TYLT is announcing the VU Car Charger, the company's first Qi-compatible wireless charger for the vehicle. I've been using it for the last week or so, and I already can't see myself going back to a traditional charger. Read More
Sometimes you just need to charge everything you own at the same time. And when that happens, you have two options: a cluster of cables all in one place, or cables tethered to wall warts all over the house. Personally, I strongly dislike both of these options. I need the organization in my life.
The CYSPO OmniStation wants to save me, you, and everyone else with at least $80 to throw at a Kickstarter campaign from this charging hell. How? By combining a Qi charger and six modular USB chargers into one unit, with one AC adapter. It can charge everything at once. Read More
Wireless chargers are convenient, but they don't precisely add to the decor of wherever they're placed. Even with the 2013 Nexus charger, which is relatively sleek, I'm happy its magnet is strong enough for me to leave it on the side of a bed frame or side table, keeping it and its cord out of sight. The Pond wireless charging tray promised to take care of this issue, and it did so in a way that attracted enough people (just over 200) for it to narrowly reach its $30,000 Kickstarter funding goal before running out of time.
The Pond sets itself apart from other chargers by trying to look like something other than the tech accessory that it is. Read More
The Play Store device section sure is hopping today. Google dropped the new Moto G Google Play Edition earlier, then a new red N7 sleeve popped up, and now folks in more countries have some accessories to splurge on.
The updated wireless charger is now live in the Play Store for Australia, India, Japan and Korea. Pricing will vary, but it should be about in line with the $49.99 US price. The 2013 Nexus 7 sleeve in all four colors should be hitting the store in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, US and UK. Again, the exact cost will be different in each country. Read More