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Choetech Aluminum And Fast Charge Wireless Chargers Review: The Chargers Are Good, The Names Are Not

You know what I love about the Nexus 4, 5, 6, and 7? Wireless charging. In fact, that's the primary reason I haven't moved to the Nexus 6P or 5X yet — I just can't stand the idea of having it plug in every time I need to charge my phone. I realize that some people don't care about it either way, but it's been a game changer for me. I have a few wireless chargers around the house, and when I need to power up, I just toss my phone on one of them. Done. Every phone should have this.

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[Deal Alert] Get Yourself A Highly Rated Aluminium CHOETECH Three Coil Wireless Charger For $29 After A $7 Off Code

Wireless charging is just peachy, but it's even peachier (trust me, it's a real word) when you have a charger with multiple coils. The more coils you have, the wider the charging area is, removing the aggravation of having to perfectly align your phone. Right now, you can grab a CHOETECH Qi wireless charging cradle with, count 'em, three charging coils, for $29 after a $7 off coupon code. That's enough coils to make a boa constrictor jealous (snake joke, it had to be a snake joke).

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The CHOETECH charger is a sharp looking device constructed out of aluminium, giving it a more premium feel than similarly priced devices.

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[Deal Alert] Hockey Puck Shaped Anker Qi Wireless Charger Only $12 On Amazon - That's Not A Bad Price

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. Even more convenient than this.

The problem is, good quality wireless chargers are pretty pricey and I think of them as more of a luxury than a necessity.

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Spigen F300 Wireless Charger Review: Look Out, TYLT

When it comes to wireless charging, TYLT is generally the first name that comes to my mind, as the VU has been my primary charger for Qi-enabled devices since...well, for a long time. I prefer the stand-like design of the VU over that of chargers that lie flat, as it just makes it easier to look over and see my phone without having to actually pick it up (does that make me lazy?).

When I saw the new F300 Wireless Charger from Spigen ($50, $27 on Amazon) - which shares a lot of the same design elements that I love about the VU - I knew I had to check it out.

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The OnePlus 2 Does Not Support Quick Charging Or Wireless Charging Of Any Kind

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.

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[Deal Alert] Qi Wireless Charger Double Deal - A Pair Of Deals To Choose From On Amazon Starting At $11

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.

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[Deal Alert] Duracell 2-Device Powermat (Compatible With Galaxy S6) Is Just $8.82 On Amazon (82% Off)

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.

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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.

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Hands-On With The Tylt VU Solo: It's A VU, Only Smaller

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.

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TYLT Announces The VU Car Charger For Wireless Charging On The Go [Hands-On]

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.

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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.

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The CYSPO OmniStation Combines A Qi Charger With Six Modular USB Cables, And It Just Hit Its Kickstarter Goal

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.

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