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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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Elegant Pond Wireless Charging Tray Narrowly Reaches $30k Kickstarter Funding Goal

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.

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Official Nexus Wireless Charger And Nexus 7 Sleeves Launch In More Countries

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.

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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.

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Nexus Wireless Charger (2013) Review: You Get What You Pay For

Google is in the habit these days of selling extremely well-priced mobile devices like the new Nexus 5, but the same cannot be said for the accessories. Cases and chargers are all more expensive from the Play Store than the third-party alternatives, but sometimes it's worth the cost. Last year's Nexus wireless charger was one of the few Qi-compatible units out there, but the same cannot be said this year. Google's updated Nexus Wireless Charger comes in a little cheaper than last year's at $50, and it has some cool features. Let's see how it stacks up.

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The Nexus charger is tiny, I mean it's really tiny.

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[Bug Watch] Wireless Charging May Be Responsible For Keeping Your Nexus 4 Awake Indefinitely

Wireless charging is perhaps one of the best examples of true convenience. The simple act of setting your phone down meant its battery would begin refilling. No need to hunt for the end of a cable, no more time spent clumsily aligning plugs, and no more hassle with loose cords. When the Nexus 4 was announced, its stylish charging orb was supposed to spearhead a movement of wireless bliss. While the orb certainly had its advantages, it was a bit late to launch and carried a premium price. Nevertheless, Qi-compatible chargers began to find a home with Nexus 4 owners.

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