ASUS PW100 Qi wireless charger

A quick look at an expensive but capable Qi ​charger

We love us some wireless charging here at Android Central. And so we quickly scooped up the ASUS PW100 after it was announced through a YouTube video

The short, short version? It's a pretty cool stand/charger, but it's expensive. And it only charges the Nexus 7 (2013) horizontally, not vertically. It does, however, work just fine with the Nexus 5, or Nexus 4, or other Qi-compatible devices you've got laying around. And you can charge through cases, which is always good.

But the damned thing costs $90.

A few other quick thoughts on the ASUS PW100:

  • There's no magnet or anything in this charger, so you'll need to not bump things unless you want them to go flying. That's especially true if you're using something other than the Nexus 7 on it.
  • There is a little lip on the front edge, so that helps. But, still, be careful.
  • The PW100 comes with a 2A charger that has the biggest suppression core we've ever seen.
  • The rubber foot does a good job of holding things down on the desk.

And, well, that's that. The ASUS PW100 is a perfectly capable charging stand. But $90? That's definitely a bit much.

If you do want to check it out, however, you can buy the PW100 from Amazon, or try the less expensive ASUS Dock for $49.99.

 

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The ASUS PW100 wireless charging stand

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Nah, $69 on Amazon, all day long. OOS but they usually ship very fast and way ahead of estimates.

Still too much though. Grab a $35 Tylt w/coupon (they pop up every now and again) or Nexus Qi charger. The light on the ASUS would be blinding at night (on the nightstand). Immediately covered in electrical tape.

I have a Qi charger. It's about as useful as an extra thumb. It's still just as easy to plug my phone in as it is to lay it on the charging pad. And as an added bonus I can still use my phone as usual while it charges when it's plugged in. With the Qi charger, not so much. Call me when we have truly wireless charging.

Hey, wait - the pictures of the Amazon version don't show the suppression code on the cable. That does it - I ain't buying. >:(

The parts from China for a Q charger base are about $10. That's retail, not wholesale.

They added some plastic and a cord.

$90, WTF?

Yeah, it'll probably be $190 on eBay.

It's not exactly wireless, but I like my Nexus 7 (2012) dock. I have to like it, since the USB port on the Nexus 7 is bad and won't take a charge.

One of these days i might understand the point of buying a qi charger, but it won't be any day soon

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So I understood everyone's skepticism over qi charging until I actually had it. I love it. So much easier than finding the cord that dropped behind the table. If you have never had it you shouldn't knock it. It really should be standard on all phones or tablets.
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For reference I started with my nexus 4 and now my nexus 7 (2013). I'm on a note 3 now and I enjoy it bit I miss qi so much that I ordered the wireless back and charger and I'm REALLY EXCITED for it to come in.

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I love reading about the laziness of people nowadays. "I'm too lazy to reach down and plug my phone in with the cable it came with, so I'm going to go way out of my way and buy a super expensive charging pad so I can save the whole two seconds and just lay my phone down"

Back in my day Sonny you had to walk over to the phone on the wall in the Kitchen to make a call. Now all you lazy Whippersnappers just pull a little brain cancer causing cellular telephone from your pocket to make the call.

See where I'm going with this... Technology isn't lazy. Being lazy is lazy.

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This is funny. As a 57 year old geezer I can relate. Back in my day cell phones came in a duffel bag with a huge battery and huge bill

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I'm confused, Phil. One pic shows a flat front, another shows a USB 3.0 connector.

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I'll pass at that price. If it did more than charge wirelessly I'd consider it but that's pretty unimpressive for nearly $100

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Just got this in the mail from Amazon. Works great with the N7. Unfortunately, doesn't work so well with my N5 in a Diztronic TPU case. The bottom lip of the case raises the N5 just enough to be out of the reach of the charging coil. So back it goes. It's a shame. It looks rather sleek, and has a surprisingly small footprint. However, the only way I could justify the $70 price was if it worked with my N7 AND N5.

This is convenient if you want to use your phone while its charging. But kind of large compared to my ravpower qi charger. I'm wondering if there's a small holder that can holds the ravpower, then I can still use my phone while it's lying on the charging pad.

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