Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging

Looking for the best wireless charging options for your Galaxy S5? We can help.

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S5, wireless charging is where it's at. There are a few reasons for that. The first is convenience. Because of its IP67 rating for water resistance, the Galaxy S5 has a flap covering the microUSB port. You have to remove that flap any time you want to charge your phone. The second reason also is for convenience. It's simply easier to plop your Galaxy S5 down on a Qi-compatible charging pad.

There is a trade-off, of course. One is that your phone won't charge quite as quickly. The other is that the Qi-enabled wireless backs for the Galaxy S5 make the phone a little thicker.

We're tracking the best solutions for Galaxy S5 wireless charging.

So what's the best way to get wireless charging on your Galaxy S5? We're breaking it down piece by piece:

And there's plenty more on the way.

There are, of course, any number of unofficial, third-party wireless charging options, some of which can be had for pretty low prices. We'll be taking a look at them in due time, of course.

There's also the matter of having a proper Qi-enabled charging pad. We've looked at a number of them in the past, including:

That's but a few, of course. Stay tuned for plenty more on Galaxy S5 wireless charging solutions.


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Galaxy S5 wireless charging: Everything you need to know


I got third party wireless charging for the S4 from eBay and Amazon for only $12 on the receiver and $28 for each charger. Has worked great every since. Also didn't affect the thickness since it fits inside the standard cover.I would recommend the same route for the S5.

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What 3rd party did you get? I would like a solution for my note 3.

I really do miss wireless charging. I had it on my nexus 4.

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I'll stick with the cable, it doesn't cost me a extra and I can use it while charging.

From my Note 2 to you

Wireless charging isn't an option with my current device, but I think I would hate not being able to charge as quickly. How slow is wireless charging exactly? For example, if it takes 90 minutes to fully charge with a standard charger, would wireless typically just require an additional 30 minutes?

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Longer than that. I cannot give you specifics, but wireless charging is much slower

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Another option that's still on the table is the old Palm Touchstone. You can get the coil on ebay. I've been using them with my S3 and if/when I upgrade to the S5, will continue to use the old standard rather than pay the ridiculous prices for inferior Qi charging pads.

Worst part is cases aren't made to fit the device with the wireless charging cover. I have that problem with my Note 3

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Still waiting for Samsung to actually release the inductive charging back (not the S View version). Yes, I refuse to call it"wireless". Yes, I want the OEM solution. No, Samsung still won't sell it to me.

One thing I'm concern & it's one important factor why the original Samsung solution will be better, the rest of the solution has no auto cut-off when charging complete, even if I use the Nokia wireless charger to charge it with original Samsung wireless charging back cover.
Overnight charging is usually what I do for all the devices & inductive charging will turn into induction cooking if overcharge too long.
Using original Samsung wireless charging back cover with Nilkin wireless charger pad, it's faster than charging it on USB though just slightly longer than charging using a wall plug charger. 3rd party wireless charging receiver that attach under the standard back cover is always slower than the original, tested with my Note3.