Can I charge a non-Samsung phone with the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo?

Best answer: Yes, you can charge most other Qi-enabled smartphones and other devices with the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo.

Amazon: Samsung Wireless Charger Duo ($115)

Do the two pads charge the same?

As you might notice, the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo has two charging pads. One of the pads is flat and the other acts as a propper-upper, but they both charge the same. Samsung isn't the first company to bring a multi-pad wireless charger, but we love the versatility of the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo.

The design allows you to keep an eye on your smartphone while it's charging. You could throw your smartwatch or another smartphone that doesn't need as much attention on the flat charging pad right next to it for simultaneous charging.

Does it really work with all wireless charging phones?

Samsung's Wireless Charger Duo uses standard Qi technology, meaning any device with wireless charging capabilities — almost all of which use Qi in this day and age — can be charged here. Check with your device manufacturer to see if it supports Qi wireless charging. If not, you may need to buy a different type of charging mat.

Some of the non-Samsung smartphones which will work on this pad include the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, LG V30, LG V35, LG G6, LG G7, any Moto Z device (if you have the wireless charging Moto Mod), the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Premium, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

While this charger works well with any Qi device, it works exceptionally well for Samsung phones which support fast wireless charging. This is because Samsung has built new technology into their phones which allows a faster charging current than normal.

If you are using a non-Samsung phone, expect to see standard charging times consistent with ordinary Qi wireless chargers. For that reason, if you're in the market for a Qi wireless charging pad to use with a non-Samsung phone, it may be worth shopping around for more affordable options.

Here's a list of Samsung devices which will charge faster on the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo than others:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
  • Samsung Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Charge everything

Even if you don't own the latest Samsung phones — or even a non-Samsung phone — the Wireless Charger Duo offers practical functionality and flexibility. That it looks great on a desk is a bonus.

Quentyn Kennemer