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Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand review

Last year's Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5 brought along with them new faster wireless charging tech, but that also required a charging pad that was able to output enough power to make it all happen. Samsung's only fast wireless charging pad was a pretty solid improvement over the previous standard-speed model, but we weren't surprised when Samsung rolled out a new model with the launch of the Galaxy S7.

This new "stand" style fast wireless charger has a new look, and definitely takes up a little more room, but has a few advantages over what was previously your only fast wireless charging choice. Here's a look at Samsung's Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand.

If you've used or even seen Samsung's previous iteration of the fast wireless charger, you'll be well on your way to knowing what this new stand-up version is like. Samsung took the same basic design and shape of the old version and tilted it upwards to about a 65-degree angle with a round base below. The base serves as a sturdy platform, though it isn't quite as sleek as you'd expect considering how thick the rest of the charging pad portion still is. At the very bottom there's a tiny shelf for your phone to sit on, coated in some rubber to help fight slippage.

Best of all, you won't be blinded by the charging LED anymore.

The charging surface is just a tad larger than last year's — with a bit more sticky rubber to go along with it — and ditches the clear plastic ring around the edge, which is a bonus. The LED status indicator at the base of the charger is another area where this design is an improvement over the last model, as it isn't nearly as bright or spread out. The small LED is bright enough to indicate when it's charging (blue) or fully charged (green), without being too bright and annoying in a dark room.

Just like the last generation you'll notice slotted openings in the back of the charger, which are paired up with a very slow spinning fan to dissipate extra heat generated with fast wireless charging. You can't hear the fan and if you never turned the charger around you wouldn't ever notice the difference from other fully enclosed Qi chargers.

Samsung includes a Fast Charge wall plug and USB cable with the charger, which is the same plug included with your Galaxy S6, S7 or Note 5. Samsung recommends that you use the included charging plug or the one that came with your phone, as it can't guarantee charging speeds or safety with any other charger. (And remember, even with all of this "Fast" branding plastered everywhere, a standard Qi phone will just charge at its normal rate on this pad.)

Samsung seems to position the charger as being designed to hold your phone vertically to charge, though a pretty good portion of a larger phone — like the Galaxy Note 5 or Nexus 6 — sticks out above the charger and is susceptible to tipping over if the table it's on is bumped. To keep things sturdier, you can place the phone on its side, where it still charges just fine and is much more stable.

This design dramatically improves your chances of properly aligning your phone.

Though the stand-up style of charger takes up a bit more room, it sure makes getting your phone positioned properly on the charger a lot easier. Whereas the flat models are quite easy to misalign a phone on, there's no mistaking where your phone will go here — just place it on the shelf at the bottom, and you're going to be covered. It's something that other charger manufacturers have figured out, and it's good to see Samsung take a swing at the style as well.

Combine the easier positioning with the subtle improvements in the charging status LED, while also keeping the same fast wireless charging tech inside, and this is quite easily the best wireless charger that Samsung has ever made. And while it doesn't offer as many benefits to someone who won't be charging up a modern Galaxy phone, it is definitely a better choice than last year's flat model (opens in new tab) if you do have one of Samsung's latest phones.

Where to buy

Samsung's Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand has a retail price of $69.99, but has already taken discounts down to the realm of $50 — which is really the price that better reflects what it's worth. You can pick one up at the retailers below.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • Already purchased one with my Samsung gift card. It is excellent. I'm never going back to wall charging. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No way!! Wow!!!!!!
  • I have this in my bedroom and I love it. when I go to bed at night, I just set my phone on it and I'm good to go. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same Posted via the Android Central App
  • I really like it at my night table, too. I only wish it had a lower lip to hold the device in place. A couple of times,, as i reached over to get something off the night table, I accidentally grazed the top of the phone, pushing it back, causing the bottom of the phone to slide forward and off the dock, onto the floor. So far, no scratches, so far....
  • Just bought mine, leaving it on the charger all night won't damage it?
  • I have 2 of these I purchased with Samsung credit. They work perfectly, much better than the off brand standard one we had. No more leaving the phone on the charger in the wrong position. Use them with my S7 and my husband's S6 edge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • the article says its not a fast charge?
  • What?It's a fast charger. Posted via the Android Central App Fast charge wireless charging stand is in the title.
  • ?
  • It says that if your phone doesn't support wireless fast charging (eg. Nexus 6 supports regular Qi), this won't make that phone charge more quickly than if you used a standard rather than a "fast" wireless charger. It will still work, but it's probably not worth the extra money. So if you have a Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, S7, or S7 Edge, this will charge those a lot more quickly than competing regular wireless chargers. For any other phones it won't make a difference. If you want a sloped charger for a non-Samsung phone, I'd recommend the Tylt Vu. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That would be correct.
  • OK thanks that's what I kinda figured but just checking .Well that's good seeing it'll work on my s7 the way it's supposed to work .Thanks again! .Oh and to the other guys that were clueless about my question, torbach1 had the knowledge of knowing what I was talking about and answering it perfectly .
  • I was not aware the S6 had fast wireless charging. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I meant GS6 edge+ — y'know, all of these Samsung phones and their names ...
  • Yup, I'm waiting for the Note 6S Edge ++ :-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • HA! You're not wrong. That probably came across as a passive aggressive way to point out a typo, but I legit got excited because I forgot the S6 Edge+ was a thing that existed. Guess I'll have to wait for the Note 6 to get fast wireless charging. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Meh. I'm passing on all wireless charging until the technology matures enough to charge my phone from across the room. Until then, it's just a gimmick. Posted via my Nexus 6P on VerLIEzon Wireless but without their shackles.
  • Gonna be waiting for a while, man.
  • Yes,it's incredibly convenient to just lay your phone down to charge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ha, I know. I use my phone while it's charging a lot, and since wireless charging makes that impossible it's useless to me. Until then wired charging is just fine for me, especially with the advent of the reversible USB-C plug. Posted via my Nexus 6P on VerLIEzon Wireless but without their shackles.
  • Is that a Nexus limitation? Verizon S6 and S7 I've been able to use while charging wirelessly
  • I meant that I won't be able to use the phone, say, in bed while wireless charging it since it has to be in contact with the pad. Unless I hold the pad to the back of the phone while I do so which would be stupid. You can still use your phone in bed if it's plugged in. That's the deal killer for me. Also, my 6p doesn't have wireless charging. Posted via my Nexus 6P on VerLIEzon Wireless but without their shackles.
  • Well you could get an S7 and Samsungs Backpack case, which is a mophie that wireless charges your phone, so you dont have to glue the WLC to the back of the phone =)
  • Obviously your phone has 30 minutes SOT. Might want to upgrade. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So you just came here to troll.Cool,have a good one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL why do you get so sensitive about wireless chargers?? Hahaha, lord. Posted via the Android Central App
  • At that point it will probably be charging your hand too ;-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • i cant imagine that being safe. i'll take a table top. imagine your laptop, phone, tablets, watches, headphones are charging just by resting anywhere on the table.
  • I want one but I'll wait until it pops up somewhere for 50% off. Posted via the Android Central App from my Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
  • It's already dropped $20 to a much nicer price of $50. Wait a bit it'll probably drop a little more. Not sure how likely it is to hit $35 anytime soon though.
  • I found it on Amazon for about $35 or so the other day, walked into Best Buy and they price matched it for me. Sweet!
  • that's generous of Best Buy.
  • Yeah, that's what I thought too. It's on their website though, they will price match Amazon. That price didn't last long, so I took advantage while I could.
  • If this charger fussy with the phone placement? I know the original was annoying if I didn't place the s6 edge right in the middle. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like I said in the article, it's pretty hard to misplace the phone here because it's resting on a shelf. As long as the phone's on the stand, it's going to charge — it's really hard to set it down in a way where it would stay on the stand and not charge properly.
  • Use this thing daily and love it. I use this one at work and the regular non fast charge at night on my stand. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The LED is still very, very bright in my opinion, lights up very bright blue while charging. Galaxy s7 edge
  • Wasn't bright enough to bother me. The light isn't diffused and spread out like on the old flat one.
  • It lights up the room well enough to see objects clearly on my nightstand, which is cool and everything but I wish it were red, not blue. Mostly because blue light is counter productive for sleep. I just put a piece of black electrical tape over it, the phones LED lights up red when it's charging, and green when it's full anyway. Galaxy s7 edge
  • a small piece of electrical tape fixes this.
  • I got this one with the 30% off coupon. I use it at work, and it works very well. As Andrew stated, it keeps the phone in place very well. For the S7 Edge, I find it to be the perfect size. I have the flat fast charger at home for my home office and it works ok too, but this is much easier in terms of getting it to fit, and I like the vertical angle, allowing me to glance at my phone or watch YouTube while it's charging if I want to. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have been using wireless charging since the Palm Pre days. I added a compatible back to my S4 and kept using my fleet of Touchstone chargers. With my S7 edge I am having to change. I bought the new Samsung Fast Charger describes in the article. I use it at night. I love the magnetic attachment of the Palm Touchstone chargers. I have one mounted in my car and by my computer and by my recliner. I bought a thin clear case for the S7 and glued some small magnets to it so I can continue to use my Touchstones as cradles. The Led on the Samsung Charger was so bright I covered it with black tape. I agree that placing the S7 sideways is a more stable position. One gripe is that the edge night clock is not easily readable on the charger. The AOD clock display is readable but is not compatible with Magnification Gesture. I have ordered some Qi charging coils and plan to modify the Touchstones to have multiple charging cradles scattered around my cave. They are not Fast Charge but that is OK. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Touchstone was the perfect accessory and the best implementation of wireless charging to-date. The magnetic positioning was flawless. Shame no other OEMs have thought to implement that.
  • I bought 1 for my s6 edge plus and love it. Haven't used a wall plug since. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Forgot to add will this work with the s6 edge? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes it will charge your phone wirelessly, but not with fast charging Posted via the Android Central App
  • It'll work with any Qi phone, but it will only give faster charging speeds to the Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at this point.
  • Is it safe to leave the phone on this charger overnight? My s7 is slightly warm when i wake up in the morning after leaving it on the pad while sleeping. The fully charged green light never shut off.
  • I leave my s6 edge plus on it over night while I'm sleeping. Posted via the Android Central App