Wireless charger roundup and giveaway — 15% off all charging mats!
Thinking of jumping on board the wireless charging train? We list our favorites, give you 15% off the lot and give one away!
There's no denying that these inductive charging pads, mats, whatever you prefer to call them, are becoming increasingly popular as more devices take on Qi compatibility. Even the long-awaited Moto 360 packs standard Qi functionality, as we pointed out after launch. Luckily we've had our hands on quite a few of these wireless chargers here at Android Central and we're shedding some light on our tried and true choices.
ZENS Wireless Single Charger
This charging mat is perfect for any Qi-compatible device, smart watch or phone. The surface has a matte finish on it that helps prevent your device from sliding around after placement. You'll find a light on the edge that kicks on (yellow) when a Qi compatible device is placed on the pad, which then switches to green while charging. It even works with most phone cases as long as they're not on the overly bulky side.
A nifty feature of this ZENS Wireless Charger is its ability to automatically shut down when it recognizes your device is fully charged. It switches off the coils underneath the mat as well as the indicator light; preventing overcharging and overheating. There's no doubt that this mat looks and works great with the Moto 360.
TYLT VU Qi Wireless Charging Pad
TYLT's VU Charging Pad takes a different approach to the common flat design and provides a relaxed 45-degree angle stand that holds your Qi compatible device quite nicely. What's cool is you don't even need to place your device on the VU Pad vertically as it'll work in a landscape position as well.
Unlike most wireless chargers, TYLT's VU Pad comes in other colors aside from basic black including blue, red and lime green. Included is a wall charger that plugs in underneath the stand and neatly runs behind it; perfect for any desk or nightstand.
Samsung Wireless Charging Pad
Samsung keeps things classy with their Wireless Charging Pad, offering a sophisticated design with inclined edges that keep your device from sliding off the mat. Although the dull gray surface may not fit everyone's tastes, it really looks sharp with the Galaxy S4 and S5.
The Samsung Wireless Charging Pad also features its own LED indicator light at the top which glows orange when your device isn't placed on the mat properly, then green when you're on point. An OEM 2A Micro-USB Charger comes with the unit and plugs in underneath.
ZENS Bluetooth Speaker and Qi Wireless Charger
Another one of our favorites here at Android Central is the Bluetooth Speaker and Qi Wireless Charger from ZENS. This thing does it all, from streaming your favorite tunes over Bluetooth through its dual 5W speakers to wirelessly charging your Qi compatible device on top while plugged in or on its own with its 4,500mAh internal battery.
What's more is its touch-to-pair feature that makes it a cinch to connect with any NFC-enabled device on the fly. Obviously you won't get a ton of time out of this unit (unplugged) if you plan on streaming music and charging your device simultaneously, but having the ability to do so is pretty damn cool.
Giveaway and Discounts!
Our roundup wouldn't be complete without giving away one of these fancy wireless chargers, right?
First things first, though. To give everyone a solid win here, we're offering 15% off any wireless charger at Android Central until midnight, Monday. Use coupon code: GOWIRELESS at checkout to apply your discount!
To become eligible to win a wireless charger: Leave a comment below letting us know which Qi charger you would use for your smart watch or phone. That's it! We'll select a winner after the contest concludes on September 16.
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Love that they have it at an angle instead of flat like almost any other wireless charger.
Oh and yeah, TYLT VU Qi Wireless Charging Pad.
I dont know why should anybody want a diffrent one ... perfect as a over night stand/charger for the phone.
Flat charger ... come on .. I would prefer to charge it with cable then on on this "pancake". I was thinki about and orb shape charger or cylindrical cut asymetrically charger but this TYLT Vu is the coolest/convinient design that I saw.
I am currently building a custom wireless magnetic phone holder for my Nissan Altima that will use neodymium magnets to hold the phone on the wireless charger with small metal plates under my phone case for navigation use. I planned to use the Nexus 5 wireless charger as the Qi wireless charging base, however the Samsung mini wireless charger would work perfectly. If selected, I will share my completed pics!
Would love to have that one!
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Good luck to everyone. Posted via the Android Central App
TYLT VU Qi Wireless Charging Pad
Thanks for the contest!
I'll take one.
I like the design. Matches my N5 and N7 well. Posted via Android Central App
I'm a huge fan of multi-purpose gadgets over single purpose.
looks very cool love my Ghost charger for my Qi Droid Maxx
For my GS5 and Moto 360 Posted via Android Central App
Forget bout the silly giveway and get your very own Qi charger on Amazon for 15 bucks.
Just search on Amazon for: "PowerBot PB1020 Qi Enabled Wireless Charger"
(this forum doesn't like us posting external URLs).
I use it on my Nexus 7 tablet (2013) and Nexus 5 phone and it works like a charm!!!
I would like to get that one *.*
It would work for buth my Nexus 5 and 7 at work, and on the nightstand.
The pure convenience that this offers is phenomenal. Would love to have one.