Wireless charging options for the Nexus 4
Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:13 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:27 PM
Edited by Phil Lee, 21 February 2013 - 04:27 PM.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:52 PM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:11 PM
Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:17 PM
I've ended up getting two QI Chargers this week. I only ordered the car version, but actually got the car version, and the desktop version. Dunno why, maybe I ordered wrong, but whatever...
The charger is here:
Initial impressions are good. Both the car charger and the desktop charger did indeed charge the phone.
The car charger struggled on the *very short* journey I did yesterday (6 minutes!), phone was 96% charged, and the car charger said it was fully charged in about a minute, the phone stayed at 96% however, so who knows. But that's good enough for satnavving, if it holds the charge long enough. I shall be testing it this afternoon when I go for a much longer drive.
I've mounted the car charger onto a 17mm mount, in turn mounted to brodit mount in the car. It's all a little bit more bulky than I would like, but looks nice and keeps things away from the screen, which is what I want.
Oddly, the car charger comes with a raiser, to move the phone off the QI coil a little bit. Moon (the man who made this), says it's to prevent heat build up with charging the phone and using satnav at the same time. I shall try it both with and without the mount and see how I get on. Heat build up and the phone/unit ceasing to charge when it's getting too hot have been a major problem during the development of this product. The car environment only makes it worse, with sunlight hitting the device and high temperatures (or no air-conditioning) causing issues (I did experience this more than once with my old Orange San Diego with regular wired charging).
The desktop charger worked fine. Woke up this morning to 100% charge, but oddly the phone said it had only been off the charger for 26 minutes when I took it off the QI charger, so maybe it had charged, discharged a bit and then charged again? I don't know. I use a app in the background to help me sleep, so this might have something do with it. I've heard awful things about this charger crapping out at 60-80%, so I guess time will tell on that one, but initial impressions are good. So be honest, even if it charges in chunks and stop/starts overnight, I think I'll probably be okay with that.
I've only used both items once so far. Will report back later if anyone is interested in hearing more?
Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:44 PM
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:46 PM
Edited by Brembo109, 12 March 2013 - 01:46 PM.
Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:12 PM
I will report back when mine arrives from China if anyone is interested.
Please do! I'm very interested in this charger. It's a shame that it's not £10 or £15 cheaper but I guess while the official one is still so hard to get hold of, the 3rd party manufacturers can pretty much dictate their price. I'm hoping that prices will start tumbling as more chargers come to market and more handsets support QI - I'd like one for my desk at work, one for my bedside table, and one for the coffee table - but at £40 each I'll probably stick with my $2 retractable usb cable!
Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:22 PM
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Posted 15 June 2013 - 01:00 PM
It comes with a micro USB lead and 1.5A USB plug, tried it yesterday and it manages to charge from a PC USB port but I presume that will take longer. Left it at work though so can try some more things out on Monday when I can get to it again
Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:46 AM
Posted 16 June 2013 - 08:59 PM
There was an unbranded one mentioned on xda that was cheap & good but had a really bright blue light so it couldn't really be used on your bedside table.
i'm sure with a bit of DIY this could be very easily remedied.....
if you are confident with your mitts just take it apart and disconnect the led.
if not, get some tape or paint the led cover with white (blackout) paint.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:23 AM
Just would be nice to have something work right without having to open it up first - also a (dim) light to say the device is located correctly over the coils and is charging would be handy (I've read it can be easy to assume your phone's in the sweet spot and then wake up to find it wasn't and didn't charge). I spose though, the N4's LED indicator should tell you if it is charging or not
Maybe painting over the light is the answer - would act to dim it a bit.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:51 AM
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