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Old June 16th, 2013, 03:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Will the wireless charging work with an Otterbox Defender case on??

Hello, I was just wondering about this. I am interested in how it works and would like to know if it will work with the case on. Thanks!!

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Old June 17th, 2013, 12:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello, I was just wondering about this. I am interested in how it works and would like to know if it will work with the case on. Thanks!!
Probably not. The case will block the conduction.


Also, keep in mind that the wireless back is thicker, so many cases will no longer fit. .
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Wireless charging is nice but has some con's. It is neat and cool to have but in the long run I see it as a total waste of money. The stock S4 is a 2 amp charger and usually charges the battery in about 2 1/2 hours and the wireless charger charges aroumd 600 mA or .6 amps with means longer charging times.
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I never minded longer charging times. Most of the time I charge my phone overnight anyway. And, when I was in a rush, I just used the charger that came with the phone.

The bigger issue to me was the inductive back making the phone really thick, and precluding the use of most of the available cases.

To me, the convenience of not having to plug the phone in at night was not worth having a bulkier device that did not fit any existing cases.
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the wireless charging doesn't add any bulk on the s4 that I can tell. But I don't see it being able to charge through the otter box. I would love to see a test with the charging kit and difference cases to see if it can through any of the cases.
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When I had my htc 8x the wireless charging did work with my defender case
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the wireless charging doesn't add any bulk on the s4 that I can tell. But I don't see it being able to charge through the otter box. I would love to see a test with the charging kit and difference cases to see if it can through any of the cases.
The wireless back does make the phone a bit bigger at the top.

Here is a good review:

http://www.androidcentral.com/official-samsung-galaxy-s4-wireless-charging-kit


"It's not a trivial amount of extra thickness, and the differences are more than cosmetic. The S4 becomes more rounded with the new back cover, which might change the way you hold it. (In our opinion, this actually makes it a little easier to hold.) Finally, in case you were wondering, NFC still works even with the thicker back cover in place, although any form-fitting cases you might have bought likely won't fit with the wireless charging back in plate."
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I have the otter box defender on my phone and it charges fine on the wireless charger.
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I have the otter box defender on my phone and it charges fine on the wireless charger.
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Do you have the Samsung OEM wireless charging back plate?
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No, I have the one from the website I posted.
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The wireless back does make the phone a bit bigger at the top.

Here is a good review:

The official Samsung Galaxy S4 wireless charging kit | Android Central


"It's not a trivial amount of extra thickness, and the differences are more than cosmetic. The S4 becomes more rounded with the new back cover, which might change the way you hold it. (In our opinion, this actually makes it a little easier to hold.) Finally, in case you were wondering, NFC still works even with the thicker back cover in place, although any form-fitting cases you might have bought likely won't fit with the wireless charging back in plate."
Have you held one in your hand? I have. its subjective. I find it to be trivial, barely add any weight, and didn't change the way I held my phone with it on.
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well finally found someone who tested one (aftermarket not the official one)

Samsung Galaxy S4 wireless charging and NFC works with cases - YouTube

and it worked through 3 cases! Good news!
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well finally found someone who tested one (aftermarket not the official one)

Samsung Galaxy S4 wireless charging and NFC works with cases - YouTube

and it worked through 3 cases! Good news!
Yay! Great find.
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Have you held one in your hand? I have. its subjective. I find it to be trivial, barely add any weight, and didn't change the way I held my phone with it on.
I bought the wireless back for my last phone. It did add width and even Samsung on their website highlights a similar issue.

That said, it is subjective no doubt.
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The biggest issue with wireless charging for the S4 is:

It charges up to 95%-100% then stops charging and once the battery drops just even 0.01%, the charging starts again.

This results in the phone making noises every time charging starts and stops.
This results in the screen turning on and off every time charging starts and stops.
This results in the pop up notification message every time charging starts and stops.

Truly annoying.
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The biggest issue with wireless charging for the S4 is:

It charges up to 95%-100% then stops charging and once the battery drops just even 0.01%, the charging starts again.

This results in the phone making noises every time charging starts and stops.
This results in the screen turning on and off every time charging starts and stops.
This results in the pop up notification message every time charging starts and stops.

Truly annoying.
Screen randomly turning on drove me mad. Had to move the Qi pad to another room.
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Screen randomly turning on drove me mad. Had to move the Qi pad to another room.
If you enable the stock dock clock in full screen mode, it won't do that.
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The charging works fine through the Otterbox Case but the case doesn't fit the phone well once you add the new back plate.

I have a new Galaxy S4 with Samsung wireless charging cover. Also the Nokia wireless charger. I thought the convienience would be great. The guy at Verizon said it would work.

But it was all I could do to get the Otterbox to snap around the new back cover. Then it just wouldn't snap well into the belt loop carrying holder. You could get it to work but often it would pop out. Don't want that happening when you don't notice it.

In the end I'm returning the charger. Just can't get it to work well with the Otterbox Defender.
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I have the Samsung charging back plate and the otterbox defender case. The back plate does make the phone a little thicker. When I first tried to fit the case around it, it was a little difficult to get the case to snap in all locations. I had to actually lay it face down on the table and lean my weight onto it so it would snap in place. I've removed it several times since then and it's easier to put on now. Can snap it with hand strength now. It fits nicely in the holster too.doesn't come out until I want it to. It charges just fine on the nokia pad.
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I am really impressed that it charges through the otterbox case. I would most definitely bony have expected it to work through a thickish case of that nature.

Very interesting.
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