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Discussion in 'Android Accessories' started by Mehta23, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I'm getting kinda fed up having my phone and it's cable randomly place on my desk, so I started looking at some docks.
    Question is, should I get a dock/cradle, or a qi/wireless charger? (I could also get a stand and carry on using the microUSB cable)
    I kinda like the ease of use of the qi charger, but they're pretty expensive (unless the Palm one works) and I hear they charge pretty slowly. A normal dock is a bit cheaper, probably will charge quicker but bigger, more clunky and probably harder to take my phone out of.

    Anyone had any experience with docks or chargers?

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  2. twister6

    twister6 Android Expert

    I don't have experience with wireless charging because good old Verizon disabled it on their version of Note 2 :( But I have went through a dock phase and was equally disappointed because most of the ones I looked at required either a slim case or a naked phone. Qi has more flexibility, but as you pointed out correctly it will be a lot slower and will get even worse with a thicker protective phone case because of the distance (electric field) between transmitter and receiver.

    I actually talked to a few people who go frustrated with either of these solutions and end up getting a bunch of spare batteries their charge externally and just swap on their phone.

    So you have a lot of choices. The easiest is to continue with original micro-usb cable, it will be the fastest and cheapest solution. Dock is bulkier and might not fit your phone with a case, but at the same time makes a nice kickstand if it works for you. Wireless is more expensive and slower so probably will work better for overnight charging. Swapping batteries works too, but you have to turn phone off/on every time you do that, plus constantly remove case and battery cover.
  3. Rukbat

    Rukbat Extreme Android User

    If you choose your phone and battery so that a charge lasts a full day (or more), you can have the battery charging while you sleep, then the "problem" becomes kind of moot. Or get a spare battery and a dual battery charger (or two chargers) and just charge bothe batteries every night.
  4. Whatstreet

    Whatstreet Android Enthusiast

    I just got the TYLT VU wireless charger and it works great!

    First off the packaging did not require a machete or ax to open. The lid of the box is held on with three round pieces of tape.

    After opening the box and removing the charging stand and included power supply and cable I found that the adapter was designed to maximize space on the power strip, a nice touch.

    I placed my phone on the stand in portrait orientation and it started charging without tediously sliding the phone around to align the on screen charger alignment marks. Thrilled, I decided to experiment, removed the phone and turned the phone 180 degrees and returned if to the stand. Again the phone was charging perfectly without any alignment intervention. So I wondered if it would work if the Maxx was placed in landscape orientation, yes it does and on alignment required.

    I did not observe any noticeable heating of the Maxx or the charger at any time. Charging is fast and there were no issues with the charger turning on and off as the battery approaches full charge.

    I am completely satisfied with the performance of this device and is perfect for the night stand or desk.

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  5. ralphsteven

    ralphsteven Newbie

    And I'm the owner of a Samsung Note 2 and I have heard of such wireless charger. Unfortunately the phone battery charging time is approximately 7-8 hours (stock battery with stock charger). I'm curious what would be the battery charging time with such a system.
  6. twister6

    twister6 Android Expert

    I will be able to add more input about Qi charging soon. Just got Nexus 7 HD (2013) for my wife, and waiting for RAVPower charging pad. As usual, expect a detailed review once I receive it ;)
  7. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    I've gone thru the dock phase as well, with my Atrix 4G. I really like the dock and all, but noticed a few downsides that I considered when upgrading to my S4. I had to remove my Outterbox Commuter case before placing in the dock. (This stretched out the silicone part of the case.) My phone only charged in landscape only. My docket only worked with my Atrix 4G and it cost over $20.

    So, when I got my S4, I took the above problems into consideration. My solution was to by a cell phone stand instead. I must say, it works well and I haven't had any issues at all. These are the two stands I have. The smaller one I keep in my laptop bag and the other stays at home.

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