1. Michael_CS's Avatar
    Hey Folks,

    I'm still getting my feet wet with the whole world of Android and Nexus 5 etc. So I've been watching a lot of videos here that these guys at AndroidCentral have been doing (you guys should have me on for Noob Feedback Day, I'm tellin ya!) and I've been learning a lot.

    I have a couple of questions though on wireless charging.

    Is there a wireless charger made specifically for the Nexus 5?
    Does it have what some folks call "Smart Charge" where it stops attempting to charge the phone after it is full?

    I think the guys on AC were using a Samsung charger on some of their phones but I am not sure (is my noob showing?) whether brand needs brand or whether you can be a little promiscuous and get an Orb or a Samsung Charge Pad or whatever.

    Help me Obi-wan Kenobi, you're my only hope (no, I ain't batting my eyelashes at you).
    11-10-2013 06:23 PM
  2. benjdm's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure all qi chargers will stop from overcharging the battery. The Verge reported Google was going to introduce a new qi charger but it hasn't happened yet.

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    11-10-2013 11:35 PM
  3. Michael_CS's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure all qi chargers will stop from overcharging the battery. The Verge reported Google was going to introduce a new qi charger but it hasn't happened yet.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Ok I'll wait and see what they come up with. As it is I am still trying to sort out a couple of other issues like my darned voicemail notification not showing up. I got nothing but time I guess LOL
    11-11-2013 12:53 AM
  4. paa79594's Avatar
    Is it "safe" to be using the charger throughout the day? Leave it on some, go use it, put it back, etc. Harmless, right?
    11-11-2013 01:47 PM
  5. Gekko's Avatar
    Google debuts new wireless charging pad with support for Nexus 5 and 7 Mobile
    By Brad Molen posted Oct 31st, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Google debuts new wireless charging pad with support for Nexus 5 and 7

    Nexus 5 Newbie Question on Wireless Charging-nexuscharging01.jpg

    - - - Updated - - -

    Is it "safe" to be using the charger throughout the day? Leave it on some, go use it, put it back, etc. Harmless, right?
    yes.
    11-11-2013 02:14 PM
  6. Michael_CS's Avatar
    Booooooooooooo they still haven't released it yet.
    11-11-2013 10:32 PM
  7. crucialcolin's Avatar
    I just picked up one of these:
    Amazon.com: CHOE UPGRADED Qi Wireless Charger Charging Pad for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, New Nexus 7 Tablet, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and Other Qi-Enabled Phones: Cell Phones & Accessories

    Mostly because it likely will be a much cheaper option then the official Google one. Should get it tomorrow. I'll try and report back how it works.
    11-12-2013 03:41 AM
  8. Fairclough's Avatar
    Must admit the official ones are very pricey.

    - Android Central App. Remember courage is contagious.
    11-12-2013 06:37 AM
  9. Gekko's Avatar
    Must admit the official ones are very pricey.

    - Android Central App. Remember courage is contagious.
    the official Nexus 4 wireless charger was $60. cheap? no. reasonable? yes.
    11-12-2013 07:31 AM
  10. jon_stewart's Avatar
    I'm using one of the cheap generic chargers, and the current being drawn by it when the phone is fully charged is the same as if the the phone was removed altogether. Ie <2 watts. When it's actually charging ie the battery is less than fully charged, it's drawing 5-6 watts.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    11-12-2013 09:00 AM
  11. Gekko's Avatar
    i don't trust cheap and generic.
    11-12-2013 12:21 PM
  12. Zendroid1's Avatar
    I got one of those nokia ones last week when they were on sale for like 20 bux.

    edit sale still on:

    1 for 25
    3 for 60ish

    amazing deal

    Nokia Black Wireless Charging Plate accessories from AT&T
    11-12-2013 12:59 PM
  13. DefinedByClass13's Avatar
    That's a great deal! I already bought the LG wcp-300 for $40 at Verizon a week ago. The only thing I didn't like about the Nokia chargers is that it isn't micro USB powered like the LG model.
    11-12-2013 08:11 PM
  14. Gekko's Avatar
    That's a great deal! I already bought the LG wcp-300 for $40 at Verizon a week ago. The only thing I didn't like about the Nokia chargers is that it isn't micro USB powered like the LG model.
    how do you like the LG WCP-300? can we see some pics of the Nexus 5 charging?
    11-12-2013 08:41 PM
  15. jon_stewart's Avatar
    how do you like the LG WCP-300? can we see some pics of the Nexus 5 charging?
    LOL That last sentence is just super nerdy! ;-)

    A video would be better. :-P

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    11-13-2013 01:34 PM
  16. benjdm's Avatar
    LOL That last sentence is just super nerdy! ;-)

    A video would be better. :-P

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    Ignore the sounds of my kids drumming in the background. Video taken quickly on a music stand because it was in the light, clean-ish and close to an outlet.



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    11-13-2013 07:05 PM
  17. Gekko's Avatar
    Ignore the sounds of my kids drumming in the background. Video taken quickly on a music stand because it was in the light, clean-ish and close to an outlet.

    Posted via Android Central App
    thanks for the video. questions -

    1. does the phone get hot after charging for a while?
    2. does that constant blinking light bother you at night while you're trying to sleep?
    3. how fast is charging?
    4. does it charge and then stop? or does it sputter off and on off and on etc.?
    5. how finicky is the placement of the phone in order to charge?
    11-13-2013 08:01 PM
  18. benjdm's Avatar
    thanks for the video. questions -

    1. does the phone get hot after charging for a while?
    2. does that constant blinking light bother you at night while you're trying to sleep?
    3. how fast is charging?
    4. does it charge and then stop? or does it sputter off and on off and on etc.?
    5. how finicky is the placement of the phone in order to charge?
    1. Not that I've noticed.
    2. It does, but I've found ways to deal with it - blocking the light with a book, keeping the charger below bed level, things like that.
    3. Fast enough that it doesn't annoy me....I've never timed it nor have I used the Nexus 5 stock charger yet. Heck, that one is still sitting in the box, as I already had enough chargers. I think the wireless charger takes an input of 1.8A and the phone ends up getting 1.2A. (This thread says it outputs 1A. Somewhere around 1A, I guess.)
    4. It definitely will either stop or trickle charge once the device is full. In the morning the charger will have a white light (not blinking green) and the device will be at 100%.
    5. It does have to be lined up but it never takes me more than one or two seconds to do it. The Nexus 7 is iffier because it's so much bigger than the puck - that can take me up to 10 seconds to line up.

    Best I can do. In the video you can see I lined it up pretty easily; it's always like that.
    11-13-2013 08:49 PM
  19. jon_stewart's Avatar
    I'll just throw in the answers for my cheapie!

    1. No - not appreciably
    2. I find black duct tape, neatly trimmed, actually mutes the light by about 90%, but you can still see it.
    3. Not a significant delay.
    4. The power draw when the phone is charged is the same as if the phone was not there, so I'm assuming that it just trickles after that, the same as being plugged in.
    5. Not very. Roughly on the centre is fine.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    11-14-2013 01:53 PM
  20. Gekko's Avatar
    LG Wireless Charger WCP- 405 - unboxing and review

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    11-14-2013 02:24 PM
  21. Zendroid1's Avatar
    I got my nokia charger and it is pretty great. You can set it on the thing at any angle and it works. Doesn't seem to get too or anything.
    Best $25 spent ever.
    11-14-2013 02:49 PM
  22. Gekko's Avatar
    i need microUSB. no proprietary cords!
    11-14-2013 03:34 PM

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