Working at RadioShack, I had the opportunity to use the full-on PowerMat wireless charging solution for the iPhone for a little while. This kit consists of a special case, and I had two mats to test with (one at home and one at work). The convenience of this setup convinced me that wireless charging is incredibly awesome, so when my Nexus 4 was announced with Qi wireless charging support, I was all in.
Unfortunately, when the Nexus 4 was released, it created a lot of demand for Qi-compatible wireless chargers, and the prices went up to match. I’ve been on the hunt to find a decently priced stand, even picking up a Nokia DT-910 for cheap. Unfortunately, the Nokia wireless charging stands/pads don’t charge non-Nokia devices properly, so it was a bust.
Luckily, I was able to pick up an off-brand OEM wireless charging pad on Amazon, the GMYLE T-100, for $30, so I bit and ordered the white one. It arrived today, here’s the unboxing video
As you can see, it’s pretty big, but my Nexus 4 fits on it perfectly. I’ll be doing some tests to make sure it’s charging at the right rate, but initially, it seems to work awesome. It definitely works through the S-Line TPU case that I have on my Nexus 4.
I’m firmly convinced that 2013 is going to be the year that wireless charging really takes off, so I’m glad to finally see these simple desktop charging pads drop to a reasonable price point.
If you’d told me 5 years ago that I would be able to just set my phone down on a surface and it would start charging, I’d have thought you were crazy. Welcome to the future.