Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Samsung produce some lovely first-party accessories for their handsets… but they’re not quite as good at actually delivering those accessories as they are at designing them. For that reason, one of the very best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 has only recently been released, 10 months after the phone it was designed for. The new case is called the S-View Flip Cover & Qi Charging Case. Its long name belies a simple purpose: combining the clear plastic window of the S View cover with the wireless charging of the Qi Charging Cover.
If you’re not familiar with these cases, we’ll give you a quick run-through.
The S View is like your standard flip folio case, but there’s a clear plastic window cut into the middle of the flip cover. That means you don’t need to open the case to see incoming calls, check the time or see how many steps you’ve taken today. All of this information is presented in that little square. The touch-screen works through the plastic too, so you can answer or reject calls too.
The Qi Charging Case is a replacement rear cover for the Galaxy S4, which is slightly thicker than the stock battery cover and includes a coil of wired hooked up to a metal patch on the rear of the phone. This allows wireless charging to be used, in combination with any Qi standard wireless charger.
So very simply, the S View Flip Cover & Qi Charging Case combines both of these features into a single unit; something that wasn’t possible just by manually combining the two elements by yourself. It’s a clever case that provides screen protection, wireless charging, easy access to notifications and a slim build all in one.
It’s a brilliant case, and definitely one that Samsung Galaxy S4 owners would have wanted to have from day one. If you’re going to be sticking with the Galaxy S4 for the foreseeable future – or you pick one up at a new discounted price – then it’s the perfect complement to your phone.
For more information, view the product page linked below:
Monday, October 7th, 2013
It’s getting easier and easier to charge your Qi-enabled smartphone, but most manufacturers aren’t including the technology in their phones. To combat this, we’ve started a range of Qi internal wireless charging adapters. These slim accessories let you use wireless chargers, without requiring you to change your back cover or use a case. Today, we’re unveiling our Qi Internal Wireless Charging Adapter for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
This is the easiest way to add wireless charging to your Galaxy Note 3.
All you need to do is remove the back cover of your Note 3, then attach the adapter to the metallic prongs you’ll find next to the battery. The coils of the Qi adapter will sit between the battery and the rear cover, meaning your Note 3 will stay as thin as ever.
Once the Qi adapter is installed, you can use your Note 3 with any number of Qi-compatible wireless chargers. I’d recommend the stylish Qi Wireless Charging Orb
(which comes in a number of colours!), or the Qi Universal Charging Plate
if you’re on a stricter budget.
There is one downside to this internal Qi adapter, though. The positioning of the adapter interferes with the NFC adapter that’s on the battery, meaning that NFC may not work consistently or at all. Still, considering I’ve used NFC precisely once with my Galaxy S4 in five months (to pair it with my smartwatch), that’s not much of a loss.
So there you have it – the cheapest, easiest way to add wireless charging to your Note 3, without needing to add a bulky replacement cover or case to your phone. For more information or to order, please visit the product page linked below. You can also check out our full range of Note 3 chargers
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments below!
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Here’s something new: a Qi wireless charging battery
. While we’ve seen plenty of chargers before, a portable charger / battery is another thing entirely, allowing you the freedom of wireless charging anywhere in the world. It’s called, simply enough, the Qi Wireless Charging 6000 mAh Emergency Charger.
This is a very capacious battery too – a whopping 6,000 mAh in all. That’s enough to charge most phones two or three times over, and will even recharge all but the most power-demanding tablets from 0 to 100. The wireless charging is fast too, at a rate of 1A. That’s not the fastest we’ve ever seen in wired charging, but it’s more than enough to ensure rapid charging for most smartphones and tablets.
Admittedly, wires are involved at some stages in its operation – you’ll need to use a micro USB to USB cable attached to a PC or mains adapter to charge the battery itself.
You’re also not limited to just wireless charging – the battery includes a normal USB port as well, so you can charge all manner of devices at that same 1 Amp rate, although as far as I can tell you can’t charge wirelessly and wired at the same time (and you probably wouldn’t want to either).
The charger is very easy to use as well. Turning on wireless charging is as simple as pressing a button, and then placing your phone onto the middle of the device. You also get a nice little LED indicator of how much charge remains, making it easy to ensure you’re never caught out.
If you’ve got a wireless-enabled smartphone – like the Nexus 4, new Nexus 7, Lumia 920 or many others – then this represents a very unique way of charging your phone anywhere in the world. And if you don’t have a wireless smartphone, then you might have a look at our range of wireless adapters that allow you to add that capability to your phone. Even without wireless charging on the tablet at all, this is still a decent choice just because of that mammoth 6,000 mAh capacity.
So what do you think of the device? I reckon it’s the ultimate new Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 wireless charging battery, but I’d be curious to know what you’d use it for. Let us know in the comments below!
Friday, June 28th, 2013
It’s useful to be able to put your phone on a wireless charger and have it topped up without a cable, but what if you could just put your phone on your bedside table and just have it charge there?
lobbamobba on YouTube has answered that question in style, showing a cool way of integrating a Nokia DT wireless charging plate into a common Ikea Hemnes bedside table with just an hour or two of work.
Once completed, you get a magic spot on your bedside table that you can just place your Qi-enabled phone to charge. It’ll work with the Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 720 (as well as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 with the appropriate wireless charging covers).
While it’s a bit harder to find that spot without seeing the pad itself, it definitely looks a lot better. Have a look at the video yourself and let me know what you think!
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Introducing the CR-200 wireless charging car holder featuring NFC technology.
As can be seen above, this sturdy, high-quality, wireless charger can charge any Qi enabled phone such as the Nexus 4 or the Galaxy S4; the S4 needs to be fitted with a wireless charging cover.
The CR-200 features NFC technology which you can use to automatically launch programs or apps such as the Music player or Navigation software. These can be pre-defined and start when the handset is placed in the car holder.
The car dock supports both landscape and portrait orientations so you can twist and turn it left and right until you’re happy with the viewing position. It can be mounted on the dashboard or windscreen.
This original Nokia accessory is a very versatile tool. Not only can it be used to wirelessly charge other Qi compatible smartphones but it also has an extra USB output which you can use in conjunction with a cable of your choice to charge another mobile device.
All in all this is a very handy and well built official Nokia car holder that works just as well with handsets from other manufacturers such as Samsung and LG. Together with its versatility, the built-in Near Field Communications technology and extra USB port make it well worth the price.