Evaluating the 2013 Nexus Wireless Charger

The 2013 Nexus Wireless Charger

The mobile devices released by mobile devices such as the Nexus 5 are well-priced, but its accessories, sadly, are not. The Play Store sells expensive chargers and cases than third-party sellers, and the worst part is that sometimes the cost does not match the quality. The wireless charger of Nexus released in 2012 is a Qi-compatible unit but the wireless charger released this year is not. The new Nexus Wireless Charger is offered at a slightly cheaper price of $50.

Nexus Wireless Charger



The Nexus Wireless Charger is a very tiny, flat block that is only 2.36 inches or 60mm thin on the side and only 0.5 inches or 12.5mm tall. The entire charger looks even smaller because the sides taper into a narrower base. To compare it to a US quarter, here’s how small it is:



The base of the Nexus Wireless Charger is greppable. It sticks on smooth surfaces and the texture is comparable to a rubber cup. It sticks strongly and takes so much force to free it from whatever surface it stuck on. The sticking can be prevented with a solvent cleaner.




Meanwhile, the charging surface is shiny with a Nexus logo found in the center. It is sold with a microUSB charger that fits the charger’s port well.


Is It Effective?

The Nexus Wireless Charger outputs 1.8 amperes, which is only slightly less than some USB chargers which output 2.0 amperes. It does not have a lot of heat generation. Te Nexus 4 can get slightly hot but that’s only because the phone itself has thermal issues. You can charge your phone even with an average case because the charger also works fine 5mm to 6mm above the surface, and provided that the case is not made of a material that interferes with the signal.


The sticky bottom of the charger can be attributed to its strong magnet so that the device can be held in place as you lift your device up. It is effectively a solution to the complaints with the 2012 model. The magnet, however, still has some issues. For instance, bigger devices means that it will occupy a bigger surface area, so only a small portion will be able to reach the internal charging coils. The magnetic pull is strongest in the area where these charging coils are so you will know where the right spot is. The smaller Nexus 5 is much easier to correctly attach to the charger than the larger Nexus 7. The Nexus 4 also works with the charger but the hold is not as strong as it is on the Nexus 5 and 7.




It is not very convenient to use your device while it is being charged because it does not have the upright positioning of the past charger. But since the base of the wireless charger sticks strongly to surfaces, you could place it on a surface that is sloped so that you could still use your device. The charger also does not have a LED to indicate that it is working, and this may be an issue for some.


The Nexus Wireless Charger Comparison

The Nexus Charging Orb is sold for $60, while this year’s Nexus Wireless Charger costs $50. But despite the small $10 price decrease, there is still a wide variety of wireless charger in the market today, and $50 still costs a lot.


Wireless chargers can be divided into two: the budget units and the high-quality chargers. The Nexus Wireless Charger is obviously part of the high-quality chargers. It has a remarkable build quality and the magnetic attachment is very helpful. Also, the charger does not have any noise, even a faint one, while in use. The $50 costs a lot, so the charger is actually comparable to other high-quality chargers such as the $60 Samsung Charging Pad and the $70 Tylt Vu. If it’s okay for you to spend some money on a wireless charger, then the Nexus Wireless Charger is the one to buy.


Do you have the same sentiments about this charger?


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