Wireless charging is one of our favorite smartphone features. Simply drop a wireless charging-equipped smartphone on a compatible charger and you’ll never have to fumble around with another microUSB cable again. The problem is that there are very few Android devices that have wireless charging abilities right out of the box. Samsung and LG have a few devices with optional replacement backplates that add Qi wireless charging, but if you own an HTC, Motorola or a Sony, you’re pretty much out of luck.
Fortunately, there is a product that can be used to add Qi wireless charging to any Android smartphone, and it won’t break the bank. The DigiYes microUSB Wireless Charging Receiver Module is available on Amazon for under $10 and allows you to add Qi wireless charging to any Android smartphone or other gadget with a microUSB charging port.
What you’ll need
- A DigiYes microUSB Wireless Charging Receiver Module (make sure to buy the model that matches the orientation and location of your phone’s microUSB port)
- An Android smartphone or tablet (we’ve tested it with a Bluetooth speaker as well)
- Smartphone or tablet case (Speck, OtterBox and Spigen are always good choices)
- Any Qi-compatible wireless charger (the eBoot 360,TYLT Vu and Qi-Infinity are great options)
How to add Qi wireless charging to any Android smartphone
- Plug the DigiYes microUSB Wireless Charging Receiver Module into your phone or tablet’s microUSB port
- Wrap the receiver module around the back of the device and secure it with a the included strip of double-sided tape
- Place your device and the connected receiver module inside your favorite protective case
- Lay your device on a compatible Qi wireless charger
- Experience the joy of wireless charging!
It’s that simple. We purchased the DigiYes microUSB Wireless Charging Receiver Module last week for our HTC One (M8), but we’ve also tested it on dozen different devices that we have sitting around the house. In the coming years, wireless charging will be included in every gadget that we buy. Until then, we’re glad there are cheap accessories that allow you to add wireless charging to pretty much any device.