Jun 05 AT 2:17 PM Brooks Barnard 0 Comments

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad Review

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad 1

Belkin recently released a whole line of products that are specifically meant to be awesome with your Samsung Galaxy S6. Will they work with other devices? Yes, all except for the case and potentially the arm bands, which we weren’t sent for review. Regardless, Belkin sent us several items in their new line, including their Qi Wireless Charging Pad. I’m not going to review every piece of kit Belkin sent us individually, but I felt that the Wireless Charging Pad fell into its own category and deserved its own post. We tested the Belkin wireless charger with the Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, and Nexus 7 2013, each with and without cases. The case shown in the pictures is the Belkin Grip Candy SE.

The Good

  • Works with cases (as it should), both on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and a thick case I use for my kids on the 2013 Nexus 7.
  • Looks really nice.
  • Comes with microUSB cable and AC adapter.
  • Subtle green LED charging indicator that’s not so bright that it will keep you up at night.
  • 1 year limited warranty

I really like the Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad. I’ve had the opportunity to review several different wireless chargers lately, such as the TYLT VU Wireless Car Charger and the Fonesalesman Bamboo WoodPuck. Like most wireless chargers, with the Charging Pad you have to make sure your device is positioned properly on the charger for the charging magic to happen. So for convenience factor, not many Qi wireless chargers beat the TYLT’s offerings that have built in shapes or things to help you position your device properly. But the charging footprint is big enough that it’s not an issue. You’ll figure out where to position your devices on the Belkin Charging Pad and feel awesome that wireless charging is a thing.

I think the Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad looks great and is both built and designed well. It has a black, soft touch plastic top that provides some grip on your phone to prevent it from sliding around when bumped. Your phone also won’t be sliding off the charger due to the surface being completely flat or parallel with the surface the charger is on. The sides of the charger are white, and I enjoy the black and white look of the device. Lastly, the charger has a grippy bottom to hold the charger in place on whatever surface you choose to place it on.

Belkin’s Qi Wireless Charging Pad comes with a white microUSB cable and wall adapter. Wireless chargers don’t always come with wall adapters, so it’s nice that this one does. I actually had an issue with the Fonesalesman Bamboo WoodPuck that was caused by a problem with the random AC adapter I was using with it. It took me a while to find the root cause of the issue, and so for a while I thought the Bamboo WoodPuck sucked, but it was the AC adapter the whole time. So again, it’s nice that Belkin’s Qi Wireless Charging Pad comes with a wall adapter. However, you could easily use it with your phone’s charger if you don’t want to bring another one on a trip.

When the Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad  is charging, a green LED blinks to let you know that it’s powering up your device. There are no audible sounds.It has a 1 Amp output, which Belkin claims will allow you to not sacrifice charging speed. This is a little misleading. If you were using a low-amp charger this is could be true, but compared to Samsung’s turbo charger that comes with the Galaxy S6, there’s no real comparison: the turbo charger will charge your S6 significantly faster. But wireless charging is so convenient I think the sacrifice in speed it worth it.

The bummer

  • The price ($39.99)

At $39.99, the Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad price  is on the mid to high-end of wireless chargers. There are plenty of very highly-rated wireless chargers out there in the $10-$30 range. Unfortunately, I haven’t reviewed any of the cheaper chargers, so I can’t comment on how awesome they are or how they compare. What I can tell you is that the Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad is one of the better wireless chargers I have used. I would also recommend the Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad to a family member of friend, with the caveat that it’s on the pricier side.

The Belkin Charging Pad does come with a one year limited warranty where many cheaper chargers may not. The charger was just announced the beginning of April, so you can be the first of your friends to own one by purchasing the device on Belkin’s website or Amazon. My guess is that the wireless charger will also be available at brick and mortar stores like Target in the near future.

What are your thoughts on the Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad? Do you like the looks of it too? On the hunt for a Wireless charger? Already have one you like? Do you own this charger and want to share your thoughts about it? Let the AAM community know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Belkin

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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