Wireless chargers, while very convenient, can be frustrating at times. Many chargers have their own way of centering a device on its lone charging coil, while others don’t include anything to center it at all. You’re left to carefully find the perfect spot where your device starts charging and make sure it doesn’t move from that spot.
Some chargers, like the Nexus wireless charger, use magnets to center the device if the phone or tablet has magnets in it in the first place. It’s finicky, but much better than nothing. Other chargers, like the cheaper Tylt VU SOLO, use a locating tab that’s adjustable to each individual device. But what if you didn’t need to move the device around at all? That’s where the Tylt VU comes in.
What’s in the box: VU charger, proprietary AC cable
Size: 7.5 x 3.5 x 3.1 inches
Weight: 5.7 ounces
Where to buy: Tylt
The Tylt VU is quite an interesting device. Instead of being a pad that sits on your desk like most wireless chargers, the VU acts as a stand for the device, holding it at a 45 degree angle. Other than an LED at the bottom of its front, it has no other defining features. It should be noted that this LED is quite dim and won’t light your room up in the dark, which is important to me.
The back has the power plug, but it’s tucked away to keep a clean appearance. The other end of the cable is a standard AC plug, so you have to use the included cable.
What makes the VU interesting is the inside of the charger. If you happen to take it apart, you’ll see not one but three wireless charging coils. This is how it manages to charge any smartphone of any height or coil position. The entire surface is now a charging surface, eliminating the need for fiddling with positioning. This is the best feature of the charger and why I use it every day. Put your phone on the charger and it’ll charge every single time.
The charging cable for the VU states that it puts out 0.75 amps, which is lower than the 1 amp of the VU SOLO (since you use any USB wall adapter) and the 1.85 amp output of the Nexus wireless charger’s wall adapter. However, I haven’t noticed a significant difference in charging speed between the three. Something probably limits all of them to a certain amperage internally (which is why the Nexus and VU SOLO chargers work with any wall adapter). Either way, the VU is by no means slow, though a cable is of course faster.
The Tylt VU is my favorite wireless charger out there, simply because it’s so easy to use. Place your device on this charger without worrying about alignment, as long as it’s centered horizontally, and it’ll charge every time. Plus, it’s useful to read notifications without touching the device, thanks to the angle it sits at. It’s a bit pricey compared to the competition at $70, but it’s more than worth the price. Head to Tylt’s site to pick one up for yourself!