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Not working well with new Droid 3
on July 29, 2011
The Energizer pad is spec'd to be "Qi" compatible, and the Droid 3's optional wireless charging cover is also supposed to be Qi compatible, so in theory they should work together. But for some reason they don't. I'm not sure which device is to "blame".
You have to VERY carefully place phone on the pad, and nudge it left and right and up and down the pad to get just the right spot to charge it. There are magnets (not sure if it's in the phone or pad or both) to help align the phone, but surprisingly this doesn't guarantee it's in the right spot. I've seen videos of the Energizer pad on YouTube being used with other phones and they didn't seem to have this problem, so you'd think that implies the Droid hardware is at fault.
However, the Droid 3 works beautifully with the other Qi pad, the one that Verizon is selling, which is actually the LG WCP-700 and it turns out is also available on Amazon. For that pad, you put the Droid anywhere reasonably close to the center and it fires up and charges great. So, that leads me to believe that the Droid 3 is perfectly fine, and that this newer pad is just more powerful. (The problem with that other LG pad is the incredibly loud beep every time you place the phone on it.)
To Energizer's credit, this pad is perfectly silent, you just see the nice blue light go on. So I'd really prefer the Energizer pad for the office, but alas I'm returning it.
A couple other notes:
* Both charging pads I've tried so far leave the Droid 3 a bit warm when you pick it up. Warmer than after a wall charge or even extended web surfing on the phone, although not disturbingly hot or anything. So this isn't a "problem", just an observation.
* If you do get the Droid 3 positioned correctly on the Energizer pad, it will sometimes charge your device, although sometimes you can never get it to 100%. Other times the Droid 3 claims to still be charging even after you've picked up the phone off of the pad! Again it's hard to say if this is Energizer's or Motorola's fault.
* In the interest of full disclosure, I'm using the extended Motorola battery with the Qi cover, which works fine with the LG pad, but Motorola doesn't officially claim that combination works together.
* This Energizer pad DOES ship with a dull plastic film that you can take off, which makes it look much nicer. But even under bright lights you'd swear there's no film to remove, because there's no seams or pull tabs, just a dull finish, and even scratching with your fingernail just appears to be marring the surface. But trust me, if you take some strong packing tape and repeatedly and strongly "dab" the surface, you'll eventually notice bubbles which are actually the film starting to give way. There's 2 pieces of file, in the big area, and in the upper rectangle where the 2 LEDs are. It does look much nicer if you can get the film off.
* In addition to being quiet, the Energizer pad also offers two spots for wireless charging (vs. LG's one spot), if your family has 2 devices. "But wait!", you say, "the product title for this Energizer pad clearly says '3 position' pad". Ha! A "gotcha", that "3rd" spot is a standard size USB plug, so you could charge a 3rd device if you were willing to use a standard cable. I think this is misleading of Energizer and they (or Amazon) should fix the title.
* Verizon and Motorola could make life much easier if they would clearly indicate that the Droid is using the Qi standard. Energizer wins on this front, except that it's not really working.... Same for the LG pad, in terms of lack of information.
* As of mid 2011 I think this Energizer pad and the LG pad are your only two choices, and only the LG seems to work with Droid 3. The existing Powermat pads are NOT Qi compatible at this time, although they're talking about releasing a Qi pad later this year so that's work rechecking. And I'm pretty sure the Palm / HP Touchstone pads sold with Palm / HP Pre webOS phones are NOT Qi compatible either; I couldn't find a specific statement to that effect, but Touchstone pads predate Qi by more than a year I think, and seems like HP would mention it if they were.
And finally, I'm giving this Energizer pad only 2 stars when being used with a Droid 3. It might be worthy of 4 stars when working with other devices. I don't think they deserve a perfect 5 stars no matter what, due to the misleading "3 station" title (only 2 WIRELESS stations), and stupid protective film packing issues. But those could be addressed with minor packaging tweaks.
I'd LOVE to hear comments on this review from any other Droid 3 owners, or anybody else who's tried various Qi products. I've tried to be as factual as possible here, and since vendors are so slow with decent info, maybe Amazon shoppers can fill in some of the missing information.