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Works fine, but a couple of design flaws
on February 6, 2014
It works - I get a 640ma charge, whereas plugging in directly gives me 1200ma. Sure, it's not a 2000ma 1.5 hour charge, but I charge more often because I just have to set my phone down. If I REALLY need the juice, and can leave the phone for a bit, I plug it in directly. Yes, it gets a little warm, but not hot. My phone would get warm on a 1-2 amp charge anyway.
- small size = big win. Mounting this to my phone cradle in my car + bluetooth receiver = wireless NIRVANA. Most others are too big.
- Rubber rings on front & back cushion and keep the phone in place
- Beep confirms correct placement (small size + large phone means you can't see the LED that tells you if your phone is aligned correctly - although my S4 screen also confirms wireless charging)
- USB Port - CONSTRUCTION: *very* cheep feeling - all USB cables I tried with this felt loose, and fell out of the device if the cord was bumped even a little bit, or just from cable tension over time - this makes it VERY unreliable. No time gained if I have to keep plugging the charger in, instead of the phone!
- USB Port - SIZE: most of the USB cables I tried would not fit because of the shell opening. For some reason, they have recessed the USB port, rather than having it right on the surface, as most devices do. Then, they cut an opening in the shell to accommodate the plastic 'grip' on USB cables - EXCEPT IT IS TOO SMALL. Sure, they provide 2 USB cables that do fit, BUT, a LOT of USB chargers (esp. automotive) come with a built-in cable, so switching cables is NOT an option
- Beep is LOUD - far louder than it needs to be - I would think this would normally be used in a home or office, not a factory, so 1/10th the volume would have been sufficient. A switch to select volume (100%/20%/0%) would be a premium solution
Net/net: if it weren't for the USB port design flaws, I would be buying a bunch of these to put around my house, bedroom, office, and car.
But because of them, I must continue my quest for wireless Nirvana...