Wireless charging is a luxury, there’s no doubt about that. We don’t need it, but everytime I get to use it I enjoy it and value it even more. If you’re one of the lucky few who has access to wireless charging, you’ve probably noticed two things about it: one, it’s expensive with some wireless chargers reaching upwards $80, and two you didn’t know which charger to get when you started. With so many chargers out there, it can be hard to find one that works well and is worth the money you have to pay for it. So maybe you are just getting into wireless charging and you want something reliable, portable, good-looking, and doing all of that without breaking the bank. You might be the perfect customer for the TYLT VU Solo.
The TYLT Solo is a small wireless charger designed for portability. The design is a simple square with TYLT’s classic splashes of color. The sides slant inward with no stand out design cues, but with a power port and LED on the front and back. The bottom simply contains some regulatory information and two grip pads. Those pads are covered to hide the adhesive, but I haven’t taken them off yet simply to preserve the portability and to soothe my own OCD. These two pads do tend to pick up dust like a magnet if you move the charger around all that much. Personally I’m a fan of the design as it looks nice and fits well on almost any desk.
I tested this charger with a handful of devices including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, DROID Turbo and the LG G3. All worked great once I found the right placement. The charger performs like any other wireless charger, although I don’t find it quite as reliable as my older TYLT Vu. This is simply because the Solo only has one charging coil as opposed to three in the original Vu. Nonetheless TYLT has added a pretty cool little feature into the charging cord that allows you to more accurately place your device. A small “alignment ledge” can be adjusted to your device to let you get the placement of your device right everytime.
Moving on to the cord, I did like that TYLT used a cord that doesn’t get tangled very easily. This really added to how portable the charger was as some mornings when I threw it in my bag for the work day, I didn’t have time to wrap up the cord properly. Luckily when I got to work, it didn’t take me but a short moment to get the cord straightened out. One aspect of the charger that I didn’t like at all was the fact that it did not come with a wall adapter. The charger requires a 1.8 A wall adapter (USB) to charge at normal speeds. While I unfortunately didn’t have one of those on hand to spare, I did use a 2.1 A charging adapter that worked just fine. However if you do pick up this charger, anything above 1.8 A should be perfectly fine. If you don’t have one of those to spare, click here to get one on Amazon.
So is this charger worth buying? Short answer, yes. At $39.99 it’s a great price for a very nice portable charger. However for that price, I would have liked to see an included wall adapted. You can get the TYLT Vu Solo on Amazon or directly from TYLT (prices subject to change). Color options include blue, green, red, and gray.