With the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung introduced the first two phones to bring the next generation of wireless charging, fast wireless charging. This new technology allows extremely fast wireless charging when compared to standard wireless charging. However if you want that functionality from Samsung themselves, you’re going to pay for it. A fast wireless charger from Samsung runs $70, but thanks to Choetech, we now have a third-party option that costs just $35. I’ve been testing it out the past couple of weeks and here’s my thoughts on the product.
Choetech’s fast wireless charger offers the same functionality as Samsung’s official option, but at half the cost. It charges the phone 40% faster than a standard wireless charger by providing a 1.7A output rather than the 1A output found on other wireless chargers.
As far as the hardware is concerned, the charger has a metallic body on the underneath with plastic on the top. The outer edges consist of a rubber bumper which keeps the device from slipping off of the charge. The bottom of the charger also have has a rubber bumper which keep the charger itself in place.
The charger is fairly compact with a 3.3″ diameter so it doesn’t take up much room on your desk or table. Unfortunately this charger doesn’t have a fan on it so heat is not dispersed like on the official Samsung option. This is a downside as using fast wireless charging does produce quite a bit more heat than standard wireless charging.
Around the edges of Choetech’s fast wireless charger is a ring of LEDs within the translucent rubber bumper. These LEDs have a couple of interesting features. First of all, it shows if either fast or standard wireless charging is in use. If fast wireless charging is being use, the LEDs are green. If standard wireless charging is being use, they are blue. The LEDs will also change brightness depending on the amount of light in the room and if it’s completely dark, they will turn off completely.
An important note regarding this charging is that in order to use fast wireless charging, you’ll need to plug in using a microUSB fast charge wall adapter. Choetech offers this charging pad on it’s own for $35 or $46 if you’d like to include a Quick Charge 2.0 wall adapter. Another note to keep in mind is that as of right now fast wireless charging is only available on the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. The charger is available in black and white at the link below.Choetech Fast Wireless Charger ($34.99) Choetech Fast Wireless Charger w/ QC Adapter ($45.99)