PROS / This wireless charger is larger and fits tablets better than other models.
CONS / You have to line your phone up perfectly to initiate the charging process.
VERDICT / Samsung's wireless charger requires you to line your device up precisely, but it works well with a wide range of tablets and smartphones.
Samsung was one of the first major smartphone manufacturers to embrace wireless charging. The tech giant's own version of a charging pad, the Samsung EP-P100IJWUST2, performs well. It is the recipient of our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for its durability and high-quality design. The charger is larger than many other wireless chargers on the market which makes it an ideal for tablets, but it works great as a standalone charger for smartphones too.
This inductive charger uses the Qi charging standard, which is compatible with several smartphones. It will work perfectly fine with Nokia Lumia series phones or one of Google's Nexus devices.
Although it is manufactured by Samsung, you still need to purchase a different back cover for your Samsung device if you want to take advantage of wireless charging. Samsung doesn't have wireless charging features built in to its line of smartphones and tablets. However, there is a line of Samsung battery covers you can add to your smartphone which will let you charge wirelessly.
Samsung's charging mat isn't the most powerful charger out there. It has a power output of just 5 volts with a maximum current of 650 mAh. This means that you probably won't be able to charge your device if it has a case on it. Very thin cases may work, but that result in even slower charging times. Not to mention, if you have a Samsung Galaxy device and install Samsung's inductive battery cover, your device will be too thick for most cases anyway.
Samsung does include a microUSB cable and an AC adapter with its wireless charger. The fact that the charger uses a microUSB cable is convenient because if you lose the one included, it is easy to get a replacement. Not only that, you will be able to plug the microUSB cable into a cigarette lighter adapter in a vehicle.
This wireless phone charger is slightly larger than most since Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets tend to have large screens. The dimensions are roughly 4 x 3 x 7 inches. It only comes in an off-white color and is made entirely out of plastic. It actually feels incredibly similar to the body of a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
There are no rubber ring or pads to prevent your phone from slipping after you set it down. You also have to precisely line up your phone to initiate the charging process. This can be frustrating at times because sometimes it won't initiate the charging process when you set your phone down. You may have to slide your phone around a little before it gets started. The design includes a dotted-line on the top of the charging mat so you know where to lay your device.
There is a, LED light that flashes green when the device is charging. If your phone isn't lined up, the light will blink orange. It also beeps to confirm that it is charging.
You are free to use your device while it is charging. For example, it is possible to send a quick text, answer a phone call or play around with an app without having to unplug the device. However, since the phone lies flat on the inductive charger, it may be uncomfortable, especially for your neck, to use your device as it is charges.
Help & Support
Samsung includes a one-year warranty with its Samsung EP-P100IJWUST2 wireless charging pad. It also offers email and telephone support so you can contact the company if you run into issues.
Overall, the Samsung EP-P100IJWUST2 wireless charger is impressive and works well with any Qi-ready device. However, since Samsung's own mobile lines are not Qi-ready, you'll need to add an adapter on your Samsung device to use this charger and that will likely add a little bit of bulk to your sleek phone or tablet.