The Samsung Galaxy S4 wireless charging kit finally went on sale at the beginning of June for a not-so-cheaply-set price of $90. We got a hold of one today to show off in case any of you had plans on picking one up, but were waiting to hear more details. So, here is a quick look at both the charging cover ($40) and the charging pad ($50).
The first thing you notice after unwrapping the charging cover is that it’s not as thin as the standard back. That’s not surprising, since it likely houses a charging coil that when touched to the charging pad, charges your phone. So if you were hoping to swap out the standard back for this charging cover and not add any thickness, that’s just not going to happen. This will also mess with the fit in your case should you use one. In fact, I tried to slap the phone into a Ringke Slim and realized immediately that it wasn’t going to fit. So if you upgrade to the charging back, wave goodbye to a case.
I noticed initially that the new back cover feels a bit stickier than the original back for my GS4, but that could also be because I just pulled a piece of sticky plastic off of the back. Hopefully it stays this way, since the slippery battery cover of this phone can be a turn-off.
The charging pad is exactly what it sounds like – a pad that charges your phone. It’s a flat piece of plastic with a soft-touch top and a rubberized non-slip bottom. There is one microUSB port at the top, along with a status light to show if your phone is charging or not.
In order to use the two together – can’t believe I’m typing this – you attach the charging cover and then set it on the charging pad. That’s it. Oh, don’t forget to plug the pad in. Boom! Wireless charging.
You can find the combined kit in our accessory store with decent shipping rates.