I don’t know about you but ever since Samsung debut the Galaxy S3 I’ve been anxiously awaiting our official wireless charging kit and guess what, unless you’re willing to hack your phone’s back cover with an after market coil and know how to solder it to the pins on your device, you’re pretty much stuck. Not to mention that doesn’t even include the purchase of the actual charging pad required to juice up. My opinion is that I paid way too much for this phone to run the risk of messing it up permanently. Thankfully several companies have given it a shot for us and one that has come up with a very good alternative is Droidax.
Droidax recently released their EzyCharge Wireless Charging kit and after putting it through its paces I have to admit it goes above and beyond what I’ve seen from competitors.
Enough of my ranting though, lets get to the nitty gritty. Its important to note that the actual case contained in the kit is nearly identical in size, shape and color to the Droidax Power Pack we reviewed previously with a drop in capacity to 1200 mAh so if you’d like a detailed description of the look and feel, click here.
I generally don’t mention the presentation of a product in the written portion of the review but I must say the box the EzyCharge kit came in just made me happy. I can’t really explain it, its done in such a way that the quality of the packaging is nicely complimented by the bright colors they used, something not seen very often now a days and I for one love it.
The charging pad is nicely finished with a glass-like overlay and a deep blue color very similar to the Pebble Blue of the Galaxy S3. The best way I can describe it is the way the capacitive button area of the handset looks and feels. The top portion of the pad has a half dome area containing several LED lights to indicate that it’s in use or that your handset and case are finished charging. The overall size of it is comparable to the 7″ Galaxy Tab by Samsung and fits one device at a time.
The case itself is nearly identical in every way to the Power Pack by Droidax as previously stated and is composed of a very tough polycarbonate shell with a premium matte soft touch finish and although its not the grippiest of choices, it fits perfectly into the hand and gives the GS3 a much welcome heft.
The Droidax EzyCharge is very consistent with what we’ve seen from them in the past. The materials selected don’t feel cheap in any way and the deep blue of both the pad itself and the case match fairly closely to the Pebble Blue of the GS3 the only difference being the case has a matte finish. If you watched the video unboxing above you might of noticed I continuously run my finger over the of the charging pad, its hard not to when it feels similar to the smooth glass edges of the Galaxy S3 screen.
The bottom of the pad is a glossy polycarbonate material that attracts fingerprints like nothing else. Fortunately you’re not forced to look at it during normal use and so I can’t really count that against them. Overall the pad feels light but solid and the weight is evenly distributed throughout. The case provides a secure feel and I would be comfortable saying it would withstand a drop of about 4 feet but the fact the sides and top portions are slightly uncovered doesn’t sit too well with me.
The Galaxy S3 fits very snug inside the case and is all but flush with the sides so there’s little if any face down protection. A screen protector is certainly a must if you find yourself laying your phone face down.
- Input: 5 V == 60 mA (Max)
- Output: 5.0 ± 0.25 V/0.5 A
- Capacity: 1200 mAh
- Protection: Short Circuit / Overcharge
- Dimensions: 14.90 mm x 73 mm x 148 mm
- Weight: Approx. 80 g
So how exactly does the EzyCharge Wireless Charging kit perform when used on a day to day basis? It’s a little obvious that the pad itself is intended to remain in one location instead of being lugged around from workplace to home or from room to room so picking a good place around the house it suggested unless you’re planning on purchasing an additional pad. Using the case to juice up on the go is very straight forward and intuitive, press once to check internal battery percentage (to the nearest quarter percent) or press and hold to initiate recharge.
The 1200 mAh battery inside the case is smaller than I would of preferred considering the high bar the Power Pack by Droidax set but it will certainly get you through the day until it returns to the pad. Droidax built in a micro-USB port on the case to recharge using the normal power adapter or transfer data while charging which is great for traveling purposes.
I discharged the phone to 2% before placing it on the pad to see just how quickly I would be able to recharge and it took roughly 7 1/2 hours to get back to 100%. I was pleased with the result considering most people recharge at night. The wireless charging technology used is none other than the Qi standard which means that most other wirelessly rechargeable devices should be compatible with it including the newly launched Nexus 4 by Google and dare I say phones running Windows Phone 8.
Whether wireless charging is a technology that will be fully embraced by the mobile industry or not is yet to be determined but one thing I can say is that having the ability to do it is nothing short of AWESOME. I love the route Droidax took by combining the new technology with their existing backup battery and protective case. Individually they would be winners but when combined in a kit it provides a holistic solution to keeping our precious device powered up at all times and that is hard to beat.