Some people will scoff, but I love wireless charging. Not having to plug a micro USB cable into my phone every time I need to top off the battery is a hassle, when wireless charging is an alternative. Once you’ve experienced the luxury of simply placing your device on a flat charging pad or a dock, you’ll be forever spoiled. Luckily more and more phone manufacturers are starting to add Qi charging to their devices. One of the newest wireless charger that I’ve had the opportunity to try, is the Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand from ADATA.
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CE700 Wireless Charging Stand
The feature that sets the CE700 apart from other wireless chargers that we’ve looked at here on The Gadgeteer, is that this one can be used flat…
Or converted into a stand like you see above. The shiny black plastic charging portion of the CE700, does not snap into the metal cover. It just rests inside and is held by friction. The included USB cable connects to the charger and then into a free USB port on your PC or Mac. You can also plug it into a USB AC adapter if you happen to have one laying around.
In the flat orientation, the CE700 rests inside a brushed aluminum shell that has neon green rubber feet that prevent it from sliding around on a table.
I tested the CE700 with three devices, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with a 3rd party Qi patch, a Nexus 7 2013 tablet and a Samsung Galaxy S3 with Samsung’s wireless charging cover.
I quickly learned that the CE700 works best when used in the stand orientation. When using it flat, it requires you to pay attention to how you place the device on the charger. There seems to be sweet spot for each device and that can mean that the device needs to be placed further back or forward instead of perfectly centered on the charger. So it becomes a little too fiddly for my liking.
When used in the stand orientation, there’s no need to adjust placement. Just set it on the stand and you’re done. At least that was my experience with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, S3 and Nexus 7 tablet.
Now we come a few other gripes that I have about the CE700. First of all, I don’t like the USB connector placement. It is located on the right side instead of the back. That means the cable gets in the way as you can see above. You also have to unplug the cable when changing from stand to flat orientations.
Another issue is the status LED that is built into the charger. It’s located in the upper left corner. You can see it in the image above, it’s green. The location isn’t really a problem, it’s the fact that it blinks during charging. Typically you wouldn’t see the LED because the charging device is covering it. But, if you use the charger in your bedroom, it’s possible that you’ll notice the blinking light in the middle of the night. Just something to be aware of.
Last but not least is that the charger will slide around on the table when you’re using it in the stand orientation. There are no rubber feet to prevent it from moving around like there is in the flat orientation.
Now on the good side is that the CE700 has over voltage and over heat protection. It can charge your device up to 28% faster than charging it with the USB cable connected directly to the phone. I didn’t do any real testing with this claim, but did notice that it seemed to take considerably less time to top off the charge on the devices I tested with this wireless charger.
The ADATA Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand performs its intended task well. It offers two ways to charge and can charge quicker than by cable alone. If the issues I mentioned don’t bother you, this charger is a relatively inexpensive way to try Qi wireless charging (if your device supports it). Trust me, once you try it, you’ll never go back to the old way of charging.