WallJax EZ wireless charger review

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Whenever I proclaim my love for wireless charging, there are people who make fun of me asking if I am too weak or lazy to plug in a USB cable like the rest of the world. I know that using a cable isn’t difficult or a huge hardship, but once you start using wireless chargers you quickly come to understand that easy is better. It’s much easier to set your phone on a charger than it is to fiddle with a cable. All of the wireless chargers that I’ve reviewed in the past few years require an AC adapter and some space on a flat surface for the dock. The WallJax EZ which is currently a project seeking $125,000 funding on Indiegogo, doesn’t require either because you plug it directly into an outlet on your wall, which makes it almost perfect.

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The WallJax will be available in two different versions. There’s the WallJax Float and the WallJax EZ. The Float can be positioned on a wall and requires some wiring work. The WallJax EZ just requires an existing 3-prong wall outlet. I was sent a prototype of the WallJax EZ. I don’t know how much different the final product will be, but this review should give you an idea of what the product will be like as far as installation and usage.

The WallJax EZ is made of white plastic with a flat charging surface, three magnets for keys and two 3-prong US power receptacles. There’s also a USB connector on the bottom edge that can be used to power non-wireless charging capable devices.

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The WallJax EZ easily plugs into one of your existing wall outlets (it must have 3-prongs) and will sit flush with the wall.

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Although you can plug the WallJax EZ into any of your existing outlets, you will probably agree that using an outlet that is higher on a wall will be much more convenient that one at floor level. My kitchen has several mid-wall height outlets, so I chose one of them for my testing.

Notice the surface of the charger. It’s real wood, and not just a decal. If you don’t like that style, you can also choose a plain white plastic version of the EZ charger.

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Plugging in the charger is simple. The flat charging surface is sized large enough to accommodate a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (with a Qi compatible receiver patch installed). I also tested the EZ with my LG G3 (also with a Qi-capable charging patch installed between the battery and back cover).

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The three magnets on the bottom of the charging ledge can be used to hold key rings. The magnets are quite strong which will allow them to hold a keygring with multiple keys securely.

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In addition to charging wireless capable devices (see compatibility list on the WallJax site), the WallJax EZ’s outlets can be used normally.

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My toaster worked fine while also charging the phone.

There’s only one issue I ran into while testing the WallJax EZ. Plugging in a power cord into one of the two sockets and then removing the cable will pull the charger out of the outlet as well. You have to remember to hold the charger as you are removing the plug. It would be nice if the prongs on the back of the WallJax EZ could be a little wider.

The WallJax Indiegogo campaign ends in 11 days. They are seeking $125,000 and their current totals don’t look good for them to reach their goal. I hope they do though because I like this charger and the Float version become available. I wish I had more outlets in my home that are higher on the wall because I’d want several of these throughout my house for easy charging everywhere.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by WallJax. Please visit their site for more info or pre-order through Indiegogo.

 

Product Information

Price:$69
Manufacturer:WallJax
Retailer:Indiegogo
Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Works with existing outlets
  • Allows use of outlets
  • Adds a USB port and key holders
Cons:
  • Pulling out a power cord will also pull the WallJax out of the wall outlet
Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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  • Smythe Richbourg November 8, 2015, 11:46 pm

    Having a screw hole through the unit into the switch plate cover would secure it to the junction box, with very little change in the design (depending on the internals).

    • Julie Strietelmeier November 9, 2015, 8:04 am

      I totally agree with you. I think that would make it much more secure when using the built in outlets.

  • Simon November 9, 2015, 7:11 pm

    Looks good. I am astounded how many people do not realise the main fault with cable charging: the USB connection. The ‘Mircro’ is a lousy design when a phone is picked up and used whilst connected. The bending moment on that socket is high and I have had more than one fail as a result. The USB-C is going to have exactly the same problem. For me wireless charging is now a must, yet, I see some companies starting to drop it from new units as they think that ‘C’ is going to be easy and fast and they want to save the money of installing the wireless. Stopid!

  • William Ray November 10, 2015, 2:41 pm

    I would like to know who would be so petty? Just because you have an aversion to picking up a cord and plugging it into the bottom of your phone does not mean that you should come under any sort of attack. Some day we will all look back on these primitive cables and cable ends and wonder how anyone even managed to keep a device charged. I look forward to discussing this with my great grandchildren.

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