Wireless charging is not a new concept but it's gaining in popularity and definitely simplifies a task that most of us do every day. The ADATA Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand is Qi (pronounced Chee) certified to meet the guidelines of the Wireless Power Consortium to provide the maximum compatibility and safety. To learn more about the Qi guidelines, you can visit Qi Wireless, the Wireless Power Consortium, and Android Central to find out more about Qi technology and products.
The ADATA Elite CE700 Charging Stand comes equipped with a USB Micro-B cable and a printed User Guide. The USB cable connects the charging stand to your computer or a other USB power source. A Qi compatible device can be placed on the charging stand without cables of any kind to initiate the charging process. Just place the device on the stand and it charges.
- WPC 1.1 Version
- Input Voltage Range: 4.75V~5.25V
- microUSB Port
- Input: DC 5V, 1.5A
- Output: DC 5V, 1.0A
- Dimensions: 140mm x 75 x 12mm (5.5 x 3.0 x 0.5in)
- Weight: 120g
Before you purchase the CE700, be sure to check the Mobile Phone Compatibility list online and your device's manual to make sure it is compatible with wireless charging. If you're lucky, the phone will have come equipped with a Qi compatible charging chip and a battery door with charging receiver. If not, check with the manufacturer of your phone to see if there is a Qi certified battery door available. Some third party manufacturers offer reasonably priced charging receivers that can be attached to the battery on your phone. The adapter will have a very short microUSB cable that plugs into the USB port on your device.
My Droid X was listed on the Compatibility list so I expected this to be a simple test, but not so. The Droid X did not have the Qi battery door and apparently no charging chip either. After searching everywhere and failing to find a replacement battery door that would work, I switched gears to look for an add-on charging receiver that would work with the stand. I found a Bravolink charging receiver on Amazon for about $10. The receiver is small, flat and designed to stick on the phone's battery inside the case. A short microUSB cable oriented in the correct direction for your phone's USB port, completes the connection for charging.
Using the Bravolink receiver was very simple. I opened the battery door on the phone and attached the self-stick receiver to the battery and connect the USB cable to the phone. The next step would have been to close the battery door with the receiver inside but it wouldn't snap shut. Undaunted, I placed the phone with the attached receiver (without the battery door) onto the charging stand. I was rewarded with the longed for flashing green LED light that told me the charger was working and connected to the phone. The phone also lit up as it does during a normal charging session. I thought I was home free on this one but it wasn't to be. After waiting a reasonable amount of time for the phone to charge, I checked the status and discovered that the phone was not charging at all. Even though the Droid X is on the list of compatible devices, I suspect it is just too old to take advantage of the wireless charging.
This does not in any way detract from the capabilities of the CE700 which performed just as it was supposed to but I needed to find a device that would actually charge on the charging stand. I switched the Bravolink receiver to one of my SanDisk MP3 players and placed it on the charging stand. This time was a complete success. Not only did the player charge, it did so much faster than when charged normally with a cable attached to a charging port or the computer. I repeated this test with other devices compatible with the Bravolink receiver and every one was quickly and successfully charged using the CE700.
The CE700 stand may be used in different positions and elevations depending on the device to be charged. Some devices may make better contact charging flat and others in an upright position. The flashing green LED on the stand will light up when your device is in the correct charging position on the stand. The manual has plenty of pictures to help you get started. The stand also holds your cell phone in an excellent viewing position to use or watch a video.
Visually, the CE700 is a slim design made with premium materials. It sports an aluminum back panel with a non-slip rubber surface on the charging pad to keep your device aligned for charging. The ADATA Elite CE700 Charging Stand is an attractive and useful phone stand that will allow you to see and use your phone normally while it charges.
CE700 Safety Features
Safety for you and the devices that will be charged on the CE700 is a priority. ADATA has incorporated special features into the CE700 to ensure your safety and peace of mind.
Overvoltage protection: If the voltage goes above a safe level, the Charging Stand will stop charging, preventing damage to the CE700 and your device.
Overheat protection: In like manner, if the temperature exceeds an acceptable level, the CE700 will automatically shuts of the power in order to protect the charging stand and the cell phone from becoming damaged.
Low power consumption: When not charging a phone or other device, the CE700 goes into power saving mode automatically.
Foreign Object Detection (FOD): If a metallic object such as a coin or a paper clip gets between the device and the charging stand, the CE700 will automatically shut off, and a red LED light flashes to alert the user of a problem. I tried this with a coin and then a paper clip. Each time the charger shut off and the red LED flashe. Once the foreign object was removed, the charging resumed normally.
Once I found the compatible Bravolink receiver to pair with my devices, the CE700 did everything it promised to do. Charging time was very fast for all devices tested with the charging stand. The CE700 combines function, style and convenience in an elegant device that is easy to use. View the Phone Compatibility List and make sure your phone is ready for wireless charging. For other devices, check out the affordable charging adapters available from Bravolink that will allow you to charge a variety of different devices on the CE700 charging stand. Make sure you look for Qi compatible devices and receivers. There is another wireless standard on the market through the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) which is not compatible with Qi chargers.
The ADATA Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand is available on Amazon for about $40 with free shipping.