Review of Choetech Circle for Cheap Qi Wireless Charging
What's the Choetech Circle Qi?
The Choetech Circle Qi Wireless Charging Pad
The Choetech Circle wants to bring affordability and convenience through it's inexpensive Qi wireless charging pad.
If you're unfamiliar with Qi wireless charging (aka inductive charging), then don't worry.
The only thing you need to know is whether your phone is capable of this charging method, and if it is, then you're half-way there.
The point of buying a wireless charging pad is to place your phone onto it (with/without case) and have it charge without plugging anything into the phone hence the "wireless" tagline.
It's extremely simple to understand and all you need is three things to make it work (four if you count the charging pad):
1. A phone capable of Qi wireless charging
2. Micro-USB cable
3. Power adapter of 1-2 amps (5V/2A recommended)
When I received this item, the only thing I got was the charging pad and a micro-USB cable so keep that in mind.
You need to provide your own power adapter, and I highly recommend the 2 amp adapter for a faster/efficient charge.
You'll also need a compatible phone, and I'll include some suitable phones below but if your phone isn't listed and you're not sure whether it's compatible then "Google It". It'll save you a lot of trouble, time, and money.
So let's deep dive and find out whether this Choetech wireless charger is good for you.
Cost-Effective Smart Lighting Sensor
Charging While Sleeping
Many Qi charging products have one major hurdle to overcome, and it has to do with our sleep cycle.
Since we like to keep our phones close, then surely our chargers can't be too far away either, however; a strong LED light within the charger is not something we want to deal with.
Unfortunately annoying LED indicator lights are common in Qi wireless chargers, but much to my surprise, the Choetech Circle knew when to dim its indicator light.
In theory I shouldn't have been that surprised because the product's name on Amazon says "Wireless Charger with Smart Lighting Sensor".
Still it's really nice knowing I can have the charger right next to my bedside without its light disturbing me. It's a nice perk though truthfully all you need is some tape to cover the LED lights if they really bother you.
I was also happy to find out my phone was fully charged from 0 to 100 percent by morning even though it doesn't take a full night to charge.
To find out how fast it performs, I did a test using a 1 amp power adapter to charge my Samsung Galaxy S6.
I discovered that it charges around 5-6 percent per 15 minutes with or without the case.
So I'd figure a standard 3000 mAh battery would take about 4 hours to fully charge if you use a 1 amp adapter and probably around 3 hours with a 2 amp adapter.
In conclusion, the speed of the charger isn't bad though I prefer something a bit faster. The updated Choetech Fast Wirless Charger known as Choetech T518 is a better option if you're looking for something speedier.
Perks of Qi Enabled Devices
Do I Have a Qi-Enabled Phone?
A ton of newer phones are Qi-enabled from companies like LG, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, HTC, etc. but not every wireless charger is designed for those devices.
Since I'm talking about the Choetech Circle, here are a few phones designed specifically for this product:
- Nexus 4/5/6
- Samsung S6-8/S6-8 Edge/S6 Edge+
- Nokia Lumia 950/950xl
- Galaxy Note 5
There are other Qi enabled devices that are compatible, but that doesn't make them a good fit for this product. The Choetech Circle is quite small, so larger phones might have a problem cooperating with it.
For example, if you own an Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge then look towards a large Qi wireless charger like the 3 coil Choetech Qi Wireless Charging Pad. It offers more space and it's a more effective charging device for those phones.
Now you might be asking yourself why you need a charging pad for you phone...
The answer is that you don't.
I don't even recommend getting a Qi wireless charger unless it's always plugged in and close-by. If you have to unplug it and drag it everywhere you go, then what makes it better than a standard charger.
However if it's always plugged in and next to your bed or in our office, then you get the perk of "convenience". It's nice not having to fiddle with wires especially at night, and what's easier than placing your phone on a pad to have it charge.
Anti-Slip Rubber Grip Charger
Protective Anti-Slip: Top and Bottom
There are two things I really loved about this charger; one was the smart indicator light and the other was the anti-slip rubber grip design on the top and bottom.
My Samsung Galaxy S6 has a glass body cover, and the last thing I want is for it to slide off the charger and shatter. I was very happy with the design of this charging pad, and I feel comfortable leaving my phone on top.
Another concern of mine was whether my phone would overheat if it's left on the charger too long, but again I had no issues during prolonged use.
- The Choetech Circle's smart chip prevents it from cooking my phone.
I'm not going to say that the phone didn't feel warm after removal, but it's nowhere near critical and I've had regular chargers that made my device warmer.
I don't think you'll have a problem with either accidental slippage or overheating, but if you're still unsure, then charge it with the case on. This Qi charger is able to detect devices through thick material.
Should You Buy?
Is This Qi Wireless Charger for Me?
I think for under 20 dollars you can't go wrong with this product.
It does what it needs to do and provides a couple features that'll turn even the greatest skeptic.
If you're looking for a decent Qi wireless charger and your phone is one that I've listed above, then it's a good bargain.
There were a couple issues that I couldn't get over, so I'm not entirely sold on this device but you're not taking a huge risk given its affordability and low maintenance.
Best and Worst of Choetech Circle
After trying this product for several days, I've come to the conclusion that it's a good Qi wireless charger for its price.
I was very impressed with the smart lighting sensor and the anti-slip rubber grip design, and it's a very capable charging pad for overnight phone charging.
I never felt like my phone would overheat or the device would short-circuit, but I found myself annoyed that charging took a while.
There are faster Qi wireless charging pads on the market as mentioned, so while I enjoy all the perks it has to offer, I do prefer something more powerful.
However given all the pros and it being a low-cost option, I give this product 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people looking for convenience at an affordable rate.
The Choetech Circle (T517) Qi Wireless Charging Pad isn't the most powerful option but it's one of the most inexpensive, so try it out for yourself and see what you think.