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Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit Final Thoughts

The Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit is a very novel bit of gear and represents good value compared to buying both pieces separately. You also get the base kit to charge other devices too. Costs will start to build up when you start buying individual accessories to charge other devices, so it would be better if you could build a custom pack rather than these individual kits and hopefully save money that way.

Portable devices come with a charging cable, and most of these are standard USB to mini/micro USB. There are also a proliferation of USB charging adapters that cover nearly every scenario you can conceive too. Wireless charging is a novelty that probably won’t catch on until there are also a variety of charging pads. I’m thinking of charging pads that you can use in your car, charging pads that double as a tablet stand, or better still a charging pad for your laptop that also doubles as a cooler to name but a few.

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Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit Conclusion

In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar product that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself..

The Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit performs on par with charging via conventional wired methods. I found the wireless charge time was on average slightly shorter than wired charging but it was really too close to call.

The Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit looks good. The replacement back cover is nearly identical and the colour is not too far off either. The charging pad is available in either black or white to suit your own preferences, you will want to make sure it won’t stand out too much (or visa versa) when you are deciding where to locate it.

The Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit is made from plastic. It is very well put together and won’t fall to bits of it’s own accord. The construction is lightweight and strong so you aren’t likely to break it easily.

The Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit is a one trick pony. To make it more functional you will need to purchase more wireless charging adapters – which of course will increase costs. It is also a stationary charging platform – a hub for you to charge your wireless devices. Wired charging is much more portable thanks to the variety of USB charging adapters available. Once the battery is charged the pad will stop transmitting power and the light will go out – this stops overcharging and also tells you when charging is complete.

The Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit will cost you £26.99 (Bitmore). This is slightly cheaper than buying each component separately, but much more than any USB cable or wall adapter will cost. The costs will also start to mount up when you buy more wireless charging adapters for your other mobile devices.

At the moment I think that wireless charging is a bit of a novelty. Until there are more functional charging pads that can be used in more places then I can’t see these selling too many. If USB charging wasn’t the standard it is then wireless charging might have had more of a chance. If Bitmore could allow you to tailor make a wireless charging pack, with a lower price over buying separate parts, I could foresee many more sales of those than these single purpose kits. The Bitmore Qi Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 Charging Kit looks good, performs well and is well made but this is all for nothing because the price and functionality are not in the same league.

Pros:

+ Wireless Charging
+ Simple and Convenient
+ Good value as a kit
+ Power usage and charge time on par with wired charging
+ Stops charging when battery is fully charged
+ Adapters for other portable devices are available
+ Well constructed
+ Geek toy – good conversation piece

Cons:

- Replacement phone cover is thicker than original cover – can’t use aftermarket protective cases
- Single function kit – extra parts are pricey
- Can’t use in your car
- Charges only one device at a time
- No more convenient than USB charging

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 8.00
  • Functionality: 6.00
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 8.00 out of 10.

COMMENT QUESTION: How could wireless charging become more widespread in your opinion?

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