The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available around and look to be some of the best phones available. Offering lots of features like water resistance, micro-SD cards or all-day battery life. One of those features is called Fast Wireless Charging. Here we’ll be going over everything owners need to know about it.
On March 11th the new phones were released after being unveiled in February. Complete with a similar design as last years models with many of the same features as the Galaxy Note 5, and lots of additional improvements. Fast Wireless Charging is something many users love once they know how it works, and its benefits.
While the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge don’t have a removable battery like some older Samsung smartphones, they do have huge batteries inside, fast charging, and fast wireless charging. All of which make up for that missing ingredient. In our Galaxy S7 Edge review we had such good battery life that a removable one wasn’t even an issue, not to mention the wireless charging we’ll be explaining below. Lets get started.
Wireless charging isn’t a new technology, but Samsung does things a bit different than most. There are two different types of wireless charging. If you buy the wrong charging pad or your new car doesn’t support the right type, it won’t work with some devices. Like Ford vs Chevy, there’s Qi Wireless Charging vs the PMA Wireless Charging Standard. With the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, S6 Edge and now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Samsung implemented both technologies.
Meaning either wireless charging type works with your phone. Taking the guesswork out of this convenient feature and any wireless charging device will charge the S7 and S7 Edge.
How it Works
Essentially users buy a pad and instead of plugging in a smartphone or tablet to charge it, all you need to do is drop it on the charging pad and it will automatically start charging. In a sense this is wireless, as you can grab it and go and not worry about wires, but the pad is plugged in via a typical micro-USB cable.
Drop it on the wireless charging pad and it recharges, pick it up and go and you have a full battery. Older Wireless charging pads had 10w output, and weren’t very fast, taking nearly 3-4 hours to recharge a phone. A regular wired charger (like the charger included in the S7) will completely charge your device to 100% in less than 90 minutes. Basically almost twice as fast. However, the Galaxy S7 features “Fast” Wireless Charging, which charges nearly the same speed as a wired connection, making it actually extremely useful.
Samsung Fast Wireless Charging
Fast Wireless Charging is a new option that will be coming to more charging pads and devices in the near future. It increased the speed by 1.4x and now Qi Wireless charging pads will output 15w of charging power, making it far more ideal.
Owners won’t have to choose between charging their smartphone quick with the wired charger that came in the box, or easy wireless charging at slow speeds. Fast Wireless charging will recharge the S7 lineup 50 minutes faster than older wireless charging methods. Here’s our quick hands-on video showing the Note 5 and the Fast Wireless Charger in action, along with the neat animation and on-screen effect Samsung’s added. This same charger and setup is identical on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
As you can see above it’s extremely easy. All you do is walk up and drop the Galaxy on its charger and that’s it. Fast Wireless charging kicks on and starts wirelessly charging the smartphone. Buyers will still get a faster charge using the included wall charger, but this is a nice addition that will make wireless charging actually useful, instead of just a convenience.
Samsung offers a few different wireless chargers, and the most popular option retails for $59.99 but is on sale now for $52. This will charge any Qi capable device, and is backwards compatible with capable phones like the Galaxy S6, Nexus 6, and many other older devices.
This isn’t a huge leap or revolutionary new feature by any means, but it’s one more way that Samsung is pushing the limits and offering more options for its users. I’ll still be using a wired charger to power up my phone, but being able to have a fast wireless charger on my nightstand by the bed is certainly more appealing now that it’s fast enough to be useful. While you’re here, take a look at other fast chargers below.
Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger
Tronsmart is one of the leading brands when it comes to Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 accessories. This is one of the easiest, smallest, and cheapest options around. Get this tiny Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 certified charger, and the Galaxy S7 will recharge faster than with any other charger you have laying around the house or car.
This charger is as fast as the "Adaptive Fast Charger" that comes in the box users plug into the wall, completely safe, and really cheap too.
Alternatively get a dual USB car charger for only $9. One port is Quick Charge 2.0 for the Galaxy S7, and the other is the fastest regular speed available for smartphones, tablets, vapors, and other micro-USB devices.