The Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging back lets users charge the new phone by placing it on a compatible charger without fumbling for a cable or removing the small flap that keeps the Galaxy S5 water-resistant. Samsung announced Galaxy S5 wireless chargers at the event and put them up online before the phone hit store shelves, but there was still no word on when shoppers could buy this handy Galaxy S5 accessory.
Trying to order the Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover direct from Samsung simply puts your email on a list to be notified when it goes on sale, but a popular retailer is offering a Galaxy S5 wireless charging back for pr-order right now.
Samsung offers several Galaxy S5 wireless charger options including a plain back and an S-View Flip Case that includes wireless charging. For users that want a simple back with wireless charging Samsung finally offers a reasonable $30 option, but that does not include the wireless charger.
A wireless charger makes a connection to the phone inside, so that the small USB port flap doesn’t need to be removed to charge. This is not a totally wireless option as you will still need a wireless charging base that connects to a power source with a wire, but when you need power you only have to set the phone down on the wireless charging base.
This morning B&H Photo places put a date on the Galaxy S5 wireless charging back, with shipments expected to start on May 10th. Users can pre-order the Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover from this well-known retailer and could see the back arrive before the middle of the month.
It is important to remember that while this is the official Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover or back, this date may not be the official word from Samsung. Stores routinely place estimated release dates on Android accessories that often change before the actual release. Samsung and other Android manufacturers typically take weeks or months to start selling accessories that they announced back at a device event.
Samsung put the Galaxy S5 wireless charging back online on April 8th, nearly a month ago. There is an option to add to cart, including an offer for five free TecTiles, but when shoppers try to check out Samsung says the cover is out of stock and only allows users to enter their name and email address for a notification when it goes on sale.
B&H Photo on the other hand allows users to checkout and complete a pre-order. There is also a notify option if you prefer waiting until the Galaxy S5 wireless charging cover is on sale, but if you pre-order B&H Photo will not charge you until the Galaxy S5 accessory ships.
Users that want the features of an S View Flip Cover can also get a wireless charging option from B&H Photo with an expected shipping date of May 10th. B&H Photo sells the S View Wireless Charging cover for $69.99 and users can complete a pre-order just like the regular back. There are black and white options.
Yet another option is a Galaxy S5 Qi wireless charging adapter, that Mobile Fun sells for $27.99. This small card slips in between the normal Galaxy S5 back and the battery and delivers wireless charging by connecting to the same internal spots as an official back.
Gotta Be Mobile reviewed a similar Galaxy S4 wireless charging accessory and found that it worked well, but for the price difference of only a few dollars it may make sense to get the official case so there is no need to worry about added thickness getting in the way of the Galaxy S5 water-resistant seal.
This is only part of the Galaxy S5 wireless charging solution. Users also need to buy a Qi compatible charger to set the phone on. While there are many Qi wireless chargers on the market our experience shows that not all of them will charge every Qi compatible phone easily thanks to the placement of magnets and charging parts.
Samsung plans to sell a Wireless Charging Pad mini to for $49.99 sometime soon. Like the Galaxy S5 wireless charging back there is no way to order this just yet. Consumers can buy a variety of different Qi compatible wireless chargers from Amazon like this Anker model for $29.99, and many others. If you already own one for a previous Galaxy smartphone or for the Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 it should also work with the Galaxy S5.
There are also some Qi car chargers on Amazon that can help keep your phone fully charged and ready to go. Some of these options are car mounts that include a Qi charger and there is also a cup holder Qi charger that looks interesting as well.