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Samsung Galaxy S3 Wireless Charger Review



For $13 it’s easy to add wireless charging to the Samsung Galaxy S3 without the need to buy a new back or give up the ability to use cases.

After doing some digging I found a $13 Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charging receiver that snaps into place on the Samsung Galaxy S3 underneath the existing back, making it compatible with Qi chargers.

For the past several weeks I’ve used this cheap Galaxy S3 wireless charger add-on with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Nexus 4 wireless charger with great success.

Read: 15 Samsung Galaxy S3 Hidden Features

Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charger.

Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charger.

This is not an official Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charging kit, which Samsung never ended up releasing, but it snaps into place easily without adding any bulk and it is easy to use with most Qi wireless chargers. I like using it with the Nexus 4 wireless charger because it keeps the phone at an angle where I can see notifications while it is charging.

This is a small and cheap Qi Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charger.

This is a small and cheap Qi Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charger.

Installing the Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charger is as simple as popping the back off of the Galaxy S3, lining the receiver up and then closing the hatch. There is a small sticker that attaches the Qi wireless charger to the battery, but the pressure from the back is enough to keep the charger in place if you use multiple batteries. Because the charger attaches to the battery, not the actual device, those who use the sticker should still be able to swap batteries easily, but only one will work with wireless charging.

When the charger is in place, snap the back on. It is snug, but it is not too tight that it pops off during normal usage. This setup allows users to still use a Galaxy S3 case while wirelessly charging.

Wirelessly charge the Galaxy S3.

Wirelessly charge the Galaxy S3.

Unlike some wireless charging setups, the Galaxy S3 wireless charger is not picky about where it is placed on the Nexus 4 wireless charger. This charger adds $60 to the cost of this setup, but there are cheaper alternative Qi chargers available. You can check out our Nexus 4 wireless charger review to see if it’s the right charger for you.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charger charges the device pretty fast, though users may see quicker charger when connecting to a cord. The nice part about this setup is that it leaves the Micro USB port open for use when a wireless charger is not available.

After using this $13 Samsung Galaxy S3 wireless charger I would definitely buy it again, even with the added cost of buying a Qi wireless charging base.



  1. Bill

    07/12/2013 at 4:29 am

    how does NFC work with the charger in place?

    • Tod Wulff

      01/02/2014 at 1:31 pm

      Bill, Did you ever get a response, or have been able to make a determination yourself? Please advise. Thanks, in advance. -t

  2. Wizard Prang (@wizardprang)

    07/21/2013 at 2:23 pm

    Any idea if this will work with a Palm TouchStone charger?

  3. Scott

    07/23/2013 at 8:57 am

    Three problems I have found with these chargers:
    1) They often do interfere with NFC
    2) The phone gets pretty hot when charging
    3) The Samsung wakes up the device and pops up a dialog when it starts charging and finished charging. When the phone is charged it cycles through these two dialogs a few times a minute.

  4. Anderson

    08/02/2013 at 5:17 pm

    Nice case, but I would recommend the Pong Research Samsung Galaxy S3 case over this. Studies conducted by numerous scientific teams in several nations have raised concerns about the possible association between heavy cell phone use and health problems. That’s why I did research and found a case that can reduce radiation exposure. I found cases from Pong Research, I read that this technology reduces exposure to radiation while optimizing the mobile reception. I was skeptical about it, anyway, I decided to try it, because Pong is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

  5. Techaxle

    09/05/2013 at 4:19 pm

    Love it!!
    Thanks for the review,Nice case, Samsung Galaxy S3 who want wireless charging have a convenient, low-cost option, courtesy of “Monster Watts.

  6. KEZRA

    10/12/2013 at 6:30 pm

    This works like a champ! My USB charging port went out and wasn’t able to be fixed. This simple solution fixed my almost useless phone. The Nexus charging stand works amazing with my S3, and this charging receiver. Don’t think twice about it!

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