Easily bring wireless charging to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 without replacing the back cover or buying a new case with this Qi Internal Wireless Charging Adapter.
Despite being one of the most technologically advanced handsets of its time, the Galaxy Note 4 does not come with built-in wireless charging out of the box. Samsung instead wants to sell you a replacement battery cover for the Note 4 that adds Qi wireless charging capabilities, but these covers are bulky and way over priced.
Thankfully, there is a better – and less expensive way – to bring wireless charging to the Note 4 that most people don’t realize exist.
For less than $20, this slim Qi wireless receiver from YOUSHARES brings wireless charging functionality to your Galaxy Note 4 without an extra bulk or protective case. The small and discreet design of the Qi Internal Wireless Charging Adapter allows it to be placed on top of the Galaxy Note 4 battery, underneath the phone’s original back cover.
This means that most cases will still work with your Galaxy Note 4, eliminating the need to buy a new case. You phone will be seemingly untouched; simply place your phone on a Qi charging pad and the phone will charge wirelessly.
Note: The YOUSHARES Qi wireless receiver shown in this review is nearly identical to the more popular LANIAKEA wireless charging receiver found on Amazon. Both models are similar in design and specifications. It’s unclear what the differences are, if any. From the price and first impression, you might think this product is garbage but it’s not.
- Hidden installation – Receiver easily installs underneath the stock Note 4 battery cover.
- Ultra thin design – Adds a small bulge that is unnoticeable to the untrained eye.
- Lightweight – at only 4 grams, you won’t notice any difference in weight.
- Wireless charging – Modern functionality makes the Note 4 feel like a completely new device.
- Hard to find sweet spot – It can be difficult at times to initiate charging on some pads if the phone is not centered in just the right spot.
- Slow charging – With an output of 650mA, this receiver doesn’t support fast wireless charging. Actual speed is much slower than when plugged in to a standard wall charger but worth the trade in convenience.
- Phone gets warm – It’s not uncommon for wireless charging to generate heat but it’s worth noting.
The Qi wireless charging receiver comes in a simple package containing generic instructions along with the receiver itself. Installation is easy, with the power off, remove the Note 4 rear cover and simply place the receiver over-top of the removable battery. Make sure the receiver contacts align with the terminals on the phone.
When putting the battery cover back on, be sure to apply downward pressure to make sure that the pads have a solid connection. Then turn your phone back on, and expect it to charge wirelessly when placed on a Qi wireless charging pad.
The receiver is fastened to the removable battery by a small adhesive strip on the receiver but it doesn’t help the connections at all. To assist in holding things down, you can add two small pieces of scotch tape over the contact pins to keep them secured to the connectors on the phone.
With the Note 4 receiver installed, the phone can still fit into most cases and covers designed for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Beware that the adhesive on the receiver is very sticky and will leave a residue on your phone if removed. Using scotch tape instead of this adhesive might be a consideration.
Unlike similar pads found on the Apple iPhone, there is no need to occupy the micro USB port of Note 4, and no impact to your normal use/wired charge/data transmission. This receiver fits discreetly behind your existing original Galaxy Note 4 cover to enable wireless Qi charging.
In our test, the wireless charging works as intended without any issue. We did notice that the back heated up a bit more than some other Qi-enabled devices; however, we don’t think it’s a cause for concern. The Note 4 charges up just fine, and no longer needs a tether to do it.
The major complaint here is that the phone charges at a snail’s pace. Due to hardware limitations of the Note 4, you get a max output rated at 650mA, which is far less than the standard 1A charging current. In fact, the phone doesn’t charge much higher than what’s required to maintain the current charge level when in use.
This means that your phone will have to spend extra time on the charger because it’s so slow but the trade of is convenience. It would be a good idea to have a wireless charging base on your desk at work and beside your bed at home.
Whenever you’re not using your phone, set it on the charger. Whenever you need to use your phone, pick it up and it should have more power than when you set it down.
All wireless chargers are slower than the wired ones. It’s the price of convenience. You really won’t understand how much easier life can be until you’ve bought a couple Qi chargers and put them in the places you’re likely to set your phone. Keep one at your desk, on the table in the living room, in your car, and one on your nightstand.
With the YOUSHARES Qi receiver installed, you might find that it can be hard at times to initiate charging when resting the phone down on a wireless pad. Just remember that the Note 4 must be centered on its charging pad “sweet spot” or the phone will not charge.
You might find yourself fishing around to place your phone in just the right spot, but that’s par for the course when it comes to this style of receiver. It can take quite a few tries at a time to get the Galaxy Note 4 centered right in the pad but its one less messy cord that you have to deal with.
During our test, we noticed that once the battery was completely charged, the screen would sometimes wake up and stay on. This is something to watch out for because you run the risk of screen burning on AMOLED displays if left for too long.
The Qi receiver had no impact on the NFC capabilities of the Note 4 during our test as well. We were able to successfully transfer an image file via Android beam. How disruptive this receiver is to Android Pay is yet to be seen.
Despite slow charging speeds, the YOUSHARES Qi wireless receiver is a must-have accessory for the Galaxy Note 4. If your charging port is busted this is a great way to get around spending a ton of money to fix your phone.