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Love the Qi Charging but be aware.........

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by TacoBella, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. Oct 17, 2015 at 10:08 AM
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    TacoBella

    TacoBella [OP] Well-Known Member

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    One of the best tech bits this truck has is Wireless Phone charging. Wireless phone Charging is the bomb anyway.

    HOWEVER....

    I bought a Note 5 a couple weeks ago. Apparently Samsung does not have a wireless charger suitable for the large battery in the Note. My five wireless chargers at home would cycle off and on with the Note actually depleting the battery. Same thing in the truck. Some claim it works fine. I would test before committing

    I returned it and bought the S6. It charges wirelessly like a champ. In and out of the truck.

    Moral of the story. If you want to use the wireless charging in the truck TEST the Note 5 first. There just isn't enough power generated from today's wireless chargers for it. Samsung is aware of the issue.

    Samsung claims an update and a new Wireless Charger $50 will solve the problem but that won't solve the issue of using QI in the Tacoma to charge the big phone.

    https://www.google.com/webhp?source...=1&ie=UTF-8#q=note+5+wireless+charging+issues
     
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  2. Oct 17, 2015 at 10:10 AM
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    tcBob

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    Good to know. Definitely a Samsung Note issue...
     
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  3. Oct 17, 2015 at 10:47 AM
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    Also if anyone has an older Galaxy S4 like me, I purchased a Qi charger and receiver from Amazon for like $25.00. The receiver fits inside the back cover and it works great in my truck and at home. Just another option if you aren't ready to move up to the S6 with the built in receiver.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IZYG2CS?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
     
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  4. Oct 17, 2015 at 10:49 AM
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    TacoBella

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    Also available are QI Charging backs to many phones
     
  5. Oct 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM
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    So I have the note 4. Am I out of luck?
     
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    Does anyone else have any experience with a Qi adapter for their phones? I have seen a couple of cases in the store which allow you to use the charge pad but am concerned about how well they work.
     
  7. Oct 17, 2015 at 12:51 PM
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    thecelt

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    I have the s6 also, so is anything special needed or just sit it on the qi pad?
     
  8. Oct 17, 2015 at 12:53 PM
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    smitty99

    smitty99 I also bought a 4Runner

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    I too have the Note 4 and wonder if it's the same issue as with the 5...
     
  9. Oct 17, 2015 at 1:53 PM
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    I put a charging back on the wife's S5 and it works great. Had one on my Note 4 as well. Note 5 did not charge. They work great on the S5, S6 (native) and S4
     
  10. Oct 17, 2015 at 1:54 PM
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    You can buy a charging back and see it if works. I had one for my Note 4 and I think it did okay. Note 5 is a nogo.

    I am kinda liking the smaller phone after having all the Notes....(Still have my International model of the Note 2)
     
  11. Oct 17, 2015 at 1:56 PM
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    anyone know if it works with the galaxy S5?
     
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    My 2 month old Note 5 charges perfectly in my 1 week old truck.
     
  13. Oct 17, 2015 at 2:11 PM
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    So any of these things work on Apple products? Can you get an adapter for an old iPhone 4s? Haha
     
  14. Oct 19, 2015 at 1:33 AM
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    I don't know what you're talking about..my Note 5 charges just fine in my Limited Tacoma, with a case on too. Don't be scared of the Note 5, and I have a Samsung wireless charger at home that charges fine too.
     
  16. Oct 19, 2015 at 6:37 AM
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    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and prior to receiving my taco I bought the official Samsung branded Qi charging back plate (not the folding cover one). Oddly my battery failed about 3 days later, but no confirmation that the alternate back plate had anything to do with that. Once attached the phone is thicker now, and my UAG cover bulges a bit on the sides but still *mostly* fits.

    Now here is the important part, with the cover on the Qi charging will not work. If I pull the cover off it will work just fine, although it is slow (I'd guess around 3-4 hours for a full charge). Overall I'm not going to return it, but on a long trip I'd probably just leave the cover off and use the Qi charger to eliminate cables. For daily use, there isn't much point as the standard wall outlet has fast charging and I can easily get through a day with the massive battery and power saving features... or use a cable in the truck occasionally.

    Going to try to test it with some other covers, this one is hard plastic and has air voids on the back which I suspect is the problem. A thinner cover might still allow charging.

    For reference:
    Cover = http://www.urbanarmorgear.com/collections/samsung-galaxy-note-4-cases
    Back plate = http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/EP-CN910IBUSTA

    *Yes, my phone is also a storm trooper to match my truck.
     
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  17. Oct 19, 2015 at 7:10 AM
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    Looks like Toyota adopted Qi just in time for Google to abandon it in favor of USB Type-C:
    Obviously Android OEMs (Samsung/LG/Moto/HTC/etc) can do whatever they want (perhaps retaining Qi in future models), but Google typically sets the trends for the coming year with their Nexus devices.
     
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  18. Oct 19, 2015 at 7:19 AM
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    I tried my S6 Active as well, and it worked flawlessly.
     
  19. Oct 19, 2015 at 10:35 AM
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    It's weaksauce that it can't charge through the aluminum iphone shells. I don't use phone cases and don't want to so I probably wouldn't ever use the Qi. I'd have my phone hooked up to the headunit via usb for audio anyhow so charging wouldn't be an issue.
     
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