ADATA CE700 Wireless Charging Stand - Usage and Final Thoughts

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ADATA CE700 Wireless Charging Stand
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Usage and Final Thoughts

General Usage:

There isn't a whole lot involved when it comes to testing a phone charger. It's like testing a USB cable. If you plug it in and it works - you're done. When it comes to the CE700, we will go into a bit more detail though and hopefully do it without boring you.

As previously mentioned, the CE700 can be used lying flat or standing up and both work equally well. When flat, you have to make sure that the coil inside your device is lined up somewhat close with the coil in the charger. You'll know you've got everything in range as the charging LED on the CE700 lights up and you know you’re good to go.

Charge Pad

 

When operating the CE700 standing up, you can position the charging module on the aluminum frame to line up with your devices coil as well as adjust it somewhat for a better viewing angle. In our tests, the rubber hole gripped good enough to allow us to position the stand to our liking, but I do wonder if time will make the module not stay in place as well and make the stand more challenging to use. Either way, it worked well for us throughout testing.

Stand - Front Stand Profile

 

According to the specifications on the previous page, the CE700 has an input rating of 1.5A @ 5v and outputs at 1.0A at 5v. That means that we are losing 33% of our power to the charging circuitry and as loss through the induction coils. That being said, with a rated output of 1.0A, the CE700 should charge a 3,000mAh battery in about 3 hours if the battery is completely drained.

In our experience this proves to be about right as my Nexus 5 charges as little as 2 hours when not completely dead. This shows that the device is not all that slow to charge as far as inductive charging goes. With that little fact in mind, we will bring up our one major drawback of this product. There is no wall-adapter included in the box. If you have a cheap 500mAh charger, or even an older 1.0A charger, once you lose 33% of the power due to inefficiency, you'll be seeing much slower charge times.

ADATA did send out an additional 2.1A USB wall adapter and we used this for some of our testing as well as a powered USB 3.0 Hub. When using this with a USB Power Meter we see that we are charging at 5W. It's pretty simple math to see that a 5W charge at 5v = 1.0A. This is exactly what they rate the output to be and it works exactly as advertised. When I plugged the CE700 into a 2.4A source it did charge draw 6W of power which charged my device at 1.2A - a bit above rated output. I'm not sure I’m comfortable with this for prolonged periods, but if you are looking for a quick charge wireless charging can still get it done.

 

Final Thoughts:

Wireless charging still isn't taking the world by storm and it's a shame. With a sleek little device like the Elite CE700 on the market for under $50, it is a perfect companion to a wide variety of devices that support the Qi charging standard. There isn't a ton of these devices on the market yet, but the list is growing and I’m sure it will continue to increase.

One thing that makes the CE700 stand out above the competition is the fact that it actually stands. There aren't many other Qi products that charge your device standing up as most of them - all of the ones that I’ve seen in fact - are simply pads that you can lay your device on. The CE700 operates this way if desired, but also can convert to a stand that will support tablets as well as phones.

The build quality of the ADATA CE700 seems to be very solid and the aluminum frame/stand is a nice touch that makes it feel quite durable. I have no doubt that it will last a long time even if you pack it around as part of your mobile travel kit.

At the end of the day, there really isn’t much to complain about and there certainly are a few things I like. The only real downside is the fact that it doesn’t come with its own 2.0A adapter. This would be a feature that would ensure that it works at capacity no matter what you plug it into.

 

Pros:

  • Sleek wireless charger
  • Can be used flat or as a stand
  • Supports 7" tablets as well as phones.
  • Good build quality

 

Cons:

  • Doesn’t ship with its own high-output wall adapter

 

 

I'd like to thank ADATA for sending out the Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand out for us to review. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please feel free to post it in the forum at the link below.