Well, it's sold out now but this is at least the 2nd time they've sold these on Woot so maybe this information will prove useful if they get some more in stock.
I set up my new Note 3 (which is very nice, and only slightly larger than my original Note albeit noticeably heavier) with the official Samsung Qi back panel. It's thicker than the stock one; I can't imagine an aftermarket insertable Qi component would be able to fit within the stock panel. Anyways, the Note 3 fits perfectly across the depression at the top of the TDK cube, which is probably why it easily starts charging (since there's no room to reposition it, really.) It also charges in any orientation. I'm not sure how to figure out the actual current output; it says 1 amp max in the device specs but I think I have to find some app or check in the phone settings to see if it'll tell me the actual rate of charge.
The only downside is that the TDK has to be powered on to charge the phone, even though you might not want to simultaneously use it to play music (e.g. if I just wanted to let it charge overnight.) Aside from that, the unit also has to be on to charge a device via the rear USB port, again, even if you just want to charge without playing audio. The TDK does power itself off automatically after a few moments with no audio playing, but it doesn't seem to be doing that if you're simultaneously charging something else.
yeahbuddy wrote:If I want to use this only as a speaker and ignore the Qi charging feature, is it still a good deal for the price?
Kind of. The Qi feature is nice to have if you can utilize it, particularly since it's a multifunction device rather than just a Qi pad taking up space by itself. The TDK otherwise sounds good and works with both Bluetooth & auxiliary stereo input, is quite compact, and looks nice. The built-in battery is a nice bonus but I have no use for it. As I've said before I like this line of TDK cubes/boomboxes but I think this one would be a better deal at maybe $60 (regardless of the original MSRP) as just a wired/wireless speaker system (i.e. if you weren't going to use the battery or Qi) based on the going rate for their other, more powerful speakers (the cubes/2-speaker-boomboxes have gone for ~$100 recently.)
maysaffar wrote:I want to know the wattage on the TDK wireless speaker
No offense, but this info is already available in the device specs on the product's sale page and has also been posted above by another user (and then quoted by my first post above.)
retropug wrote:I went to Best Buy and tried one of the official Samsung Charge back covers and unfortunately there was just enough thickness added that I could not slide it back into my Seido Surface case. Now my case is very low profile so I bet some of the silicone style ones would still work. Someone mentioned that you can use the qi inserts that fit inside your back cover. I would love to know if that would work WITH my case on.
As I described above, I think the Qi components necessarily add thickness to any back cover so a custom-fit, inflexible case will most likely not work as they are generally not built to the specs of the alternate Qi charging back cover. Fortunately I just got the phone and haven't purchased a case yet (so the case will not be useless now) however I still have to actually find one that fits, particularly as I'm also adding a glass display protector that has substantial thickness.
fixitron wrote:19 volt battery- sounds like a proprietary rechargeable battery, available at what cost? and only from TDK? How long will the battery shipped with the unit last?
Where did you read that it has a 19 volt battery? The specs don't describe the battery at all (and I haven't been able to find any details with my initial search.) 19 would be 5 x 3.8 volt Lithium Ion cells in series (or perhaps about 16 NiMH cells,) but what I think you're seeing is the nominal output of the AC transformer, not the actual battery. Aside from that, I'd expect the internal battery to last a couple of years with regular use (500-1000 full cycles depending on the actual chemistry.) The actual battery is probably a simple repack of either commercially available cells (e.g. AA or C) or perhaps proprietary Li-Ion ones. Doesn't look like it will be easy to find a replacement; if even available I think you'd have to contact TDK directly.