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4W Product Review: TYLT VU Wireless Charger

What is it?

The TYLT VU  is a wireless charging station that uses the Qi charging standard. Unlike the VU Solo, this wireless charger has a 45-degree angle so the user can access calls and notifications while the device charges.

What does it do?

The VU charges your smartphone wirelessly with its 3-coil system, thus eliminating the need for additional wires or chargers. The charging is handled in conjunction with a wireless charging cover for your mobile device (which for this review is a charging cover for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4). If you are not in the market for a new battery cover for your smartphone, then you can pick up the VU-Mate which can be inserted into your existing battery cover.

While there are plenty of third party inserts to allow for wireless charging, I strongly recommend spending the extra money for the battery cover or at least using TYLT's insert which ensures brand compatibility.

What's wrong with it?

While the convenience of wireless charging cannot be ignored, the fact remains that wireless charging is slower than traditional charging via your phone's charger. Samsung has been providing their rapid charger since the S5 and if you're used to the kind of charging speed you may find the pace of the TYLT VU not to your liking.

Why do you/don't you need it?

As more handset makers embrace wireless charging it may be wise to get your foot in the door and test the technology out, especially if your device has the capability already built in. The cost of entry into the wireless charging world may be a bit off-putting for some consumers since you will need to either buy a new battery door or a battery insert.

My Take:

TYLT has done a great job showcasing their support for the Qi charging standard. They not only offer two separate desktop chargers (VU, Vu Solo) but also a car mount (VU Car Mount). This array of solutions gives those looking to jump into wireless charging a solid amount of choices. I applaud TYLT for continuing to create innovative product designs that are not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing.

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