ADATA Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand Review – In the mobile device arms race, wireless charging is one of those futuristic features that Android and Windows Phone adherents like to point to as evidence of their technological superiority. But so far, it’s not a device mover like 1080p screens or ultra-powerful image sensors. In fact, we hadn’t even taken advantage of our Droid DNA’s wireless charging capabilities before ADATA sent us its Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand.
Once we did, though, the convenience of being able to simply place our phone on the glossy surface of ADATA’s sleek CE700 whenever the battery needed a boost was enough to convince us that our next phone must support wireless charging, too (and the one after that, and the one after that). The Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand consists of two parts, the glossy black plastic charging pad and a brushed aluminum cover plate. In its “pad” orientation, the two parts lay flat on a surface, nested together, and a cutout on the aluminum cover lets you plug in the charger’s DC input cable. There’s a Qi logo that shows you where the induction zone is on the charger, and a multi-color LED gives you notifications for the following states: charging, charge failure, charge complete, low charge level, and foreign object detection.
To use the unit in this orientation, simply lay your wireless-charging-compatible smartphone on the pad, wait for the charging indicator to appear on your phone, and walk away. Rubber feet on the underside of the cover keep the unit from slipping on whatever surface you choose to set it upon. The alternate orientation lets you slide the charging pad through a slot in the aluminum cover to keep your phone upright while it’s charging. There are lime green rubber treads at the foot of the stand to keep your smartphone right where you put it. In this orientation, you can adjust the height of the base by several inches, which gives you the freedom to set your phone down in portrait or landscape mode. This unit uses the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi 1.1 specification. As such, you need to make sure your phone is compatible with it before buying a wireless charger like the CE700. There are quite a few smartphones that work with the CE700 (View image below)
We had to adjust the CE700 a couple times to make sure the induction zones lined up because our Droid DNA doesn’t feature a Qi logo to indicate the location of its induction zone. This unit also has a handful of safety features, including overvoltage and overheat protection. One of the best things about the Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand is that it’s incredibly affordable. If you’re intrigued by the prospect of never having to plug in your phone just to charge the battery, then this device is a must-have.
ADATA Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand Specifications
- Dimensions: 0.5 x 3 x 5.5 inches (HxWxD)
- Standard: WPC version 1.1
- Input: DC 5V, 1.5A
- Output: DC 5V, 1A
- Weight: 3.5oz.
- Interface: microUSB