Energizer Dual Inductive Charger review: Convenient, not-that-portable phone power

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3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Energizer Dual Inductive Charger charges phones conveniently without wires. The charger is easy to set up and can power three devices at once. It accommodates compatible phones without needing an add-on case or sleeve.

The Bad The Energizer Dual Inductive Charger is large, bulky, and not very portable. It only supports Qi-standard devices for wireless charging.

The Bottom Line The $89 Energizer Dual Inductive Charger powers up compatible gadgets without the hassle of cords, but is a poor travel companion.

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A new crop of smartphones with slick wireless-charging capabilities has emerged, and the $89 Energizer Dual Inductive Charger stands ready to support them. It may not be as travel-friendly as the more expensive $99.99 Duracell Powermat 24-Hour System , but it does provide a nifty way to top off your gadgets plus it helps clear cords from your desk space.

Compared with competing wireless charging products such as the Duracell Powermat 24-Hour System, the Energizer Dual Inductive Charger is big and bulky.

The large, square charging pad is inclined at about a 20-degree angle. Because of this the Dual's back sits higher than its front, serving to prop up phones you place on it. Two circular Qi logos on the left and right of the pad indicate where to place your handset for charging.

While the tilted design helps to add a little visual excitement, phones with slippery backs can slide around on the Dual's surface. For example, my LG Nexus 4 test unit tended not to stay put if I placed it too far above the Dual's bottom edge. I was glad the charger pad has raised edges that the Nexus 4, with its fancy glass backing, could use to balance and stabilize itself against. My other test unit, the HTC Droid DNA , didn't have the same trouble since its soft-touch back panel provides enough friction to keep it in place.

The Energizer Dual Inductive Charger offers convenient, cordless power. Sarah Tew/CNET

Above the main charging pad is a wide band that features two prominent, oval-shaped LED lights, one above each power station, which glow a cool blue to indicate that charging is under way.

Based on its substantial size and 0.8-pound weight, however, the Energizer Dual Inductive Charger won't make a convenient travel partner. That's also true of the device's large AC adapter, which doesn't offer a nifty way to wrap and stow its cord. By contrast, the Duracell Powermat 24-Hour System weighs 0.4 pound and has a smaller footprint, and its power brick has a handy section for tightly winding up its cable.

Charging a Droid DNA without wires. Sarah Tew/CNET

That said, the Dual's extra size accommodates today's beefed-up smartphones with big screens. Around back of the charger is a full-size USB port that accepts cables from a wide range of mobile devices.

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Energizer Dual Inductive Charger

Part Number: CNETIC2B-US

MSRP: $89.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Max Electric Current 500 mA