LUXA2 TX-200 Dual Wireless Charging Station Using The Qi Standard
LUXA2, a Division of Thermaltake, has been creating devices for the mobile lifestyle since 2009. The LUXA TX-200 Dual Wireless Charging Station came to market at the end of February 2014 to allow smartphone and tablet charging without the need of any wires. LUXA2's Dual Wireless Charging Station is all about making life simple and who doesn't like the idea of conveniently charging all your devices.
The LUXA2 TX-200 Dual Wireless Charging Station runs $59.99 shipped. There are already a number of smartphones and tablets that come with a built-in wireless receiver and are ready to use wireless charging pads; however, some phones will require a wireless charging receiver to be purchased and installed for $9.99 each. LUXA2 just happens to offer both. The wireless charging base and wireless charging receiver are both backed by a 2-year warranty.
The LUXA TX-200 is fairly small at 7.1" x 3.8" x 0.5 " (L x W x H) or 182mm x 97mm x 14.5 mm. The design is very minimalistic and the housing is made from plastic. This makes it fairly light at just 188 grams. On the surface there are two charging zones that have rubberized charging ring around them to keep your device in the right place. The charging zones are for Qi Enabled devices. Qi (pronounced "Chee") is an interface standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 4 cm (1.6 inches). The Qi system comprises a power transmission pad and a compatible receiver in a portable device. To use the system, the mobile device is placed on top of the power transmission pad, which charges it via resonant inductive coupling. Mobile device manufacturers that are working with the standard include ASUS, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony.
There are a good number of Qi enabled devices and LUXA2 has created a table of devices that come with a Qi wireless charger built-in or the ability to have one added. Here is the list of devices that were supported as of March 2014.
There are quite a few phones and tablets that have RX chargers built-in and some popular phones that can have an RX charger added on! If your device already has Qi or RX wireless charging built-in, you can just sit it on the LUXA2 TX-200 after it is plugged in and it should start charging!
The bottom of the TX-200 has four rubberized feet to keep the charger from sliding around on whatever it is placed on when you sit your phone on the charging base.
Along the back edge of the LUXA2 TX-200 you'll find the DC power in port and a single USB charging port that is rated at 1 Amp. This isn't powerful enough to charge a large tablet, but it should allow you to charge a smartphone, smaller 7-inch tablet or something along those lines. All of the chargers are rated at 5V 1A on the TX-200.
Besides the charging plate, you also get a quick start guide, DC power adapter and EU, UK and US travel adapters.
Once the DC power in is plugged into the wall and the device two blue power indicator lights should light up. These also double as power indicators and glow or strobe blue when a device is being charged. You'll also hear an audible beep when a device is sat on the charger and charging begins. LUXA2's TX-200 gives you both audio and visual indications that charging has begin. The 'beep' is actually too loud and sounds like a single smoke detector/alarm alert. That sound fiercely scares one of the dogs that we have. There is no way to turn off the blue lights or disable the beeps, which is disappointing as most people don't want more device lights making their rooms glow at night and having a loud beep goes off when someone is sleeping is far from desired.
Let's move along and install the wireless charging receiver in our Samsung Galaxy S4 and give the TX-200 a test drive.
Qi Wireless Charging on the LUXA2 TX-200
We tried out the LUXA2 on our Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and Google Nexus 7 tablet (Gen 2) and found that it worked great. The Samsung Galaxy S4 supports the Qi wireless charging standard, but doesn't include a receiver. LUXA2 also just happens to offer wireless charging receivers for a small handful of popular Samsung devices. If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 or Note 2/3 then you are in luck. The wireless charging receiver is just 0.6mm thick and goes underneath the battery cover on your smartphone and the two metal contact pins fit on the open Qi charging ports. LUCA2 includes a small adhesive strip on the wireless receiver that is used to hold down the receiver.
This is what the LUXA2 Wireless Receiver looks like when installed in our Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. It should be noted that the receiver totally blocks the microSD card slot, SIM slot and the Li-Ion battery pack. If you often swap out batteries or remove your Flash memory card, this could be a PITA and the adhesive will quickly wear out. We also noticed that even though the receiver is just 0.6mm thick, it caused the phone back cover to bulge and that in turn made it fit funky in our phone case. The good news is that the wireless charging worked with a phone case installed. We also discovered that when this Qi Wireless Charging Receiver is installed that NFC is disabled on our Galaxy S4.
Using the LUXA2 TX-200 was very simple and we were quickly charging our Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google Nexus 7 (2013 Edition) at the same time wirelessly in a matter of seconds. The TX-200 allows you to ditch the wires and move over to wireless charging for your home or office. The LUXA2 TX-200 is a bit too large to travel with, but it gets the job done at a primary residence.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions:
The LUXA2 TX-200 charges devices that operate with the Qi Standard. It is a simple device that just works and when it comes to charging your smartphone or tablet, the TX-200 does the trick. The LUXA2 TX-200 Dual Wireless Charging Station runs $59.99 shipped and is backed by a 2-year warranty. That will be the only charge to go wireless if you have a device with that functionality built-in, but some will need to pick up wireless receivers for your devices and that will add to the cost of moving over to wireless charging.
One thing that we wish LUXA2, a division of Thermaltake, would have kept in mind is KISS. KISS is an acronym for the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" design principle. LUXA2 went the extra mile to intentionally add-on power lights and a speaker that beeps to let you know your phone is charging. The only problem with this is that your phone, tablet or other mobile device already show a visual notification when it is charging and most vibrate or beep when plugged in. That means you could have quadruple charging notifications to let you know your phone is charging. LUXA2 made this wireless charger overly-complex from our point of view for such a simple task. Then they failed to give the end user the ability to disable both the audio or visual alerts. That loud beep is preventing us from giving the LUXA2 TX-200 our recommended award. That loud beep will wake up a baby (or anyone sleeping), drive your dogs crazy and annoy the living heck out of you.
You are probably wondering just how loud that beep is, so we sat our sound meter about a foot away and that bloody beep came in at 80dB. LUXA2 also just happened to edit their TX-200 product video to omit the beep, which is a bit sketchy in our book. Time to crack up the case and unsolder that speaker! Then again you shouldn't have to do that on a $60 product.
Legit Bottom Line: The LUXA2 TX-200 dual wireless charging station works as designed, but the audio and visual alerts make us cringe.