Tested: Moto 360 should work fine on (most) Qi-enabled chargers, but results may vary


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We were ecstatic when we learned Motorola’s secret weapon in this year’s smartwatch wars would be the use of wireless charging for the Moto 360. Earlier on, FCC filings showed Motorola opting for the Qi standard, a popular wireless charging standard already employed in many Android devices.

While we’re sad to see it missing from Motorola’s latest flagship — the all new Motorola Moto X — we’re happy to see it offered somewhere, with the Moto 360 being the next best thing (especially given it’s a device everyone can own, regardless of your Android affiliations).

Today we decided to see how well the 360 would work with the various wireless charging docks we had laying around the house, throwing it on everything from our TYLT Vu wireless charging dock, to the super tiny LG wireless charging pad (WCP-300). Sure enough, everything seemed to check out, with the Moto 360 putting itself into its bedside clock mode and charging. To be expected, right? Not so fast…

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We will note, there were some inconsistencies. Once our Moto 360 reached a full charge on our Tylt charger, we got a strange blinking red light error, after which the watch simply would no longer charge. We noticed the watch was abnormally hot — much higher in temperature than when using the official Motorola charger — but nothing that worried us too much.

With the LG charger, the watch would stop charging once it hit 100%, only to start back up again when it dropped to 99%, repeating the process over and over again. We’d have to pick the watch up and tweak its position to get it to “catch” and stay in a 100% state for the rest of the time. Needless to say, it wasn’t simply a drop and go affair and took some fine adjusting to keep that 100% going.

It’s for these reasons we’d recommend sticking to the official Motorola Moto 360 wireless charger that comes inside the box for best consistency, using 3rd party chargers only in a pinch. Just some food for thought before you all rush out and buy a Moto 360 wherever they’re slowly coming back in stock. Keep out an eye out for our full review in the coming days, once we’ve had enough time to put the Motorola’s smartwatch through its paces.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. With regards to the LG charger and how it stops charging at 100% and restarts at 99%… I thought this was normal behavior for a Qi wireless charger. I have read several articles in the past about this. If I recall correctly, the Qi standard lacks the ability to “trickle charge” (slow the charging rate as a battery nears maximum capacity). As a workaround, Qi chargers simply stop charging at 100% so as to not damage the battery and then restarts at 98% or 99% to keep the battery topped off.

    I read about this a long time ago so maybe this was an old Qi behavior and they have figured out trickle charging by now? Can anyone confirm what I am saying?

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