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A closer look at the HP Elite x3 Wireless Charger

HP's Elite x3 with Windows 10 Mobile is impressive for a number of reasons, but one of them is the sheer number of high-quality accessories already available. One of those I touched on in my full Elite x3 review earlier this week is the Qi wireless charger made by HP.

Today, we'll take a closer look.

The HP Elite x3 Wireless Charger is a relatively standard affair. The charger is a single-coil design and uses Qi wireless technology (the Elite x3 supports both Qi and PMA standards). Input power is 5V, 2A and is made from regular TPU and plastic with a matte black finish.

Near the bottom of the charger is a pinhole-sized LED that is solid amber during charging and solid white when on/ready/sleep state. This LED is not the type that will keep you up at night as it's a very non-flashy design. The Elite x3 device also features its own charging LED (red when charging, green when complete), which presents a second way to know you have an actual charge.

HP Elite x3 Wireless Charger

You can just make out the tiny LED for charging

Single coil Qi chargers are relatively standard, and you can use the Elite x3 Wireless Charger with other Qi devices like the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950, so long as you line up the coils. More expensive two- or three-coil designs are preferred as you do not have to worry about alignment as much. Seeing as the HP's Wireless Charge base is the same size as the Elite x3 there is not too much guess work. Also, there is a notch in the plate for the camera housing that protrudes slightly on the Elite x3, which is a nice touch.

The Elite x3 will work with any other aftermarket Qi wireless charger but due to the size of the device make sure that charger fits the phone.

The sales material says "Power the charger with the same USB-C power adapter that ships with your HP Elite x3" but the accessory is hardwired with a USB-A type plug that connects to an included AC wall adapter.

Overall, the Elite x3 Wireless Charger is an unexciting accessory, but it fits in with the professional and mute aesthetic in the business world. It should look good on an office desk, and it works as expected including with all three HP cases for the Elite x3.

The HP Elite x3 Wireless Charger retails for £46.80 (~$57 USD) and can be ordered direct from HP around the globe.

See Elite x3 Wireless Charger at HP (opens in new tab)

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Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

28 Comments
  • I can tell you guys are fond of this device, as am I. Your interview with that guy at HP was great, and certainly made a refreshing change from the usual corporate answers that get peddled out at interview time. Does this charger actually charge any faster than the one I got with my 920, or is the advantage of the extra coils just more about alignment? HP are really all out on this device, no compromises here.
  • Thanks. AFAICT this is standard Qi and not fast-Qi wireless charging. If you want fast, still use a QC 3.0 charger. Extra coils are more about alignment e.g. how the Nokia CR 200 (single coil) doesn't line up with the Lumia 950 XL or Elite x3.
  • Cheers Dan. That guy rocked, kept having to pinch myself, sounded like a very off the record chat. HP sounded like they had a Windows Mobile enthusiast type mentality. Actually sounded like some WC viewers/users chatting about the "ideal" Windows phone. Hope they meet expectations, I'd like to see a 5.5" screen. And what he said about the battery was every smartphone users 1st place wish list request. That nailed it.
  • Yup, he reads this site and comments ;) He's the kind of person you want in charge of something like this.
  • It shows, in abundance.
  • Not vey practical since it is not an upright type....
  • I think they wanted something to contrast with the Desk Dock, which is upright.
  • Looks over Functionality!
  • Very nice charger, I would love to get an Elite X3 phone
  • I know I'm late to the game, but I just bought a 950, should receive it next week, I find the XL too big for single hand use and the X3 too premium *cough*expensive*cough* for a phone. in any case, I read everywhere that my Nokia DT-910 wil no longer work with this phone as the coils do not match.  I've research high and low for a charger stand similar to the Nokia I have, one that has the fast charging but doesn't burn my phone.   Any suggestions?
  • I may be mistaken, but I think the phone itself needs to have the necessary hardware in order to have fast wireless charging. Phones such as the 950 might not benefit from a wireless charger that has the fast charging capability. Hopefully I am wrong, because it would be awesome to wirelessly charge my 950 as quickly as USB-C charging.
  • Sorry but that's not going to happen in the near future =/
    I can only imagine how hot the device would get.
    It certainly will get there, just not probably in a year or two at least.
    Well, that's just my guestimate. I'd like to be wrong too =)
  • Samsung already has fast wireless charging, so the tech is there..just not in the 950/950XL
  • I want to buy the elite x3 alone, without a dock or keyboard, is that possible Dan?
  • Yes, it should go on sale for $699 without the dock. Could happen as early as tomorrow (21st).
  • :-( Verizon... Ugh
  • It is not Verizon you should curse ;) it is the CDMA that you should curse. If it was GSM, you can just buy this device and put in your operator's SIM and you are good to go. Verizon customers indeed should ask why Verizon is still in CDMA when almost every other major player is in GSM.
  • Verizon Wireless is supposed to be, essentially, off of CDMA by 2019. There are other CDMA carriers in the US including Sprint and US Cellar. I suspect that the Surface Phone...if/when it is released....will also be a GSM only device in much the same way that HP did not go the CDMA route with the x3. Once the Lumia 735 goes off the market at the end of the year, Verizon Wireless will have 0 Windows devices for sale. It would not surprise me if no new Windows Mobile devices were made available for Verizon Wireless customers until after the conversion to 5G is complete in 2019 or 2020. That assumes that the Windows Mobile platform is still around at that time.
  • @dexman335, I very much hope you're mistaken about that. Verizon is my only choice of network (or others that roam on them, like Sprint and US Cellular, which you also mentioned). The radio hardware is in these phones. While I've not seen anything definitive, it seems more likely that Microsoft hasn't done something they should have with the OS, but I realize even that seems wrong - Windows 10 works fine on older Verizon phones like the Lumia Icon. I think if the x3 does well, we'll see it or a variant come to Verizon.
  • I hope that I am wrong too. My assertion that the pending Surface Phone could very well be a GSM only device is based on the 4 last Lumia devices were never submitted for CDMA certification, ditto for the x3, Microsoft taking a limited position with Windows Mobile devices and that CDMA will be going away in the near future. It just seems that Microsoft & HP do not want to spend the money for CDMA certificationn due to the format being phased out, higher certification costs than GSM coupled with low sales figures. I can see Microsoft's and HP's point, but, it is really bad for Verizon Wireless users to have almost no choice in WM phones while at&t, T-Moble and other GSM customers have several to select from.
  • I hope that I am wrong too. My assertion that the pending Surface Phone could very well be a GSM only device is based on the 4 last Lumia devices were never submitted for CDMA certification, ditto for the x3, Microsoft taking a limited position with Windows Mobile devices and that CDMA will be going away in the near future. It just seems that Microsoft & HP do not want to spend the money for CDMA certificationn due to the format being phased out, higher certification costs than GSM coupled with low sales figures. I can see Microsoft's and HP's point, but, it is really bad for Verizon Wireless users to have almost no choice in WM phones while at&t, T-Moble and other GSM customers have several to select from.
  • Sorry for the double post. Can an Admin or Moderator delete the duplicate and this request? Thank You.
  • I Google Elite x3. From what I was able to see, the x3 isn't selling all that well. That might be due in part to the premium price tag along with being targeted at a narrow market. The lack of CDMA compatibility isn't helping the situation either.
  • Great. Thanks
  • Great. Thanks
  • So, it is indeed Verizon I should curse. They are in a slow transition to GSM. 2020. They just have to give all the people who still have old phones that don't support VoLTE adequate time to switch to new devices before shutting down cdma altogether.
  • I don't know if Verizon Wireless is transitioning to GSM. I think that the next network will be VoLTE with 5G.
  • Using LTE, which is GSM