Top critical review
on 29 November 2013
Bought this for my new Xperia Z1 as I didn't want to keep opening the waterproof flap every time that I needed to charge my phone. I expect to use this phone for over 2 years and would have concerns regarding the waterproof seal if it was opened and closed that many times. This cable allows charging of the phone by just placing it on the side of the casing. The one that I have received appears to be unbranded.
A proud owner of a MacBook Pro, I was expecting the connector for this charger to be similar to the excellent MagSafe connector. Unfortunately, this lead is nothing like it. The connector does not feel like it fits in the reciprocal indentation in the phone properly at all and has a very tenuous magnetic connection. This is the same whether I have a thin, hydrogel type PU case on the phone or not. The head of the connector rocks back and forth when attached and will ping off with the smallest knock. If you connect the lead when the phone is in your hand, you will need the steady hand of a neurosurgeon to place the phone on a surface without the cable detaching. I also worry that the connector will ping off during the night and leave my phone uncharged, or even worse, turn off and prevent my alarm from sounding. Also unlike MagSafe, the connector can only be placed on the phone in one particular direction. Connecting it the opposite way causes my phone to crash and reset!
When the cable does stay connected, it appears to charge the battery at the same rate as a regular charger.
Although the quality of the rest of the cable and covering is satisfactory, the length of the cable is less than a metre, which is too short and therefore annoying.
I do not think this particular cable is worth the money. Disappointing.