Name : Owl CarPad/G,
What is it?:
Wireless Qi Charger for your car. it uses a hard-wired Cigarette lighter adapter to power the wireless Qi charging pad. (See pics below for the exact cable provided)
Have a look at my in-depth review of the Owl CarPad/G for Nexus 4
Where can I buy it? :
Here’s a link to Owl’s website where you can order. http://owlpad.net/carpad-for-nexus-4/
Moon has stated they are awaiting final production, and should start shipping around middle of next week!. So for right now, any orders placed are “pre-orders” and will ship out very soon!
WORLDWIDE SHIPPING IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE!
Owl will ship using EMS from Korea. Final leg in the USA is delivered by USPS. You can try using this site to track your package via EMS: http://service.epost.go.kr/iservice/ems/ems_eng.jsp
Click “Buy now”and fill in the blank $65 for 1 set (Includes CarPad with screw nut for back, Mounting hardware(Arkon Brand – referenced below) and 12V 1A specially engineered Cigarette Power Adapter.)
2 sets for $120
4 sets for $235
If you only want the CarPad, and don’t need the mounting hardware, because you’ll plan on using your own 17mm ball solution (basically you’ll just receive the charging pad with side-prongs, 17mm ball joint female end on the back, screw nut for attaching to 17mm ball mount of your choosing and the cigarette power adapter) – $57
Also on sale – OwlPad for desktop + CarPad for Car.
Just $100 at http://owlpad.net/owlpadcarpad-for-nexus-4-n-qi/
XDA User Narcopolypse is also taking names for a list of orders he’ll be making as well, if you’d rather someone else handle the shipping and then ship them to you locally.
What are the specifics:
CarPad is Qi functional and works well with the Nexus 4. Tested both with TPU case, Diztronic Matte Black Case, Official Bumper, and bare-back. The average charge on an idle phone is around +600mA and with load of Spotify streaming music, Android GPS navigation, BlueTooth connected to head-unit, and screen on at lowest brightness, the charger gets nearly +100-200mA
What does it look like?:
Initial images upon receiving my test unit : http://imgur.com/a/K29tM
CarPad in-use images from Moon (the Marketing and Sales manager of OwlPad) : http://imgur.com/a/MZPti
Images of the CarPad removed from the mounting hardware: http://imgur.com/a/PbEtx
Some test results for quick reference:
This first one is just the phone sitting on the charger, no Bluetooth, no GPS, no Music. Mobile data ON. Screen OFF.
The test was from 8:09am to 8:15am
The second test was with GPS on and navigation app running, streaming music via Spotify, using BlueTooth to my car head unit, screen ON at lowest brightness.
The test was from 8:26am to 8:34am
As you can see, with the phone just idling, there’s a decent charge provided to the phone.
With everything running, I’m still getting a charge to the phone and the mA amount recorded never dips below zero.
Here’s some of the other solutions that should work with the CarPad Ball-Joint Back.
Sticky Dash Suction Mount This is the one I bought : http://amzn.com/B0077B9K2E
The above is the same as this, but for some reason, that one is cheaper with the holder attachment than this one is solo : http://amzn.com/B005V1L7W8
Vent Clip mount : http://amzn.com/B0015A6YN6
Cig Lighter port stalk : http://amzn.com/B000BP8GQO
For you Brodit / ProClip users out there, i BELIEVE this is what you would need : http://amzn.com/B002ACP2FY
You can basically look up Arkon 17mm ball on Amazon and have a lot of options to play with for the back of the CarPad. It’s nice they adapted it to a standard ball mount so we can use these other options if needed.
XDA user narcopolypse has said that he would be ordering larger stock of these for the US, and selling them here in the states to help with shipping issues/times (considering the manufacturer is in Korea, shipping can sometimes take longer/cost more. PM narcopolypse if you’d like to be added to a list of users interested in purchasing.
Currently you can contact Moon from OwlPad directly at : firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s in South Korea, so they’re time is off from us if you are in the West.
See this page for more info, pics, and how to order directly from Owl : http://owlpad.net/carpad-for-nexus-4/
This page has even more testing information : http://owlpad.net/2013/01/24/latest-…f-owl-carpadg/
A desktop Qi Charger is also available from Owl called the OwlPad for Nexus 4 n Qi - http://owlpad.net/owlpad-for-nexus-4-n-qi/
Q) Are the grips on the owlpad rubberized or fashioned in some way that does not hurt the phone from the constant taking out and putting back in?
A) There’s a slight texture to the side prongs, but they are just plastic. I have been sliding it in and out using the LG bumper, TPU cases, and the bare phone, and no signs of problems scuffing or anything.
I recently bought the Diztronic Matte Black case, and it’s about the same size as my other TPU cases, but because of its matte finish, and the way it’s designed, it’s a little harder to slide in from the top, and I place one side in and then press to slide in the other side now.
The bare phone is a perfect fit for this, just barely needing any pressure to push it in from the top.
Q) Can the CarPad be turned off without unplugging the unit, or otherwise pulling the cigarette lighter adapter?
A) Yes, The small LED light at the bottom (normally used to show you if the CarPad is charging (RED) or Idle (Green) is also a BUTTON. you can press this at any time to turn off the CarPad entirely. Pressing it again will turn the charging feature back on.
Q) Will my Phone / CarPad get hot because of Qi Charging?
A) Yes it will, but most recent tests of the last (final?) version of the CarPad/G have shown that the temperature while even running GPS and screen on doesn’t get much hotter than possibly 42C. The charger will continue to charge through higher temperatures, but Qi / Inductive charging in general IS affected by heat, so the hotter the conditions, the less power gets pushed to the phone’s battery. It’s just how induction works.
Q) If my phone is dead (battery to zero/shut down) will the Owl CarPad charge it?
A) YES it will! I had mine die recently while out with family, and when I placed it on the pad, after about 15 minutes I started it back up and it had about 6% charge on it. Apparently Qi charging doesn’t need to have the phone on to charge the phone.
Q) Also could someone please confirm what type of connection the power cable has please, is it a standard cigarette lighter plug or USB?
A) The adapter is a hard-wired cigarette lighter plug, and the end of the cable is a 3.5mm coaxial power connector.(Similar to these types of connectorshttp://i.imgur.com/P0BRqk3.jpg )
Q) Will the Owl CarPad charge my phone to 100%?
A) In tests, it seems it’ll charge to about 90% then go into “Complete mode” or “Idle” Others have stated it can get to about 95% as well.
Q) Will this work with a TPU case or similar? What about the Official Bumper?
A) The size of the holder prongs is just a little smaller than the phone when naked. they are tensioned/bendable to spring back on their own (no mechanical motion, just hard plastic forms that can be bent to move the phone in and out of the mount. I’ve used a generic TPU case, a Diztronic Matte black Case, an LG Official Bumper and also naked phone, and the charger has always provided charge to my phone with no issue. Some larger / thicker cases may hinder the Qi charging ability, due to distance from the back-plate, but a standard soft case, or a hard case shouldn’t pose any issues with the Qi functionality.
Q) How long is the cigarette lighter power cable? My 120v/12w power port is in my center console on the bottom, totally forgot about that.
A) The cable has a coiled section in the middle to allow for additional length. The whole cable measures 29 inches total. 9.5″ from the cig jack, then 7.5″ of coiled cable, then 12″ of cable again to the coaxial power connector.
The coiled section can be pulled to around 36 inches, but that’s a lot of tension. I’d say doubling it to about 15″ is as far as I’d ever have it taught.
I drive a 2010 Mazda 3 and my cig jack is at the bottom of my dash in the center console area.(think near your right knee) and I have my CarPad mounted on the top of my dash near my gauge cluster. There’s plenty of length, and in fact all of the coiled portion. Stays in my console shelf/door area.
Here are some photos to show its construction.
Q) Can I use a different Adapter or cable to power the CarPad?
A) (This is directly quoted from Moon) “One thing you do have to know is that Cigar jack is regulated to fixed 12V.
It is not only control 12V but also it gives some positive effects on the charging pad. So it shouldn’t use any other than Owl provide.”
I had mentioned that they also worked on the cable to provide the best solution for the CarPad. Because of their work on this, the heat issues on the adapter and the CarPad itself are alleviated, and help keep the charger charging during higher temperatures. I’d suggest not using another cable solution, if only that the one provided is engineered for the best performance of the CarPad.