As a long time lover of wireless charging technology, I tend to have a two charging pads laying around my place. These pads have lasted me over 3 years; pumping life into my old Lumia 920. However, recently for Christmas I was gifted a Lumia 950. Being super stoked about the continuum, IRIS scanning features, and wireless charging features that the new 950 included, I was super happy when my parents surprised me with this long awaited gift.
Upon the conclusion of opening presents at my parents house, I added my pin number to the phone and setup the IRIS scanner. It worked flawlessly. For a feature currently being pushed to consumers as beta, it sure worked consistently. I already forget that my friends can’t use my phone if I pass it to them locked.
Now comes the point of my first charge, I set my phone on the wireless charging pad to allow it to strengthen itself with some of that google electrical charge. However, I noticed something. When I placed my phone on the charge pad it lit up and started looking for my eyes. For some reason it didn’t know I had just placed it on a wireless charger and it was trying to unlock my phone. I didn’t worry about this too much and just moved on with my life.
A week passes and I finally got a case to help protect my 950. The specifics of the case I purchased aren’t really reliant, but I will tell you anyways. The case is clear all the way around with a plastic backing and rubber bumpers produced by Orzly and sold to me via amazon. I really like the looks and feel of this case, as the 950 without the case feels slick and almost scary. The case helps increase the friction between your hand and the phone and boy did I need it.
That night, after putting the case on my phone, I ended up placing it on my wireless charger and tried to get some sleep. It lit up once and searched for my IRIS(even though i was at bed at this point). Obviously it didn’t find it so it blanked out the screen as it is suppose too. Then maybe 2 minutes later the screen popped on again. I thought “this must of been my fault, maybe I forgot to set the sleep settings on my phone.” It wasn’t. The phone proceeded to loop through the process of vibrating and lighting the screen up as if I had just placed the phone back on the charger, the IRIS scanner would go to work again for a few seconds and the phone again would blank out the screen.
This was very weird I thought. I had to test it on my others. Weirdly enough this funky issue only happened on my black DT-900 charger and not my yellow one. I found this very strange. Started looking at the differences between these chargers, because they have to be different. One can’t just always work while the other doesn’t.
After looking up the specs of each and looking at the fine print on the back. I found out that the black DT-900 I own was made in China, whereas my yellow one was made in Thailand. Therefore my conclusion is that the factory in China must have skimmed on some of the materials used to put the chargers they made together. I can only guess that this is why Nokia had more made in Thailand, or another possibility is that China under bid their competitors and Nokia was none the wiser.
Just an interesting note for your Lumia 950 owners. If you haven’t already purchased one of the new Windows Phone’s then I suggest you check your chargers first. Other than that I love the phone! If you have any feedback about the new Windows Phone’s and Wireless Charging, I would love to hear and talk about it in the comment section below. Hope you have a great start to a brand new year! (2016)