CircaCharge Reviews - Is it a Scam or Legit?
CircaCharge is a wireless charging pad that weighs less than a tenth of a pound and can charge your phone simply by laying your phone on it and letting the Circa’s technology transfer power.
The advantage to these types of chargers is convenience. There aren’t any cords you have to remember or any tangled messes inside a backpack or briefcase. Simply plug in the charger and lay your phone on top of it. When you’re ready to take your phone, pick it up and use it.
According to the fine print available in the Terms and Conditions section of the CircaCharges, the company offering the product through the website is Strong Current Enterprises Limited. They are located in the Netherlands. At the time of publishing, their product lineup included a variety of electronics including a selfie ring light, a VR headset, as well as an indoor TV antenna.
In this review, we’ll cover how the charger works, using the device’s manual to provide accurate and clear information. After that, we’ll talk about pricing and how the charger compares to similar products.
How the CircaCharge Works
According to CircaCharge’s website, the device works with all Qi-enabled phones. U.K.-based Mobile Fun provided the following list of Qi-enabled phones available at the time of publishing:
- Apple: iPhone 8 and up
- Samsung: Galaxy S7 and up
- Sony: Experia XZ2 and up
- Huawei: Mate series
- Google: Nexus 4 and up, all Pixels
Basically, if you have any of the phones on this list or Qi-enabled phones that don’t appear on the list, you can put your phone on the pad and it will charge. The CircaCharge’s manual also points out it can charge non-phone Qi-enabled devices like Apple Smartwatches.
If your phone is Qi-enabled, you can select the type of charger your phone uses and the company will send you a free adapter.
The CircaCharge and all charging pads use a technology called “inductive charging." Basically, LiveScience points out, the charging pad creates an electromagnetic field it uses to transfer power to your phone’s battery.
One of the questions we think is pretty important as you consider a wireless charging pad is how quickly they charge compared to cords.
While it’s hard to say how quickly the pad can charge your specific phone, we were able to find an article from How-to Geek that indicates a Samsung S6 could go from a 0% charge to a 100% charge in about 1.5 hours with a cord and 3 hours with a charging pad. In other words, the pad took twice as long.
Your CircaCharge will ship with a micro-USB cord and an adaptor if you selected one during checkout.
CircaCharge Pricing and Return Policy
Pricing for the CircaCharge focuses on quantity discount and, in that sense, plays to the idea that you’ll more than one charging pad so you can put them in various parts of your home -- the kitchen counter and your nightstand, for example:
- One charger: $49.99
- Two chargers: $92.99
- Three chargers: $115.99
- Four chargers: $147.99
- Five chargers: $173.99
The site labels their five-charger deal as the “Best Deal” because each charger costs $34.80 as opposed to the $49.99 you’ll pay if you buy one charger. Remember, this price includes a free adapter if you need one.
It’s crucial that you understand that all chargers are sold As-is, which means you cannot get a refund.
If you need to make a return, you have 30 days from the day you receive your charger to do it. You’ll need to send the charger back to CircaCharge to get your refund. The company decides whether or not you’ll get a return and, if they approve it, you can only get an exchange or store credit.
Now if you’re a resident of a country in the European Economic Area, you have the right to a refund if you process it within 14 days of receiving the product.
If you aren’t comfortable with their no-refunds policy, you have the option of purchasing a limited lifetime warranty for an additional $11.60.
We read through the fine print and found that the warranty will cover “defects in materials and workmanship”, which means the warranty won’t cover any damage resulting from normal wear-and-tear or improper use on your part.
To define improper use, we read further and found that any damage due to weather or water voids the warranty. The device’s manual says you should keep it away from all liquid, smoke and steam, too. We would imagine that a faulty charger due to any of those environmental factors could void the warranty.
How the CircaCharge Compares to Other Wireless Charging Pads
Watching a commercial or clicking on an ad for a charger like CircaCharge can be tricky because the deals may seem so appealing you don’t even think about how much other wireless chargers cost.
We’ve checked out three of the top-rated on wireless charging pads on Amazon to help you see where the CircaCharge’s pricing fits in:
- Yootech Wireless Charger: $15.99, 4.4 stars from more than 3,800 reviews
- Anker 10W Wireless Charger: $21.99, 39 stars from more than 2,100 reviews
- Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad: $44.99, 3.8 stars from more than 800 reviews
The main thing we noticed when doing our research is that both the generic and brand-name chargers we looked at were cheaper than the CircaCharge. In fact, the Yootech charger was three times cheaper than the CircaCharge.
The other difference we saw was that the three chargers on Amazon were either 10W (Anker) and 7.5 W (Yootech, Belkin), whereas the CircaCharge is a 5W charger. Wattage plays a role in how quickly the charger can charge a phone but it’s unclear how much faster a 7.5W or 10W charger would charge your phone over a 5W charger.
In our opinion, there are better values to be had on Amazon.
The Final Word: Our Closing Thoughts About the CircaCharge
Based on our research of this product, its return policy and its warranty, we believe there are some clear takeaways.
First, we think that wireless charging pads on Amazon.com provide better value and have a more beneficial return policy than the CircaCharge’s as-is, no-refund policy.
Second, we think some of the top-ranked chargers on Amazon provide value, as they seem to offer the same function as the CircaCharge but at a significantly cheaper price.
Finally, we believe that, for those who like to invest their money in name-brand products, it may benefit you to check out the Belkin Boost Up charging pad, as it’s a few dollars cheaper than the CircaCharge. Furthermore, you can get the 5W version of the Belkin pad at Target for $23.39.