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Tesla launches Model 3 Qi wireless phone charger at a premium price

Tesla has just launched a new wireless phone charger for the Model 3 center console today and it’s on the expensive side – especially with some premium options already out there for much less

Model 3 comes with a wired docking system to charge smartphones in the center console, but many owners have opted for different alternatives due to the advent of wireless charging capability in many flagship phones today, including Apple’s most popular iPhones.

We’ve taken a look at both the Nomad and Jeda options which come in under $100.

Tesla has now decided to offer its own aftermarket option.

The automaker wrote about the new product on its shop website:

“Stay charged with the Model 3 Wireless Phone Charger designed exclusively by Tesla. Featuring a non-slip, silicon surface with easy installation and enough power to charge two phones at once, the Wireless Phone Charger is perfect for any sized device. Simply drop your Qi-enabled smartphone on the center console’s phone tray for a quick and secure charge without cables.”

The company released a few images of the new Model 3 wireless phone charger:

At $125, the Tesla-branded wireless phone charger comes at a steep premium. The automaker says that it will start shipping out the new device in the next 2 to 3 weeks.

Electrek’s Take

There are many other options that do the same functions and look almost identical for a fraction of the price.

Besides the aforementioned Nomad and Jeda options we can say with authority are great, the EEIEER Tesla Model 3 Car Center Console Wireless Phone Charger is currently available for $50 on Amazon. 

We also profiled another unknown at Green Deals for $40.

TapTes Direct via Amazon offers its Model 3 Wireless Qi Charger for $39.99 shipped when promo code KIR4P8PH is applied during checkout.

It is highly rated and it’s also important to note that it comes with a 2 USB splitter, which is almost essential today.

With Tesla’s recent release of the TeslaCam and Sentry Mode features, it’s becoming important to keep a USB slot available for a USB drive to store the events recorded by the features.

A splitter or a USB hub allows plugging both the USB power cables of a charging pad (like the included wired one or the new wireless one) while still having a slot for storage.

For more Model 3 accessories, you can visit my ‘10 Must-Have Tesla Model 3 Accessories‘ post.

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