For those who purchased Samsung wireless charging pads

sdwaltz

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Has anyone else purchased Samsung's wireless charging pad?

Here's the exact one I bought: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-wireless-charging-pad-white/5039045.p?skuId=5039045

It works as advertised, but I'm trying to figure out if either I'm dumb or if Samsung is dumb. Most people charge their phones at night on their bedside, yet the charging indicator is a very large, very bright blue LED light. When I say bright, I mean "lights up the entire room to the point that I don't see how anyone could sleep" bright.

There aren't any switches on the wireless charging pad to turn the light off/dim it, but I cannot imagine that Samsung would have such a lack of foresight to put a bright LED light on a wireless charging pad that, even from their end, would be used primarily at night.

Does anyone know how to disable it, or should I just take this stupid thing back and find one that'll allow me to sleep?
 

Lobwedgephil

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I have the black fast charge one from Samsung, and has the same blue light. No way that I know of to disable the light. Either return it or tape over it.
 
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Has anyone else purchased Samsung's wireless charging pad?

Here's the exact one I bought: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-wireless-charging-pad-white/5039045.p?skuId=5039045

It works as advertised, but I'm trying to figure out if either I'm dumb or if Samsung is dumb. Most people charge their phones at night on their bedside, yet the charging indicator is a very large, very bright blue LED light. When I say bright, I mean "lights up the entire room to the point that I don't see how anyone could sleep" bright.

There aren't any switches on the wireless charging pad to turn the light off/dim it, but I cannot imagine that Samsung would have such a lack of foresight to put a bright LED light on a wireless charging pad that, even from their end, would be used primarily at night.

Does anyone know how to disable it, or should I just take this stupid thing back and find one that'll allow me to sleep?
I did not buy this model but the light would not bother me as I sleep with my eyes closed.

I got the Belkin unit from Apple and the light is too small!
 

sdwaltz

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I have the black fast charge one from Samsung, and has the same blue light. No way that I know of to disable the light. Either return it or tape over it.
A piece of tape or a dab of nail polish. Same way people used to fix the flashing time on their VCR's (remember them?), electrical tape!
I hate the idea of putting a piece of duct tape/electrical tape over an otherwise very nice-looking device. Might just return and get something else.
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I did not buy this model but the light would not bother me as I sleep with my eyes closed.

I got the Belkin unit from Apple and the light is too small!
As do I...however I struggle with insomnia really badly as it is and require a totally dark room. Even with my eyes closed, I can tell there's a bright blue light on.
 

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Has anyone else purchased Samsung's wireless charging pad?

Here's the exact one I bought: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-wireless-charging-pad-white/5039045.p?skuId=5039045

It works as advertised, but I'm trying to figure out if either I'm dumb or if Samsung is dumb. Most people charge their phones at night on their bedside, yet the charging indicator is a very large, very bright blue LED light. When I say bright, I mean "lights up the entire room to the point that I don't see how anyone could sleep" bright.

There aren't any switches on the wireless charging pad to turn the light off/dim it, but I cannot imagine that Samsung would have such a lack of foresight to put a bright LED light on a wireless charging pad that, even from their end, would be used primarily at night.

Does anyone know how to disable it, or should I just take this stupid thing back and find one that'll allow me to sleep?
It is not just you! I bought two types of Anker wireless chargers. One is obviously a lot newer than the other one (supports fast charging when the iPhone will) and the other is much older, only supports the slower charging (and was half the price!).

The older one could be a beacon for airplanes ... the thing lights up the WHOLE ROOM (360 degree lights). The new one has very gentle blue lights whereas the old one is almost a bright flashlight. Sadly, the new one is at work and the old one is next to our bed.

It woke us both up last night - my wife says she will help me cover the lights in nail polish to see if it dims them a little. If that doesn't do it, I'll take electrical tape to the damn thing, lol.
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I hate the idea of putting a piece of duct tape/electrical tape over an otherwise very nice-looking device. Might just return and get something else.
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As do I...however I struggle with insomnia really badly as it is and require a totally dark room. Even with my eyes closed, I can tell there's a bright blue light on.
You and me both, I'm a VERY light sleeper. I sleep on my side and move often. I tried those eye shade things but I move so much they end up around my neck. lol.
 

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I did not buy this model but the light would not bother me as I sleep with my eyes closed.

I got the Belkin unit from Apple and the light is too small!
I imagine most people sleep with their eyes closed, I also imagine most people's eyelids are not in fact 100% opaque and thus bright blue lights like this can be disruptive for those of us that are light sleepers. Can't speak for others but a mask also affects my sleep quality due to being a light sleeper and wearing a mask due to my wireless charger would be beyond ridiculous.

As to the OP: I have a last gen Samsung wireless charger which also has the awful blue light. I think the answer is Samsung just totally overlooked this use case when they picked this particular light and there is no way to turn it off that I know of. Sadly a piece of tape or blocking it some other way is the only option :(
 
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An entire thread solved with a tiny piece of tape...

Semi-True story: I had a first floor master bedroom at my first house. Every night at around 10PM the neighbors truck would shine it's headlights into the room and wake me up. I tried yelling at, I tried plugging my nose, I even tried drinking an entire bottle of Wild Turkey before bed. Nothing worked. NOTHING. I was losing sleep. It was worse than hell.

Then my future wife stayed over one night, and after the lights from the truck shined in as usual: she told me to close the curtains. Problem solved.

Of COURSE!!! I never thought of just blocking the light!!! How silly of me! :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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An entire thread solved with a tiny piece of tape...

Semi-True story: I had a first floor master bedroom at my first house. Every night at around 10PM the neighbors truck would shine it's headlights into the room and wake me up. I tried yelling at, I tried plugging my nose, I even tried drinking an entire bottle of Wild Turkey before bed. Nothing worked. NOTHING. I was losing sleep. It was worse than hell.

Then my future wife stayed over one night, and after the lights from the truck shined in as usual: she told me to close the curtains. Problem solved.

Of COURSE!!! I never thought of just blocking the light!!! How silly of me! :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
..............Why would you try plugging your nose?
 
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I have the Samsung wireless charger less then 1 foot from my face when I sleep and the lights don't bother me in the slightest. If they did I would dim them with a tinted tape.
 

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It is not just you! I bought two types of Anker wireless chargers. One is obviously a lot newer than the other one (supports fast charging when the iPhone will) and the other is much older, only supports the slower charging (and was half the price!).

The older one could be a beacon for airplanes ... the thing lights up the WHOLE ROOM (360 degree lights). The new one has very gentle blue lights whereas the old one is almost a bright flashlight. Sadly, the new one is at work and the old one is next to our bed.

It woke us both up last night - my wife says she will help me cover the lights in nail polish to see if it dims them a little. If that doesn't do it, I'll take electrical tape to the damn thing, lol.
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You and me both, I'm a VERY light sleeper. I sleep on my side and move often. I tried those eye shade things but I move so much they end up around my neck. lol.
Glad I'm not the only one with this pet peeve..WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAVE A "GLOW!" I MUST have complete darkness when I sleep - and i am a VERY light sleeper also. I have so many devices that have this ambient accent lighting. Lot of blue glows when devices are off. a tiny white light on a my DVR, Orange light on my PS4..which sometimes starts to "pulsate" if something is being updated overnight along with a bright yellow glow on my controller (lol...it's almost chaotic) . Etc etc etc. The APS Battery Back up with this LCD display might be the worse right now.

Anyway, yeah I ether take tiny strips of electrical tape and cover it. OR I take strips of this dark car window tint I had on my old car and cut out strips and place it over these darn lights. (This tint goes over my FIOS DVRs bright white clocks LED, helps and I can use the remote through that tint)

I dont even have a digital clock in my room, I have an old school wall clock
 
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BadMonkey

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I purchased the same one from BB, but black. The light was annoying me way too much at night. Plus my phone got tipped off the charger during the night when I was reaching for something, and was too close to the edge of the night stand for my comfort.

I returned it and bought this
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01KHEIXNE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Its not fast charging, but the light is super dim and faces up to the bottom of the phone and pulses so lightly. I like the phone standing up better than balancing face up like the Samsung one was. Its for overnight so I don't need fast charge by the bed. Plus for the difference in price I can buy a second fast charging one to use at my desk.
 
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Has anyone else purchased Samsung's wireless charging pad?

Here's the exact one I bought: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-wireless-charging-pad-white/5039045.p?skuId=5039045

It works as advertised, but I'm trying to figure out if either I'm dumb or if Samsung is dumb. Most people charge their phones at night on their bedside, yet the charging indicator is a very large, very bright blue LED light. When I say bright, I mean "lights up the entire room to the point that I don't see how anyone could sleep" bright.

There aren't any switches on the wireless charging pad to turn the light off/dim it, but I cannot imagine that Samsung would have such a lack of foresight to put a bright LED light on a wireless charging pad that, even from their end, would be used primarily at night.

Does anyone know how to disable it, or should I just take this stupid thing back and find one that'll allow me to sleep?
Question, I did post this a few minutes ago in another thread. How is this? Does it work well with the new iPhones? (Slow charging I may expect...hoping the update fixes this) My only concern that I mentioned was if the back of the phones gets too hot. I'm actually getting this now with my original Apple Watch after the 4.0 update. The "heat" seems random though..odd!

I saw the "Fast Charge Samsung Stand" version of this which I like better and it's cheaper
 

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Has anyone else purchased Samsung's wireless charging pad?

Here's the exact one I bought: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-wireless-charging-pad-white/5039045.p?skuId=5039045

It works as advertised, but I'm trying to figure out if either I'm dumb or if Samsung is dumb. Most people charge their phones at night on their bedside, yet the charging indicator is a very large, very bright blue LED light. When I say bright, I mean "lights up the entire room to the point that I don't see how anyone could sleep" bright.

There aren't any switches on the wireless charging pad to turn the light off/dim it, but I cannot imagine that Samsung would have such a lack of foresight to put a bright LED light on a wireless charging pad that, even from their end, would be used primarily at night.

Does anyone know how to disable it, or should I just take this stupid thing back and find one that'll allow me to sleep?
I have the standing black charging pad from samsung, fast charging and it does have the bright LED light. It does not bother me much because I am a heavy sleeper but you should put a piece of tape over it and you should be fine.
 

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Also, science has proven that your skin responds to those blue leds as well, so even with a mask on, your body is getting confusing signals about its circadian rhythm. You may feel like you sleep fine but its a small stressor that could add up.
 

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I like the light on the Mophie. Dim enough not to disturb you @ night and lets you know your phone is properly charging.
Cover the Samsung up with tape and you lose that little bit of functionality. Not as clean looking either. I would just take back and get something else.
 

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A piece of tape or a dab of nail polish. Same way people used to fix the flashing time on their VCR's (remember them?), electrical tape!
People who couldn't set the time. Yea I remember them. Did they survive into the 2000's? I thought they got wiped out and went extinct.
 
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Put it somewhere in the room where the blue doesn’t impact you.

My wireless charger is on the other side of the room. I can barely see it, if at all.
 

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Has anyone else purchased Samsung's wireless charging pad?

Here's the exact one I bought: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-wireless-charging-pad-white/5039045.p?skuId=5039045

It works as advertised, but I'm trying to figure out if either I'm dumb or if Samsung is dumb. Most people charge their phones at night on their bedside, yet the charging indicator is a very large, very bright blue LED light. When I say bright, I mean "lights up the entire room to the point that I don't see how anyone could sleep" bright.

There aren't any switches on the wireless charging pad to turn the light off/dim it, but I cannot imagine that Samsung would have such a lack of foresight to put a bright LED light on a wireless charging pad that, even from their end, would be used primarily at night.

Does anyone know how to disable it, or should I just take this stupid thing back and find one that'll allow me to sleep?
I have the same one I bought for my s8 when I had it. I just put something in front of the led at night. It blocks it no light.
 

Amos Anon

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Peel the silicone pad off the bottom. Remove the two screws. Rotate bottom counter clockwise and remove. Bend LED up. Put liquid tape or plastidip on the led. Reverse process to close. Very dim or gone if you completely cover. Not bad.
 

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I have a Samsung wireless quick charger in my bedroom and another in the family room, with very bright LEDs. I simply covered the LED in my bedroom with tape.