The best Qi wireless charging power banks

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Give the Gift of Wireless Charging and Organization with the BentoStack Charge

Waited too long to do your holiday shopping? Rest easy, as we have the perfect last minute gift for the guy or gal with all the gadgets. BentoStack Charge is a wireless charging station that eliminates the need for messy tangles of wires. Not only does the charger case wirelessly charge all your Apple devices, but it also acts as a neat and convenient carrying case.

Thanks to a Qi-certified wireless charger and 5,000 mAh battery built right into it, your iPhone, Apple Watch, and other devices can stay charged – with absolutely no need for an outlet. The portable size makes it easy to take this on the go! Give the gift of wireless charging this holiday season for $89.99 in the Technabob Shop.

Charging can’t get more wireless than this

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Now that the iPhone finally joined the wireless charging bandwagon, we can finally see this space explode with products… like the Avido WiBa. Most wireless chargers aren’t truly wireless, because they do need to be connected to a power outlet, but the Avido WiBa doesn’t even need that. The WiBa is a wireless charging power bank, which means you can carry it around with you wherever you go and just snap it to the back of your phone to juice your gadget up without having to worry about cables or even power outlets! The WiBa’s 500mAh capacity lets you give your phone a full charge while a USB port on its side lets you charge a second device using a charging cable.

How do you charge the power bank then? Simple! The WiBa comes with a wireless charging dock too on which you can just place the power bank. The power bank charges wirelessly too, and you can go as far as stacking the WiBa on its dock, followed by the phone on top of the WiBa, allowing the dock to charge both the power bank as well as your device. It may look weird at first, but it’s a small price to pay to have the convenience of truly wireless charging wherever you go!

Designer: Avido

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MIT’s truly wireless charger!

No. Wireless charging isn’t great. I’ll tell you why. Because you need to rest your phone on the charging plate at all times! That’s so limiting that it’s a deal-breaker for me. I like moving my phone around while it’s charging, and that’s fine if it’s tethered to a plug-point via a cable. Make that wireless and my phone will have to stay exactly in one position to charge. Lift it off the charging plate and it stops. To me, that’s a downgrade.

However, the guys at MIT (It’s always the guys at MIT) cracked the impossible! The over-the-air Pi Charger can charge your devices as long as they’re in a 1-foot range! The Pi sits on any desk, looking like a lampshade crossed itself with an Amazon Echo. However, what it does is truly ground-breaking. Without wires, or even contact, the Pi charges your devices by sending magnetic waves through the air. All Pi requires is a specialized charging case that receives signals from the Pi and you’re good to go. The case not only charges your device, but also protects it from accidental falls too. Go ahead and place the Pi in any room and it will charge all devices within a 12 inch radius. The Pi is safe to use, and guess what… you can pretty much do anything with your phone/tablet without having to worry about cables or ports being blocked by them. Wireless charging at its true potential!

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All hail the Wireless Power Bank!

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Well, this is exactly what the smartphone industry needs. Better chargers! While we’ve completely gone to trash on battery advancement (we’re literally carrying around dynamite in our pockets), there’s a lot we can do in the charger department. We never really embraced wireless charging, but we’ve completely adopted the power-bank into our daily lives. How about a power bank that just charges wirelessly? Not only would that kill the Android vs. iOS argument, it would also mean you can charge your phone with incredible ease. The Huggl’s design definitely builds a clear image of where charger technology should be headed. It comes in a power bank avatar that allows you to dock your phone into its soft cushion-y upper component. Once your phone is nestled into the pillow, it begins charging. You can place multiple phones stacked one behind another and the Huggl will charge all of them… without cables! Why are we devoting our lives to self-lacing sneakers when we can easily make THIS?!

Designer: Gianni Teruzzi

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IKEA To Incorporate Wireless Charging In Many Of Its Offerings

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Wireless charging is being increasingly included in more and more devices, and it’s about time furniture manufacturers took advantage of this reality. So it’s with great pleasure that we find out about IKEA’s plans to do just that. They’ve endorsed the Qi Wireless Charging standard from the Wireless Power Consortium, and will be rolling out home furnishings with the functionality in the coming months. This means bedside tables, lamps and desks will have a special area on which you’ll be able to simply put down your phone and start charging. No more cables to plug in at night. Considering IKEA is the world’s largest furniture retailer, this move will likely put pressure to make wireless charging ubiquitous, and hopefully one day convince Apple to include it in its handsets, a move it should have made years ago. Of course when they do so, they’ll act as if they invented the thing and call it something different, but in the end it doesn’t matter: cables need to disappear.

“IKEA said the wireless charging home furnishings will be available in Europe and North America this April, followed by a global rollout.”

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Geek.com ]

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New wireless charging technology reduces charge time by three

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Wireless charging technology has finally become viable, although not yet widespread as it’s rather slow. That’s where Freescale’s new gadget comes in.

Most wireless charging gadgets today are great for charging smartphones and tablets overnight, but really fall short when we’re in a hurry and need charge fast. Most of them have a charge rate of 5 watts, which chip manufacturer Freescale claims they’ll be able to triple with their new charging unit.

These chargers (which will release in early 2015) will recharge devices at a 15 Watts rate, effectively cutting charge time by three, getting our gadgets back to 100% in just a couple hours. In Dennis Cabrol’s words, who is Freescale’s Director of Global Marketing and Business Development:

Today’s mobile products offer a broader range of features, functionality and form factors than ever before, requiring developers of wireless charging systems to accommodate larger batteries and enable faster recharge speeds. Freescale’s industry-first 15 W solution is engineered to address these evolving market requirements, while helping to streamline product development and unleash design creativity.

This new technology is already underways and it’s expected we’ll see the first consumer devices using it midway through 2015. Freescale has already mentioned their intention to keep researching, getting the wattage higher and charge times smaller, so this is only the beginning.

Via Android Authority

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