Autel MaxiCharger makes charging EVs at home almost as easy as charging your phone

Electric cars are pretty much the future of automobiles. Or they should be if we want to keep our planet alive for a very long time. But while these green cars have almost caught up to their gasoline-chugging ancestors in speed and range, the infrastructures that support EVs aren’t completely there yet. Charging on the road is still a problem, and there are issues even with charging at home. Being able to charge your car during the night while it’s parked in your garage should be an advantage that regular cars would never be able to enjoy, but it isn’t all sunshine and roses because of a multitude of factors. That’s where Autel’s new HomeCharger comes in, making EV charging so easy you’d wish your phone or laptop charged that way, too.

Designer: Autel

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Since its founding in 2004, Autel has immersed itself in the automotive industry. It provided services and products that revolved around intelligent diagnostic, inspection, and analysis, creating an ecosystem that seamlessly integrates device, cloud, big data, and artificial intelligence. Over time, its reach grew to over 70 countries and regions, including the US, the UK, Germany, and Australia, just to name a few.

Last year, it embarked on a new journey of discovery and research, exploring the growing market for electric vehicle charging solutions. In line with its mission of exploring intelligent driving and new energy, it is using its expertise and resources to develop smart charging solutions to promote the faster adoption of EVs. The Autel MaxiCharger AC Wallbox makes the next step in that mission, bringing the convenience of EV charging to your home garage.

The AC Wallbox is a 240V-40A level 2 charger that promises to juice up your electric car seven times faster than common level 1 home chargers. For just 60 minutes of charging, you can get a range of 30 miles for your car. That means you can simply hook it up when you get home and wake up to a fully charged EV waiting for you.

EV owners might have some misgivings about having a charger at home because of safety concerns. The MaxiCharger is specifically designed to allay those fears, making it safe to use both indoors and outdoors. IP65 rating makes it resistant to the harshest rains, and it can operate within a temperature range of -40°C to 55°C (-40°F to 131°F), so snow and summer heat are no problems either. The AC Wallbox also has excellent heat dissipation, removing worries of overheating and fire risks to your home.

While these qualities make the Autel MaxiCharger safe and reliable, its smart features make it convenient and painless to use. Like almost any smart home appliance these days, you can monitor and control all of the Wallbox’s functions from the comfort of your smartphone, whether manually or automatically. What makes the Autel app even more impressive, however, are the insights it can provide to make your charging even smarter. You can check the power consumption and even the electricity cost so that you can make better decisions when to charge your EV to save as much money as possible. The MaxiCharge also boasts Adaptive Load Management (ALM), so you don’t have to worry about overcurrent trips and allowing it to schedule charging times depending on electricity prices and power grid utilization.

Many car makers like to flaunt visions of the future of travel, which often involve not just electric vehicles but self-driving ones as well. These “drives” of fantasy don’t always show the hassles of charging these vehicles, especially at home, where conditions are very different from public charging piles. That could be a major deterrent to the adoption of EVs, but the Autel MaxiCharger AC Wallbox offers convenience, reliability, and efficiency to make those worries go away. And as more people switch to greener cars, companies like Autel will lead the search for smarter, more power-efficient charging solutions to truly make green energy power the future.

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This compact Anker 100W USB C Charger can juice up three gadgets at once

Anker 100W USB C Charger Details

Anker is a Chinese brand known for chargers and power banks. The company offers innovative and intelligent solutions to mobile consumers by providing quality products. In recent years, Anker has been changing the game in several ways.

The brand doesn’t just release more powerful power banks or faster chargers. Anker has also revolutionized charger design like that tiny 65W Gan Charger for laptops. It’s tiny, like the size of an ice cube.

Designer: Anker

Anker 100W USB C Charger

The new Anker 100W USB C Charger (Anker 736 Charger) was an honoree at the CES Innovation Awards (CES 2022) in the mobile devices and accessories category. It offers 100W ultra-fast charging for your laptop via a USB-C port. It is very powerful that you can charge three devices simultaneously, whether AirPods, iPhone or your MacBook.

The charger is 34% smaller than Apple’s 96W MacBook power brick charger. In addition, it’s powered by GaN II Technology which features an upgraded circuit board structure, stacked design, and 100% increase in operating frequency. Design-wise, this charge boasts an uncompromising finish as it is anti-static, smudge-proof, and scratch-resistant.

Anker 100W USB C Charger Release

The Anker charger is smaller but expect no drop of power. This 3-port fast and compact wall charger works with several devices like the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Google Pixelbook, Dell XPS, ThinkPad, iPad Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and the Galaxy S22 series. It’s not always true that the bigger the charger, the more powerful it is. That has been proven by the Anker Nano II chargers from last year, thanks to the Gallium Nitride technology.

This GaN II Technology allows higher power output even in very small forms. The new generation of chargers is coming from the previous 30W, 45W, and 65W. The latest charger can deliver 100W so imagine how fast it can be.

Anker 100W USB C Charger Features

The new Anker Nano II 100W GaN charger is the brand’s latest flagship charger. It can juice up a MacBook Pro and that is enough to convince us this tiny charger is really powerful. It’s super powerful that it can charge two more devices (three in total) at the same time. This means charging time can be cut since you don’t have to wait for charging to finish.

We’ve only featured a few fast chargers here like that OMNIA X Series which was once named the smallest Apple MFi-certified charging kit. There’s the Agile Travel Adapter that can power up to six devices. GaN technology is also implemented by the Spruce Charger.

Anker 100W USB C Charger Technology

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This cyberpunk-themed charger gives an oft-neglected accessory a makeover

Phone chargers were a dime a dozen, at least until phone makers started removing them from boxes. That presented an opportunity for accessory makers to try and outdo first-party brands in offering better performance and bang-for-buck, giving further rise to an already mountainous pile of chargers. Despite all the advancements in charging technologies, the design of chargers, in contrast, has remained drab and unexciting. Breaking out of the mold, this charger adds a bit of color to this underrated but critical accessory, and, best of all, it’s powerful enough to even charge many laptops, including a MacBook Pro.

Designers: Qiu WenTao, Zhao Hu

Charger designs, be it for phones or laptops, are basically black or white, perhaps for no other reason than tradition. The white ones often take a cue from Apple’s love of the minimalist color, while black is the color of choice for Samsung and most laptops. Given that chargers are often left plugged into wall sockets and are unseen, few probably considered it worth the time, effort, and resources to do anything outside the norm. There’s no technical reason they can’t, and, fortunately, someone did.

Angry Miao’s CyberCharge gives the charger a theme that fits the genre that best fits this kind of accessory. Eschewing plain white for a shade of light grey bespeckled with red and purple dots, the charger’s visual center is a decorative plate that gives a bit of life to the charger. The plates don’t add any functionality, but do have the typical tech specs and certification logos you’d see in all electronics.

These interchangeable faces come in three designs, including a neon green shade that is often associated with cyberpunk styles. There is one that has a metallic luster that transitions from blue to purple to blue again. And to appease those with monochromatic tastes, there’s an option for a white plate that contrasts with the charger’s gray body.

Some might knock the design as a simple coating over an old object, but you have to hand it to the designers for their attention to detail. Even the stainless steel PVD screws, which let you swap out those “modules,” have minute engravings that almost fit perfectly with cyberpunk culture’s flair for the extravagant. It might not be glowing in neon colors, but it’s a clear message that says, “Angry Miao was here.” There’s also a custom cable included in the package that has a matching colorful design with blue, green, red, and yellow stripes.

Admittedly, the charger is all serious business underneath that cyberpunk shell. The tiny box is capable of dishing out 90W of power, enough to charge some MacBook Pros, and sports both USB-C and USB-A ports. It even utilizes the now trendy GaN (Gallium Nitride) battery tech, which is how it manages to pack a punch despite its size. In essence, the charger doesn’t exactly offer any new technology and can even be outpaced by chargers from more established brands. It does, however, demonstrate that chargers don’t have to be black and white and boring, just that very few bothered to give the accessory some personality.

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This parking car stopper doubles as wireless charger for your electric vehicle

The convenience of wirelessly charging your electric vehicle while it’s parked – this is the proposed vision of Watt concept. Thus, making it seamlessly easy for EV owners to have a hassle-free commuting experience in the city or on highways.

You have the luxury of charging mobile devices wirelessly, and soon juicing up your vehicle with no strings attached is going to be possible. In fact, vehicle manufacturers like BMW are already working on this technology with prototype testing underway. Currently, electric vehicle owners have to plug in the charging port manually to recharge the vehicle battery, no matter how bad the weather outside is. On top of that additional infrastructure is required in parking lots or other places where such EV charging stations are installed. This calls for the wireless charging possibility of EVs while they are parked.

Designer: Cheolhee Lee, Na Gyeong Lee, Junsik Oh, Kyoung-Seo Park

That’s the idea behind this intuitive concept dubbed Watt. It is a wireless EV charging stopper for parking spaces – eliminating the need for setting up separate charging station infrastructure in cities and highways. Watt (Wireless Advanced Transportation Charging Tile) is an EV charger and a car stopper in one, bringing the convenience of seamless charging to the fore. The solution also addresses the problem of finding space for parking vehicles when other EV owners are also in the queue at a busy charging station.

Designers of this concept want to end another problem with EVs that bugs users at times. Yes, I’m talking about the discharging of the battery when the vehicle is parked in colder regions or other specific circumstances. This happens because lithium-ion batteries just like those on our smartphones discharge rapidly in colder conditions.

Coming on to this novel idea, the proposed product comes with an accompanying app for initiating the charging cycle as soon as you park the vehicle in the bay. The current charge levels, time to full charge, and other metrics can be tracked on the phone while you go shopping in the grocery store. The user just has to register once with the Watt services, and everything following that is pretty much easy. Things like charging history, the location of nearby Watt-enabled charging locations, and payment methods can be viewed in the app.

Watt is truly a convenient and space-saving solution for the future dominated by electric vehicles, wherein, we’re going to have to deal with the problem of having enough charging stations for EVs. Even more so, the issue of building the infrastructure that requires ample space to accommodate vehicles in line for charging.

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This mobile EV charging pod rescues you when there’s no charging station nearby

A mobile charging pod that reaches the designated location to recharge the battery of your EV running very low on juice.

Electric vehicles are gradually going to dominate the roads on the planet, and consequently, the need to charge them is also increasing with time. Under normal circumstances, EV owners have to look out for electric charging stations in their vicinity when the battery is running out. But what if there is no charging station nearby for miles in every direction?

Design One identified this problem to propose a solution in the form of MECS ( Moving Electric Charging Station). As the name implies, it is a charging station on wheels, ready to rush to your location to juice up the empty battery to continue the trip. Shaped like a big RC car, the autonomous electric charging station is the ideal thing to bank upon when you are stranded in the middle of nowhere. This unmanned mobile charging station can be called b the user to the current location via an app. With a top speed of 120 kmph, the moving electric charging service is a viable product for the EV-dominated future.

MECS is loaded with cameras and sensors to detect the road conditions and the surroundings to navigate safely to the location. Once it arrives at the called location, the back cover can be lifted up by pressing a button to use the internal chargers (two charging types) or spare battery inside. The AI-enabled vehicle charging pod returns to the nearest hub to fill up its battery and be ready for another stranded commuter. Design One also envisions the MECS to lend its duty as an observer in case of emergencies like natural calamity or war situations.

How practical the concept here can be in real-life situations is subjective as the stationary electric charging infrastructure is increasing in developed countries, and the developing countries are following suit. To charge up the MECS vehicles too, infrastructure will be required in remote locations which in itself will be a challenge.

 

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Wireless charging cradle for phones blocks smart assistants from spying on you

Most phones today have settings to block apps from using the mic, but this wireless charging cradle goes the extra mile in promising total privacy in your bedroom.

Most of us today may have already taken for granted how our phones seem to always have an ear out for our next verbal command. The ubiquity of smart speakers or smart home appliances that also have this feature makes the likes of Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa unseen members of the household, always ready to lend a hand, sometimes even when you don’t want them to. Privacy has always been a thorny subject when it comes to smart assistants and their presence in homes, and one startup is trying to offer some peace of mind, at least as far as phones are concerned.

Designer: Pozio

 

Smartphone and smart speaker makers will fight tooth and nail to defend their practices when it comes to how smart assistants are always listening or not. They make the distinction that these devices are only always listening for the triggers that activate them but aren’t recording anything before those triggers are spoken. Unfortunately, anecdotes about misheard wake phrases and privacy violations may have made some a bit too paranoid.

You can always turn these features off from their settings, but that might not be enough for some. After all, you still have to trust that device makers and app developers are really playing by the rules they set themselves and respect the restrictions that people have set. Not everyone does so, unfortunately, which is why Pozio released a class of accessories designed to thwart privacy-invasive technology with technology.

The Pozio Cradle looks like a rather odd wireless charging pad, one that keeps your phone upright inside an enclosure. This design, however, is intentional, as that wall around your phone emits what the company describes as “subaudible” that practically turns your phone deaf to your voice but remains silent for pets. The promise is that any app listening through the phone’s mics will hear nothing, even with settings enabled.

This won’t stop other devices in your room or house from still listening to your voice, which is why Pozio also created different “Shield Block & Talk” mounts for different smart speakers. Even then, however, there will be nothing to stop smart thermostats, smart TVs, or smart displays from still doing their thing, which makes products like these almost futile. Then again, if you filled your house with always-listening devices, you probably already know what you’re sacrificing in exchange.

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An incredibly cute cup warmer that heats your drink and charges your smartphone is the new winter essential

Power banks have become a must-have accessory for their portability and convenience to juice up your mobile device on the go. Now taking a leaf out of that book, a designer has visioned a desktop appliance, which is functionally a cool mug warmer (to keep the beverage inside at a drinkable temperature) and comes with a USB slot to charge your phone or a smartwatch like a power bank!

There is nothing that meets the pleasure of a steaming hot coffee or tea while working. You get an extra kick to stay productive for a few more hours. However, there are times when you tend to forget and that hot beverage is left to become a cold brew sitting on the table. This is where a cup warmer like the one conceptualized by designer Dadaism J comes into the equation. The functionality of this cup warmer is to keep your compatible cup heated from the bottom to ensure the beverage inside remains at a particular temperature. This ensures you don’t have to sip on cold brew when your mug should have had a piping hot beverage. When I came across this cup warmer, I did a little search and found that this domain is not saturated at the moment, not many recognizable brand names have entered the category, meaning there is time and requirement for innovation and this cup warmer with charging functionality does deserve to see the light of day.

This I believe for a fact because the mug warmers currently available on the market come with an induction plate to place your mug. It aims to maintain a specific temperature of the beverage for you. Dadaism’s design just betters on the idea with the inclusion of a USB port on the front, which can be used to charge a mobile device simultaneously. There is also a small digital display on this colorful mug charger – it’s designed in three lovely colors – that shows you the temperature at which your beverage is being heated. Presumably, the cup warmer with a charging function also has an adjustable timer and auto shut off, which is common in the cup warmers already on the market.

While this cup warmer is primarily designed for your workstation, it has to connect to an electric socket for power. Given the niche functionality, this could also be useful in the outdoors to heat your mug of water or coffee at a camp per se, and when required also juice up your phone so you can remain connected even when you’re in areas off the grid. For this, the cup warmer will need to be battery-powered or even solar-powered; hope Dadaism would consider my suggestion for the prototype!

Designer: Dadaism J

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Samsung’s bespoke series is the inspiration behind these ergonomic, thoughtful stylus designs

Working from our computers strains more than just our eyes. Sitting for long periods at a time, typing, dragging, and clicking the mousepad often results in finger and hand cramps. Products like smartpens and assistive keyboards are specially designed to take some of the stress off our hands, leading to streamlined and more productive workdays. Korean designer Jo Yoon unveiled their smartpen product idea called Bespoke, conceptualized using Samsung’s Bespoke appliance’s design language.

Draped in a velvety aluminum finish, Bespoke smartpens come in a few different color schemes, spanning from blush yellows to matte blacks. Paired with an accompanying smart notepad, users can write with the Bespoke smartpens on the attached notepad which translates the written text to the computer screen.

Instead of typing from the same hand position throughout the workday, Bespoke smartpens break up the monotony of computer work by bringing a more tactile, ergonomic typing tool. Along the body of each pen, an action button works as a clicker and on/off control.

Taking Bespoke’s ergonomic usability one step further, each smartpen gradually tapers towards its bottom to fit more comfortably in each user’s grip. Yoon also outfitted each smartpen with silicone grips to ensure convenient use throughout the workday without any slippage resulting from palm sweat.

In addition to the smartpen and notepad, Joon conceptualized a Bespoke charger that resembles an inkwell for when the workday slips into overtime. Each charging base comes with its own wire to plug into your computer or laptop, ensuring no power is lost during use, however, the actual charging sink is wireless.

Designer: Yoon Jo

Three small LED lights indicate how much charge remains in each charging sink.

The charging base is wireless.

This wireless power bank ditches bulk for a slim build and attaches to your smartphone via micro-suction cups!

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Adsorb is a wireless power bank that attaches to the back of your smartphone with micro-suction cups and replaces the bulky design of current power banks with a slimmer build.

Charging our smartphones while we’re out is always an uphill battle. You either have to ask the waiter or bartender if they have a charging cable or available outlet for yours. Your only other option is a bulky power bank that weighs and measures three times the weight and size of your phone, which is no fun carrying around. Alas, we need that juice. Slimming down its bulk and outfitting it with silicone suction cups to attach to your smartphone, industrial designer Wenjie Zheng gave the classic power bank a much-needed makeover, calling it Adsorb.

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

In conceptualizing Adsorb, Zheng hoped to swap out the conventional power bank’s heavyweight and large size for a much slimmer power bank that attaches to the back of your smartphone, requiring no wires for operation. Since we tend to use power banks only when we’re desperate for battery–like when we’re at 1% but need to seal that uber ride before the screen goes dark–Zheng cut down the size and output of the power bank to allow for a slimmer build.

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

In conceptualizing Adsorb, Zheng also aimed to give the power bank a more emotive and appealing look, ditching the industrial tech look of typical power banks for a simultaneously eye-catching and discreet final look. Without the need for wires, Adsorb attaches to the back of your smartphone via a grid of suctions, adhering to and merging with your smartphone to look like a purposeful design.

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Adsorb was designed by Zheng to appeal to everyone, with his conceptualization showcasing an array of different colors ranging from marbled yellow, to sky blue, dual-tone orange, heather gray, and even violet. Considering the antiquated design of most power banks on the market, Zheng’s visualizes a wireless power bank that attaches to the back of your phone and rises to the quality of technology it powers up.

Designer: Wenjie Zheng

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Using micro-suction cups, Adsorb attaches to the back of your smartphone to charge it.

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Discreet by design, Adsorb blends into your smartphone like a charging case. 

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

Coming in blood orange, Zheng conceptualized an Adsorb for every taste.

Wireless Power Bank with Suction Cups

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These Terrazzo Wireless Chargers look like artisanal decorative coasters that can charge your phone!

I guess these Terrazzo Wireless Chargers from Bentu Design put the tech in archi’tech’ture! Designed as a neat fusion of consumer tech and home-decor, Bentu Design’s W10 charger comes with an exterior made from Terrazzo, a unique composite of concrete with marble/ceramic/stone chips suspended within. The terrazzo exterior gives the W10 almost a coaster-like appearance, allowing it to wirelessly charge your phone while acting as a nifty little decorative element on your tabletop.

The W10 charger’s terrazzo exterior uses concrete mixed along with recycled ceramic particles, cement construction waste, quartz fragments, and other crushed stones, most of which are virtually useless. By binding these waste particles into concrete, China-based Bentu Design has perfected the art of repurposing trash and making well-designed products out of terrazzo. Bentu noticed that globalization, and an increased demand for ceramic pieces, had driven a wave of new factories in Chaozhou… creating jobs, but also dramatically increasing the amount of ceramic waste produced. The name ‘Bentu’ translates to ‘native’, as the studio focuses on understanding and using raw materials that are local.

The terrazzo W10 chargers come in 4 colors – white, green, blue, or orange, with ceramic and quartz particles randomly suspended in the concrete. The natural beauty of this randomness makes each X10 unique and one-of-a-kind. Under its bespoke speckled exterior, sits a Qi-compatible charging coil, available in 5, 7.5, and even 10W outputs, and the coil connects to a power source via a discreet USB-C plug located in the charger’s side. Each W10 measures 10mm in thickness, and weighs a mere 210 grams. It’s pretty enough to be mistaken for a coaster, although I’d probably ask you to caution your guests against placing any hot cups filled with coffee/tea on them. There’s no clarity on whether the X10 is waterproof, although I kind of hope it is!

Not only is the X10 made from recycled ceramic/stone scrap, it’s also designed to be repurposed/recycled too. After the wireless charger’s service life is over, the internal circuit board and electronic components can be extracted by gently breaking apart the terrazzo shell. The shell itself can be smashed into chunks and reused in another terrazzo piece, giving it a fresh life altogether. Moreover, to reinforce the X10’s sustainable approach, the wireless charger even comes in fully recycled all-paper packaging.

Designer: Bentu Design