Wireless charging pads
When these were first mooted as an idea, I thought it sounded awesome and I wanted one.
Then I realised that I could have a charger plugged in to the kitchen, study and bedroom at home, and one plugged in to my laptop at work and therefore there was simply no need.
Oh, and hassle plugging something in? It’s pretty simple. Just insert Tab A in to Slot B. And if you can’t do that in the dark in the bedroom, well……Posted 4 years ago
i really like the idea of it – if you’re up and down all day at work and need to take the phone with you when you’re up, then its very convenient to be able to just pop the phone down on something rather than plug-in every time.
I’ve never actually used a branded one or a non branded one though so can’t comment on the OP. Nor do I have a phone whereby I could use it.
I assume it’s just a similar principal to leccy toothbrushes?Posted 4 years agogravity-slaveMember
I was given one and it’s quite nice to have on my desk – can pick the phone up, drop it down and it charges.
Phone doesn’t charge as fast so they can’t be as efficient.
I think it would be great if everyone adopted the Qi standard and wireless pads were built in to everyday items – tables, plane seats, car centre consoles etc so that you just chuck your phone down and charge it.Posted 4 years agoV8_shin_printMember
I’ve suggested I might like a Zens QI charger for christmas, based on nothing more than it got an ok review and looks like it won’t get in the way. As Flash said though I think the first problem will be working out where to put it as I currently make use of at least 4 different chargers based on where I am when I notice it’s running low. If I get it right I’m hoping I just won’t notice and it will always have enough charge.Posted 4 years ago
I think it would be great if everyone adopted the Qi standard and wireless pads were built in to everyday items – tables, plane seats, car centre consoles etc so that you just chuck your phone down and charge it.
Yeah, I may start a business converting items of furniture or selling them with the pads built in.
Or I may not.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
Magnetic induction? Old skool baby.
Magnetic resonance is where it’s at now daddio.
As Ctech notes, charging from that distance wouldn’t use close-in magnetic induction tech, as used in your Sonicare toothbrush or in devices based on the Qi wireless charging standard promulgated by the Wireless Power Consortium, but instead a magnetic resonance system – like the one the Korea Electronics Technology Institute announced on Thursday, and G 4 Games reported in October that Samsung plans to introduce into its phones in mid-2014.davehMember
I got a cheapy £15 jobby off of eBay. It works well enough, charges at about 75% of the rate it would if plugged in. I have it on the desk at work and as stated above it’s convenient to drop on and take off when I’m in and out of the office. I power it from usb to avoid the whole personal item pat test thing. I wouldn’t buy the same one for home though, certainly not for in the bedroom, like an induction cooker it makes a pulsing high pitched sound, it’d be very annoying trying to sleep through it!Posted 4 years agocranberryMember
I’ve got a couple of Samsung ones for my S4 – I find them most useful – my phone sits on my desk during the day, and on my hall cabinet at home overnight – it is very easy to just put it down on the pad each time and know that the battery will be fully charged when I pick the phone up.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
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Solution looking for a problem.
Really? Looks like a great idea, if my S3 had come as standard with it I would have one. When I’m busy I’m on and off the phone a lot and wandering round the house. Just putting it down on a mat would be great.Posted 4 years ago
If I could wander into a cafe and put my phone on the table and it charges while I sit there with no wires it would be great.
A universal standard one would be a great thing and would prompt people to install then in public places. It’s a very neat & tidy solution that removes the issues of data stealing/virus/malware that could be done when plugging a phone into charge via USB.coffeekingMember
Don’t see the point. Cable works fine. Both restricted to fixed location, cable faster. Cable has docking station option in which phone can act as clock,calendar, stereo, email reader etc…
can’t imagine too many folk installing them publically without charging you extortionately for it, as with internet cafes.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
can’t imagine too many folk installing them publically without charging you extortionately for it, as with internet cafes.
As I seem to be able to pick up free wireless in 60-7% of the places I eat/drink then I would imagine plenty would offer them if there is a common standard – most people would pay an extra £1 on their meal but not pay £1 to lock their phone away. Most of the airport lounges I go through already have cable stations for charging, next step is to have a charging point on the table.Posted 4 years ago
I like them. Got given two free when I bought a Lumia and they work well, though don’t charge as fast as the normal plug-in charger.
Downsides? You have to be fairly precise with the positioning of the phone – about the same time as plugging it in TBH but easier when pissed – and once the phone has stopped charging the AC adapter makes a pronounced and deeply irritating buzzing noise.Posted 4 years ago
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