Friday, April 4th, 2014
Wireless charging offers a slightly more convenient way of charging your phone, eliminating the hassle of plugging and unplugging. So far we’ve mostly seen Qi wireless chargers that sit on top of desks, some of which serving as a stand as well. Today, we’ll be looking at something rather more streamlined – a wireless charging pad that sits inside the desk itself.
The ZENS Qi Wireless Charging Pad for Furniture is designed to be installed at the surface of the desk or other piece of furniture, providing you with a clean and totally wireless surface. You just drill a circular hole in your piece of furniture, then slot the ZENS Wireless Charging Pad for Furniture into place. Meanwhile, the wires that connect the charger to the wall socket are kept out of sight below. It’s a clever solution, and one that is a step ahead of previous solutions.
Despite its unique positioning, the ZENS Qi Wireless Charger works like any other. It will charge your Qi-compatible phone or tablet until it is full, then over-charging protection will shut off the power to prevent excess heat buildup.
The Qi standard used here seems the favourite for phones in the future, and is already supported by a wide range of models from Samsung, Google and Nokia, among others. This means that your ZENS Qi wireless charger will remain useful for the foreseeable future. For more information on Qi, see our wireless charging guide.
If you’re interested in the Zens Qi Wireless Charging Pad, then have a look at the full product page linked below:
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Friday, January 31st, 2014
We’re going to close out the week with a brand new range of Trident accessories for Qi wireless charging. These are all quite different from what we’ve stocked on the site before, so let’s get right in there and have a look!
Trident Qi Wireless Charging Cup Holder
Wireless charging has never been as drinkable as this. The Trident Charging Cup Holder is a cup-shaped wireless charger that lets you wirelessly charge a smartphone up to 5″ in size. Just place the Trident in your nearest cup holder, hook it up with the included vehicle power charger, and slide in your phone to begin charging. The Trident Cup Holder also includes a secondary USB port, allowing it to charge two devices at once.
Trident Qi Wireless Portable Power 4000 mAh
From wireless charging in your car, to wireless charging anywhere: this is the Trident Portable Power. It’s a portable battery pack with wireless charging baked in, allowing you to enjoy the convenience of wireless charging no matter where you are. There’s 4000 mAh of wireless charging on tap, so you can charge most smartphones twice over before having to recharge the Portable Power itself. You can also charge devices without wireless charging with the provided USB port. With a soft-touch polycarbonate construction and anti-skid feed, this is a durable and portable power point that’ll provide lasting power.
Trident Qi Single / Double Wireless Charging Pad
There are quite a few Qi-standard wireless charging pads on the market, but in my opinion none of them look as good as this one from Trident. The pad is made of soft-touch polycarbonate in white and grey, with a subtle LED indicator and an anti-skid ribbon that makes for a solid platform. There are two models available here – single and dual, depending on how many wireless-charging-capable devices you have.
Trident Qi Wireless Charging Case for Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5
Our final accessories are two cases for the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 which provide handy wireless charging power, on top of the protection and style you’d expect from any quality case. The cases are made of a soft-touch polycarbonate, just like the other Trident Qi accessories, with a nice white colour scheme. The cases are inexpensive too, so there’s never been a better time to jump aboard the wireless charging train!
Thanks for checking out these accessories! Feel free to find more information on the accessories you’re interested in by following the links in each header, or check out all of our wireless charging options here.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Samsung produce some lovely first-party accessories for their handsets… but they’re not quite as good at actually delivering those accessories as they are at designing them. For that reason, one of the very best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 has only recently been released, 10 months after the phone it was designed for. The new case is called the S-View Flip Cover & Qi Charging Case. Its long name belies a simple purpose: combining the clear plastic window of the S View cover with the wireless charging of the Qi Charging Cover.
If you’re not familiar with these cases, we’ll give you a quick run-through.
The S View is like your standard flip folio case, but there’s a clear plastic window cut into the middle of the flip cover. That means you don’t need to open the case to see incoming calls, check the time or see how many steps you’ve taken today. All of this information is presented in that little square. The touch-screen works through the plastic too, so you can answer or reject calls too.
The Qi Charging Case is a replacement rear cover for the Galaxy S4, which is slightly thicker than the stock battery cover and includes a coil of wired hooked up to a metal patch on the rear of the phone. This allows wireless charging to be used, in combination with any Qi standard wireless charger.
So very simply, the S View Flip Cover & Qi Charging Case combines both of these features into a single unit; something that wasn’t possible just by manually combining the two elements by yourself. It’s a clever case that provides screen protection, wireless charging, easy access to notifications and a slim build all in one.
It’s a brilliant case, and definitely one that Samsung Galaxy S4 owners would have wanted to have from day one. If you’re going to be sticking with the Galaxy S4 for the foreseeable future – or you pick one up at a new discounted price – then it’s the perfect complement to your phone.
For more information, view the product page linked below:
Monday, October 7th, 2013
It’s getting easier and easier to charge your Qi-enabled smartphone, but most manufacturers aren’t including the technology in their phones. To combat this, we’ve started a range of Qi internal wireless charging adapters. These slim accessories let you use wireless chargers, without requiring you to change your back cover or use a case. Today, we’re unveiling our Qi Internal Wireless Charging Adapter for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
This is the easiest way to add wireless charging to your Galaxy Note 3.
All you need to do is remove the back cover of your Note 3, then attach the adapter to the metallic prongs you’ll find next to the battery. The coils of the Qi adapter will sit between the battery and the rear cover, meaning your Note 3 will stay as thin as ever.
Once the Qi adapter is installed, you can use your Note 3 with any number of Qi-compatible wireless chargers. I’d recommend the stylish Qi Wireless Charging Orb
(which comes in a number of colours!), or the Qi Universal Charging Plate
if you’re on a stricter budget.
There is one downside to this internal Qi adapter, though. The positioning of the adapter interferes with the NFC adapter that’s on the battery, meaning that NFC may not work consistently or at all. Still, considering I’ve used NFC precisely once with my Galaxy S4 in five months (to pair it with my smartwatch), that’s not much of a loss.
So there you have it – the cheapest, easiest way to add wireless charging to your Note 3, without needing to add a bulky replacement cover or case to your phone. For more information or to order, please visit the product page linked below. You can also check out our full range of Note 3 chargers
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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Here’s something new: a Qi wireless charging battery
. While we’ve seen plenty of chargers before, a portable charger / battery is another thing entirely, allowing you the freedom of wireless charging anywhere in the world. It’s called, simply enough, the Qi Wireless Charging 6000 mAh Emergency Charger.
This is a very capacious battery too – a whopping 6,000 mAh in all. That’s enough to charge most phones two or three times over, and will even recharge all but the most power-demanding tablets from 0 to 100. The wireless charging is fast too, at a rate of 1A. That’s not the fastest we’ve ever seen in wired charging, but it’s more than enough to ensure rapid charging for most smartphones and tablets.
Admittedly, wires are involved at some stages in its operation – you’ll need to use a micro USB to USB cable attached to a PC or mains adapter to charge the battery itself.
You’re also not limited to just wireless charging – the battery includes a normal USB port as well, so you can charge all manner of devices at that same 1 Amp rate, although as far as I can tell you can’t charge wirelessly and wired at the same time (and you probably wouldn’t want to either).
The charger is very easy to use as well. Turning on wireless charging is as simple as pressing a button, and then placing your phone onto the middle of the device. You also get a nice little LED indicator of how much charge remains, making it easy to ensure you’re never caught out.
If you’ve got a wireless-enabled smartphone – like the Nexus 4, new Nexus 7, Lumia 920 or many others – then this represents a very unique way of charging your phone anywhere in the world. And if you don’t have a wireless smartphone, then you might have a look at our range of wireless adapters that allow you to add that capability to your phone. Even without wireless charging on the tablet at all, this is still a decent choice just because of that mammoth 6,000 mAh capacity.
So what do you think of the device? I reckon it’s the ultimate new Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 wireless charging battery, but I’d be curious to know what you’d use it for. Let us know in the comments below!