5 portable wireless chargers that let you almost forget about cables
But what if we could eliminate the cable part somehow? Does the prospect of having a portable power bank that charges your device without occupying any microUSB ports sound more appealing? Untethered, you have the freedom of leaving the charging plate wherever you please, dropping your phone on it and picking it up when you need to use it without much thought – as long as you remember to keep the power bank powered up.
Sadly, unhinged wireless chargers are still a bit exotic. We only found four commercially available ones, and one that's now growing out of its Kickstarter-stage. But if a wireless, portable, Qi-compliant power bank interests you, be our guest and check them out.
5 portable wireless chargers
The downside? This thing costs $100! How about a little discount, Nokia?
And one more thing. The ARK has a processor that turns the charger after a few seconds of none-usage to spare battery life. It also detects the charging status of both the charged device and the internal battery, deciding whether to charge both batteries, or only the phone (when it's plugged in). The charger holds enough energy to charge an iPhone from zero to max three times.
We're not sure when the ARK charger will appear, or what the end price will be. But the product is already funded, and looks promising enough to warrant the excitement.
1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Love the Rectangle design by Sony
Others don't look nice
3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Like no others
Make and believe
4. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
All looks great..........but i like Nokia one......reason its colorful....!!!
8. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
Maybe his birthday. As in 02/08/1992, I could be wrong though ;)
6. Slammer (Posts: 1125; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I cannot stress enough how bad it is to wireless charge a battery. Those looking for solitude in protecting the weakest link of any electronic device, refrain from this type of charging. With the advent of removable batteries going south, it is imperative to keep the battery from abuse as much as possible. Heat is a killer for batteries and Lithium Ion is not immune to heat. Wireless charging promotes far more heat than corded charging. Each time the battery gets hot, the life of the battery can deteriorate by as much as 35%.
I have been proactive for trying to keep removable batteries relevant for the reasoning of the fragility of the component that keeps your expensive handset working. Why do people spend so much money on a device only to ignore the most failed part in it.
I wish for people to ascend to my view and experience on this topic. It is to help curb the expense of paying a service center money for something that has been replaced by the consumer since the beginning of time.
11. amezcuaesteban (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)
Thanks for posting this, I'll do some research on this just to confirm, but I would have never known. I personally would have never purchased a wireless charger unless I need to (if my charging port stops working for example), but even then, $100 for a charger seems like a lot!
7. fay99 (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Seriously the battery capacity should be the minimum information to be included for each power bank
12. swiekekodok (Posts: 58; Member since: 19 Jul 2014)
That nokia is so overpriced,.... (as always)
13. RandomUsername (Posts: 554; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
BTW, neither the G Watch nor the Gear Live have Wireless charging!