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5 portable wireless chargers that let you almost forget about cables

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5 portable wireless chargers that let you almost forget about cables
We've been talking for wireless charging often lately, as it's becoming increasingly common in flagship mobile devices. Not only that, but it's also the sole way to power up an Android Wear smart-watch. One of the biggest disputes, echoing since the technology was brought to consumers, is... how useful it really is. Truth is, wireless charging sounds a lot less impressive when you find out that chargers are still tethered to the nearest available USB port or wall outlet via cable.

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.

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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 09:36 2

1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Love the Rectangle design by Sony

Others don't look nice

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 18:14

10. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Sexy sleek charger by Sony !

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 09:39 4

2. hafini_27 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Sony designed some really cool stuffs

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 09:51

3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why compromise

Like no others

Make and believe

SONY

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 10:37 2

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


All looks great..........but i like Nokia one......reason its colorful....!!!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 11:32 1

5. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What does 20892 mean Akki?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:15 1

8. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Maybe his birthday. As in 02/08/1992, I could be wrong though ;)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:19 1

9. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


random numbers.....!!!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 11:36 3

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.

John B.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 02:10

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!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 12:50 1

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

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 01:11

12. swiekekodok (Posts: 58; Member since: 19 Jul 2014)


That nokia is so overpriced,.... (as always)

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 05:07

13. RandomUsername (Posts: 554; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


BTW, neither the G Watch nor the Gear Live have Wireless charging!

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