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.