Commercial for the Lumia 930 in the UK shows off more than the phone, portable wireless charging on display
Since the introduction of the Nokia Lumia 920, wireless charging has been a significant feature on the higher-end Windows Phones from Nokia. While this feature has been less pervasive in the United States for a couple arguably silly reasons, many of the global models have had the feature baked in, and Nokia has made a number of colorful accessories available to spread the joy.
Wireless charging is arguably a pure convenience, but there is plenty to be said about sparing your USB port from everyday wear and tear when the alternative of just putting your phone on a plate is available. The Nokia Lumia 930, like many of its predecessors, has wireless charging built in.
With the launch of its new flagship in the United Kingdom, Nokia is also touting the DC-50 Portable Wireless Charging Plate, unveiled at Nokia World last year. The DC-50 comes with the purchase of the Lumia 930 in the UK which is quite a nice treat. Separately, the accessory is available for a not-so-subtle £69.99 ($120).
The plate itself is roughly the size of the Lumia 930, and it weighs a little over 5 ounces (150 grams), which means it will fit nicely in any school bag or backpack. The onboard 2400mAh battery is big enough to recharge the new Lumia to about 99% capacity. When it is time to recharge the plate itself, you can either plug it in with a micro USB, or simply lay it on another charging plate.
If you happen to be a Verizon customer with a Lumia Icon, the 930’s older twin, this plate will work with your device. Alas this accessory is still a Europe-only exclusive. Availability in the in the US is still listed as “coming soon.”
source: Microsoft Mobile / Nokia
1. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Wireless charging sounds good...it might stop people from buying third party chargers and exploding themselves to death.
10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Wireless charging sounds good...it might stop people from buying third party chargers..."
What about third party wireless chargers?
13. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
There is that possibility....but the technology might be too expensive for third party chinese companies to actually make the product for cheap. So it might be better for consumers to but the actual product instead of knock-offs.
You just have to use the one you got in the box and set-up it up to charge other plates on top of another and completely go wireless when you go outside. Cuz many ppl buy separate charges for work and car so this plate solution get rid of that cuz its basically a portable battery.
14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"...but the technology might be too expensive for third party chinese companies to actually make the product for cheap."
Portable wireless chargers like this are already made by many different chinese manufacturers and already exist on sale (just Google for "Portable wireless charger"). There is nothing expensive in such wireless chargers. This portable wireless charger is basically nothing more just a normal wireless charger + battery.
16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
There is no point in this charger. This portable wireless chargers is nothing more just a big battery! It is the same as power bank with USB cable just this time there is no USB cable. So what's the point? Charging process will be slower than with USB power bank and another disadwantage that you will be unable to use phone while charging.
17. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
I doesn't matter how cheap or expensive it is. The point is large scale implementation of such a thing as "truly wireless charging". I want there to be a future with wireless charging so that we can stop being wall huggers and avoid getting hurt because of faulty wired chargers.
I want to be able to sit at starbucks and set my smartphone on the same table and let it charge while I enjoy coffee.
I want my work desk to have that feature...so that while Im using the computer or doing work. I can just have my smartphone sitting somewhere in the corner and be charging.
If we have this technology everywhere, it would not matter if it is slower than wired charging. Because it will always stay charged as long as you remember to.
Yes there are many portable wireless chargers, but like the video..they are just an alternative to a second battery. I was thinking big things with my first comment.
2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Because some mobile companies don't like removable batteries, big enough for a whole day's use batteries, or creating energy efficient phones or phone modes, they create vast systems of waste and stupidity instead.
The funny thing is that some of these very same companies make grandiose claims about how "green" they are. They must be confusing the "green" of extra profits with "green" actions that are good for the environmental health of the planet.
8. Beijendorf (Posts: 336; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Removable batteries means smaller capacities. Nobody in their right mind would think having to carry around separate batteries and swapping them around is more advantageous to just bringing a charger.
The wireless charging is all about convenience and simplicity. Nobody has claimed it's 'green'.
15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Nobody in their right mind would think having to carry around separate batteries and swapping them around is more advantageous to just bringing a charger."
This portable wireless chargers is nothing just a big battery! It is the same as power bank with USB cable just this time there is no USB cable.
19. elitewolverine (Posts: 3614; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
And you can plug it in the wall and charge the phone at the same time.
It doubles as a charger, then when you dont have a wall to charge it on, like many places i go, you just plop it on top and done.
The use of it being at the beach is a perfect example.
I use a solar charger for this very reason, i can charge it various ways, through the wall, through the sun, and it charges my phone. It has since replaced my dedicated wall charger cause it can charge my phone while charging itself, and i get a backup battery in the process.
It is not 'nothing', to people who dont understand sure, but the technology is far more reaching.
3. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
Actually microusb ports are made in a way such that the cable is the one that will be spoilt after too much uses rather than the port itself to make it more convenient to replace the faulty component. Just saying
4. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
Ordered the white WC plate and Nokia's external battery pack to compliment my 930. Best phone I've ever used ! :D
18. Philipand96 (Posts: 92; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)
The battery cover in all wireless enabled phones have a strip of metal that runs on the inside and connects to the battery the Inductive charge has to physically connect to the battery
To wireless charge you need BOTH the Inductive strips in the the cover and a wireless charger which Nokia have provided free
@ Duketytz Cables cease as the few filament break internally especially where the cord enters the jack where there are sheared guillotined by cable movement
MY HOPE is that Microsoft release a flagship phone with BOTH
1) microSD 2) removable battery, both these are found in the low to mid range phones premium phones tend to be like Apple Iphones
NO 1) microSD 2) NO removable battery which from the 1520 was a start
I have the 820 as it was the 2nd to the 920, I know there is to be a Lumia 830 which has already been described as mid range whether it retains
1) microSD 2) removable battery I think NOT
My point is I notice what the Lumia specs are and the Lumia 930 is the 1520 which has now DROPPED 1) microSD
The display loses an inch to 5" but Microsoft in a flagship exclude BOTH
1) microSD & 2) removable battery
Microsoft also need to look at camera settings as I can only take 8MP fotos and I have the benefit of an 64Gb memory card
Symbian albeit keypad then touch offered choice in the settings.
eg which I still can't get my head around is NO sim contact displayed
Sim contacts have to PROMOTED to FULL contacts?
That the 820 can see these sim contacts and copy them into Hotmail means they could be read so why remove user viewing?
I expect this to be 20Mp snapper with a 5Mp Facebook option
If future flagship continue as the do I expect the 820 to be the only Window phone
5. Nokia99 (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)
Finally wireless charging without wired attached to the plate !
11. Tumaini (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)
For sure wireless charging is a convenient way...easily even in darkness!
12. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)
I'm sitting on my coach using my phone & it charges automatically too, that's the kind of wireless charging I need. LoL