5 portable wireless chargers that let you almost forget about cables

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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13 Comments

1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Love the Rectangle design by Sony Others don't look nice

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Sexy sleek charger by Sony !

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Sony designed some really cool stuffs

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why compromise Like no others Make and believe SONY

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

What does 20892 mean Akki?

8. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

random numbers.....!!!

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

11. amezcuaesteban

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Seriously the battery capacity should be the minimum information to be included for each power bank

12. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

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

13. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

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