ARK – a portable, wireless, Qi-enabled power bank

ARK – a portable, wireless, Qi-enabled power bank
Say "Hello!" to ARK - one of those useful portable battery packs that charge your smartphone when it runs out of power. Designed with simplicity and ease-of-use in mind, ARK utilizes the Qi technology to transmit the much needed electricity to your mobile device's battery.

Just like with any other Qi-charger, you need to place your Qi-certified mobile device on top of the gadget and the charging process shall commence. ARK comes with a 5200mAh Li-poly battery on board and thanks to a USB port on one of its sides, the portable power bank can charge two devices simultaneously.

However, in order to power some of the devices that don't come with wireless charging capabilities on board, users will need an additional accessory or two. For example, iPhones require a special charging case, while Samsung's current and former flagships, Galaxy S3 and S4, need an inductive charging patch to be placed on their batteries. Both of these accessories can be obtained alongside ARK via Kickstarter.

Many things can be said about the exterior of ARK,but slim and compact are not among them. The juice bank has dimensions of 3.54 x 3.54 x 0.78 inches and tips the scales at almost 6 ounces. The outsides of ARK are covered with scratch-resistant coating, while the whole gadget is said to have a"reinforced major structure".

So, we've covered the basics, but what separates ARK from other portable chargers? According to Bezalel, the manufacturer of the gadget, thanks to an "innovative charging technique" ARK can charge a mobile device 20% faster than its rivals while still producing significantly less heat. Another useful perk is the Smart-Charging feature – if you remove your phone from ARK, it will detect the change and automatically turn itself off in order to save power.

The mobile charger is being crowdfunded through Kickstarter and has accumulated more than $27,000 until now. The campaign will go on for another 39 days and Bezalel hopes to raise at least $35,000. ARK is currently priced at $65 and is expected to ship sometime in March. Two additional ARK kits are available – one with an iPhone charging case and another one with an inductive patch for Samsung devices. These packages will cost you $79 and $73, respectively. If the company reaches its goal and starts mass production, ARK will be available in two colors – black and white.

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9 Comments

1. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

wireless charging is very slow plus add it to a portable battery then most of your charging will be wasted in transferring.

2. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

if you have used wireless charger and portable batteries u know what im talking about

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Qui charges at same rate as a 1 amp wired plug like on side of this brick. It charges faster then USB port charging as well. Only way to shorten times is to use 1.2 amp and up like a tablet charger. I've three wireless chargers, non are slower then basic one amp wired period.

3. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

well, since wireless charging is quite inefficient, you most likely would only be able to use 40-60% at most of that capacity, not enough to charge a Z1 or a note 3 what's wrong with wired chargers?

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's why I like this battery/charger: amzn.to/Kt7JDl While it charges the phone out of the outlet, its battery is also being charged for later. It's a very convenient travel companion.

9. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

TYLT makes one of the sweetest looking batteries but they are so small in capacity and cost too much. I bought Anker. its huge capacity, fair price, good looking and actually provides charging as it promotes.

6. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

My charging times are not noticeable.I've been using. Qi chargers for over a year. Biggest benefit is that when phone is simply " resting" it's actually charging. On my end table. It the qi charging dock I have in my car. Or at my desk. On a qi charger. Me hassling with plugs and wires . Will never buy a phone again that is not wireless charging capable.

7. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I see this being useful by placing this charger with my Note 3 on top inside a thick hollowed book. Good for discreet hiding and charging at there same time. But I'd rather have a skate battery to switch the spent one. It'd take me less than a minute to get to 100% power. Of course you need to charge the spent battery at home with a desktop cradle connected to a charger.

8. MaximumS

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 20, 2014

I use a small round-shaped Qi wireless charger with embedded cable from RAVPower. It‘s very convenient.

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