If you were going to buy AirPower, don't buy this accessory instead

If you were going to buy AirPower, don't buy this accessory instead
UPDATE: After further investigation, we've spotted two very good reasons why you probably shouldn't buy the AirUnleashed wireless charging pad. Firstly, the accessory has not been certified by the Wireless Power Consortium, meaning that it hasn't gone through the safety checks required to receive Qi certification. Secondly, the pad carries a suspicious resemblance to white-box wireless chargers that can be had for about $25 from China. 


We're not saying that AirUnleashed doesn't work. It probably will charge your Apple iPhone and accessories just fine, but it's probably not the best investment you can make. 

Original story follows below.

Back in March, Apple finally canceled its ambitious AirPower wireless charging pad. Originally introduced back on September 12th, 2017, the pad was supposed to be capable of charging an iPhone, an Apple Watch and the AirPods carrying case at the same time. Production of the accessory had reportedly started in January, but as it turned out, AirPower was never ready for prime time.

If you still are interested in a wireless charging pad for your Apple devices, you might want to consider AirUnleashed. Spotted by AppleInsider, this wireless charging pad is similar in design to the AirPower mat, and will simultaneously charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and an AirPods carrying case. Now, where did we hear that before? Unlike AirPower, the AirUnleashed pad is available now from the manufacturer's website for $99. The price is $108 if you need to add the required QuickCharge 3.0 wall charger. Note that AirUnleashed is not compatible with your standard iPhone charger.

Apple had hoped to put 30 or more coils inside AirPower so that users didn't have to find an exact spot for each device to be placed on the mat. AirUnleashed uses three coils placed right alongside each other, which means that each device must be placed on a certain spot on the pad in order to charge. For example, charging an Apple Watch series 3 or series 4 requires that the timepiece be placed over a dimple in the middle of the pad between an iPhone and the AirPods case.

The following Apple devices are compatible with AirUnleashed:

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9 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's an extra $9 for a quick charger 3.0 to be included with this wireless charger. Yet Apple charges it's users a hell of a lot more. It just goes to show you how greedy Apple truly is.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple will probably sue them for creating a pad that they couldn't.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh, I’m waiting for AirPower. Leo, Midan, and ipeaceloveboyapps said it’s coming out in July.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

With 30ft true wireless charging...

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAO!

5. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yeah that’s so sad. Airpower is something more useful than those current wireless charger. Maybe in time, apple will figure out for that thing to not overheat. Meanwhile, Samsung fold failed in 2 days and hoping Samsung should fix that soon. Currently i’m using my ipad pro as my charger for my XS Max.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Not to worry...Samsung will fix the issues with their fold device before apple figures out how to make a wireless charging pad.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

AirPower isn’t an is, it’s a never was lol.

9. phoneguynh

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

Nomad Base Station Apple Watch edition is what I went with after AirPower was canceled. It is the best reviewed one out here and I really enjoy it. Anyone looking for something to charge everything should check it out.

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