Apple AirPower Qi pad seen in Vienna airport turns out to be a fake

Apple AirPower Qi pad seen in Vienna airport turns out to be a fake
A traveler arriving back home in Vienna, snapped photos of what looked like Apple's multiple device Qi charging pad on sale at the Vienna Airport arrival hall. The gentleman, a man named Peter Allan, tweeted the photo and stated that the AirPower Qi charging pad was priced at $200 at the airport. As it turns out, it was a fake. According to a report published on Sunday afternoon, some of the packaging on other Apple products seen in the photo appears off, which indicates that the products inside them are not legit. For example, the Chinese label on the box for the Lightning to headphone jack adapter seen in the photo is off. Which places into doubt the authenticity of all the "Apple" products being sold by this vendor.

When the AirPower Qi charging pad does show up sometime this year, it will have enough room to charge an Apple iPhone X, an Apple iPhone 8 and an Apple Watch (or an AirPods wireless charging case) all at the same time. When put on a pad, each device will emit a special tone; when connected to the charging system, animation will appear on a device's screen.

The same fake pad has been discovered on eBay where it is being sold as a "3 in 1 Qi Wireless Charging Charger Pad for iPhone X iPhone 8 Watch 2/3 AirPower." This product is priced at $50 Australian Dollars, equivalent to $38 USD at current exchange rates. Right away this tells you that this is not a real Apple product. The listing says that the pad is unbranded, another good clue.

Late last year, there was talk that the real AirPower Qi charging pad will cost close to $200. However, until Apple releases the product, the actual price is unknown.

source: @ThePeterAllan via AppleInsider



1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Intellectual property theft!


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Better buy xiaomi wireless charging pads instead getting ripped by apple

3. Charlie2k

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

So better buy the fake one since it works just as good and has the same technology as the original? Can save 160 bucks.

5. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

It doesn’t have the same technology. The AirPower Mat relays information from every device that’s being charged to the phone and shouldn’t have any dead zones across the whole pad.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why does it need to relay info to the phone? Others have already manufactured multi point pads that have very little dead zones.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

apple itself is fake so why not buy these....way cheaper!

7. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

So fake that they even win -blind- camera tests that yourself voted for lmao

8. jasaero

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

You mean "win" blind camera tests they lost the over all vote on.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I did not vote you dummy!

10. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Name calling is not nice. Anyway... you definitely voted for the iPhone X. Great phone, I don't blame you.

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