Samsung granted patent for vertical wireless charger that can charge two devices simultaneously

A Samsung patent for a wireless charging device surfaced last week at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent describes what seems to be an evolution in wireless charging pads design – a unit that can charge multiple devices at the same time – going over three basic builds, which are for illustrative purposes only, and should not be taken as an indication as to what exactly the final product might end up looking like.

The three designs differ in build from the usual wireless charging pads, in that they ditch the flat disk shape for a taller cylindrical design. The aesthetical change has a functional purpose as well, as such a design could accommodate two devices simultaneously. The patent documents illustrate different scenarios in which the device can be used to charge a smartphone and what clearly looks like a Samsung Gear Fit band at the same time.

One of the mock-up designs features a slanted top – presumably for better viewing experience when a smartphone is charged on top – while another adds a deep, U-shaped groove to the slanted top plate, that caters to the wearable device. The third design is simply a cube.



The new design calls for the use of two transmission resonators which can simultaneously generate both a vertical and a horizontal magnetic field. What this basically means, is that a device can be charged on top of the unit – lying horizontally on its top surface – and via the sides of the unit at the same time.

Will these patent drawings take the shape of a real product anytime soon, or at all for that matter? We don't know, but vertical design seems like an interesting idea for a wireless charger. What do you think?

source: USPTO via Patently Mobile

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13 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Still not sold on the idea of wireless charging itself. I had an S6 edge for almost a year and a half and I probably used the wireless charger for like 2-3 times. Don't see any utility of it. Even my friends thought it was a stupid idea when I showed it to them. No wonder no-one except Samsung has adopted wireless charging. And I guess even Samsung will stop it with the S8 since it doesn't seem to get any traction.

2. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

I agree. Why spend more time with a wireless charger when I can just plug it in and charge it faster? USB 3.1 Type-C will make charging time even faster, too.

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Wireless charging tech is just a charger without wires. I mean u have to put ur phone somewhere on a pad or smthng. It's not like just plug ur wireless charger to a socket and turn on so that ur wireless charging phone will charge through air with nothing is connected to ur phone. That will be so cool but the tech isn't there yet or such tech with no bad effect on our body is not there yet nw.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

on the contrary, I use it every day (since S6), and I have 3 charging pad. I'm just too lazy to connecting cable everyday just to charge it, especially when I'm really tired (or drunk) at night, connecting cable feels so irritating, lol..

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? How about all the half-brained twits who can't plug a charging cable into the phone correctly. They complain about the cable not being reversible. With a charging pad, you don't have to worry about plugging it in. You simply lay the phone down. I have 3 of them which I got free with my phones. I use one on the desk at work and the other 2 are at home for out Notes. I like because it serves a dual purpose. of course it charges the phone, but also because of the rubber ring, I don't have to worry about the phone sliding off a slippery surface. Especially since the bale I use to charge them on is glass. As far as getting into it? What exactly is there to get into? You plug in the cable and you set the pad next to your bed or favorite charging location. You lay the phone down and you go about your business. What is there to get into?

5. sissy246

Posts: 7064; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Use mine all the time. Love it.

6. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

What If Samsung patent every feature they gonna implement

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Good. Keeps company's who like to steal, because they are such "great artists".

10. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Like Apple thief patent trolls.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I believe they do.. they proposing thousands of patent new every year... unless other company already patented it (obviously)

14. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

back then Samsung never blatantly patent everything tho. Oddly since vs Apple case, the seem more aware of patenting every feature. Hey at least THEY themselves invented it.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nope nope nope samsung always rank 2 (1st is IBM) on US top patent recipient since 2006, and they always get on top 10 list since 1998, while apple is nowhere to be seen.. check herehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_top_United_States_patent_recipients

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