Samsung Galaxy Note 9: The Next Big Thing August 2, 2018

Fasten your seatbelts, folks, the next big thing in the smartphone universe is hurtling this way, barely letting us take a breath since the last blitz (not that we’re not jazzed about it, of course). Once again, Samsung—that marvel mill of mobile devices—is announcing their newest champion destined to take the “Crown” (the new smartphone’s codename) of high-profile Android phones in 2018.

On August 9, Samsung takes the wraps off its Galaxy Note 9— the latest incarnation of its mondo phablet line— in Brooklyn, NY at 11 am EST (8 am PST), ahead of its customary late-August schedule (we’re sure this pushed-up date has nothing to do with Apple’s X2 and iPhone 9 release in September). From all reports, the new smartphone (available for pre-order mid-August and in stores August 24) won’t disappoint– no surprise there; the Notes have always been crowd-pleasers, with their ample screens, S Pen styli and plethora of power. And, though we can’t tell you everything about the newest member of the Samsung family, we are able to share a few features that’ll be sure to get your attention:

 Design

Stretching 162mm from nose to tail, and 76.3mm from side to side, the Note 9 will be a tad shorter, but wider, than its predecessor (162.5 x 74.8mm). It’s also slightly thicker than the previous Note (from 8.6 to 8.8mm). That said, the phone’s size will basically be the same as the screen remains at 6.3 inches. The picture at the top of this article appears to be a leaked official image, which, if accurate, shows a next-to-identical design to the Note 8, with a USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, speaker grill and S Pen slot, as well as a metal frame and glass back. To keep it all pretty, it’ll also have the IP68 rating for protection against dust and water.

Another leaked pic, this one from @OnLeaks, also reveals the return of Samsung’s amazing dual-lens camera (possibly with S9’s variable aperture and super slomo video) and fingerprint scanner (this time below the camera) on the back.

While the Note’s shape might not have changed much, the colors may have. Reports indicate blue, copper, silver, violet and black will be this year’s options. If true, that’s a pretty snazzy selection, one sure to attract a wide net of folks.

There’s also talk about the Note 9 possibly being made of a new material that Samsung trademarked as ‘Metal 12’ – a new strong, light magnesium alloy that could very well kick the aluminum can to the curb. A durable alternative to aluminum and a lot lighter than titanium? Where do I sign?

Under the Hood

One of el jefes of the mobile world who took a 9 prototype out for a spin reports that the new Note 9 comes equipped with a 4000mAh battery capacity (another source put it at 3850mAh) that can deliver around 23 to 25 hours of video playback at max brightness before needing to recharge, and around 1-2 days of regular use.

As for the S Pen, the report goes on to state that it’ll support Bluetooth connectivity, new work modes, and will be able to remotely unlock the Note 9.

Here are the rumored stats in a nutshell:

Operating System:                  Android Oreo

Processor:                               Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810

(rumors of an Exynos 9820, too, which would crush the iPhone X’s chipset)

Screen:                                    6.3” Quad HD (2960 x 1440) Super AMOLED panel; 18.5:9 aspect ratio

 RAM:                                                          6GB / 8GB

Storage:                                                      128GB / 256GB / 512GB

Expandability:                                            microSD up to 2TB

Camera:                                                      Dual-camera setup with variable aperature and super slomo at 960fps

 Battery:                                                      4,000mAh

Connectivity:                                              USB-C; 3.5mm headphone jack

Security:                                                     Fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, face unlock

NFC:                                                           Yes

Samsung CEO DJ Koh recently spotted at media event with his Note 9

Now on to the REAL Important Stuff

The AR Emoji, of course! (just kidding)

It’s probably foolhardy to dare dream the 9’s price will drop from last year. The Note 8 came in at $950, and if I were to hazard a guess, I’d say the 9 will be the same or a tad more. On the other hand, Samsung could actually pull a repeat and debut the Note 9 at a lower price than the Note 8, like they did with the Galaxy S9 and S8. Like I said, dare to dream. Either way, it’s still a hunka-hunka burning phone for less than the price of a standard-sized iPhone X.

As the rumors and leaks keep flying, the best we can do is hang tight and wait for the unveiling… our index fingers poised over the Buy button on the Samsung site.

 

 

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Naztech Takes the USB Power Delivery Market By Storm July 23, 2018

There’s a quiet storm taking hold of the charging world and everyone’s scrambling for more power, more speed, more portability and more versatility. The good news is, you don’t have to look further than USB Power Delivery (PD). Utilizing the already-familiar USB-C format, USB-PD technology is engineered to deliver previously unheard-of levels of power and compatibility to a much wider range of wireless devices– and unlike its contenders, PD isn’t only here to take on the future of fast n’ furious charging, it’s built to take on the big stuff, too.

Simply put, there are four solid points for going with USB-PD:

  1. It charges wicked-fast– able to power a device 70% faster than standard chargers.
  2. The same charger can power everything from ear buds to a laptop—up to 100W!
  3. It’s compatible with any device that uses a USB format.
  4. Power flows in both directions, so devices can share their charges with one another and power each other without hassle. I know, right?

Ready to take charging to the next level?

Naztech now presents a formidable line of cutting-edge USB-PD products to rapid-charge all your devices, keeping you powered up and ahead of the curve for whatever new gear comes out! Check out the future of power:

N422 18W USB PD + Adaptive Fast Wall Charger

The N422 is a potent, portable travel buddy, ready to take charge of all your power needs at home or abroad. Engineered to deliver up to 18W of pure energy, this dual USB wall charger can dispense five times the power of standard chargers to two devices, simultaneously– everything from smartphones to USB-C laptops—dramatically cutting the wait time and letting you do you. As an example, either port can charge the iPhone X/8 or Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes! The PD port also uses smart chip technology that automatically adjusts its power flow to each individual device, delivering the fastest and most efficient charge. Designed with foldable prongs, the sleek 18W PD wall charger easily slips into a purse, murse, backpack or carry-on, ready to energize whatever wireless gear you’re using. MSRP $49.99.

 

N422 45W USB PD Wall Charger

Now if you want to really blow those socks off, the N422 45W PD Charger’s got the goods to charge all your USB-C devices—smartphones, tablets, notebooks, ultrabooks, laptops, power banks, hard drives, wireless speakers and headsets, etc.—with over NINE TIMES the charging power of normal chargers. Armed with a single port and an incredible 45W output, this powerful PD charger is housed in a sleek, compact case, a soft-touch finish, foldable prongs and an illuminated USB-C port that helps guide cables in the dark like a lighthouse calling home a straying ship. Like the 18W charger, the 45W USB PD is the ultimate traveler for home, work, business trips, vacations and making camp in a Starbucks. MSRP $49.99.

Power T3 Xtreme 18W USB-C PD + AFC + 2.4A Car Charger

Road warriors will love the mobility of PD power on-the-go with this triple-ported, high-speed car charger from Naztech. Delivering an incredible 9A output to three devices simultaneously, the Power T3 Xtreme employs the latest PD technology, feeding your most ravenous devices at max speeds while you’re out there making tracks. Both the USB-C PD and Fast Charge ports will quick-charge compatible gear like the iPhone X/8 and Galaxy S9/S9+, while the two top ports also accommodate any non-Fast Charge devices, including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, wireless headphones and speakers, eReaders, etc. Housed in a slim, durable, grip-friendly case, the Power T3’s bezel lights up when plugged into the car’s outlet, indicating it’s getting power and illuminating its ports for plugging in the dark. MSRP $39.99.

30W Turbo PD + USB-C Car Charger

Speaking of power-packed mobility, check out the first dual USB-C PD car charger, guaranteed to deliver the fastest charge possible on the market! The Turbo charger boasts TWO USB-C ports, each engineered to put out a mammoth 3A max output. The bottom port is even greater enhanced with a Power Delivery chipset calibrated to 30 watts of high-speed voltage. Loaded with over 9 TIMES the charging power of your garden-variety charger, this powerhouse will accommodate the most power-ravenous devices, including a 12” MacBook. And like the wall units, the Turbo will charge the most advanced smartphones from 0% to 50% in a mere half hour—less time than it would take you to make a Starbucks run. You know what I’m talking about. MSRP $49.99.

TRiO USB-C PD 27W + 5.4A Car Charger

Rounding out this awesome pentacle of next-generation charging solutions is the TRiO USB-C PD 27W Car Charger, a powerful, triple-ported power source, able to fast charge smartphones, tablets, wearables and—like the others—even Type C laptops, utilizing the latest PD technology. Designed with a unique USB-C PD cable, the TRiO delivers an ultra-fast 27W to PD-compatible devices while you’re on the road. Its two additional 2.4 USB ports, meanwhile, can simultaneously rapid charge any additional mobile devices at maximum speed. The sturdy 8’ PD cable easily extends to the back seat, so you can power up large gear out of the way, and the built-in IntelliQ technology detects and adjust each device’s power flow needs for the fastest, most efficient charge every time. The sleek TRiO’s gloss-black housing is complemented by its illuminated USB ports that help guide plugs in the dark, making contact clean and instant. MSRP $39.99.

Consider the search over, my friend. Naztech’s commanding collection of PD-powered chargers will keep all your mobile gear charged and performing into the future.

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What’s the Best MagBuddy Wireless Charge Phone Mount For You?

As we’ve been saying for a while now, the new MagBuddy Wireless Charge magnetic phone mounts are the best compact smartphone mounting + charging solutions on the market. The cradle-free automotive mounts occupy minimal space while maximally safeguarding the driving experience—securing the phone at eye level, maintaining an easy reach and powerful grip as you navigate, make calls and DJ your music. Also, the mount’s Wireless Charge is engineered to serve up as much as 15W of power (3x that of a standard charge) and accommodate the widest range of Qi-friendly devices, including the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, and so on.

So, the question isn’t should you get a MagBuddy Wireless Charge, but which one you should get; the Dash, Windshield or Vent model? Truth is, they’re all equally up to the task, it mostly depends on you, your preferences and the design of your vehicle. Let’s take a look at each and hopefully this makes for a clearer choice:

MagBuddy Wireless Charge Dash Mount

MagBuddy Wireless Charge Dash Mount

The Dash Mount

In certain situations the dashboard mount does have advantages over the others. For example, in vehicles with steeply sloped windshields– such as the Honda Civic— a glass-mounted phone can end up too far away for the driver to operate safely. There are also some (albeit rare) occasions where a car vent’s design won’t accommodate the vent phone mount. Here again, the Dash is an ideal solution. Finally, the dashboard mount serves the driver who prefers the straight-ahead view as opposed to a little higher or lower. The MagBuddy Wireless Charge Dash quickly attaches to your dashboard console (or, yes, your windshield). It comes equipped with an extendable pivoting arm that stretches up to 8-inches for perfect positioning– up, down, right or left– and its built-in swivel ball will turn and tilt 360° for any viewing angle. And since the mount is free of any arms, legs or brackets, you won’t suffer the hassle of snagging your charger cable or reaching around to get to the console’s ports and buttons.

 

MagBuddy Wireless Windshield Phone Mount

The Windshield Mount

Probably the most widespread and commonly used of the mounting options, the Windshield is top of the list for a number of reasons. Employing the combination of a powerful suction, ultra-sticky gel pad and locking-lever system, the mount secures firmly to your car’s windshield while the magnetic base’s four rare-earth magnets solidly grip your phone securely to itself. This is a prime mounting location because it places the phone at eye level, meaning that you won’t have to look around in a panic to double check navigation directions. Like the Dash, the Windshield installs in seconds. There are only a very few circumstances where a windshield mount wouldn’t be a great choice for your car: One exception might be if you’re dealing with a very laid-back, gun-slit windshield– like on the Nissan 370Z or Hyundai Santé Fe– where there’s potential to block a substantial bit of your forward visibility. Also, some states have laws dictating exactly where on the windshield you’re allowed to place the mount (it would be prudent to check your local laws before getting a surprise citation) and maybe you just don’t like it there. That said, most vehicles—and laws—in the country are prime real estate for the Windshield mount, and this bad boy should be seriously considered.

 

MagBuddy Wireless Vent Phone Mount

The Vent Mount

Depending on the configuration of your vehicle’s HVAC system on the console, the oft-overlooked vent phone mount can be the best of both worlds, having the high-mounting position of a Windshield mount, but with the low profile and unobstructed view of the Dashboard. Traditional rectangular or oblong vents with stationary grilles are the best type for this mounting method (circular vents tend to be too deep and unstable). A major plus in favor of MagBuddy’s Vent is the ease with which it can be removed and replaced on the dash. Sporting powerful universal grips that can accommodate a wide spectrum of thick and thin grills, the Vent is ideal for the driver who doesn’t need a full-time mount and can easily pluck it off when they need the heat on full-blast, or any maximum air flow, for that matter. Another strong argument for the Vent is, unlike the dash or windshield, it doesn’t take up any of your view– yet remains completely IN view and accessible to reach.

 

MagBuddy Wireless Desktop Phone Mount

The Desktop Mount

Now that you’ve got your vehicle all set with a phone mount, how about your home and office? Imagine the freedom of having your smartphone poised beside your PC or laptop, fast-charging and ready to serve, taking calls and firing up apps with the touch of a finger, selfies at the keyboard, etc. The MagBuddy Desktop offers all this and more! Armed with the same charging power, magnetic grip and adjustability as the automotive models, the Desktop also comes with an optional Apple Watch mount that seamlessly attaches the watch’s charger and powers it up as it charges your smartphone.

Whichever MagBuddy Wireless Charge magnetic phone mount you choose, you’ll be taking possession of one of the industry’s most powerful, cutting edge devices that both simplifies and energizes your world. Check them all out now at Naztech.com!

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HyperGear Donates to Pieces of Me Inc.’s ‘Avengers For Autism’ Event May 14, 2018

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As part of its continuing efforts in community outreach, HyperGear has donated $250 to Pieces of Me, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in support of its “Avengers for Autism” event. In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, Pieces of Me joined forces with forReza, another non-profit,  treating people with autism and their families to a special screening of the hotly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War on Sunday, April 29.

“We provide different services and events to help autistic teens and adults develop socially and enhance their education,” said Pieces of Me founder, Tamika Faulkner. “I created this organization in dedication to my brother, Timothy Faulkner, who was diagnosed with autism in 2004. Autism at Pieces of Me, Inc. is a superpower and people with ASD are superheroes!”

“We are humbled and grateful to be a part of this worthwhile event,” said HyperGear marketing manager Michelle Saltos. ““It’s heartening to see so many community members come out to support our youth with autism.”

 

 

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Naztech Introduces the TRiO USB-C Car Charger with Power Delivery March 28, 2018

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LOS ANGELESMarch 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Naztech, innovator of next-generation charging solutions, announced the release of its TRiO USB-C PD 27W Car Charger, a powerful, triple-ported power source, able to fast charge smartphones, tablets, wearables, and even laptops, using the latest USB PD technology.

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Galaxy S9 and 9+ are Coming– and Hypercel is Ready! February 23, 2018

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The first major smartphone of 2018 looms near, as Samsung will present their hotly anticipated Galaxy S9 in mere days.The leading Android phone company is all geared up to unveil their next flagship phone this February 25, a day before the Mobile World Congress kickoff, and many believe it’ll be a repeat performance of  their previous model as a veritable iPhone X upstager. And Hypercel will be ready, showcasing new products to enhance the S9 experience (more on this later).

 Last year, the Galaxy S8 proved to be a huge success for the company. The leaks, however, suggest the S9 is taking it to an even further level, incorporating new touch-screen technology (while keeping its all-screen, edge-to-edge display), and featuring improved processors.  Pre-orders for new Galaxy S9 should be available online March 1, with deliveries to the first customers by Friday, March 16.

 At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S9 may feel like déjà vu to those familiar with the S8. It’s got a 5.8-inch display, same as the Galaxy S8 (the S9+ is 6.2 inches) and both models are hanging onto their rear fingerprint scanners. But they’ve also added new iris and facial sensors, a significant leap forward from their predecessor’s iris scanner.

The S9 and S9+ are also equipped with the same Infinity Displays as their predecessors, with unchanged sizes and resolutions– 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panels with the signature unorthodox 2960×1440 pixels. The screen’s position has been altered ever-so-slightly, however, and the bottom bezel is marginally smaller.

samsung s9 camera

Probably the crowning feature for both Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones are their cameras. Both come with variable aperture lenses—f/1.5 and f/2.4—and the rear cameras have 12mp sensors, optical image stabilization and fast focus, while the selfie cam sports an 8mp camera, f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. The S9+’s second camera has a F/2.4 aperture. Samsung has been promoting its dual camera technology a lot these past few months, particularly about the ISOCELL camera sensors. The 3-stack, fast-readout sensor will allow a smartphone camera to have “DSLR-like photo experiences such as greater light sensitivity, depth effects and sharper brightness in all conditions,” according to Samsung.

Reports also indicate there will likely be a super slomo mode (at a high resolution) as well as a 960fps video option.

Jumping on the Animoji train, Samsung is also equipping its S9 and S9+ with a 3D emoji feature which apparently functions very similarly to Apple Animoji, but which Samsung says is, in some ways, better. Perhaps they are referring to the added feature where the user can create 3D animations of their faces, complete with masks, and that masks can be added to a photo after it’s taken.

The Galaxy smartphones will be powered by crazy-fast Exynos 9810 (Europe) and Snapdragon 845 (US and other regions) chips, and ship with 4GB and 6GB of RAM (the S9+ is rumored to be getting more RAM). Out-of-the-box, the phones will come with 64GB of storage, upgradeable with a microSD card. The rumor mill’s been whispering that 256GB and 512GB versions are in the works, but for now just stick that in the “Wait and See” basket.

S9 and S9+ will have 3,000 and 3,500mAh batteries, respectively, just like the S8. Also like the S8 version, the S9 and S9+ will utilize wireless Adaptive Fast Charge tech, sporting 15W of power (9V @ 1.67A).

Galaxy S( HyperGear colors

Other features include dual-SIM slots, USB-C support, AKG-tuned stereo speakers and Bluetooth 5.0. There are no solid leaks about a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the port’s there, so expect it. The phones will be IP68 certified for water and dust protection, and ship in four colors: Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue.

Price
No hard facts yet on pricing for the phones, but reports have placed the S9 at $850 in the US, £789 in the UK. Slap on an additional $100-150 for the 9+.

Hypercel’s Naztech and HyperGear brands are both gearing up for the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ releases! Naztech will be stocking premium-quality, tech-compatible screen protection, a wide selection of custom-design phone cases and powerful chargers– including  super-speed USB Power Delivery (USB PD) products, such as 18W and 60W portable batteries, 45W wall charger and 30W car charger. HyperGear is also ramping up, with the latest powerful car and wall chargers, power banks, Bluetooth speakers and headgear, lightning-fast charging cables and more. Visit Naztech and HyperGear sites, and stay tuned for further updates!

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Hypercel Wraps Up Successful Exhibit at CES 2018 January 12, 2018

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LAS VEGAS /PRNewswire/ — Hypercel, innovator of award-winning consumer electronics, finished an outstanding week at CES 2018 after unveiling its latest Naztech, HyperGear and Hello Gorgeous brand gear. Presenting to a record-breaking show crowd, Hypercel’s exhibit was its most successful to date, introducing new mobile products designed to power the technology of the future.

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HyperGear Dual USB Battery Packs – Peace of Mind On the Go January 11, 2018

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Being off the grid might sound like freedom for some, but it’s a big pain in the tuchus when you’re in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone. It’d be a great predicament to IG or tweet to followers, but, oh wait– the phone’s dead! Seriously mobile devices are notorious for getting stuck somewhere, low on power and without an outlet. Nope, not a good time to be off the grid. That’s why HyperGear’s Dual USB Portable Battery Packs with Digital Readout are heaven-sent in a pinch.

Available in 8000, 12000, 16000 and 20000 mAh, these high-capacity portable power stations are shockingly lightweight for the charging power they dish out. They all feature a well-lit, numeric power level indicator, so there’s no guessing how much juice is left. The dual USB ports are engineered with Smart Chip Technology, able to gauge and adjust exactly how much power to give the devices– and adjust accordingly– for fast n’ furious and simultaneous charging.  Plus, since no one (that I know of, anyway) likes to wait for their charger to recharge, all the units are built with 2A micro USB input ports that madly suck up fresh power in half the time it takes 1A adapters. The Dual USB Battery Packs’ housing have a sleek, two-toned, matte-gloss finish, so not only do they look more expensive, they feel great in your hand. Made with quality stuff and drop-kick-tested for superior quality, all of these Battery Packs slip easily into a pocket or backpack, ready to bolt.

But, which one to get? This might help:

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If you’re a daily road warrior with a smartphone that keeps flirting with death before you get home, check out the Dual USB 8000mAh Battery Pack. Yes, it’s small, and yes, it’s light, but it can charge a phone (1A) and tablet (2.4A) from empty to full, simultaneously, with plenty of juice to spare.  Put it another way, it’ll charge a smartphone up to 3 times before needing refueling. $34.99.

dual usb 12000 battery pack

For those who want a little more juice between recharges, check out the robust Dual USB 12000mAh Battery Pack. Weighing in at a lean 10½ ounces, this sleek welterweight delivers the same simultaneous double charge as the 8000, but can go a further distance, able to power a smartphone up to 4 times before needing to reenergize.  It can also fully feed an iPad mini twice or an iPad Air once. $39.99.

dual usb 16000 battery pack

Stay amped for the duration with HyperGear’s reliable, portable Dual USB 16000mAh. Created for emergencies, epic parties and long journeys, this mighty mobile power station houses enough energy to charge smartphones, tablets and notebooks, and power two devices simultaneously– from depleted to chock full– 8 times in a single charge. $44.99.

dual USB 20000 battery pack

Travel safely with plenty of power when using the mammoth Dual USB 20000mAh. Mighty enough to deliver a massive output of power and quickly charge multiple devices, but secure and compact enough to be taken on airplanes, the 20000 is ready for the long haul, to keep you charged and connected.  Capable of rapid charging devices from drained to full up to 10 times, you’ll always be filled to the brim with power. $54.99

For staying charged on-the-go wherever life takes you, and never, ever worrying about a dead phone, again, pick up the HyperGear Dual USB Portable Battery Pack that best fits your lifestyle. Then get another one for someone else and put it under the tree. And keep on tweeting.

 

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USB Power Delivery – The Future of Fast Charging is Here January 8, 2018

Discussions keep popping up about all the different breeds of chargers in the mobile tech ecosystem: USB 3.0, Micro USB, USB-C, Qualcomm® Quick Charge™, wireless chargers. That said, USB-PD, one of the more recent entries, seems to be the cream rising to the top, and for good reason.

USB-PD medium

USB Power Delivery is a charging technology that uses USB-C cables and connectors to deliver higher levels of power to your devices. There are four huge benefits to USB-PD:

  1. It charges way fast, capable of powering a device up to 70% faster than standard charging.
  2. It tears down the walls of limited charger capability, and the same USB-PD charger can efficiently power everything from a headset to a smartphone to a powerful laptop– up to 100W!– negotiating just the right amount of voltage and current required for optimal charging. This eliminates the need for a separate power brick for each unit, not to mention clutter, e-waste and outlet shortage.
  3. USB-PD is a single charging standard that’s compatible with any device and works seamlessly with other USB formats. That’s a welcome change in a world where each new smartphone brings with it a new charger. It’s a valuable future-proof option to have. In stark contrast, the closest competitor, Quick Charge™ 3.0, can muster up to 60W and is only compatible with a handful of devices. USB-PD, as stated, works with all.
  4. With the USB-PD standard, power flows in both directions, so it’s possible to share power between both host and peripheral devices. For example, plugging into the USB-C port of both devices, you could charge your friend’s phone with your own. And, as it needs no proprietary gear to deliver a charge, you can even plug your big ol’ backup HDD– which normally needs an external power source– directly into your laptop with only one cable, and get an even faster DTR (data transfer rate).

 

In the coming years, expect to see USB-PD’s presence in cables, adapters and chargers expand aggressively, and most flagship devices (like the iPhone X) based around the rapid-charging and data-transfer capabilities that USB-PD offers. In short, it’s the future of power.

Hypercel is also embarking on a new line of Naztech USB Power Delivery products which should be available for order March 2018. Visit www.natztech.com for updates.

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Qi Wireless Charging: What You Should Know December 27, 2017

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Wireless charging is one of the hottest technology trends in 2017, which only promises to explode epidemically in 2018 with the advent of tons of new products featuring wireless capability. So, it probably bears some discussion as to what that all means, and does it have any influence on your future purchases.

If it isn’t already clear, wireless charging (or inductive charging) is a high-tech feature that allows your mobile device to charge without plugging in a cable. Or for the inner nerd, it’s when an alternating current in the charger’s transmitter coil generates a magnetic field which converts into electricity in the mobile device’s receiver coil when it rests upon the charger. This voltage can then be used to power the mobile device’s battery.

Although a number of different wireless charging technologies have jockeyed for top position, the Qi (pronounced “chee”– from the Chinese word meaning “vital energy”) format has become the accepted standard for wireless charging– especially since Apple opted to make their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X all Qi-ready (after all, when Apple speaks…). This is great news, actually, because it means customers can purchase a third-party charger for their Qi-ready phone instead of a costly proprietary one, should they so choose.

An issue that can arise with other wireless charging systems is when a foreign metallic object is placed on or near the charger. If this occurs, the charger might generate currents that flow in the object, depending on its magnetic nature, and the object gets hot. To prevent this, the Qi system is engineered to sense the presence of metal objects and immediately cut the charge, ensuring that only proper Qi-ready mobile devices are coupled and receive energy. This is called Foreign Object Detection (FOD), a feature that all Qi-standard chargers have.

The benefits of Qi-ready, as opposed to the old-school wired format, are convincing enough to comfortably go that route when shopping for your next phone:

  1. Qi is already the most widely adopted global wireless standard and has been embraced by hundreds of leading manufacturers– and that number’s only growing.
  2. No plugging and unplugging power cords. The frustration of multiple, sometimes incompatible charging cables is now a non-issue. Qi has literally cut the cord for mobile devices.
  3. It’s a fully-matured, proven standard–not just a promise for the future or a test market.
  4. The Qi has a home where the buffalo roam: The technology’s widespread adoption includes many locations where charging is most needed, including airports, restaurants, gyms, hotels and offices. Wireless chargers are already at hundreds of Starbucks locations across the U.S
  5. Over 50 of the top-selling, new smartphones are Qi-ready, including Apple, Android, Blackberry devices, so chances are good the one you’re eyeing is ready to rock.

 

Caveat emptor, baby. Some manufacturers use misleading verbiage to hide the fact that their products are not Qi-certified. Beware of phrases like “Qi-compatible,” “Qi-compliant,” “Qi-approved,” “Qi-friendly” or “works with Qi.” It’s impossible to know how compatible those suckers really are on face value. Thankfully, the Wireless Power Consortium has assembled a Qi Certified Product Database that lists all officially tested and approved Qi-enabled products. Also, only Qi-certified products will have the official “QI” logo as seen below.

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If you do finally get  locked and loaded with a Qi setup, then you should immediately download the Aircharge locator app, a wireless charging guide with over 4,800 Qi hotspots This app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Amazing things are happening in mobile technology and Qi wireless charging is an exciting next step. It’s the perfect time to start researching for your next device and enjoying the freedom that only wireless gives.

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