Charge On and Qi-Lax November 9, 2017

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Wireless charging is one of the hottest mobile technology trends in 2017, so it probably bears some discussion as to what that means to you.

If it isn’t clear already, wireless charging (or inductive charging) is a high-tech feature that allows you to charge your phone without plugging in a cable. Or, for the inner nerd, it’s when an alternating current in the charger is sent through a coil to create a magnetic field, and a second coil in the receiver (phone) converts the magnetic field into electricity, which charges the battery.

Although a few different wireless charging technologies have been jockeying for top position, it appears the Qi (pronounced “chee”– from the Chinese word qi, meaning “energy flow”) format is gaining the most favor, especially since Apple opted to make their iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, all Qi-friendly (after all, when Apple speaks…). This is great news, actually, because it means customers can purchase a third-party charger for their iPhone instead of a costly proprietary one, should they so choose.

If you have a Qi-ready phone, and then get a wireless charger, all it takes is placing the phone on top of the charger and—ala kazaam!—it’s charging– no strings attached. The other cool thing about wireless is, most Qi-enabled phones (phones that don’t come with Qi, but are built so it can be added) can be equipped with a cost-friendly third-party receiver.

When shopping for your next smartphone, it would be wise to look into whether it’s Qi-ready or at least Qi-enabled. Currently, there are only three tablets that have built-in QI charging ability: the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Note 8 (although you can add an external receiver to your tablet if it is not one of these).

According to LXORY, 53 smartphones to-date are now Qi-ready, including the iPhone X. This number will probably change faster than your socks. There are approximately 90 Qi-enabled phones out there as well.

So, bottom line. What do you get out of a wireless charger? Here are some benefits to consider:

  • It’s convenient. No need to plug/unplug, or disconnect to answer a call.
  • Tidier. No dangling wires.
  • No risk of electric shock due to exposed charging cable ends.
  • No mechanical moving parts = less chance of breaking like charging cables are apt to do.
  • Inexpensive. Most charging pads are less than $35.

 

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 4,500 Qi hotspots worldwide (Mickey D’s, yo; Starbucks), including cafes, restaurants, shops, airports, train stations, hotels and gyms. This app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Using a wireless charger is a great option, especially for those who are looking to shed the number of entangled wires in their lives. So, before getting your charger, do these two things first:

  • Check if your phone or tablet is Qi charger-ready.
  • If not, get the receiver that makes it work.

 

HyperGear currently offers two excellent new chargers for Qi-ready devices, both very reasonably priced:

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  • UFO – Reminiscent of ELO’s “Out of the Blue, the UFO’s cool, compact flying saucer design houses a cutting-edge wireless charging pad compatible with any Qi-enabled devices. The saucer’s LED charging indicator glows a calming, “nightstand-friendly” blue so it can sit by your bedside without casting an annoying light. MSRP $29.99.

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  • Qi Wireless Charging Stand – Unlike wireless pads that only house one coil, HyperGear’s offers three built-in coils which provide a much wider charging area, so you don’t have to sweat placing your phone in precisely one spot every time. Designed for the device to be used while it’s docked, the also-bedside-friendly stand can sit in either portrait or landscape mode, at exactly a 45-degree angle for ideal, hands-free mailbox purging and Breaking Bad binge-watching. MSRP $34.99

 

It’s a wireless world out there. Isn’t it time to get in touch with your Qi?

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Minimize Desktop Clutter with Naztech’s Power Hub 7 June 9, 2015

The power hub 7 charging dock

The power hub 7 charging dock

Power Hub 7

Naztech industrial designers and engineers wanted to cater to growing demands of consumers and the importance of organization and keeping their technology devices charged at all times. By marrying their ideas and design, engineers provided the ultimate solution for professional work stations, families and groups and created a system to streamline and simplify those everyday charging needs for your favorite devices.

The Naztech Power Hub 7 is the industry’s first power station to have all components, including a built-in power supply concealed and enclosed within the unit, reducing the need for additional adapters and minimizing desktop clutter. No other hub on the market provides a streamline design with individual docking stations for better organization. The powerful 70 Watt Naztech Power Hub 7 is engineered to help the modern consumer by maximizing surface space while rapidly charging multiple devices simultaneously with any of the four 2.4A ports optimized for tablet devices and three 1A ports for smartphones, cameras or handheld games in a sleek minimalist design.

The Naztech Power Hub 7

The Naztech Power Hub 7

The Naztech Power Hub 7 was nominated for the 2015 IHA Innovation Award and featured on the onsite showcase during the show 2015 International Home + Housewares Show.

Naztech industrial designers and engineers invest heavily in market research to provide consumers with the most innovative, convenient, premium quality products. In an evolving market, consumer research is a crucial factor for Naztech to produce industry leading products designed to make life easier for everyone. According to the NPD Group, US homes now hold over 500m connected devices with apps, at an average of 5.7 per household.

The Power Hub 7 is one of the most innovative products on the market in 2015 and truly stands alone in regards to its immense capabilities. Let us know what you think in the comments below whether you already possess the Power Hub or hope to obtain one soon!

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