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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HyperGear 2017 Christmas Gift Guide December 15, 2017

Now that mobile gear has pretty much dominated our lives, it’s no wonder with all the peripherals and accessories out there, that all everyone on your gift list wants is a little slice of tech heaven. So, consider this article about HyperGear’s latest products a tech-gift cheat-sheet, sure to garner some good cheer. And if one of those lucky recipients gets a little friendly under the mistletoe, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

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Beast XL

Stop your loved one from squeezing the life out of their smartphone by trying to make it their sound system… in the backyard, at the pool, while taking a shower. Bless its heart, the phone wants to be there for them, but it just wasn’t made to be a boombox. It’s time to unleash The Beast– the Beast XL Wireless Speaker, that is. This portable powerhouse was engineered to perform in all kinds of gnarly conditions, pumping outstanding Hi-Fi acoustics and a deep, pounding bass that not only gets the party started, but keeps it going for 16 solid hours—anytime, anywhere. Loaded with 5 dynamic drivers, 2 passive bass radiators, 2 acoustic tweeters and thundering subwoofer, this acoustic force majeure “goes to 11,” filling big spaces with high levels of strong, sweet sound—and no distortion! It’s housed in a rugged, rubberized enclosure made for the outdoors, and uses solid Bluetooth 4.0 technology to stay connected up to 30 feet. There’s also a 3.5mm AUX cable for non-Bluetooth gear. But wait, there’s more: the Beast also performs as a speakerphone and can easily take or make calls, hands-free. The Beast XL wireless speaker will quickly become their constant companion, inside and out, rain or shine. And just try getting them out of the shower. $49.75 at Amazon.

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Magbuds

For the dedicated gym rat in your life, consider the funky-looking, workout-friendly wireless MagBuds. These awesome aluminum alloy earphones house powerful 10mm neodymium drivers, delivering incredible Hi-Fi and heart-pounding bass that’ll energize their endorphin-addled beefcake to the next level. These sweat-proof MagBuds were designed with ergonomic ear gels that fit snugly in the canals for maximum noise isolation, sealing in the music and shutting out the grunt-n-clank riff-raff. Flexible ear fins secure them in place, even through the toughest of workouts. Powerful magnets firmly lock the earbuds together around their neck when not in use. Eye-catching and innovative, the MagBuds are a great accessory for the gym, running, hiking, by the pool or vegging in the Barcalounger after a long workout. $49.99.

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dBm

For the price of a drive-thru lunch, you can exponentially enhance someone’s Christmas morning– and whole year for that matter– with an eye-popping pair of HyperGear dBm Wave Pastel Earphones. These most-worthy in-ear headphones fuse brilliant color with high-tech components for a truly pleasurable audio experience. Thrusting wave after wave of technicolor HD sound into the cranium, the dBms employ powerful 10mm neodymium drivers, delivering smooth stereo sound with enhanced bass and crisp treble tuneage. Available in groovy rose, teal or lilac, they come with three size options of silicone ear gels for locked-in freshness of sound and blocking out the extra-auditory hubbub. They also come with a cool flat cable that’s impervious to tangles, and an intuitive remote control that smoothly switches between music and calls. These earphones are so money– but for $9.99 you wouldn’t know it. And they don’t have to.

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Dual USB Power Bank

Being off the grid might sound like freedom, but it’s a big pain in the tush 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 is dead! That’s why the HyperGear’s Dual USB Portable Battery Pack with Digital Readout is such an awesome Christmas gift (you would even say it glows).  Available in 8000, 12000, 16000 and 20000 mAh, these invaluable 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. Using Smart Chip Technology, the two USB ports can gauge and 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, they’re all built with 2A micro USB input ports that savagely suck up fresh power in half the time it takes 1A adapters. The Dual USB Battery Packs’ housing sport 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 the Battery Packs slip easily into a pocket or backpack, ready to bolt. Ranging from $34.99-$54.99.

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Wireless Gift Set

Gear up or go home.  If your certain someone has a smartphone (and if they don’t, you should rethink your relationship), tablet, mp3 player, etc., HyperGear’s Wireless Gift Set’s got them covered.  This awesome combo kit comes complete with ultra-comfortable over-the-ear headphones, powerful sport earbuds and a pounding portable speaker, so whatever the occasion, they’ll be equipped with the perfect wireless device. So light they feel weightless, the headphones’ 40mm neodymium drivers deliver thumping bass, no-holds-barred mids and crystal highs for a full-on sensory sound experience. When your friend goes off somewhere to sweat, they’ll also enjoy the total immersion of the snugly caressing high-fidelity ear buds. And when they’re ready to share the love of their playlist, the massive-sounding mini speaker will take the party to realms never before imagined. $69.99

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 Sound Tower

One of the unfortunate outcomes of Christmas shopping is that you find stuff you really covet and end up getting for yourself, too. This is one of those times. Every home should have one of these units. The stylish, ultra-slim Sound Tower Wireless Speaker sits beautifully in the corner of any room, yet fills the whole place with pristine acoustics and a thumping bass that makes you look around for the monster stereo system. Equipped with dual 5W speakers and powerful Bluetooth 4.1 Technology, the portable Sound Tower is always ready to get the party started, indoors or out. Grip-friendly and totally free to go wherever the action is, the wireless speaker can wander up to 33 feet from its sound source and play up to 8 hours of non-stop tuneage. It can also serve as a speakerphone and take or make the occasional call. In classic black or eye-popping teal, this is sure to be a hit with whoever gets it (including you). $39.99

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iPhone X Premium Tempered Glass

Does the lucky person on your “Nice” list have a new iPhone X? Then, my friend, look no further. HyperGear’s Premium Tempered Glass is the perfect gift for the X owner. We’ve all witnessed the profound despair of someone with a brand new phone that’s got a big, ol’ crack on the screen. And the iPhone X’s thousand-dollar face is ALL screen– it’s just begging for it. Designed specifically for the X, HyperGear’s Premium Tempered Glass provides the ultimate armor for the screen. Its deceptively ultra-thin window is actually constructed of FOUR layers of drop-scratch-shatter-proof Japanese Asahi Glass and boasts a bulletproof 9H hardness rating, a compelling reason, by itself to get it. Its laser-cut tapered edges provide a perfect, second-skin fit and the surface is custom-made to accommodate Apple’s pressure-based 3D Touch Technology, perfectly mimicking bare-screen accuracy. $9.99 MSRP. Or, if they’re a family of X-ers, get the Family 3-Pack for just $19.99!

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Quad Charger

Peace in our time. That’s what the Quad promises, at least to the bustling household. So many mobile devices, so many souls grappling for power– charging power, that is. Can’t we all just charge along? You can with the Quad USB Wall Charger. Because this amazing, 6.8A high-speed gizmo transforms a single outlet into 4 USB charging ports, all eager to spread the wealth of power to hungry devices. With the compact, lightweight Quad your giftee will be able to simultaneously charge 2 phones and 2 tablets (or 4 phones, or 3 phones and 1 tablet… you get the idea) at maximum speed! No more juggling between devices or taking turns. The foldable prongs means it can slip into a briefcase, handbag or backpack– snag-free– and be the perfect traveling companion. That’s a lot of joy to be spreading for $34.99.

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MiniBoom

Listen up. HyperGear’s mighty MiniBoom Wireless Speaker is more than just another pretty face. Sure, it’s cute, compact and colorful, but the real bonus is on the inside (didn’t your mother ever tell you that?). Equipped with a radical 40mm neodymium driver, this unexpectedly powerful speaker can fill a room with crisp, clear audio and a booming bass, so the lucky duck who gets it will never miss a beat. Also, being wireless, the MiniBoom can go anywhere that bigger, clunky speakers are verboten– like the study area in a dorm room, on a nightstand, in the corner of a busy kitchen, or nestled in the modest real estate of an office cubicle. It’s an easy traveler, too, and thanks to Bluetooth 3.0 technology, it can stray up to 33 feet from the device it’s connected to, and play for up to 5 hours. Or, for those who want their MiniBoom to stay put, it comes with a handy AUX cable for non-Bluetooth operation. It also works as a speakerphone! Really, this isn’t a hard decision.  In fact, the toughest choice about the MiniBoom speaker is, what color to get– black, teal, red, silver, gold or rose gold? Just $14.99, but they don’t need to know that.

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High-Power Quad USB Car Charger

We’re a multiple-device people who also tend to travel in multiples– ergo, we run out of charging ports in cars. That’s just science talking. So, you can’t go wrong with getting your significant so-and-so the High-Power Quad USB Car Charger. This polymorphic powerhouse puts out 6.8A of rapid charging power for up to 4 devices—smartphones, tablets, GPS navigators, Bluetooth headsets, eReaders, gaming devices, etc.—simultaneously, and at maximum speed. Built for a power-heavy mobile lifestyle, the Quad will take 4 phones, or two phones and two power-hungry tablets, with just a smile and a nod. All ports are equipped with Smart Chips which gauge the devices and adjust the power automatically so that each is getting its optimal charge. Compact and minimalist, the sleek Quad is designed for easy access for all the charging cables, and comes in four attractive finishes; white, black, silver, gold and rose gold. As holiday gifts go, at $19.99, this baby’s a no-brainer.

If you need more ideas, check out HyperGear’s catalog of headphones, speakers, chargers, power banks, smartphone accessories and other mobile gear. No doubt you’ll cover everyone on your list and toss a few extra things in the basket for yourself.

 

 

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Hypercel at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Jan. 9-12 December 1, 2017

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Hypercel will be exhibiting at the CES 2018 show in Las Vegas, NV, January 9-12, to share its latest Naztech and HyperGear products, including new accessories from the stylish, women-centric Hello Gorgeous! line. This year Hypercel’s exhibit can be found at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall 4, Booth #36312. Come by and experience our newest innovations, hands-on. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information, contact Michelle Saltos at msaltos@hypercel.com.

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