LG is set to follow in Palm’s footsteps as it begins offering the option to charge its smartphones wirelessly via electromagnetic induction with the LG Wireless Charging Pad.
The $70 gadget measures 6.29″ x 3.54″ and gives you a place to plop down your phone for its nightly charge without needing to fiddle with any wires. The status of both the Charging Pad and the phone’s battery are displayed via LED notifications, letting you know when the charging cycle completes.
Fulton Innovation showed off the tech behind the Charging Pad at the MWC earlier this year, using the LG Revolution as a demo. Later, when the Revolution passed through the FCC, we noted that LG revealed that the phone as tested was not compatible with this inductive charging. That’s led us to question how LG expects to deploy this technology; from the statements it’s made regarding the Charging Pad, we know that it involves “inductive coils built into the battery doors and internal contacts” in compatible phones. What’s unclear is if LG will start building this tech into all its phones, or offer replacement battery doors featuring the necessary wiring to Charging Pad buyers.
While it seems cheap enough for LG to build most future models with support for the charger, we’d understand if there were other considerations keeping it from doing so, like concerns over phone thickness. That said, the best way to build interest in something like this is widespread deployment. Wouldn’t you be much more likely to sink $70 into a charging station if you knew your next LG phone would work with it straight away, right out of the box?
LG will start selling the Wireless Charging Pad in early April.