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    Those of you who are familiar with my work know that I’m a huge proponent of wireless charging, or inductive charging. In the world of mobile it is one of those things that just feels like using the future. It’s so cool, and so convenient, it really perks me up just thinking about it. Just plop your phone down on a pad, or a table and you’re juicing up. The convenience of it is incredible. It’s even easier than reversible connectors like lightning or USB-C connectors because it doesn't require a second hand. When you have kids, a second hand is not something to be taken for ...

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    Wireless charging sounds like such a great idea, but too often we find the technology plagued by trade-offs: sure, we may get to charge our phones without the need of cords, but charging range is often perilously short, hardware alignment can be tricky, efficiency isn't great, and speeds just can't compete with wired charging. The good news is that there's the potential for improvement on multiple fronts there, and particularly in the case of speed, we've heard about some big steps to deliver wired-charging parity. Now LG has confirmed that it's producing hardware capable of taking ...

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    One of the coolest things our smartphones do today - you know aside from all that computational stuff – is wireless charging. There is nothing so satisfying as setting your phone down at the end of the day and knowing it’ll start charging without fumbling with cables and wondering which way is up. Completely one-handed; you can start charging your phone while holding bags of groceries. It’s pretty great. We had the opportunity to try out a few chargers from our friends at Choetech. On our desk sit the T516, T517, and T518. Just for fun, let’s add the Samsung Fast Charger, Tylt Vu ...

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    BlackBerry. Windows Phone. Android Wear. Samsung. Droid. These are just a handful of the brands that have adopted some form of wireless charging in 2015. Like it or not, cable-free charging is a thing – and you should like it, because it’s awesome. Sure, if you wanna be pedantic about it, there are still wires involved at some point, and its charging rates aren't yet as quick as a cable can deliver … but the convenience of dropping your phone on a pad (rather than fiddling with a connector) is something that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Now, a company called ...

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    Forget about the future, let's talk about ... the future. Well, short-term, at least. One of our favorite wireless charging pads has been the Microsoft Wireless Charger DT-903. Michael Fisher appreciated the stable, smooth pebble form while also admiring the underglow each charger carried. Our review of the charger was back when tech circles embraced the Qi standard while the PMA charging standard was still putting up a fight. Now, with competing fast-charge Qi chargers abound, Microsoft is preceding its new Lumia flagship launches with a preview of the DT-904. If you're looking for any ...

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    Wireless charging is one of those new technologies that seems helpless but to attract naysayers. Sure, old-fashioned wired charging offers plenty of its own advantages, but sometimes you don't need charging that's super-fast, or to be able to use your phone while its recharging, and if a wireless-charging pad happens to be nearby, why not take advantage of its convenience? One of the more pedantic complaints wireless-charging haters love to throw around is how the chargers aren't technically “wireless” - after all, you've still got to plug them into the wall, right? Very cute, we know. ...

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    We're down to the wire here with rumors and leaks about Google's new Nexus phones, and in the final day before the company's launch presentation (planned for noon Eastern tomorrow), a whole bunch of new details have been arriving to help flesh-out our understanding of the hardware. After rumors tackling the all-important question of device pricing, we're back to hardware specs for this next round, as a couple rumors attempt to clarify some features we won't end up finding on this year's Nexus phones. Google is not a fan of microSD on Android, and while the occasional rumor flirted with the ...

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    Hopping off the beaten path for a second, we heard a quick mention during Samsung's Unpacked event this year (you know, the one with the Note 5 and S6 edge+) about the company pouring more investment into wireless charging. Of course, what would help the cause out is a bump up in charging rates and more device compatibility for the standard. While we've solved one red-line device compatibility issue, it would be Samsung to provide a prominent solution to the other with its Fast Charge Qi Wireless Charging Pad. Thing is, while the Qi standard already heats your device and the charging pad ...

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    With the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year, Samsung really put a priority on wireless charging support. Beyond being built right in to these phones themselves – not requiring any hardware add-ons – the hardware was designed to be compatible across popular standards, working just as well with WPC (Qi) as with PMA systems. But for the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung wanted to step up its wireless charging game even more, and announced support for advanced high-speed wireless charging, capable of fully charging a completely dead battery in just ...

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    With support for wireless charging baked into flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S6, it's no surprise that we're seeing signs of the tech really starting to take off elsewhere, and one big indication that it's finally arrived has been the proliferation of wireless chargers. Whether in public spaces, in our cars, or in our furniture, it's becoming easier and easier to find places to top-off the battery of a phone supporting wireless charging. Now Samsung's got a convenient new option for charging your phone while working at your desk, as it introduces the first monitor with a wireless ...

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    If you’ve got an LG G4, you’ve got a pretty solid smartphone. We enjoyed our time with the new flagship, finding it to be a "leather looker with a killer camera" in our full review – and in some ways it even compares favorably with the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. But out of the box, it’s lacking one cool feature that OEMs have steadily been adding to their smartphones: Qi wireless charging. Sure, you could buy a Quick Circle case from LG to enable this feature, but it’s pricey – and not everyone finds a booklet-style case convenient. Fortunately, as we recently learned from a ...

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    By USB or by wall outlet, our gadgets receive energy and store it in their batteries. Once they're unplugged, they're immediately powering through your day. That is, if they can last as long as you do. And in the case of wearable technology, where battery capacity only goes so far as the technology inside of it and the limited physical footprint, sometimes they don't. With discharge cycles lasting anywhere between 18 hours and seven days, we're not excited with having to deal with what's still widely considered as an accessory to a smartphone rather than a dedicated device in its own ...

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    Wireless charging for smartphones has been making huge inroads upon the market this year, but when you need your handset recharged in a hurry, nothing beats the good old-fashioned wired way. The problem's been that while access to wireless charging stations and phones that support them has been improving, these systems just can't handle the same amount of power as something like a Quick Charge cable. Late last year we heard a little about efforts to do something about that, with Freescale Semiconductor cooking up a wireless charging solution that transmitted as much as 15 watts of power. ...

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    Wireless smartphone charging has sure taken its sweet time entering the mainstream, lacking a lot of support from both manufacturers and carriers, but little by little, it's been getting there. This year has easily been one of the most high profile for the technology, with support for the feature not just baked in to flagship devices like the Galaxy S6, but also receiving a lot more support on the charger side, like with what IKEA's doing with embedded chargers in furniture. But even with these advancements, confusion still remains, and that's no more true than with the new Samsung Galaxy ...

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    Do you do wireless charging? While it still can't come close to competing with the popularity of traditional wired charging, the presence of wireless charging tech in high-profile phones like the Galaxy S6 is helping to continue exposing such systems to broader audiences. But for acceptance to arrive, we don't just need phones that support wireless charging: we also need easy access to chargers. To that end, a couple months back IKEA announced a new range of furniture and home accessories designed with support for embedded wireless chargers in mind. The company said that sales would get ...

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    Whether you use a tablet, phablet, or phone, and regardless of what OS powers it or which brand is stamped on its backside, we all have one thing in common: our devices all have batteries that always need recharging. Power bricks come in all shapes and sizes. Some may feature a quick-charging standard, others may be the run-of-the mill chargers that simply get the job done. Regardless, they all require a power outlet - and there never seems to be one of those around when we need it. What we need is a compact, portable, charging station that we can take anywhere, uses power from the ...

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    Almost two years ago, we started off our Xtorm Power Bank 11,000 quick review by saying that “sadly, battery life is one of the main concerns when it comes to buying a new gadget. Manufacturers are following, to the letter, a trend which makes our phones and tablets thinner and thinner while sacrificing battery life”. Fast forward to today, and that very same sentence still holds true, more than ever. Devices got even thinner, and battery life, while it didn’t get (much) worse, it didn’t get better either. If you’re a heavy user, chances are you won’t make it through the day on ...

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    Samsung is super-excited about wireless charging at the moment. While it's offered wireless charging accessories for its handsets going back years by now, you'd be forgiven for considering these efforts to be afterthoughts: with the need to purchase and install optional charging backs, the company's solutions didn't feel much better than hacky third-party solutions. But the tide may be turning for the Galaxy S6, and beyond theories that the phone could feature integrated wireless charging right out of the box, we've seen Samsung very publicly drawing attention to wireless charging tech in ...

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    If you're looking for a little pizzazz with your wireless charging, look no further than TYLT. The company cemented its place in our hearts with the original TYLT Vü, which we evaluated with the help of a then-new Lumia 920 back in 2013, and now it's back with a smaller, portable charger in the TYLT Vü Solo. Like the original Vü, the Solo takes its attention-grabbing power from a sleek design and bold colors, and it takes its phone-replenishment power from the magic of Qi inductive charging. But what if you own a phone that doesn't pack the necessary internals to feel the power of ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    Why isn't wireless device charging more popular than it is? We could spend all day offering reasons (and occasionally we do), from speed, to cost, to the lack of bundled chargers with devices that support them. One of those myriad reasons is the fear of incompatibility, a situation not helped any by the lack of a universal wireless charging standard. The good news is we've already seen steps being taken in the right direction towards resolving that situation, and this week we get word of a major milestone towards simplifying the wireless charging landscape, as two of the existing industry ...

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    I'm a big fan of Qi wireless charging (just in case you didn't know that already). I use an Anker charger on my desk at home. My Moto 360 smartwatch came with its own Qi wireless charging stand (but I can put it on any other charger just in case I need to top it off throughout the day). I have two chargers at work. I even have a wireless charger in my car and a Zens battery with Qi built right in. (And just in case your phone or tablet doesn't come with Qi out of the box, you can add it quickly, easily, and very inexpensively!) It sounds perfect, right? There is, however, a problem with ...

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    We've long been fans of Qi Wireless Charging, but not all devices support the standard. Devices that include Qi can be recharged through electromagnetic induction rather than by directly connecting to a power source via  a charging cable. This requires some additional components inside Qi-compatible devices as well as a "base station" or charging pad, but once you've tried it, you'll very likely be hooked. However, if your phone or tablet didn't come with Qi support built-in, you may have thought you were out of luck. Not so! If your smartphone or tablet has a micro-USB port, it's ...

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    In this line of work you see a lot of tech: phones of all sizes, tablets from the major vendors, and people you barely know seek you out to get your opinion on whatever is new, or to show off whatever they're packing. Most of the time it's pretty cool. Sometimes it can be creepy. At the end of the day, the positives generally outweigh the negatives, which makes it all worth while. I've been interested in cutting edge tech since I was in high school - maybe even before.  I've seen the evolution from huge "mobile phones" to small and svelte "cellular phones", and I've seen that trend ...

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    Mobile device manufacturers are always looking for the latest hot feature to capture the public's attention. Over the past few months, we've seen several efforts to draw shoppers' eyes to the notion of fast charging – power adapters able to push so much juice into our phones that we're charging them to capacity in a matter of minutes, not hours. And while that's all really great, it's not doing much to help promote another big power-related tech: wireless charging. Sure, wireless charging can be quite convenient, but it's also a bit slow. However, that may soon be changing, as solutions ...

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