Scoring that latest iPhone 6 doesn’t mean much if you can’t keep it charged through your hectic daily grind. Depending on how much you use your phone, you might find yourself “virtually stranded” before happy hour even rolls around (and then how are you going to Instagram that margarita?). While improvements in battery life have made many people happy, what truly excites some is the spread of and ongoing advancement in wireless charging, even though it’s not available for the iPhone yet. This end of the technology spectrum has a game-changing feel to it, even though it’s taken a while to spread to a wider variety of devices.
There are many wireless charging technologies committed to keeping you running 24/7. This is essential in an increasingly mobile friendly world where there aren’t only more mobile devices than people—but also more people using them than PCs. Check out these companies keeping you juiced up for good:
This wireless charger uses a “ring” that you enable and attach to your smartphone or tablet. You then place the ringed-in device on a mat and it begins charging. If your phone is enabled, you can even charge it without the ring.
This company specializes in wireless charging tech for smartphones and tablets, wearables, AA batteries, and even industrial applications. There’s no need for cables, connectors or wires of any kind. Instead, electrical currents are transmitted from a mat or electronic bowl-like platform to a receiving device wire-free so that your electronics stay charged and you never have to hunt down an outlet again.
3. Qi or Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)
Tapping into an open platform that’s supported by almost 150 Wireless Power Consortium members (including some big name mobile manufacturers and semiconductor giants), Qi provides wireless charging for over 300 products and counting. This “startup” began in 2009 and has moved to the top of the industry rankings. If you have a Qi device, then any Qi wireless charger will keep it juiced. It relies on an alternating current that moves through a coil via a charging pad to drum up magnetic fields to spark a charge.
4. Mojo Mobility
Mojo Mobility has been developing wireless charging technologies for products ranging from wearable electronics to mobile phones and even high power Electric Vehicle charging through partnering with various companies. One of their recent products, Jolt Charger, is a no hassle, quick and easy charger cum battery for GoPro cameras and can be used for the Hero3+, Hero3 and Hero4 Black cameras. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur moving up the rankings (or you just take a lot of selfies), nothing’s worse than having to cut an impromptu session short because your camera died on you. One of the selling points on this device is that it can charge multiple devices at once anywhere on the charger, unlike many competitors that only allow for the charging of one device, and then only if the device is positioned correctly.
This is the wireless solution being developed by industry giant Qualcomm QCOM -0.93%through the Alliance for Wireless Power Standard. Their bouncy demo video shows what appears to be a mat that you can lay down several devices for charging. Qualcomm is marketing the charging technology as not just power for your smartphone, but for devices like digital frames, mice and keyboards.
This company is one of several that are providing in-car wireless charging these days. Mopar offers wireless charging cases and pads that allow you to power up without cables even while driving in the fast lane.
Wireless charging, or inductive charging has been around in some form since the 1990’s, when it was used in electric toothbrushes and other devices. Now you can use it with Samsung smartphones. We are on the cusp of seeing it be made available for all devices. Will you be using wireless charging on a future iPhone or even for your electric car? No matter what happens, these companies are helping to advance the technology and move it even more into the mainstream.