More and more phones are adding wireless charging capabilities, but if you're using an older handset or one that still needs a cable to juice up — hello, Google Pixel 2 — you don't have to be left out of the party. Here's a straightforward guide to the kit you need to charge up any phone by just placing it down on a surface.
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With wireless charging now becoming ubiquitous with Samsung, Apple and others embracing the tech with various smartphone models, it's interesting to note many major gadget makers have gone with the Qi standard. But it wasn't so long ago that the rival PMA standard, championed by one-time market leader Powermat, was leading the charge. But with Powermat joining the Wireless Power Consortium, we are now moving on from wireless charging's version of VHS vs Beta or Blu-ray vs HD DVD.
Wireless charging isn't new but Apple's iPhone X, iPhone 8 and Apple Watch mean the Cupertino electronics company has pushed this technology further into the mainstream. I've been spending some of my summer break looking at three wireless charging solutions from Dog and Bone, Belkin and local accessories company Laser.
iOS: iPhone 8 and iPhone X owners using wireless charging pads to power their devices are about to receive a pleasant surprise thanks to a software update: Apple's upcoming iOS 11.2 will add support for faster wireless charging for the Qi-compatible smartphones. Updating your phone isn't enough to boost your charging speed, however. You'll need the proper wireless charging pad to take advantage of the faster charging feature.
Years after it first appeared, wireless charging has finally arrived on the iPhone -- but what is this magical charging method that's been on other big phones for a couple of years now? And is it really all that superior to just plugging your phone into the wall every night? Here's what you need to know about wireless charging, and the kit you need to make it work.
I'm about to set up a new home office so, naturally, I visited my local IKEA for inspiration and ideas. And, I'm also keen to get the new iPhone X when it's available later this year (yeah, I know it's expensive and all that but I'm entrenched in the iOS ecosystem and it's so shiny and new). And that means I can take advantage of IKEA's range of office gear that integrates Qi wireless charging.
It only took five years since the inductive charging standard's adoption by nearly every major manufacturer, but Apple has finally added Qi inductive charging (also known as wireless charging) to its mobile devices. Sure, better late than never, but do people need to care about having yet another way to charge their devices, or is that extra long cable good enough? Is wireless charging worth the price, or potential compatibility issues?
Everybody's favourite hot dog seller slash flat-pack furniture store is getting over 500 new products in its 2017 catalogue refresh, which officially kicks off at the start of September. One techy inclusion at Ikea for the second half of 2016 and beyond is the addition of new tables, lamps and wireless charging cases for smartphones that -- if you've got the right one -- remove the need to ever plug your phone in again.
Pub phone-charging stations seem like an excellent idea on paper but in reality they're a bit of a dicey proposition: you either have to risk your phone getting stolen or stand over it vigilantly for an hour. An Australian start-up is attempting to provide a solution in the form of the Discgo Charger -- a portable charging system designed for cafes, bars and restaurants.