Inductive Charging: Will It Transform Your Devices?

Inductive Charging: Will It Transform Your Devices?

Range Govindan
Sep 3, 2010

A lot of promises have been made with inductive charging, or the so-called wireless charging options, that are supposed to be available. While not needing any wires to charge up your devices is definitely desirable, it won't actually transform the way that you use your tech, will it?

We can already imagine the scene. You arrive home, dump your mobile and your iPod on an inductive charger and they start immediately juicing up. No fuss, no muss, no wires, just lay them down and pick them up when you are ready to use them once again. Sure, it's more convenient, but it's somewhat less efficient that wired charging, meaning that they will need longer to be fully charged up.

The Mobee Magic Charger uses electrical induction to charge up a Magic Mouse from Apple. The Magic Mouse uses batteries, which can be a hassle to use. That's why this add-on by Mobee just replaces them with a pack that can be charged wirelessly thanks to a matching pad. It makes you wonder why Apple didn't think of this when they developed the mouse.

Powermat also makes a few interesting wireless charging solutions. They are tailor-made for your iPod, iPhone, and Blackberry. They definitely do cut down on the clutter and cable mess that are usually found around impromptu charging stations.

Case-Mate makes a variety of different cases, which allow you to wirelessly charge your mobile devices. Just like the Powermat range of products, they will function with Blackberrys, iPods, and iPhones. The only difference is that you'll need a case for each product.

[images via Pooptooth and Engadget]

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