Sony has rolled out its first wireless charger. It's similar to others on the market in that it lets you connect the charge plate to an outlet and then flop your smartphone down on it to charge without wires. It does have something in it that you don’t find on your typical wireless charger.
Europe has worked for years to unify smartphones under a single charger -- the common microUSB -- with major companies expressing their support for the measure as far back as 2009 and getting the microUSB officially set as the charging standard a year or so later. Legislation was introduced by an EU committee last year to require a single charger system, which today received "overwhelming" approval from members of parliament.
D-Link's unusual little portable WiFi 11AC router and mobile charger has hit shelves, offering both an AC-adapter free to share a data connection with multiple devices, as well as keep a phone topped up. Announced back at CES, the AC750 Portable Router and Charger DIL-510L can be hooked up to an ethernet connection - as you might find in a hotel room - or alternatively a USB 3G/4G modem, sharing them to multiple WiFi a/b/g/n/ac clients.
This week two of the three major wireless charging standards groups have signed an agreement which will have the two technologies be able to exist on the same device. This agreement has A4WP and PMA, aka the Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance, signing up to allow their two standards to work side-by-side. The odd-man-out is the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium), the group that works with Qi-standard charging.
A spat of fires involving Tesla's Model S last year marred the company's otherwise many successes. Though the fires all resulted from incidents of some sort, calls for a safety inquiry were made, and a short while later another fire happened, this one to a garage containing one of the cars. On Friday, it was announced owners will be receiving new charger connectors to protect from overheating.
EnerPlex may not be a name you’re familiar with, but they’re power options are pretty impressive. Battery backups for your mobile devices are pretty easy to find, but can be bulky and clumsy. Here at CES 2014, we caught up with EnerPlex to find out what new stuff thy were bringing to the fold.
The International Electrotechnical Commission or IEC has announced that it has published the first globally relevant technical specification for a universal notebook charger. The charger outlined in the new specifications would work for a wide range of notebook computers. That would mean when you buy a new notebook you could use the charger from your old machine rather than buying a new one.
The Alliance for Wireless Power or A4WP consortium is a group of companies pushing a wireless power format. The A4WP consortium was founded by Qualcomm and Samsung and boasts 70 members. The consortium of companies has announced its new wireless power gear brand called Rezence.
The HP Chromebook 11 that was officially announced in October but suddenly pulled from shelves in November has begun slipping back into our field of vision. A replacement charger for its overheating-prone battery charger has appeared in the Google Play store. This could signal an imminent return of the machine as a whole.
It's not that it's hard to plug in a wire to charge your iPhone, it's just not that convenient. It would be much more convenient if all you needed to do to charge your iPhone was place it on a charge plate and walk away. A project called iQi Mobile for iPhone has recently reached its $30,000 funding goal on Indiegogo and promises to bring easy charging to iPhone devices with Lightning ports.
It doesn't exactly take a lot of time or effort to plug a wire into your smartphone to charge. That doesn't mean that smartphone users wouldn't prefer to charge their device without having to use wires. There are all sorts of wireless charging accessories and cases on the market today and some devices come with wireless charging capability from the factory.