Wireless Charging

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger now up on the Apple Store

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger now up on the Apple Store

The AirPower wireless charging mat may have been a complete disaster but Apple definitely made a comeback when it announced its new MagSafe wireless chargers. Apple actually announced two chargers in October but only one has been available, perhaps raising worries of a repeat of the AirPower. Although there were hints at an upcoming launch date, it is definitely a pleasant surprise to see the MagSafe Duo Charger finally available for sale, though people might want to keep an important thing or two in mind before they buy one.

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Pixel 5 Battery Share turns on temporarily when you plug it in

Pixel 5 Battery Share turns on temporarily when you plug it in

One of the perhaps less advertised features of the Pixel 5 is its reverse wireless charging. Formally branded as "Battery Share", the feature lets you share the phone's already mediocre 4,080 mAh battery with other devices that need an emergency boost, be it the Pixel Buds or even another smartphone. This feature is becoming more common among high-end flagships but Pixel 5 owners might be surprised that it suddenly turns on when charging the phone itself. Just like theo screen gap, this is actually by design, not a bug.

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iPhone 12 mini shows not all new MagSafe is equal

iPhone 12 mini shows not all new MagSafe is equal

The Apple MagSafe system keeps revealing tidbits of functionality and features - and they're not all good. A support document for the MagSafe Charger was updated this week to show how it'll function differently depending on the device to which it is attached. If it is connected to an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max, it'll run with 15W peak power delivery. If it is connected to an iPhone 12 Mini, the MagSafe Charger maxes out at 12W peak power delivery.

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mophie juice pack connect slides a wireless charger behind your phone

mophie juice pack connect slides a wireless charger behind your phone

mophie has pretty much flooded the accessory market with an abundance of choices to keep smartphones from dying while away from a power outlet. The usual power banks require dangling cables or that you place your phone down on a wireless block. mophie's juice pack cases offer more portability and no downtime at the expense of having a battery always stuck to your phone. Its latest trick is to combine the best of both worlds with the juice pack connect, letting slide a wireless power bank on or off as you need it.

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iPhone 12 could be hiding reverse wireless charging after all

iPhone 12 could be hiding reverse wireless charging after all

Apple hasn't had that much luck with its own wireless chargers, at least if you look at the still MIA AirPower, so it was a bit surprising when it announced the all-new old-named MagSafe wireless charging system for the iPhone 12. That has almost made a lot forget about the wireless charging capabilities that have been rumored for iPhones since last year. Apple apparently didn't forget and may have sneaked in a reverse wireless charging feature that it may be reserving for new AirPods.

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Mophie 4-in-1 wireless charging mat promises no device is left behind

Mophie 4-in-1 wireless charging mat promises no device is left behind

In the past, competing over limited wall sockets was something you'd only see in cafes and airports. With each person owning multiple devices these days, one sometimes has to compete with family members or even one's self. That's easily solved by extension cords and whatnot but that leads to a messy and sometimes dangerous tangle of wires. Mophie's newest solution is to give almost every device its own spot in its latest 4-in-1 Qi wireless charging mat.

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Xiaomi 80W Mi Wireless Charging Tech boasts 19-minute downtime

Xiaomi 80W Mi Wireless Charging Tech boasts 19-minute downtime

Despite advancements in smartphone hardware and software, the batteries that power our mobile devices have remained practically unchanged for years, even decades. All manufacturers are able to do is cram more of the same volatile chemicals inside the same size of packages, increase battery efficiency, or reduce the downtime imposed by charging. The latter has been the focus of fast, or rather extremely fast, charging technologies of late and Xiaomi is claiming the crown for what it proudly proclaims is the fastest wireless charging technology that could be available to the consumer market soon.

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Samsung Wireless Charger Trio jabs limits of Apple MagSafe and AirPower

Samsung Wireless Charger Trio jabs limits of Apple MagSafe and AirPower

Today Samsung released the Wireless Charger Trio, a charger that charges three devices at once. That's really the long and short of it, or it WOULD be, save the timing VS Apple's own brand new multi-device charger. It's not as if Apple revealed their MagSafe Duo charger on October 13, then Samsung created AND released their Wireless Charger Trio three days later - that'd be a bit too big a pill to swallow.

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MagSafe for iPhone – Chargers, cases and more

MagSafe for iPhone – Chargers, cases and more

One surprise from Apple's iPhone reveal event today is the announcement that the iPhone 12 will use MagSafe for wireless charging. Not only will MagSafe help you land in the wireless charging sweet spot each time, but it can also be used for accessories as well. Apple's MagSafe reveal was one of those "blink and you'll miss it" type deals, but we did get some quick looks at MagSafe accessories Apple is making for iPhone 12.

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iPhone 12 has no charger in the box

iPhone 12 has no charger in the box

Today Apple revealed that they'd no longer be packing an AC adapter in the box with their new iPhone products. Because of this move, they're able to ship the product with a smaller box. With smaller boxes, they're able to put 70 percent more products on a shipping pallet - but you're going to need to figure out how you're going to charge your phone.

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Apple MagSafe chargers leak in time for iPhone 12 release

Apple MagSafe chargers leak in time for iPhone 12 release

Today we're taking a peek at the latest in Apple leaks before the big iPhone 12 event next week. At that October 13th, 2020 event, Apple will most likely show off a new set of iPhone 12 devices, including the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just revealed this week, a new leak suggests a most unexpected return of a previously-used Apple brand: MagSafe!

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Arlo Pro 4 and Ultra 2 wire-free cameras expand DIY features

Arlo Pro 4 and Ultra 2 wire-free cameras expand DIY features

Today Arlo revealed a pair of new home security cameras that'll allow their users greater access to home security with minimal wires. There's an Arlo Pro 4, a camera that connects to Wi-fi making the DIY setup extremely simple with 2K HDR video and a 160-degree field of view. The Arlo Ultra 2 works with a new wire-free design, 4K HDR video, and a 180-degree field of view, and it comes in kits!

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