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  • The How-To Guide For Adding Wireless Charging to Apple Devices

    iPhone Charging Sleeves

    Samsung may have beat Apple to integrating wireless charging in its devices, but that doesn’t mean iPhone users have to be tethered to a wall charger. There are a wide variety of adapters that Brandmotion carries allowing the iPhone to use a wireless charger.

    The iPhone 4 and 4S

    1106long This low profile charging sleeve is ideal for adding wireless charging capabilities to older iPhone 4/4S models.

    To add Qi wireless charging to the iPhone 4, the phone requires the addition of a protective sleeve with embedded charging coils. Featuring a rubber-like texture, the enhanced grip helps keep the phone in your hands, preventing catastrophic drops. (Part # FDMC-1106).

    The iPhone 5 and 5S

    1108 on iphone The iPhone 5/5S coil lays flat on the back of the phone when a protective case is added thanks to its ribbon coil.

    When the new iPhone 5 and 5S were released, they shifted to a thinner Lightning charger, which in turn allowed for even thinner wireless charging adapters. The iPhone 5/5S can use one of two options, a thin credit card sized adapter coil or a protective charging sleeve. The thin adapter coil plugs into the Lightning port and thanks to its thin ribbon cable, it folds neatly behind the phone allowing users to retain their favorite case (Part # FDMC-1108).

    1107 and 1105 Left: FDMC-1105 iPhone 5/5S case. Right: FDMC-1107 iPhone 5/5S case w/ micro USB pass though.

    The iPhone 5/5S can also utilize thin protective sleeves that the phone slides into, which feature an embedded coil similar to the iPhone 4 option. The FDMC-1107 case has a built in Lightning plug that fits into the phone’s charging port and from there has a micro USB pass through to allow charging with a wall outlet as well as a Qi wireless charging coil embedded into the case (Part #’s FDMC-1105 and FDMC-1107).

    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

    1128 with arrow The FDMC-1126 (for iPhone 6) and FDMC-1128 (for iPhone 6 Plus) both feature a slide out Lightning plug for easy access to the charging port.

    With the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes a very attractive option to add wireless charging capabilities. A premium, ultra thin sleeve with rubberized coating gives the case a great look with enhanced grip, a great feature for the large bodied phones (Part #’s FDMC-1126 for iPhone 6 and FDMC-1128 for iPhone 6 Plus). The real benefit of the case is the embedded wireless charging coil with an innovative slide out Lightning plug that allows quick access to the charging port if the phone user decides they need to plug in a wall charger.

    1125 on iphone 6 A longer ribbon coil on the FDMC-1125 allows the charging coil to sit closer to the phone's center, letting the phone sit balanced on a charging pad.

    If the user has a favorite case they prefer over the charging sleeve, the thin charging coil that plugs into the phone's port and folds around the back is also available and works with a wide variety of cases (Part # FDMC-1125).

    Regardless of the Apple device, Brandmotion is committed to offering iPhone users an attractive and functional wireless charging adapter, so they too can enjoy the convenience of wireless charging!

    Visit www.Brandmotion.com/FreedomCharge to see the full line of charging adapters and vehicle kits.

  • Samsung Leads The Way In Wireless Charging

    s6 on qi puck The newly released Galaxy S6 on a wireless charging puck. Photo Credit: Mobile Syrup

    Phone manufacturers are always looking for the newest features to pack into their smartphones. In a market segmented by so many different brands and choices, its difficult to differentiate one product over another. Companies will often update existing features or add in novelty applications to garner consumer attention, but every so often they will get one that sticks.

    S5 side profile The Galaxy S5, with an unobtrusive Qi wireless charging adapter underneath the battery door.

    Samsung may have seen the trend years ago when Qi wireless charging first started to appear on the market. As far back as their Galaxy S3 flagship smartphone, phone users could remove their battery covers on their devices and see a few metal contacts next to the battery. They weren’t labeled, but did serve a purpose. Samsung had foreseen using wireless charging but never touted the ability. These metal pins were placed there as a way for wireless charging adapters to send power to the battery without having to “install” a permanent accessory in the phone. There was no need for an App either, it was just an effortless way for users to charge their phone

    S5 Group S5 without its battery cover.

    Fast forward to the Galaxy S4 and S5 models, and you’ll still find the same metal pins meant to incorporate wireless charging into the phone. With the release of the newest Galaxy model, the S6, Samsung took the technology a step further and built wireless charging directly into the phone.

    S5 Adapter Group Left: Arrows indicate metal pins for wireless charging adapters. Center: A credit card sized Qi wireless charging adapter for the S5. Right: AN S5 with a wireless charging adapter placed on top of the corresponding metal contacts.

    The Galaxy S6 isn’t the first phone to have Qi wireless charging built directly into the device and surely isn’t the last, but Samsung phone do have a certain ubiquity in the market over competitor’s devices such as the Droid Turbo and Droid Razer Maxx. The Samsung S3,S4 and S5 are some of the most common phones on the market, the S6 will most likely see the same success. As many companies try to outdo one another, wireless charging stands a good chance of becoming a very common feature in this year’s upcoming phones.

    Have a Galaxy S3, S4 or S5? Wireless charging adapters like the one shown in this article are available at www.brandmotion.com/freedomcharge. The one stop shop for all of your wireless charging needs!

  • Which automakers have embraced the wireless phone charging trend?

    Yukon Wireless Charger The wireless charging system found in the 2015 GMC Yukon, seen at the North American International Auto Show.

    When the North American International Auto Show comes to Detroit it becomes apparent why it’s called the Motor City. The event draws thousands of car enthusiasts and industry personnel to experience the upcoming cars for the year. This year was no exception. One of the most notable features being adopted is wireless phone charging. Gadget lovers will rejoice as they no longer have to worry about having a separate charging cable on hand, just set the phone down and go!

    Cadillac-phonecharger-ft Cadillac's hidden charging system behind the display radio.

    Cadillac and General Motors have embraced wireless charging by equipping a number of vehicles in their 2015 line up. Cadillac has the most vehicles with the feature of any automaker. Vehicle buyers can find the feature in the 2015 models of the Cadillac SRX, Escalade, CTS and ATS. You can see wireless charging shine in the stylish interiors of these high-end vehicles in the photo above.

    Chevy and GM have also incorporated the technology into their 2015 Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon and Yukon Denali. Drivers will find the accessory conveniently located in the center console armrest so their phone will never be out of sight and definitely not out of reach. It's standard on the LTZ, or part of an optional $2,900 package on the LT. Brandmotion also offers the al la carte solution, part number FDMC-1273. For model years 2007-2014, use part number FDMC-1272.

    toyota-main The 2015 Toyota Camry wireless phone charger found forward of the gearshift.

    Toyota was one of the first automakers to incorporate wireless phone charging in their vehicles beginning with the 2014 Avalon and now the 2015 Camry and Prius. Buyers can get the charger standard on the Camry XLE trim level. The wireless charging option is not available on the LE, Hybrid LE, and SE. Brandmotion's al la carte solution will ship in February.

    acc-4 The Jeep Cherokee's unique, ski boot-like phone charger.

    For those looking for a vehicle with more utility and the convenience of wireless charging, the Jeep Cherokee may be the perfect fit. Located in the armrest, the wireless charging accessory feature is a ski boot-like clamp that secures the phone while driving.

    14-07-06-lexus-nx-qui-wireless-charger The Lexus NX's wireless charging system, found inside the armrest.

    Rounding out the list of automakers adopting wireless charging is high end car maker Lexus. The company has added the accessory to the available options for the 2015 Lexus NX. This futuristic looking car is a prime candidate for the gadget lover who wants the most up to date vehicle styling with all the latest technology.

    Other OEM manufacturers will be jumping on this emerging technology in the coming years. Ford, Lincoln, Nissan and many others are rumored to have added wireless charging to 2016 vehicles. Maybe next years North American International Auto Show will have double, or triple the number of vehicles offered with the technology. We’ll be sure to fill you in on the newest cars to come equipped with this option.

     

  • Will you be going wireless?

    Chances are, you own a smartphone. They’re a common sight nowadays and can be found in most people’s possession at any given time. In 2007 Apple released the first generation of its ever popular iPhone, and since then, it has spurred a competition among the world’s cell phone manufacturers to produce the thinnest, feature-packed smartphones. However, for every feature that’s built-in, battery life suffers. Keeping that battery going is often a struggle between finding a power outlet, having the right kind of charger, or if you’re really having bad luck, both.

    Cable chargers are messy and bulky. It seems as though they have been over-looked when it comes to design and functinonality. They create a tangled mess, are an eyesore in both your home and car, and don’t fit well in your pocket.  So, why not rid yourself of the wire all together?

    FDMC C-200 FreedomCharge by Brandmotion is the first aftermarket wireless phone charger for vehicles. A seamless design gives users a convenient and cable-free way to charge their phones. Pictured is the FDMC-1210 Universal Kit.

    The idea of wireless charging has been around for a long time, originally demonstrated by Nikola Tesla, an inventor, in the 1800’s. Until just a few years ago, the technology was relatively unknown. Now, phone companies and car manufacturers are seeing the convenience and wide array of applications in wireless charging pads.

    No longer do you have to fumble around with your cable to plug the phone in. Simply place the phone on the pad and it will begin to charge. Imagine sitting at a restaurant with your phone on the table, charging. The technology is not just being touted as a novelty for electronic devices.  Battery drain from apps is a constant problem for phone users. Streaming music and using GPS are two heavily taxing tasks that a battery must cope with, not to mention internet and camera usage. By simply placing a phone on the mat, you can keep a steady stream of power flowing into the phone without any interference.

    The wireless charging standard, Qi, has a unique advantage over conductive chargers (the ones requiring metal contacts). Qi uses magnetic induction to pass through a multitude of surfaces in order to carry a charge from the transmitter to the receiver (your phone). This allows designers to keep a uniform surface and seamless design for vehicles and furniture.

    Ditching the cord is becoming more of a reality. You can expect to see a number of new products in your car and home being released as the technology is adopted. You’ll save yourself the hassle of trying to find an outlet and charger in the process!

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