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  • A day in the life of a wireless charger

    How many times have you been on your phone in bed and have had to unplug the device just to use it comfortably? Only to find the charger is somewhere behind a piece of furniture when you go looking for it again. The plug might as well have been across the room since you now have to get up to find it tucked away in a tight space.

    Thankfully, there is now a solution that although small, enhances the user experience of a smartphone considerably. We’re talking of course about wireless charging. No longer do you need to fumble with a cable in the dark, or go searching for it every time you need a little juice. The charging pad is in the same spot, every time, just as you had left it.

    A typical day for a smartphone user with a wireless charger might look something like this:

    iPhone_Home Charging6:00AM  Your alarm goes off, you roll over and pick up your phone off its charging pad. You roll back over to comfortably check your phone, no annoying cord to keep you on the edge of your bed.

    8:00AM  You’re now in your car settling into the usual morning commute. Normally you would have a tangled charger hanging somewhere from your center console, probably taking up a cup holder, but thankfully you’ve just installed a FreedomCharge phone charging pad. No cables in sight.

    The phone’s battery is hovering at a comfortable 95% but you want to listen to music and that can shave off a few percentage points from the battery level, so you set the phone on FreedomCharge and continue to stream your music, all without any cables.

    Angled Top View9:00AM  Arriving at the office, your phone’s battery has returned to 100%. You get to your desk and start your day.

    12:00PM  By the time lunch rolls around, you’ve been at the office for a few hours and your phone has been used a moderate amount to answer any forwarded calls, text messages and email. All the activity has started to chip away at your battery, but luckily you have a wireless charging pad on your desk.

    6pluscharging5:00PM  By the end of your day, your phone has been on and off the charger since you arrived at the office, but it never dipped into the red and you never even had to plug it in. On your way home, you decide to run a couple of errands and turn on your GPS. Setting your phone on FreedomCharge it charges as you navigate, glancing at your phone every now and then.

    7:00PM  By the time you’re home, your phone is hovering around 70%, you decide to let your battery run until it’s time to go to bed.

    10:00PM  As you get in bed and hit the lights, you respond to a few more messages before going to sleep. Before falling asleep, you place your phone on the charging pad without having to look for or fumble with a charging cable.

    For most phone users, the day begins and ends in much the same way...by checking their smartphone. For most people, that phone is within an arm’s reach at any given time, even while sleeping. Yet, that phone is often tethered to the wall by a 3 foot cable, limiting the phone’s range of motion. Upgrading your phone with wireless charging changes everything, you’ll notice all of the times you need to plug your phone in are eliminated by simply setting the phone on a charging pad. How much simpler could it be?

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

  • What is Qi?

    What is Qi? You may have heard the term used in conversation before, but in recent years, it has taken on a new meaning. When you’ve heard the term, yoga may come to mind, but what about your phone? The 21st Century Qi (pronounced “chee”) is becoming the new standard for charging your phone…wirelessly.

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    The ubiquity of cell phones has brought with them a mess of tangled cords and a plethora of different chargers. Cellphone and electronics manufacturers have sought to rid your counter tops, nightstands, and now - your car - from the mass of cables you steadily build up with each new device you purchase.

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    A group of Qi adopters, The Wireless Power Consortium, consists of 188 member companies. This group is making major strides towards firmly embedding its wireless charging standard. Four major automakers; Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and Toyota have adopted Qi as their standard for wireless charging in their upcoming vehicles, and others are expected to follow.

    You may be asking yourself, “How does it even work?” In order to charge a device, there needs to be an imbedded magnetic coil in the device that can be placed on top of a charging pad with a similar coil. This pairing transmits electricity a short distance from one device to another. Newer Android based phones are already being shipped with the technology built-in. However, Apple devices still need a sleeve to support this feature. The cases might not be such a bad thing since most phone owners have cases on their phones in the first place; stylish and low profile versions are already available in stores.

    The technology is already on the market and more devices are being built with the feature each day, it’s up to the consumer to adopt it.

    If you could cut the cord and free your phone, would you?

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