If you have a family with multiple 3G iPhones or BlackBerry Curves and often find them arguing over who gets to charge their unit first, then you have to check out the new Energizer Inductive Charger with Qi (pronounced chee). It’s the most simplest way to charge 2 units at once.
But what is Qi?
Qi is the new universal standard for inductive charging. Itâ€™s a common language for inductive chargers and devices to talk to one another. So any device with a Qi-enabled accessory or with Qi built directly into it can charge on any Qi inductive charging pad.
Inductive charging is what happens when two devicesâ€”one designed to send power and the other designed to receive itâ€”touch one another and energy is transferred between them. Until today, these two devices had to be designed specifically for each other. But Qi changes all that.
Established by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Qi allows you to universally charge your Qi-enabled smartphones, cameras, mp3 players and anything else that uses up to 5W without directly plugging in those devices.
We received an Inductive Charger and iPhone 3G sleeve to try out for ourselves and found it so easy to use that even Kiana can charge the iPhone by herself now. Basically, you just plug in the charging unit to an outlet, place the phone into the 2-piece sleeve, and place the phone onto the charger. You’ll see a blue light that indicates the phone is charging properly.
What I like about this unit is that the phone sleeve is actually pretty sturdy and cool looking. Since initially placing it on the phone, I’ve been using it as my iPhone case which makes charging it even easier for the kids.
The only downside is that this unit can currently be used only with the iPhone 3G/3GS or BlackBerry Curve since those are the sleeves that Energizer produces. Hopefully, once the idea of Qi is more widely accepted, there will be more sleeves for a wider variety of units or better yet, units produced with Qi right in! This would eliminate the need to purchase a separate sleeve for each device.
Here’s more information on how the Inductive Charger works. You can also enter to win an Inductive Charger from now until Dec. 15th on their Facebook page. There will be ten winners, but you will need to own one of the compatible phones in order to enter.
Overall, we really liked the Energizer Inductive Charger with Qi ($89) and found it to be very helpful in solving lots of arguments around here. Thank you Energizer!
This post was written for Energizer who provided me with a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review.
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