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Wireless Charging Update

Tired of having your phone directly tethered to an outlet for charging?  Wireless charging options are about to move into the mainstream. Teathered goats

A million wireless charging spots are slated to become available within the next year and a half and most of these will be commercially available at Starbucks.  But just because it’s available, doesn’t mean it will be available to you.  There are two puzzle pieces that have to be in place in order for wireless charging to work with your phone: your phone has to have a wireless charging receiver (either built in or added on) AND the receiver has to be compatible with the charging pad. 

The possibility of charging pad compatibility issues is the result of the absence of technical standards for this technology.  Just like any technology in its infancy, a wireless charging standard has not been set.  Currently, there are at least 3 competing standards created by:

  • Power Matters Alliance (PMA)
  • Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP)
  • Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)

Click here to see a promo demo released by WPC.

Is this a technology to which you've been looking forward?

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Although handy, wireless chargers tend to be rather inefficient compared to wired chargers. If you're interested in saving some time and hassle, go wireless. If you're interested in being green, you should stick with the old school wired systems. Want to be really green? Get a solar-powered charger.

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