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| November 4, 2013
Looking For A More Practical Qi Wireless Charging Solution? Then Back iQi Mobile Now
One new Indiegogo campaign aims to provide a better Qi wireless charging experience for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners. Called iQi Mobile, the product advertised provides a credit card-sized Qi receiver, which can then pair up with a charging pad in order to power up an iDevice wirelessly using the inductive power standard. Though this method requires that users carry their iPhone or iPad around in a soft case, it's a whole lot better than some of the most popular Qi for iOS solutions on the market. You see, because Apple's iDevices don't support Qi charging natively (like Google's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, for example), a "receiver" must be hooked up to the smartphone or tablet before it can be coupled with a charging pad. This, in turn, means plugging your iDevice (and, more commonly, your iPhone), into a bulky case similar to the chunky case-batteries offered by the likes of Mophie. More than a few millimeters are added to the handset's dimensions when Qi-charging using this particular means. However, iQi Mobile is different. The Qi iOS receiver the project advertises is actually around the size of a credit card, and as mentioned, it can therefore be slipped behind an iPhone or iPad, while the iDevice is housed within a soft case. If you really wanted to, you could even tape the iQi Mobile receiver to the back of your smartphone, tablet, or case, if the fit is too tight. [caption id="attachment_482607" align="aligncenter" width="642"] iQi Mobile.[/caption] This small receiver connects to one's iDevice using a Lightning connector ribbon, which can be safely plugged into an iPhone or iPad and left there. After configuring iQi Mobile in this way, when you rest your iDevice on a Qi charging pad (such as the one pictured above), your smartphone or tablet will charge wirelessly. Impressive, right? There are two separate iQi products in the pipeline: iQi Mobile, which is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and the fifth-generation iPod touch, and iQi Air, which is compatible with both the iPad Air and iPad mini (we're assuming both the first- and second-generation models). Though iQi Air will only be available to access if the project reaches a $30,000 milestone. In order to get hold of an iQi Mobile receiver, you'll need to contribute at least $25 using the product's Indigogo campaign. However, in order to receive an iQi Mobile receiver along with a Qi wireless charging pad, a contribution of $50 is required. For iQi Air, and provided the project amasses more than $30,000, a contribution of $50 will be required. The campaign will receive all funds even if it doesn't meet its $30,000 goal, and iQi products are expected to reach backers in December of this year. For more information, head over to iQi Mobile's Indigogo project page, or take a look at the below video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_gAnsLDJ-w
If you can't see the above video, please click this link.See also: Bigger, Thinner iOS Devices Could Dominate Apple's 2014 Product Line, Adoption Of Apple's iPad Air Is Already 5 Times That Of Its iPad 4, and Shelf Control: McDonald's Introduces Interactive Happy Meal Books To McPlay App.