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The day Incipio’s latest phone case was reviewed was always going to be a long one: up for an early morning briefing, then to another, then more work, followed by an after-work briefing. Yikes. Fortunately, we were reviewing Incipio’s take on the battery charge case, so it was going to be used with good reason.
Features and performance
When it comes to ways of dealing with a weak battery on a smartphone, there’s pretty much only one way to go: power.
Most of us know that a phone like the iPhone can only really survive a day of life, and that’s if you’re using it moderately. Try to get a little more done and make all the calls, send all the right messages, and use the phone like your life depends on it, and you’ll see that battery life drop dramatically, forcing you into the arms of a battery fixing solution like a portable power bank.
But these can often be a hassle to carry around, because you just know you need to carry around a brick as well as the cable needed to deliver the charge from that brick to your device, too.
Fortunately, case and accessory manufacturers have worked out how to bring the power to the phone without any of the messy cables, and have done so for a number of years.
These middleman solutions are often cases with the power bank built directly in, plugging into the phone using the charge port found at the bottom and allowing you to switch the power on and recharge the phone simply by letting the phone rest there, syphoning its power from the energy bank built directly into the case.
They’re also not anything new, and generally rely on you needing to charge the battery inside the case overnight or on a second day, an action that will in turn charge the phone at the same time, usually over microUSB.
But microUSB isn’t the be-all end-all for charging, and it won’t be forever. Indeed, there’s a new standard coming, and it will be coming to desks, furniture, and even the kitchen counter as soon as more companies get on board.
It’s called wireless charging, and it is exactly what you think it is.
Imagine never needing to plug your phone in again and just letting it rest on a counter to bring that charge metre up, up, 100 percent, yippee!
That’s the idea behind wireless charging, with the current technological standard known as “Qi” being found in smartphones from Samsung, LG, and Microsoft.
Qi doesn’t just need the wireless charging technology inside the device that needs to be charged, though, as it needs to be in a charger. You can get these independently as little charge accessories, but soon you’ll be able to find the tech in couches, tables, and even a few things IKEA will sell when you design a kitchen.
It probably won’t come as a huge surprise that Apple hasn’t jumped onto the whole wireless charging bandwagon yet, and so if you want to try this whole area and you use an iPhone, you’re a little out of luck.
Or are you?