Items tagged with charging

When you plug your phone, laptop, or other rechargeable devices into the wall what do you concern yourself with? Many of us just care that the charger works, some people care about the wattage, and others just want their devices to charge fast. What if we told you that all of these are possible, and it can be adorable... Read more...
As you read this, you're more than likely surrounded by wireless signals. However, wouldn't it be great if those waves of energy could be utilized for purposes other than just delivering data? Apple sure thinks so, as its latest patent application thoroughly highlights. The proposed patent is titled "Wireless... Read more...
A platform is usually only as great as the infrastructure that supports it, even if that platform just so happens to be an automobile. While the Tesla idea is a sound one, it isn't apt to end up in the mainstream garage until there's a vast array of chargers. If you can't get a charge without going too far out of your... Read more...
The promise of wireless charging isn't without its limitations. Two of the big ones are that it usually requires a pad of some sort, and it's limited to smaller devices. Not so with Rezence, the first standard to wirelessly charge higher power devices with spatial freedom. It's backed by the Alliance for Wireless... Read more...
For years now, "wireless charging" has close to taking off. There have been major efforts to make it a household item, even reaching back to the original Palm Pre and its Touchstone charger. Lately, a few Nokia Lumia devices have supported wireless charging via accessory backs, and some of the larger players have... Read more...
We've heard rumblings of this happening for some time, and it looks like the fire has finally been properly lit: the European Union is one step closer to passing a law that would mandate a single, universal charger for mobile device sin order to "reduce waste, costs, and hassle for users." It's a move that we... Read more...
In the world of technology, it's fairly tough to get the myriad companies that make our gadgets tick work together. They've all got plenty going on within their own camp, and they all feel that their take on a given technology or approach is the ideal one. Every so often, you'll find that companies are willing to work... Read more...
Wireless charging hasn't exactly taken the world by storm, by almost any measure you look at. That said, there's still hope for the technology, but it will likely require less expensive components, more powerful capabilities (wirelessly powering a TV or laptop, for example), and greater corporate support. The tech is... Read more...
Wireless power isn't really a reality even in the consumer world, but already we're seeing wireless options crop up for the precious few who own electric vehicles. Bosch is amongst the first, announcing the first commercially available wireless electric vehicle charging system in U.S. The company has teamed with... Read more...
Remember when Palm thought that wireless phone charging was the future, and then the TouchStone charger never went anywhere? Turns out, wireless charging is apt to only go mainstream once it's truly wireless; having to lay your phone on a dedicated charging pad isn't exactly a major improvement over a standard USB... Read more...
When it comes to rapid advances in technology, we don't have a whole lot to gripe about as a society. We've got computers in our pockets, broadband-class speeds without wires, and more pixels on our displays than we can even count. But on the battery side, there's a lot of room for improvement. Texas Instruments realizes it, and this week... Read more...
Is wireless charging the future? Turns out, every CES for the past few years has become home to a host of wireless charging products, but the stuff really hasn't ever taken off in the mainstream world. Naturally, the company's showing up with wireless in mind are hoping to change the perspective at this year's CES... Read more...
Automobiles are changing at a faster rate than ever before, particularly in the technology space. Historically, motorcars have evolved fairly slowly compared to the rapid pace of technological change, but now that technology is becoming an integral part of cars, the whole experience is hastening. Just look at Toyota's... Read more...
Power savings? Yeah, we can get behind that. Texas Instruments has just announced a new breakthrough that it seems pretty darn proud of. It's a new suite of high-efficiency power management controllers that save standby power to help smartphone users consume less electricity with their 5-watt cube adapters, even when... Read more...
You may not be super familiar with AViiQ, but they're a mobile accessory and design company that tends to crank out some pretty unique products. The latest is the Ready Clips, giving consumers a convenient way of charging or transferring data to and from any USB 2.0. port. AViiQ Ready Clips are said to "eliminate the headaches associated with... Read more...
Wireless charging has been around for years in some way or another, but there's one thing that really keeps it from booming: incompatibility. Also, inefficiency. Although the odds are against it, Chrysler is pushing forward with an industry first: in-vehicle wireless charging. And here, we can totally see people adopting a technology where... Read more...
What if your car could power your home? Wait, what? It's true -- Nissan is reportedly saying that their Leaf electric card can actually feed power from its battery pack back into a home, with plenty of juice to run appliances. The new project is called Leaf to Home, and it uses Li-ion batteries as emergency backup for homes. According to Nissan,... Read more...
While we still have a very long way to go before electric vehicles are "the norm," Google is already one step ahead of most. The company has just added a network of electric vehicle charging stations to Google maps, which will enable those with EVs to more easily find stations to recharge their cars. It's a vital addition to Maps, and it should... Read more...
With the mobile world exploding, there's a huge market growing for charging solutions. Keeping your gadgets charged has always been a top priority for heavy users, but now it's becoming entirely more mainstream. PowerTrekk is a company that's looking to mix cutting-edge charging technology with the mobile space, and they have created a fuel-cell... Read more...
Batteries, batteries. You can't live with 'em, and you certainly cannot live without 'em. They're a necessary evil in mobile computing, and while they always seem to die before you'd like them to, having portable, backup batteries around can help ease that sting. PhoneSuit has been offering portable power packs for awhile now, but the company's... Read more...
If there's one thing we can't live without as gadget junkies, it's power. Regardless of whether it's solar or not, power is essential to keeping us connected, and these days, more and more devices are able to be charged via USB. We have seen lots of novel chargers come out in the past few years, but Innergie's latest... Read more...
Wireless charging still has some ways to go before it's truly useful across a broad spectrum of devices. Right now, wireless charging is usually limited to a small pad for charging up phones, and even then you need an accessory case to make the phone compatible. Until wireless charging modules are actually built into phones (the Palm Touchstone... Read more...
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