Lately, apple have been finalizing on its own designs to enhance its products for wireless charging. Even though wireless charging for iphone has not reached to larger masses, there are a few products which have been successful in enabling wireless charging for iphone.
Technically, to make any phone receive wireless power two things are required – a charge receiving phone case and a wireless charging pad. These options are available for all iPhones – 3G and 3GS , 4 and 4S, 5 and 5S.
Wireless Charging for iPhone 3G and 3GS
Even though the focus has now shifted to iPhone 4 and above series, there are quite a few options available for wireless charging of 3G and 3GS.
The best wireless charging sleeve available in the market which works on PMA standards is the Powermat. It’s a two stage black color case which fits nicely on the phone, allowing it to receive power wirelessly. Powermat also has a line of charging pads which works on the PMA standards. The one that is suitable for 3G charging case is Powermat for Single device. To know more about Powermat charging pads click here.
3G and 3GS can also use the Qi based wireless charging equipment. The best sleeve available for this is from Energizer. Now, when it comes to Qi standard there are a lot of charging pads options available in the market such as RAV Power, TYLT Vu, Zens wireless charging pads and many more. Yup, you experiment when it come to Qi standard based pad and cases.
Wireless Charging for iPhone 4 and 4S, 5 and 5S
Powermat in collaboration with Duracell has pioneered in creating wireless charging kits/devices that follow PMA standard . When we talk about 4/4S or 5/5S compatible wireless charging kits, Duracell Powermat sits top on the charts. Even though there are quite a few options available, we suggest to go with the PMA technology from Duracell Powermat.
Both power receiving sleeves and charging pads available for the above devices. But if you are looking for a good kit which you can carry wherever you go without bothering about finding a charing point, then read below.
For iPhone, 4 and 4S the Duracell Powermat product available in the market is the 24 Hour Power System. The 24 hour system is designed with only one moto – never to go out of power for 24 hours. The kit contains a sleeve, 2 device charging pad and a portable backup battery.
The charging pad has all the features as mentioned above. The sleeve has an extra micro USB post along with the wireless charging receiver. The portable backup battery is a wireless chargeable battery ( Just keep the battery on the charging pad and it gets charged wirelessly). If you don’t have a charging pad around then you can charger it using a USB cable. The battery also has two outgoing wired socket.
First is an Apple 30-pin connector which can be used to charge any of the apple products using the pin – 3/3G/3GS/4/4S and iPod Touch Gen 4 and earlier, and iPod nano Gen 6 and earlier.Second is a micro USB which can be used to charge any mobile device using the micro USB such as – Android, Windows Phones, Blackberry, along with other micro USB based devices such as Bluetooth headsets and MiFi cards. It can also be used to charge the iPhone 4/4S using the sleeve, which has a micro USB slot in it.
The most powerful iPhone yet is the 5 and 5S. Duracell Powermat don’t have a 24 hour kit for 5/5S but it does have a PowerSnap Kit, which contains a wireless charging sleeve and backup battery. The combination of these equipments gives charging power of 3 phones in a single kit. The sleeve is the regular Powermat sleeve which can wireless charge the phone on a pad.
The backup battery can easily slide and get attached on the sleeve. The good thing is that the battery can not only be charged wirelessly on the charging pad but also be charged using the micro USB cable.
iQi for iPhone 5 and 5S
Qi and PMA Standards always compete head to head. Companies like Google and Samsung follow Qi standard.
Among wireless power receivers available for iPhone 5 and 5S, iQi stands out. Recently released iQi for iPhone 5 and 5S is a paper thin power receiver, which can easily fit in to your current phone sleeve. The paper thin coil is capable to wirelessly receive power faster, but is a bit slower for traditional charging. The good thing about iQi is that as it follows the Qi standards, it can be used on any Qi enabled charging pad.