OK, let me say this up front – people we are living in the future. This is it, wireless power.
What I have here in front of me is simply magic. It’s an iPhone 5S Case that lets you charge your phone WITHOUT PLUGGING IT IN TO ANYTHING!
Let me repeat that, you can charge your phone now without needing to plug it in.
The case itself is a pretty slim-line unit. It’s an unremarkable (and that’s a good thing) black plastic case that snugly fits on your iPhone and plugs into the Lightning port on the bottom of the phone. Unlike the magnetic case I reviewed earlier, this one doesn’t come up with any messages about it not being certified, so that’s a good start.
It has cutouts for the camera lens and the LED flash as well as the volume buttons and mute switch on the side of the phone. It’s got a nice soft-touch finish on the exterior so it feels good in your hand.
It makes the phone a few mm thicker and taller, but you don’t really notice it and it doesn’t add much weight to what is a lightweight device anyway.
Where it comes into it’s own however is when you put it down on a Qi charging pad. As if by magic, power is beamed into your phone and it starts to charge – it is quite literally as easy as that.
If you have your charging pad in a convenient place (say, where you usually dump your keys and phone when you get home) then all you need to do is make sure that the light on the pad is on when you put down your phone and it’ll always be charged and ready to go.
I could go on about the technology behind all of this, but it doesn’t really matter – what does matter is that you can now charge your devices (not just your iPhone, some devices have Qi built in and others have cases or dongles available) quickly and easily. Put the device down on the pad and it starts charging. Pick it up and off you go. Done!