Energizer® Inductive Charger – Press Release
Next generation charging technology for smartphones has arrived with the Energizer® Inductive Charger. It offers an easy and convenient way to charge smartphones without cords and cables. This advanced technology features Qi (pronounced chee), the new universal standard for inductive charging, so it will power up devices like smartphones now and in the future regardless of manufacturer. The Energizer® Inductive Charger is designed to work with Qi-enabled devices, whether Qi is built into the device or the device has a Qi accessory. It features two large charging zones that don’t require locking the device into a precise position, so you’ll be sure to have your phone charged and ready to go when you need it. It also features a USB port to meet additional charging needs.
The Energizer® Inductive Charger will be introduced with accessories to enable Qi-compatibility with popular smartphones. Ultimately, doors and sleeves will not be required as manufacturers begin introducing new devices with the Qi standard built in.
Designed in cooperation with Wireless Power Consortium co-founder ConvenientPower, the first generation of the Energizer® Inductive Charger:
• Delivers easy, convenient, cord-free charging for the iPhone® 3GS/3G and BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 via sleeve and door accessories
• Offers two large inductive charging areas with one additional USB charging port
• Is compatible with Qi-enabled devices today and in the future; Qi is an open source standard for products defined for 5 watts of power or less (e.g., phones, mp3 player, cameras)
• Provides freedom of placement within the two large inductive charging areas
• Does not contain magnets for alignment, so charging doesn’t require precise placement
• Features a sleek, rounded rectangle design with two LED charge indicators
• MSRP: $89.00
I received the Energizer Inductive Charger, an iphone sleeve and a blackberry sleeve to try out. Unfortunately, we own the wrong Blackberry Curves for this sleeve, and my son owns the iPhone 4. The iPhone sleeve is for the iPhone 3. I did learn that the iPhone 4 sleeve will be available after the next Consumer Electronics Show, so that is really good news! Thankfully, I do know someone with the iPhone 3, so we were able to try it out with his phone.
We had to attach the sleeve as shown below. It was really simple to do and I think it looked nice on the iPhone. It looks similar to a protective case I have for my Blackberry. The sleeve allows you to set the phone on the charger without connecting any cords. We could see it charging right away and it seemed to charge at the same rate as it would being plugged in.
The nice thing about the Energizer Inductive Charger is that we can still use it, even though we don’t have the right phones. It has a USB cord to connect and charge items that don’t have Qi technology. In the future, many items should have this technology, so we should be using it without the cord soon enough.
The other sleeve we received is for the Blackberry 8900. I have been seriously considering purchasing this Blackberry just so I can use this sleeve. You just remove the back panel from the phone and replace it with the Energizer back, and then you can place it on the charger without any cords.