If you believe the reports, Apple is currently working on a way of charging iOS devices using solar panels. If you’re not content to wait, however, and want a quick-and-easy means of charging your iPhone or iPad right now, you might want to consider investing in this Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to create a mobile wireless charging solution for Apple products.
Based on the increasingly popular Qi inductive electrical power transfer system, iQi Mobile Wireless is set to bring true, low-cost wireless charging to iOS device. This is done without the fuss of plugging and unplugging wires, since charging is achieved simply by placing your iPhone or iPad on a Koolpuck charger.
“Throughout 2012 and 2013 wireless charging became increasingly popular,” say Fonesalesman, the Brit-based company behind the campaign. “With the supply of charging solutions for android devices, it became clear there was gap in the market for a good wireless charging solution for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini.”
“iQi Mobile is smaller and thinner than your credit card, at only 0.5mm at its thinnest point. iQi Mobile has a Qi standard wireless charging receiver with a uniquely designed lightning connector attached via an ultra-flexible thin ribbon cable. The iQi Mobile easily plugs into your iPhone or iPod Touch then slips into the back of any soft protective case. Once fitted to the iPhone, it can be charged on any Qi compatible charging pad. The iQi Mobile powers your iPhone conveniently through the lightening connector, as it seamlessly disappears. This technology enables you to top off your charge on any Qi compatible charging pad.”
What Fonesalesman is promising are two types of iQi Mobile: one designed for iPhones and iPod touch, the other for iPad and iPad Mini — with a shipping date set for next year, and a retail price of $35 (or $25 if you invest in the campaign.)
The only downside would appear to be the fact that you have to keep your brand new iPhone in a soft case–fine if you want to protect it from scratches, but less good if you want to show it off to the world.