Sony is currently not one of the big players when it comes to wireless charging, they are starting out though by testing the waters with their new CP-W5 that has true wireless charging capabilities. I’m saying it’s a true wireless charger because it is one of the few that literally can charge your devices without having a wire attached anywhere, let’s take a look at how they did it.
Most wireless chargers gets its power from a socket, through a charging plate, and to the device on the charging plate, Sony on the other hand got a little more creative with their product. They have attached a big 5,000mAh battery in their charger as an extra power source. When Sony’s CP-W5 is plugged in, it will charge its own battery along with wirelessly charging your own device.
That is not all that Sony is boasting about with their new wireless portable charger, it also has what they call the Hyper-Gel technology. With this in their wireless charger, it is said that it can maintain 90% of its 5,000mAh battery capacity after 1,000 charge cycles. Sony definitely assures that the battery that comes along will last you for a very long time.
Sony did give you another way to charge your device through a USB cable, which has an output of 1.5A, for devices that cannot charge wirelessly, or if you simply choose that option over charging wirelessly. Wirelessly charging though is a bit slower, at 1.0A, but the good thing is that Sony did not limit this to only their own devices, but to any Qi-enabled device. For the curious, it is not possible to charge wirelessly and through a USB cable at the same time.
The CP-W5 will be available starting this April 2014, the price for it though is yet to be announced.