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Just as devices become bigger, LG announces the “world’s smallest wireless charger”

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Wireless charging has been around for years. Remember the Palm Pre Touchstone? Somewhat ahead of its time. These days manufactures are coming out with several wireless charging options. Nokia has the “charging pad” for Lumia phones, Google is selling the Wireless Charging “Orb” for the LG Nexus 4, and rumours have Samsung coming out with something for the upcoming Galaxy S IV.

LG unveiled another option to wirelessly charge your device. As devices are becoming bigger they’re claiming to have “world’s smallest wireless charger.” The ‘WCP-300′ has a diameter of 6.98cm and it Qi-certified for any device that has charging capabilities. The cost is about $60 (65,000 won) and is heading for South Korea and the United States first, then LG has ambitions to launch this in “more consumer-friendly mobile environment” later in the year. No word yet on Canada.

Source: LG Newsroom
Via: Engadget

  • Scott

    was hoping this would be cheaper then the Nexus Charger. $60 for a charger is sorta nuts

    • Justin

      I was hoping too. Actually, I don’t think we’ll see the Nexus Charger one day… It disapeared from the Play Store and it doesn’t seem likes he’s coming back soon.

  • superfly

    Yawn

  • NienorGT

    I don’t understand how they can produce a full featured cheap smartphone (ie: LG L3) for twice the price of a charger…

  • jack

    Wireless charging shortens the life of your battery. It’s better to use the original wired charger that came with your phone as the battery is conditioned for it.

    • tom

      Saids who? Not that I am going to buy this device but I am curious to know the mechanics behind it.

    • HiKsFiles

      Was about to say the same : bring forth the proof it shortens battery life please.

    • jack

      Wireless charging includes a “readiness” mode that seeks a charging station adds to the battery drain.

      Read more at batteryuniversitydotcom

    • HiKsFiles

      Battery drain and battery life are 2 totally different things. If what you say is true (not implying it isn’t), then any wireless charging enabled phone will be susceptible to battery drain wether or not it’s owner owns/uses a wireless charger as the “readiness mode” will be running in either case.

  • haxor99

    Nice product!

    • 99roxah

      You mean nice girls, right?

  • iphoneeeeeeeeee

    iCharger iCharger

  • roman

    It doesn’t make sense to me to have an expensive “wireless” charger sitting between my phone and the wire.

    Wireless charger makes more sense if it’s integrated into the surface of furniture or other electronics, so if I place it on the nightstand in a hotel it will charge without me having to think about it.

  • cdub

    wow this is sooooo awesome.. is it going to be like every other accessory that has been released lately, where you can’t actually get one.

    look at this cool charger.. too bad you can’t have one sucka..

    like trying to find a QUALITY wireless charger that works well with the nexus 4..

  • Baconeater

    Hopefully LG is able to deliver. Would like to know why Google cannot release their Orb to the Canadian market? Quite annoyed as I would love to purchase a couple.

  • Sweet

    Meh. Wireless charging, in its current implementation, is IMO a solution looking for a problem to solve. If it could harvest the energy from the air, then I’d be impressed. As is, it’s bulkier and more expensive than wired charging, and it only saves you from having to plug a cable into your phone, which is a trivial task.

    I would much rather see them make phones last longer on a single charge so people wouldn’t have to charge their batteries so often. How about a phone that harvests energy from the air or a phone that has solar panels on it so that it can harvest energy from the ambient light (like the EcoDrive watches from Citizen). Those would be much more beneficial.

  • Adriel

    So, wireless charging is awesome. I’ve got one of the Chinese units and it saves me wear and tear on my phone.

    On another note entirely, if wireless charging can run on a single standard like qi and be ubiquitous and everywhere (embedded in the table at Starbucks, one at the office, etc), then the batteries could be shrunk or phones and tablets could use new style capacitors that charge in a very short time. Long cycle charging could become a thing of the past.

  • mlander

    I haven’t done much reading on this, but isn’t inductive charging also quite inefficient? Looking at the Nexus 4 version: Input 5VDC @ 1.8A, Output 5VDC @ 1.0A.

    The Palm TouchStone has the same output level so I presume that’s the Qi standard.

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