Wireless charging is becoming more and more common, as people play with new ideas and try new concepts. Among those new concepts is iQi’s shot at adding wireless charging to the iPhone 5 line, via a sticker. Yes, a sticker.
iQi Mobile Sticks To You
Here’s how it works. The sticker is essentially where the magic happens; as most wireless charging happens through induction, the electronics don’t need to be bulky. You slide the Lightning connector into the port; it’s connected with a thin ribbon cable. Then just bend it, stick the induction parts to the back of your iPhone, and put a case over it, and you’re ready to get charged up.
OK, so immediately, one can see a teeny, tiny drawback; namely, if you’re the kind of person who must have their phone completely unsullied by anything, you’ll need to smack an enormous sticker on the back. And, admittedly, the sticker does limit what cases you can use; you’ll have to stick to soft cases, so be sure to get a screen protector. On the other hand, most wireless chargers require a case the size of a Buick, so that’s worth considering as well.
On the other hand, unlike most wireless chargers, this one offers a smaller “port” to rest your phone on, and that’s customizable too, coming in a wide variety of colors to match your case, or your mood.
Grab and Go
And, of course, the best benefit of wireless charging is still setting down your phone on a surface, going about your business, and then being able to just snatch it up and have it fully charged from the get-go. That in of itself makes the iQi Mobile worth the $25 the company is currently asking for on IndieGoGo. Now it’s just a question of which soft case you prefer…
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.