Looks like Duracell is looking to follow in the footsteps of products like the Wildcharge system with one of their own. Yup, the copper-top battery giant is jumping on the wireless charging bandwagon with their new “Smart Power” line.
The MyGrid that you see here is one of those that can charge several mobiles at one time including products from Nokia, Motorola, BlackBerry, as well as the iPhone and iPod touch. It should be available in October for $80.
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We haven’t talked about WildCharge, since we saw it running on BlackBerry Curve a while ago, but the company finally has some pretty compelling things going on, and so it’s time to share. They’re now offering the Powerdisc Dongle, a device that can offer wireless power to devices like the Amazon Kindle, certain LG headsets, and Samsung devices. The Dongle itself retails for about $19.99, but you need the WildCard pad to get any use from it, and you can get a bundle with both for $64.99. Oh, and it’s not truly wireless, what with the wired dongle and all, but whatever works.
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Showstoppers brought us something we’ve been dreaming of for a very long time: A pad you can drop all your devices that need a charge onto, without dealing with various wall-warts or cords or cables.
The WildCharger is a pad that works on induction—it’s a very thin pad, and though it requires a bit of modification to your device, (or a device-specific thin-cradle you slide your phone/pda into) the concept is definitely promising. Spills don’t phase it, and you can touch any portion of the pad without having to worry about getting shocked. They even had a modified PSP, which allows you to charge it simply by putting the PSP on the pad—no cradle needed.
The pad will come in a regular and mini sizes and will sell for $100 and $40, respectively, with the added benefit that you don’t use any power when no devices are on the pad. (Modern wall-warts still drain power, even without your cell phone plugged in.)
If they’re able to keep compatible cradles up and cheap at a regular clip, this could be a great solution for the gadget geek with six cell phones. Available first half of this year.