Energizer will soon introduce their first inductive charger built with Qi technology for iPhone 3G/3GS and BlackBerry Curve 8900 using the new universal charging standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
Widely anticipated and considered to be one of the most compelling new developments in charging technology, Qi (pronounced chee) will bring consumers the freedom to charge their smartphones, MP3 players, cameras — any device 5 Watts or less — on a single charging station, regardless of manufacturer.
Qi is the new universal standard for inductive charging. It's a common language for inductive chargers and devices to talk to one another. So any device with a Qi-enabled accessory or with Qi built directly into it can charge on any Qi inductive charging pad.
Inductive charging is what happens when two devices–one designed to send power and the other designed to receive it–touch one another and energy is transferred between them. Until today, these two devices had to be designed specifically for each other. But Qi changes all that.
Qi was created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), an international cooperation of companies that came together with the common belief that all portable electronic devices should have global compatibility.
Energizer® is an associate member of the WPC and is proud to have helped shape the future of worldwide inductive charging with Qi.
Designed in cooperation with WPC co-founder ConvenientPower, the first generation of the Energizer® Inductive Charger is designed to conveniently charge up to three devices at one time. It features two large inductive charging zones that don't require locking the device into a precise position, so consumers can simply set down their phone and be sure that it will be charged and ready to go. It also has a USB port so it's easy to charge an additional device such as a phone, headset, mp3 player, camera or GPS. Two LED charge lights indicate that the device is charging.
Price and Availability
The Energizer® Inductive Charger will be available this October for $89. A Qi Sleeve for the iPhone® 3GS/3G and a one-time replacement Qi Door for the BlackBerry® Curve 8900 will be sold separately for $34.99 each.