Airpower Alternatives?

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  1. dotzero123 macrumors regular

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    Just curious.. anyone have a good airpower alternative that is working well? Reviews are all over the place. Would be nice to have one that was big enough for watch, phone and AirPods. If this is a redundant post please feel free to let me know :).
     
  2. Juan007 macrumors 6502a

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    I would be very, very hesitant to buy any inductive charger knowing Apple's experience. They had essentially unlimited budget, the best team in the world, 18 months extra to deliver a working product and they could not do it. Why? It's likely safety related. Safety is a factor that lessor OEMs overlook. The safety of every inductive charger is questionable at this point until we get more info about what really happened with AirPower.
     
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    Thank you for the advice. I've never used wireless charging so posted here hoping for some good suggestions that won't fry my devices. Any plain wireless chargers that you think will charge and not cost a fortune?
     
  5. Pepe4life macrumors 6502

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    The safety of inductive charging is not in question, the safety of stacking 20+ charging coils into a single pad is the problem here, let’s not confuse the two
     
  6. dotzero123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I understand that AirPower would have integration which would've been nice. Outside of that, what was the advantage of stacking the coils? Less restriction on surface area and faster charging? Sorry for the dumb question but am curious.
     
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    It’s so you could place the center of your device anywhere on the mat. It would selectively enable and disable coils as needed.

    I’m pretty skeptical of overlapping coil solutions on the market now and cheap Chinese brands that may be prone to overheating.
     
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    Thank you very much! Will continue to hunt. I’m just a bit hesitant as some models don’t appear to work with AirPods and others reportedly heat up devices when charging. Don’t want to chance my devices with a wonky wireless charger.
     
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    Thanks! It looks good and would be an easy return if any problems came up, none on stock but will hunt online or wait it out.
     
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    I wonder the same question but haven't used any wireless charger before. Generally, when at home, I leave my phone plugged to charger so often. Is leaving on the wireless charger damages the battery of the phone?
     
  14. Stefanojo macrumors newbie

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    I just got the “Unravel” From Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Unravel-Wire...eway&sprefix=Unravel+wir,aps,204&sr=8-1-fkmr1

    Only used it one night, but seems to work really well. Charged my XS max, AirPods 2, and Apple Watch 4. Everything charged just fine. Clever design.
     
  15. Aftermath747, Mar 30, 2019
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    Yes, it can. There are three coils along with the dock for the Watch.
     
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    Actually their are 3 coils
     
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    Thanks. Corrected.
     
  19. ondert macrumors 6502

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    Did you see SliceCharge Pro? It is the most impressive one I've seen between airpower alternatives. I'm going to pre-order it probably. With the stand it looks better.
     
  20. dotzero123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I saw it but decided to get a very inexpensive phone/watch stand and a separate pad. It looks good though!
     
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    Based on my understanding the one that Best Buy is selling cannot charge 3 devices at the same time. the one that can charge 3 devices at the same time is on the NOMAD website and the product name is
    Base Station
    Apple Watch Edition

     
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    I backed this on Kickstarter after reading a review at 9to5Mac. Waiting patiently for it to be delivered in May (hopefully, you never know with Kickstarter). Assuming the multiple coil charging works as advertised, I actually like this design better than the AirPower concept Apple was never able to produce. I use nightstand mode and often have a link band on my Apple Watch. Having a vertical watch charger works better for both of these uses than laying the watch flat. Being able to put my phone and AirPods case anywhere else on the pad is all I really wanted anyway.
     
  24. bob24 macrumors 6502

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    I booked one as well, but what worries me a bit is that they have no Qi certification for it yet, and it doesn’t look like their previous product ever got certified.
     

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