Elevation Lab Debuts New NightPad 7.5W Wireless Charger

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    Elevation Lab, known for its range of popular iPhone docks, today announced the launch of its latest product, the NightPad wireless charging pad designed for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and future iPhones with wireless charging capabilities.

    The NightPad features a minimal design and it looks like a simple black puck, with a matte finish over the body of the accessory. A raised ring is included at the edge of the charger to keep the iPhone securely in place while it's charging, and it uses a 6-foot braided cord for power.
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    A subtle black logo is included at the top of the NightPad, and while many wireless chargers use an LED to indicate that an iPhone is charging, Elevation Lab has designed its version with no LEDs. This is to keep it from being noticeable in a dark room.

    An LED isn't technically needed since a charging logo is displayed on the iPhone when a successful connection has been established.

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    Elevation Lab is an Apple MFi member and the NightPad supports the faster 7.5W charging capabilities. It can charge an iPhone 50 percent faster than standard Qi wireless chargers, according to Elevation Lab, and the 7.5W engineering lessens radio interference.

    While created for iPhone, NightPad also works with all Qi-based devices and supports Samsung's 10W charging.

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    The NightPad has been engineered to work with cases up to 3mm thick, but in tests, Elevation Lab has seen successful charging with cases up to 6mm thick. Automatic metallic rejection is included to prevent charging when metal is detected, and vents on the underside are included alongside "intelligent electronics" for thermal management purposes.

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    Elevation Lab is selling the NightPad for $39.95 standalone and for $49.95 with a 15W QC 3.0 power supply included. Higher power adapters are required for Apple's faster 7.5W charging, so people without a QC 3.0 power adapter will want to purchase the version that includes it.

    MacRumors readers can get a special 25 percent discount off of the NightPad when entering the promo code MACNP25. Make sure to order soon, as this deal will only be live for a week.

    Article Link: Elevation Lab Debuts New NightPad 7.5W Wireless Charger
     
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    Not sure why this is on the front page. There are hundreds of wireless disc chargers on Amazon Prime for less money and slimmer. Even with the MacRumors discount it is more than most others.
     
  4. SoApple macrumors regular

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    They just moved it to the ios blog
     
  5. avanpelt macrumors 68030

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    I'd say if a launch date isn't announced at the September iPhone event, AirPower has been shelved.
     
  6. x-evil-x macrumors 68040

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    why pay more for fast charging when you're sleeping? Anything will charge your phone to 100% within 5-6 hours let alone 8.
     
  7. iPrabhu macrumors member

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    Because people are lazy enough to save couple of seconds to plug/unplug when they go to bed or waking up.. LOL
     
  8. macduke macrumors G3

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    People need to stop buying these expensive wireless power charging pads. Just buy an Anker for $20. I have this one and it's great. It's completely black and only slowly blinks blue a few times after setting the phone down so you know it's charging and then it's dark. https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Wireless-Qi-Certified-PowerPort-Fast-Charging/dp/B01KJL4XNY/. It seems to charge my iPhone X at full speed.

    The only reason I would pay more for a wireless charging pad is if it could charge my iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time with deep iOS software integration. If only SOME COMPANY would release such a product.
     
  9. Jemi9OD macrumors regular

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    That cable is removable, isn't it? I would hope so but I don't see any reference to it and I don't see any photos with the cable removed, leading me to believe it's non-removable.
     
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    Check out this guy, with his full 8 hours of sleep a night. In all seriousness, you’re right though. For a nightstand charger, it’s probably not worth paying extra for fast charging. Plus I would much prefer a stand over a flat puck on the nightstand.
     
  11. FelixDerKater Contributor

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    Samsung still makes the best wireless charging pad.
     
  12. docziandras macrumors newbie

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    I've been thinking about buying one as well so thanks for another opinion. My use case would be to have it plugged into my docking station at work so that I can place my phone onto it whenever I'm not in a meeting. Can it be used with an Apple leather case though? On the Amazon link it says cases should be removed while the NightPad claims it can charge with a case on as well.
     
  13. macduke macrumors G3

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    I have the Cosmos Blue Apple Leather case on my iPhone X and I have never had a problem.
     
  14. x-evil-x macrumors 68040

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    yup. how I have mine setup. On a stand. These pucks for 40+ is ludddicrous
     
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    Thanks for the reply! I should be all covered then as I also sport the Cosmos Blue Apple Leather case on my iPhone X. ;)
     
  16. macduke macrumors G3

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    Ok, let me know how you like it. Also the Cosmos Blue is by far the best color they've ever released IMO! I was sad that I missed out on the matching Watch band color.

    I was thinking about this last night and held my iPhone hovering above the charger and somewhere between 1/8-1/4" the thing connects and starts charging so it has decent range. The only thing I haven't done is a speed test to see if the case affects charging speed, but it has seemed plenty fine in my use (charging overnight) and if I need a fast charge I'll just plug it in because all wireless is limited to 7.5W right now anyway. The few times I've used it for a fill up it seems like it charges at least faster than the standard charger.

    If you're looking for other suggestions I also really like the iOttie wireless car charger mount. It's great for keeping the phone charged when driving and listening to music and podcasts, but I think it's slower than the Anker one. When streaming music and using navigation the charge level barely creeps along and I think mostly stays the same if it starts getting hot in the sun. Aiming the a/c vent up at it helps. The iOttie has some mixed reviews but I think it's from people who don't have the height adjusted for the sweet spot. I've only had to adjust mine once since I got it at Christmas. The other issue it has is if the battery is around 100% it sometimes flashes connect/disconnect which is annoying. But it's not often that my phone is near 100% while driving and it's easy to yank the charger from the socket. Wish it was smarter in this regard but the convenience is otherwise very much worth it.
     
  17. bencordes macrumors newbie

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    Bought the NightPad last week and received it yesterday. Used it once on my bedside night stand and it was dead when I woke up in the morning. Might just be a defective unit, but this being my first ever wireless charge pad I'm pretty turned off.

    Can anyone recommend a reliable brand that sells a minimalist Qi charger like this one? I appreciate the form factor but would prefer something that doesn't completely break within 24 hours of use.
     

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