Legrand Launches Wall-Mounted, Qi-Certified Wireless Charger Compatible With Latest iPhones

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    Legrand today introduced a new Radiant wall plate with a Qi-certified wireless charger, compatible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

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    The wall plate includes a double receptacle on the left side with a built-in USB-A port, and a wireless charging pad with a holder for smartphones on the right side, with an overall 3.1 amps of power for charging capabilities.

    A small LED light at the base of the charger indicates the smartphone's charging status, showing red while charging and green when charging is complete, but this feature isn't compatible with iPhones.

    Legrand describes the wall plate as the first product of its kind to be released, providing homeowners with a convenient way to charge their iPhone or other Qi-certified device in the kitchen, bedroom, or wherever it is installed.

    For installation, the wall plate is designed to replace any standard, single-gang box using existing electrical wiring in a home.

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    The wall plate is available in White, Ivory, Light Almond, and Black at select retailers across the United States, including Lowe's and Fry's Electronics, for around $65 to $70, but prices vary. It's also available in Canada.

    Article Link: Legrand Launches Wall-Mounted, Qi-Certified Wireless Charger Compatible With Latest iPhones
     
  2. justiny Contributor

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    I love the idea and I love the concept, but $65 to $70 is OUTRAGEOUSLY too expensive for this.
     
  3. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    Looks like this only needs a Single Outlet Box...and the right side is simply a "shelf" area wired to the left Outlet section.
     
  4. justperry macrumors G3

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    As per the article above:

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  5. ashams1026 macrumors newbie

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    Am I missing what's convenient about this???

    "IT'S WIRELESS" but like, only if you mount your phone to the ***** wall. TBH, I'd rather there be a wire at that point.
     
  6. justperry macrumors G3

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    It's a shame we can't change mass into pure energy, if we could we would not have to charge a device ever in it's lifetime.
     
  7. whyamihere macrumors 6502

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    Sounds very convenient to me. Hate having a charging adapter and cable plugged in the kitchen... it gets in the way and doesn't hold up too well. I'd love to pop my phone in this holder and be able to see recipes and listen to podcasts/music without having a cord in the way (or something spilling on my phone!).
     
  8. BJMRamage macrumors 68020

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    ahhh, that's what those bold letters meant. I honestly read the first three paragraphs and looked at the breakout picture. totally MISSING that part.

    what a buffoon I am.
     
  9. n-evo macrumors 65816

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    Why do so many wireless chargers have that? It bugs the hell out of me. As if my phone won't show me whether it's charging or not. The LED of the wireless charger is just a nuance in the bedroom.

    I had to specially search for a wireless charger that actually shuts its LED off after a minute so I could use it next to my bed. It's unbelievable this is an advertised feature only few companies think about.
     
  10. KazKam macrumors 6502

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    All this stuff seems like an awful lot of extra work, expense, and over-engineering to avoid simply plugging in a cable.
     
  11. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Some of the convenience would be single hand placement. If you have just a cable, you need both hands to put the cable in. If you use a dock, unless you have it taped down, you pretty much need two hands to pick it up. As someone with an 8-month-old, I can see lots of value in simply being able to do this one handed.

    And it isn't taking up room on the counter, etc..
     
  12. ipedro macrumors 68040

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    Now that Apple settled the wireless charging standards war, we’re going to see Qi blow up everywhere from in wall sockets to cars, from desks to lamps. It’ll be ubiquitous and it’ll be cheap. This $70 box is trying to cash in early. Variations of this will cost $15 at any hardware store within a year.
     
  13. x-evil-x macrumors 68040

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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IHW2RAS/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    they have stands you can put your phone on and set it wherever in the kitchen. I have this one. An outlet charger doesnt seem too great to me
     
  14. snebes macrumors 6502a

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    Yet another company that doesn't offer products for areas that have horizontally mounted outlets (Chicago and Australia does too)
     
  15. whyamihere macrumors 6502

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    I have a similar stand next to my bed and enjoy it.

    The benefit of replacing the outlet is getting my phone (and cable and stand) off the counter for more working space and less likely to knock my phone or spill something on it. Granted $70 is a bit steep for the benefits, but the benefits are there.
     
  16. baine macrumors newbie

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    What kind of monster installs their outlet upside down like that?
     
  17. davidmartindale, May 22, 2018
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    How dark do you need your room?
    My Mohpie charger is literally right next to my head while I sleep and the LED isn't even noticeable. Note, it probably does help that my phone tends to overhang the charger so the light is under the phone, but still.
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    Well... depending on the state that’s actually what fire and safety code requires.

    You may be asking why?
    Well.. the ground (bottom round prong) does not conduct electricity like the two upper prongs. When an outlet or plug where’s down a bit or if excess weight is put onto the plug it can cause it to come slightly out of the outlet but retain its electrical connection.

    With the outlet “right side up” the plug is A: more likely to come out slightly and B: means the electrically charged bits are exposed. Those bits being exposed means that something like curtains could come into contact with them and heat up resulting in fire, or a person could get accidentally electrocuted by it.

    With the outlet “upside down” it is significantly less likely for it to come out at all due to the way the ground sits in the outlet and provides rigidity. Not only that but it does come out there is very very little chance of anything coming into contact with the parts that have current.

    So, that is why it would be installed that way.
     
  18. doctor-don macrumors 65816

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    Same reasoning applies to having the AC outlets with the ground below the prongs - it keeps the plug from coming loose.
    And I don't know anyone with metallic curtains that could short the AC plug.

    Anyone who installs the AC outlet into the electrical box can orient the outlet any way he desires. It isn't rocket science.

    What's a Mohpie?
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    Never had to replace charging cables?
     
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    Having the ground on top definitely (at least in my experience) keeps the plug in the socket better than when on bottom.

    The curtains deal isn’t because the curtains short the connection. The prongs will get warm when they have 110v going though through them so it can be hot enough to catch things on fire.

    Definitely not rocket science, quite easy in fact. But some locations do require new installations to be installed with the ground on top.

    A Mophie brand wireless charging pad
    https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HL812ZM/A/mophie-wireless-charging-base
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    Lololol that’s awesome
     
  21. Pupi macrumors regular

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    After YEARS of dissing “wireless” charging, I now finally have it on my iPhone X, and I have to admit... it really is as awful as I thought! Inconvenient and slow! “Wireless” that actually means less freedom than with a cable! I bought a wireless charger and I’ve packed it away in a drawer since.

    2 redeeming factors:
    -it’s “cool” to just touch your phone to a surface and see it charging
    -it’s a universal charging standard and can be embedded into surfaces which means more chances of saving your a** in a pinch when you’re running out of battery, if you find a wireless charging point
     
  22. davidmartindale macrumors regular

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    Idk the mophie charger that I have is actually faster than the stock 5w charger that comes with the phone. It’s less wear on the lighting port. No need to worry about replacing cables. The only time I use a cable now is when I’m restoring, backing up, or updating through iTunes.
     

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