What is wireless charging? If asked, we would describe it as wireless charging as the ability to charge our wireless devices without having to plug it in anywhere. Simply, to receive a charge by placing our devices on or near the charging station. Over the past while we have seen products that have dabbled into the wireless charging realm but haven’t quite grasped the attention of the everyday consumer. Well, the future is now and you, the consumer, will be happy with the Air Charge by Ergo.
Let’s start with a little introduction to Qi technology. This is the newest and coolest in modern wireless charging technology. Qi was developed to standardize inductive electrical power transfer over distances up to 4cm. So, even though the charging pad itself is plugged in to an outlet, power bank, etc. it doesn’t affect the effort of the consumer by having to worry about plugs and phone cases.
With Qi being such a new concept it isn’t available on many devices at this time but there are some companies who have jumped the gun and brought out their new products with Qi tech. We did some research and the following devices we found Qi compatible. Samsung, Google, Motorola and Nokia have started to introduce Qi to their devices. We have heard rumours of Qi hitting the iPhone 7. This seems like an obvious move for Apple and any other intelligent company to jump on board with.
Ergo has supplied us with a charging platform as well as the case that allows our iPhone 6 to take advantage of the Air Charge. We also have a Samsung Note 5 which takes full advantage of the wireless charging experience. After discussing with Ergo, they claim that the induction charging will work through any case on the market now. Given what we know about Qi technology that is totally possible as long as we don’t exceed that advertised 4cm distance between device and charge platform. The Air Charge MFi Qi iPhone 6 wireless charging case is one of the great products we have been provided with to allow iPhone users the ability of Qi technology even though iPhone is not in the Qi market yet. Simply slide your phone into the Air Charge MFi Qi case and you’re ready to charge. Place the phone on any Air Charge station and you’ll hear the audible sound and see the charge appear on the screen. Most of you out there will probably say, “well that goes against what you said earlier about having to plug something in to get a wireless charge.” and you’re right. But the benefit of these cases is making this technology available to a user who usually wouldn’t have this ability. The case itself is basic and doesn’t give much for drop protection but it is slender and smooth and somewhat stylish.Now as awesome as it is to have these cases available to give iPhone users the ability to use Qi charging and we’ll assume that future Apple devices will all have Qi tech, but if they don’t we would like to see a few improvements to their wireless device cases. The case will not support any charging other then induction charging when on, there is no pass through at the bottom to connect to a regular charger when you aren’t near an air charge station. So, this would require you to remove the case and then plug in to the regular charge cable. Also, the headphone jack in the bottom is very narrow and small, while it does fit the iPhone headphones, we all have different a preference of headphones and the adapter jack that is provided in the case packaging will help to ensure that the case’s structure won’t keep you from plugging in.