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April 08, 2014

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Portable Wireless Charging Device

On April 14, 2014, OEM/ODM/EMS supplier Wireless Efficiency will launch a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund its newest design, the QiPack. The QiPack is a newly designed inductive charging pad that will power up mobile phones completely wirelessly.

The QiPack is a small device, about the size of a smartphone. No cords will be necessary to use it, all a user will have to do is just place their device on top of the QiPack and it will begin charging the device. They don’t even have to be on top of a table, place the QiPack with a device into a bag or pocket and the device will be charged on the go.

The QiPack uses the technology of Qi, the standard for wireless inductive charging, set by the Wireless Power Consortium. Any device that is granted a Qi logo by the Wireless Power Consortium will be able to be powered up a Qi charger like the QiPack.

Almost all major smartphones will be compatible with the QiPack, including Google, HTC, LG, Nokia, Motorola, Apple and Samsung. Supported devices will charge with just the QiPack, but Wireless Efficiency isn’t leaving others out to dry. Depending on the device, there are two options to make a phone “Qi-enabled.” Some phones will be able to use a coil receiver, a small discreet item that will be placed behind the battery cover. Others will require a case receiver. Both items are claimed to be small and discreet enough that users won’t even notice them.

While Qi devices are already out there, the QiPack has another trait that will surely draw some eyes. Wireless Efficiency is dedicated to creating eco-friendly devices. The QiPack will, therefore, include the highest percentage of recycled materials out of any similar devices.

Wireless Efficiency isn’t new to using Qi for their models. There popular device the QiBox is a nonportable Qi charger that includes bluetooth speakers, a clock and even a thermometer to display the temperature. The QiBox, like the QiPack is made from recycled materials.

The announcement of their upcoming Kickstarter campaign was made by the company founders, Michael Goyack and Lance Wu. Goyack and Wu are sweetening the deal for early adopters. For a $45 contribution, supporters of the QiPack will be able to receive a QiPack straight from the production line. There is also an option to receive 30 percent of the future retail price of the device. It will be even better for those that are willing to put a little more into supporting the device, as they are offering the option to have the QiPack engraved in order to personalize it.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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