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August 21, 2015

PowerSquare Brings First APF Multi-Device Wireless Charger to the US Market

The ritual of plugging our mobile devices to charge the battery is an inconvenience we have all come to terms with. There is a lot of research being carried out for long-term batteries, but until they hit the marketplace, the next best option is to use wireless charging pods and not have to fumble to find the right charger for the right phone. PowerSquare, a startup in the wireless power segment, has introduced the world’s first position-free, multi-device wireless charger to the U.S. market with the Tango.

Tango is a wireless charger that uses a breakthrough patent-pending Adaptive Position-Free (APF) technology that will forever change how you charge your mobile devices. Unlike other wireless chargers with proprietary technologies for a specific brand, Tango is designed to simultaneously charge multiple Qi-compatible devices.

Qi is an interface standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) for inductive electrical power transfer. The WPC was established in 2008 to develop standards all manufacturers could abide by. The goal was to design and evolve a suitable, safe and efficient standard for wireless power. Its members include more than 200 companies, including some of the leading manufacturers of mobile and power technology, such as Belkin, ConvenientPower, Delphi, Freescale, Haier, HTC, IKEA, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, PowerbyProxi, Royal Philips, Samsung, Sony, TDK, Texas Instruments, Verizon Wireless, ZTE and many others.

So far Qi has been adapted into more than 80 mobile devices, 15 models of cars and it is registered in more than 700 products around the world.

The way wireless electricity transmission works is through magnetic induction. A transmitter coil is used to generate a magnetic field, which induces a voltage in the receiver coil. The voltage is then used to power a device or charge the battery.

While the technology has been around for some time, Tango has made it possible to basically just put your device anywhere on the unit and it will start charging your battery. There is no need to align the phone on the pad unlike other models. In addition to supporting multiple devices, the company announced it will be extending support for multiple protocols/standards in the future.

"We are thrilled to introduce the world to Tango," said Pavan Pudipeddi, CEO, PowerSquare. "Our mission is to offer hassle-free, convenient and cost-effective wireless charging to consumers. After years of research and development, the market is now ready for Tango to elevate their digital experiences."

Availability is limited, so if you want to get your hands on one with the promotional price, you have to preorder it on the company’s website. The first batch of the Tango wireless chargers will start shipping in early September 2015.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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