While the AirPower does not arrive, other manufacturers lie down and roll. Last week, Hard Cider Labs jumped in front of Apple with the first multi-device charger with no defined position; recently, in turn, the Australian PlusUs revealed his own vision of a wireless charger – much simpler and minimalist. This is the Xpad:
In place of the proven technologies for charging multiple devices, PlusUs chose to build the world’s thinnest wireless charger (only 2.2mm), using environmentally friendly materials (wood, cork or leather) to leave it not only with a minimum thickness, but also to make it flexible due to the miniaturized coils inside.
The Xpad has its logic board separate from the charging component, in a small disk that also houses the USB-C port for connecting the accessory to a power source. The charger has a security chip to define the charging power of the device positioned on it; it is possible to transfer energy at 5W, 7.5W or even 10W, and an internal cork coating minimizes heat transfer to your smartphone.
The Xpad is currently a project on Indiegogo, and PlusUs has already captured more than half of its $ 20,000 goal to bring the charger into the mass production phase – with 19 days left to complete the campaign.
Anyone interested can contribute with a minimum of $ 32 (plus delivery charges) to guarantee the cork version; other models are slightly more expensive. The box includes a USB-C to USB-A cable with the same finish as the charger and an adapter to connect the Xpad directly to a laptop. Deliveries, according to PlusUs, should start next June.
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via Android Authority