Apple’s effort to give its multi-device users a reliable charging pad failed. But other companies have stepped up to bring an all-in-one wireless charger and one currently on Kickstarter looks promising.
The Air Quad from Pitaka provides dedicated charging positions for the iPad, iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch.
Pitaka didn’t go overboard with charging coils, which reportdly caused Apple’s AirPower to overheat. Apple wanted to create position-free device placement. It was shelved earlier this year.
With the Air Quad (there is also an Air Trio that leaves out AirPods charging), charging coils are paired in threes for each device so that contact need not be so precise.
Air Quad, elegant and powerful
But the design makes it easy because of the careful consideration given to how the four devices are arranged for feeding time.
Reviewers who got a hold of a prototype noted first the heft of the Air Quad. It is mostly a metal base with carbon fiber and is heavier than a lot of charging accessories.
But if that was a looming complaint, it faded once the reviewers began placing their devices on it.
From the bottom, a support stand flips up for the iPad. Just in front of it is a Lightning terminal with an adjustable height to get through any case thickness. It’s an 18W charger and could also serve as an iPhone charger that will bring a dead battery up to 50 percent in 30 minutes, according to the company.
Another thoughtful feature is the Apple Watch charger. The circular charger lays flat, however, it moves upright with the press of a button on the side of the base.
Next to it is a spot for the AirPods charging case and the forward third of the matt is meant for the iPhone.
Pitaka has already tripled its fund-raising goal. Kickstarter backers can get an Air Quad for $139 U.S. dollars. The Air Trio starts at $119.