Ikea’s dirt-cheap wireless charger is elusive for a reason [Review]

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The Livboj is under there somewhere.
The Livboj is under there somewhere.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

This is the Livboj, an inexpensive but hard-to-find Qi charging pad from Ikea. Last week, I visited my local Ikea to stock up on frozen cinnamon buns. I got lost, and found a stack of these amazing devices instead.

Despite its dirt-cheap price tag of 5 euros ($5.50), the Livboj is pretty great. So far I’ve experienced none of the problems other people report from far-more-expensive Qi pads. You should snap up one of these elusive chargers — if you’re lucky enough to spot one.

Save 20% on this mountable charging pad + case for iPhone

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Make your iPhone easily accessibly while it's charging.
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Wouldn’t it be cool if you could slap your iPhone on the wall while it’s charging? You can with the magnificent mountable wireless charging pad from Xvida.

Built-in magnets inside the pad grab onto Xvida’s companion case for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max to form a super-secure grip. And you can save big on both products today!

Belkin gives wireless charging an innovative boost [Review]

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Belkin Boost Up Charge Wireless Charging Stand review
Belkin Boost Up Charge can wirelessly power your iPhone while its playing a movie.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Wireless charging stands hold your iPhone up so you can easily see the display while the handset is getting power. Belkin has a model that improves on the whole concept: it can charge your device when it’s propped up in either portrait or landscape mode.

Apple liked the design enough to add it to the Apple Store. See what we think in our review.

Apple Card and wireless charging don’t play well together

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Apple Card with iPhone
A wireless charger can’t send power to this iPhone through an Apple Card.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The end might be near for iPhone cases with slots to hold credit cards now that the Apple Card is starting to roll out. Not because this new credit card will make them unnecessary, but because tests by Cult of Mac show that putting an Apple Card in one of these wallet cases blocks the iPhone inside from wireless charging.

Fans of this type of case will need to decide how much they want Apple’s new credit card, or if they‘re willing to give up on wireless charging.

This is the most beautiful multi-device wireless charger we’ve ever seen [Review]

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The Courant Catch:2 is simultaneously gorgeous and extremely functional.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Like the AirPower charger Apple wasn’t able to deliver, the Courant Catch:2 can wirelessly send power to multiple devices placed anywhere on its charging mat — there’s no need to carefully arrange them. Plus, this accessory truly looks like the luxury product it is, with a handsome leather exterior.

Power through my review of this just-released product, which I tested with recent and older iPhones.

Pick the wireless charger that’s best for you [Deals]

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Browse our top four favorite wireless charging accessories.
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Wireless charging is becoming the new normal. If you own a Qi-compatible device, you’ll want a wireless charger that meets your needs, so we rounded up four of our favorites.

From wirelessly charging three devices at once to charging your phone while you drive, we’ve got the wireless chargers you’re looking for.

Fuse Chicken Universal charger with battery takes on the world [Review]

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Fuse Chicken Universal
The Fuse Chicken Universal is ready for your next international vacation.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Anyone headed for Europe or Australia needs a way to charge their iPhone or MacBook, and the Fuse Chicken Universal is ready. Despite its ridiculous name, this is a serious international charger and 6700mAh battery. Even better, it can wirelessly power up your iPhone.

We went on the road with this handy charger. Here’s what we found out.

Price drops on wireless chargers, meditation apps and more [Deals]

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We've rounded up some of the best, extra-discounted gear and apps in the Cult of Mac Store.
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The Cult of Mac Store is always a place to find deals on gear and apps. But some deals are better than others, like these price drops on AirPods and iTunes alternatives, meditation apps and a three-in-one wireless charging pad.

Most are discounted by 75% or more!

Best summer tech: Turn up the heat with these great gadgets [Reviews]

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Summertime and the living is easy if your iPhone has the right gear.
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Summertime means everything from hitting the pool to heading out on vacation. And, of course, your tech is coming along for the ride.

We’ve compiled a collection of accessories you might find turn up the heat on summertime fun. There are smart glasses, travel chargers, wireless speakers and headphones, and more.