This low-key powerful portable battery charger packs 8,000mAh [Deals]



Now that iPhones are firmly on board the wireless charging train, it’s easier than ever to have full recharging capabilities at all times, all without carrying an octopus’ nest of wires, connectors and adapters. At first glance, the QiStone2 Wireless Portable Charger actually does look like a stone. However, it’s a stone packing 8,000 mAh of power, capable of two to three full wireless recharges of your typical smartphone while you’re out in the world.

Wireless charger suggests AirPower’s problems are solvable


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Set it and forget it. Source changes smartphones without a search for a precise charging connection.
Photo: Spansive

We waited two years for AirPower and in the end, Apple could not deliver. Numerous engineering challenges forced Apple to do something it rarely does – give up.

But the hurdles facing the team producing Apple’s first multi-device wireless charger are not insurmountable.

Consider the Source – a wireless charger and first product by tech startup Spansive that goes on sale today for $189. Its multiple charging coils allow a person to simply set their phone on the surface without having to move it around until a precise charging point is engaged.

Charge all your Apple devices with Zens Dual+Watch, now in white


Zens Dual + Watch wireless charging mat in white.
Zens Dual + Watch wireless charging mat in white.
Photo: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

Zens’ popular Dual+Watch wireless charging pad is the one-stop charging system for all your Apple gadgets. It can charge three devices simultaneously, including your Apple Watch, iPhone and the new wireless AirPods.

The Dual+Watch mat is perfect for the bedside table or desk at work, and it now comes in white to match your AirPods.

One wireless charging hub juices up four devices at once [Deals]


This single station wireless charges up to four devices at once, including smartphones, watches, even the Apple Pencil.
This single station wireless charges up to four devices at once, including smartphones, watches, even the Apple Pencil.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Wireless charging is catching on, so our wireless charging pads are becoming scarce real estate. Instead of buying a new charging dock for each new device, why not just get one that can handle all of them?

New report spills details of 2019 iPhone refresh


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Look at the size of those cameras!
Photo: Macotakara

This year’s iPhone refresh may bring more than just a spec bump.

A new report claims Apple’s flagship devices will get even bigger to accommodate an additional camera sensor and the largest lenses ever in an iPhone. They may also be ever so slightly thicker than their predecessors.

Why Apple was right to scrap AirPower [Opinion]


AirPower wasn't ready and Apple was right to kill it.
Photo: Apple

Let me be among the first to thank Apple for killing the wireless charging pad known as AirPower.

While tech commentators try to rank this failure against other doomed Apple products, I feel grateful that Cupertino pulled the plug. AirPower, an ambitious attempt to use multiple coils to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, was a public health hazard.

This dual iPhone and Apple Watch charger is a great AirPower alternative [Watch Store]


ZENS Dual Watch Aluminum Wireless Charger for iPhone Xr iPhone Xs
The Zens Dual+Watch is all you need for charging.
Photo: Zens

Now that Apple’s AirPower charging mat has been cancelled, this dual iPhone and Apple Watch charger is perhaps the best alternative.

Like the AirPower, the Dual+Watch Aluminium Wireless Charger can charge three devices simultaneously, including the new wireless AirPods.

What went wrong with Apple’s doomed AirPower charging mat?


Sadly, AirPower now resides in a shallow grave.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

AirPower is officially dead.

It’s been about 1.5 years since Apple titillated fans by revealing a wireless charging mat that supposedly would charge not one, not two, but three Apple devices at the same time.

Frankly, it looked too good to be true at the time. And after a year of avoiding the subject, Apple confirmed today that AirPower will never caress the backside of your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time.

This is an unofficial guide to why AirPower failed.

How to charge your new wireless AirPods


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You can add wireless charging to any AirPods, with the new wireless charging case.
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

This might seem like an absurd subject for a how-to. I mean, all you have to do to charge your new AirPods with the new wireless charging case is toss them onto the charging mat, right? That’s true, but there are a couple of neat tricks that you might like to know.

They are simple, but these AirPods charging tips can save you frustration and wasted time.