Inductive Charging???


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  1. BigMace23

    BigMace23 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi I was wondering if anyone was familiar with this topic and if it would be possible on the droid... i know that the palm pre uses this and i think it may have something to do with magnets... but im not sure. I think that wireless charging on the Droid would be awesome and if anyone who knows about this charging method could say if it would be possible or not, i would greatly appreciate it. thanks
     

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  2. BottledHate

    BottledHate Well-Known Member

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    they have been advertising this a lot lately.. Powermat.com | Introducing Powermat

    the right tech is a few years out still imho..
     
  3. ICANSEEYOU7687

    ICANSEEYOU7687 Active Member

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    ya that powermat thing is dumb IMO. Not only do you have to pay 100$ for the mat, but also 30-50$ for the adapters that fit onto the devices. Interesting concept but I could not imagine that it would charge very fast...

    me personally, am find with plugging it in for an hour or so when im not using it.
     
  4. bthoward

    bthoward Well-Known Member

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    I don't get the whole point of inductive charging you've still got to have the bloody mat there and there is a cable run to the mat... I've got 3 or 4 places around the house with a micro usb charger and one in the car and 2 at my office. I find that much more convenient than being married to the location where the mat is placed.

    As far as charging time if its done right it should be able to be fairly quick. We're doing some inductive power for some of the products that I work on. Essentially the whole table top is made an inductive power and you can then place our product anywhere on the top of the table and poof as soon as its w/in an inch or two of the table poof it powers up and starts working. Unfortunately I can't be any more detailed than that...

    I can state that we're seeing about 85+% efficiency. Which isn't much worse than some of the power bricks I've seen out there...
     
  5. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

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    Unless powermat makes a special case for the DROID like they have for iPhone/BB and other devices then your stuck using that stupid adapter which you still have to plug in when you put it on the mat so that defeats the whole purpose.
     
  6. BigMace23

    BigMace23 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ya I don't think I'd get the powermat if i had to use that stupid adapter... but if i could just set my droid on top of it without any adapters or cases it might be worth it just like you can set the pre on the touchstone without any special attachments. Is that possible? And the stuff that bthoward was talking about with the tables.... thats gonna be awesome, but it probably wont be widespread in the near future.
     
  7. Gunner

    Gunner Well-Known Member

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    Nope not possible w/ the Droid. It doesn't have the necessary electronics built-in (the Pre does). I could see more devices in the future having that tech built in, tho. And I'd love to have my counter tops, coffee table, and center console in my truck be inductive chargers.
     
  8. barry99705

    barry99705 Well-Known Member

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    The Pre does, if you buy the touchstone thingy, it comes with a replacement battery cover that has the coil built in. Straight from the factory it won't either.
     
  9. anuleif

    anuleif Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, guys! I considered buying a powermat as a household Christmas present. Glad I came across this!
     
  10. skylinedrifter

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    Inductive charging would be nice for an in-car application. I'd like to see it built into a car dock so that I didn't have to fiddle with connecting power.
     
  11. horsluvr498

    horsluvr498 New Member

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    the pre's battery cover have connectors that connect to a terminal that connects to the battery so when you put in on the pod it charges it
     
  12. DjOutlaw32

    DjOutlaw32 Well-Known Member

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    pretty old thread, but thanks for the info :?
     

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