Induction Charging is Now Practical!
Wireless induction charging is one of those things that SOUNDS super-badass, but actually works about as well as whipping yourself in the face with a water noodle to wake up in the morning. Sure, it does the job, but the whole process of using it is too cumbersome and unpleasant to be worthwhile. You end up needing to stick some big stupid case on your smartphone that makes it (way) bulkier and less convenient to use.
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But electroHUB has figured a way to get around this problem. They're bringing an induction charger to CES 2011 that requires no cases whatsoever. Just drop your device on the mat and it will juice up. It can handle up to six devices at a time, covering everything from handsets and MIDs to Wiimotes and console controllers.
It works with the iPad, iPod, and even certain AAA and AA batteries. And the price is very fair: $39.99.
I've taken the liberty of drawing up a list of the different things keeping induction charging from mass appeal. They include:
1. Price. A lot of the more high-profile products are $100+.
2. Bulky cases required.
3. The pad itself is too small for a family's-worth of gizmos.
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The electroHUB (which we have not tested yet) seems to have dealt with each of these issues. $40 is cheap enough for an impulse buy, the lack of cases makes it practical and ACTUALLY less of a pain than cords, and the fact that it holds up to six devices means you can fit all the family phones on it at once. Unless you have a huge family, but hey- another $40 isn't that bad.