Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LG Unveils Wireless Charger, Size of Coaster

LG is releasing a lot more than just phones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this year! Introducing the WCP-300, a wireless phone charger that is just 6.9 centimeters in diameter. LG claims this is the world's smallest wireless charger.

Compatible with the LG Nexus 4, HTC Droid DNA and the Nokia Lumina 920 (or any phone that supports a Qi standard), all the user has to do is drop a phone on the circle charging pad. A small LED lights up green when the charger is working.

Credit Brian Bennett/CNET
The wireless charger was designed to be useful for those who need something that is portable. A CNET writer notes the simpleness of the product.

"In fact, here at MWC I placed my Nexus 4 device onto the gadget (showcased at LG's booth) and was able to begin charging in seconds," he writes.

In a press release from LG, Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, draws attention to the importance of wireless phone charging.

"Wireless charging is the holy grail of smartphone user convenience," he said. "With the WCP-300, LG was able to deliver both portability with top-class charging capabilities in a device no larger than a typical beverage coaster."

The WCP-300 uses electromagnetic induction technology that produces a magnetic field. Shruti Dhapola from First Post Technology says that this technology, "in turn generates an electric current to charge the batteries in devices which are placed on the charging pad."

According to Alex Wagner, Senior News Editor from Phonedog, the price of the WCP-300 is approximately $60. It may take a while for the U.S. to receive this technology however.

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