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LG’s WPD-800 turns wireless charging on its side

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March 1, 2012

LG's new WPD-800 wireless charger positions the recharging device upright

LG's new WPD-800 wireless charger positions the recharging device upright

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Wireless charging of mobile devices is all the rage if the number of wireless chargers hitting the market is anything to go by. Until now, most of the units on offer follow the flat slab design ushered in by the Powermat and WildCharge that sees recharging devices laid down flat on the charger. LG followed that form factor with its WCP-700 Wireless Charging Pad but has come up with something slightly different for its successor, the WCD-800. The new unit is designed to hold the mobile device upright so you can watch a video or make a video call while the charger goes about its business.

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 (MWC 2012), the WCD-800 is designed in the shape of a cradle with a lip that supports the mobile device in either vertical or horizontal orientation. Like competitor devices, the unit uses electromagnetic induction to recharge a device's batteries without the need for cables and LG says the unit is as efficient and effective as conventional wired chargers. It is also compatible with all devices compliant with the Wireless Power Consortium's (WPC) Qi standard.

The WCD-800's cradle measures 75.8 mm (2.98 in) wide and the unit boasts a charging area double that of its predecessor.

LG will first launch the wireless charger in Korea, followed by a North American release before mid-2012. No pricing details have yet been announced.

Source: LG

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
3 Comments

hmm, I have a palm pre, wireless charging very tits and an HP tablet that charges wirelessly through a touchstone, very tits, love them both, set them down and they charge, love them whilst my son plugs in his apple thingy bobber, built a car adapter for them both cost me nadda since my car already has a 120 volt power outlet, yes an 1989 Audi Avant yes she is bitchin' in red, yes, heated leather seats, love the car, love the wireless charging, Bestust

Bill Bennett
1st March, 2012 @ 10:25 pm PST

ABOUT FREAKIN' TIME! Next: MOBILE PHONES! (err..., SMARTPHONES...!)

Max Mad
2nd March, 2012 @ 08:56 am PST

It's amazing how long the blindly obvious sometimes take.

Slowburn
2nd March, 2012 @ 10:22 am PST
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