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Gizmag takes a quick look at Fonesalesman's Qistone+ Wireless Power Bank (left) and WoodPu...

With Samsung including wireless charging capabilities in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, we're likely to see wireless charging accessories move closer to the mainstream. Fonesalesman's charging pads add a little nature-infused style that could be a good fit for Samsung's beautiful phones. Gizmag has been testing a couple of the Qi chargers.  Read More

Like a mini power plant, this electric vehicle can bid on energy in California's wholesale...

The California utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), has begun bidding energy resources from fleets of electric vehicles and storage systems into the state’s wholesale power market. The pilot program, one of the first of its kind, is meant to provide insights into how electric vehicles and other kinds of distributed energy resources can make the grid more reliable and efficient.  Read More

The WonderCube is a versatile keychain accessory that aims to provide emergency charging, ...

WonderCube is a 1-inch cube keyring that’s designed to function as a numerous accessories for your iOS or Android smartphone. The product, which is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign, promises to function as an emergency charger, a storage solution, an LED torch and more.  Read More

Ikea will sell both furniture with wireless charging built-in, and accessories that can be...

Starting next month, Swedish furniture colossus Ikea will start selling furniture with built-in Qi wireless charging and a charging kit to build wireless charging into existing furniture.  Read More

The Sonicable is said to charge any device twice as fast as standard charging cables

When you're in a rush, it can feel your phone is taking forever to charge. A new cable, however, promises to cut the time it takes to charge mobile devices from a PC. The Sonicable is said to be able to charge any device twice as quickly through a PC's USB port than they would with regular charging cables.  Read More

The ChargeTech adapter can be used with phones and tablets, smartwatches, Bluetooth speake...

ChargeAll’s ChargeTech is a convenient adapter that promises to charge your gadgets significantly faster than stock alternatives. It’s small, allows you to power up two devices at once, and comes in a car charger variant. The company is also in the process of crowdfunding what it claims is the thinnest and lightest iPhone 6 battery case around.  Read More

Using the AutoCharge system, users would just put their phone down anywhere on a regular t...

Wireless charging pads may be more convenient than traditional wired smartphone chargers, but a team from Microsoft Research in China thinks that they're still not convenient enough. According to Yunxin Liu, Zhen Qin and Chunshui Zhao, pads still require users to consciously place their phone in a specific spot, for the express purpose of charging. Instead, they envision a system in which users just toss their phone onto a table, where it's automatically charged using a beam of light. They've already built a working prototype of the system, which is known as AutoCharge.  Read More

The Smartbag is fully wired for gadget charging

Backpacks with integrated chargers – take the Timbuk2 Power Commute and TYLT Energi+ – aren't new, but start-up AMPL Labs believes it's taken the next step in what it's calling the world's smartest backpack. Not only does the Smartbag include an integrated charging port in every pocket, it lets you monitor and control the process from your smartphone.  Read More

Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla Motors is working on a robotic arm to take over the task of c...

Showing his penchant for dropping bombshells on Twitter, Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is working on a robotic arm for recharging its Model S electric cars.  Read More

The SkySense Charging Pad is designed to enable automation of the recharging process

In addition to shotguns, regulations and laser defense systems, limited battery life is an obstacle that drone companies need to contend with in driving widespread adoption. Berlin-based startup SkySense is looking to play a part, developing a landing pad that doubles as a wireless charging station and promises yet another layer of automation.  Read More

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