iPhone 4 Wireless Charger From Energizer: No Strings Attached

I don’t know if your house is like mine, but it seems that all the phones end up needing charging at the same time. The problem is that this turns the kitchen sides into a barrage of chargers and wires cluttering up the place.

This mishmash of cabling could be a thing of the past according to Mashable as it reported on The Energizer Inductive Charger.

Energizer’s wedge shaped design allows your device to simply be placed on its piano black platform and topped up without the need to plug in any charger. Being available for a few months now at $89, so far iPhone 3G, 3GS and BlackBerry’s Curve 8900 have been given compatible sleeves, or in the case of the Curve, a replacement door. Just recently the company has finished its development on a sleeve for the iPhone 4.

Working with a Qi electromagnetic field system, the platform picks up on the sleeve when it comes into contact and starts charging. Due to its large surface area two devices can be sat on the marked areas illuminating the blue indicator lights. Cleverly the lights will go out once the handset has reach optimum charge, and trigger a standby mode to save energy. Added to this as Coolest Gadgets found, there is an additional USB port enabling you to connect a third device.

Obviously you have to have either the replacement door (if using BlackBerry Curve) or sleeve, and whilst the iPhone 3G and 3GS gain a case like bulk, the iPhone 4 adds a reasonable ¾ sleeve. If you have seen any of the add-on battery extenders like the Morphie Juice Pack Plus, then this is no more obtrusive than one of those.

Ideally the main goal is for all devices to be built with wireless charging compatibility, and the outlook suggests that this could become reality by 2014. Certainly the thought of just placing your device on a platform will be far more convenient than searching for a spare plug socket like I have to. Will you be tempted by the easy way to charge your phone, or will you be put off by the extra sleeve?