Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Kira0
Magnetyze: Making Wireless More Wireless
Yep, it just happened: you broke or lost or had a pet that chewed through another of those darn charging cords. Or you tripped over one! They get everywhere, and get tangled up, and you need one for each device, and
Well, we don’t have the perfect solution out yet. You can check out the MyCharge Batteries I reviewed this summer for part of the solution. But what I really want is to keep moving wireless. I mean, in addition to losing the cords, I hate trying to figure out how to get the charging cord in just right when I have already turned off all the lights in my room. I need something quick and easy, which is exactly what the BuQu Tech Magnetyze Magnetic Charging System for iPhone 4/4S is going for.
The idea behind the Magnetyze concept is that you put your smartphone (only available for iPhone 4, 4S and Androids right now) into a sleek case with a magnet on the back which makes it compatible with all the Magnetyze accessories. The case is actually really cute and only adds 0.16 inches in thickness and 1.12 ounces in weight to the phone (at least to the iPhone 4 that is). That’s less than most other induction charging systems, and though the cases never offer much protection, at least this one doesn’t add much bulk. Once the case is in place you can quickly place it on the charging stand and leave it to charge. No connecting wires, just let the magnet do the work of holding it in place and the stand and case do the rest. You can even use the charging station as a connector to your computer if you want to do data transfer- a definite advantage over competitors, like the system we checked out recently, the PowerMat.
The great thing about this gadget is how easy it is. I can just walk by and throw my phone on the charger without having to think about it. The magnet pulls it into place. The angle of the base and stand mean that, unlike most other, the phone is actually still usable when charging, and can even rotate 360 degrees. When I need to leave, I can quickly pluck it off the stand and be on my way. The negative is that the cover is needed, as it can get in the way of non-Magnetyze accessories, meaning you will have to take it off sometimes to use other gadgets with your smartphone. Although, one big positive is that you can get a larger Magnetyze charger and charge more than one phone, of different kinds, all at once. This is great for families! And though there’s still a cable, it’s a short, manageable one to a solid base instead of a dangling loose end.
Obviously this is going to cost more than a regular wired charger. However, compared to pricing for a lot of iPhone accessories, $70 is quite competitive. And it even comes with a direct-connect cable if you don’t want to (or can’t) use the base.