Published on November 5th, 2012 | by Kira


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.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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