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Pond's 'Stream' case brings MFi-approved Qi wireless charging to Apple's iPhone 5/5s

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Announced by small tech firm Devant earlier this week, the Pond Wireless ecosystem of products looks to bring Qi wireless charging to Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s with a "Made for iPhone" charging case, tray and fob adapter.




Already named a Kickstarter Staff Pick, the Pond project revolves around the Qi wireless charging standard, one of the more popular inductive charging solutions on the market.

The star of the lineup is Pond's Stream, which is being billed as the "first globally available" Apple MFi-approved Qi wireless charging case to hit the market. Other case makers have created similar solutions, though apparently sales have been limited to specific markets.

Stream is basically a Lightning connector-compatible Qi adapter shoehorned into a form-fitting iPhone 5 and 5s sheath. Like other two-piece case designs, Stream's bottom portion docks with the iPhone's Lightning connector, while a second part slides on top to lock the handset in place. As seen in the photo below, the "chin" section containing Qi charging circuitry is comparable in size to an extended battery case.

According to Devant, the case delivers a maximum one amp of juice to the iPhone when sitting on a compatible Qi wireless charging pad. Regular models are crafted from ABS plastic, while premium versions use maple and walnut wood surrounded by ABS frames.

The lineup's namesake valet tray comes in two battery powered versions, both of which include a carved out section for keys, coins and other pocketable items. The smaller Pond comes with an integrated 10,000 mAh battery, while the Pond Duo uses a 20,000 mAh unit and two Qi induction coils for charging two devices at once. Pond batteries are recharged via a common USB adapter. Like Stream, the Pond and Pond Duo also come in wooden versions for a unique premium look.


Pond Duo tray.


Finally, the Pond Pebble is a small fob adapter that enables Qi wireless charging for nearly any Micro-USB or Lightning-equipped device. While not mentioned by Devant, electronics with higher capacity batteries like an iPad likely take longer to fully charge.

Early-bird pledges for the Stream start at $45 ($70 for a premium wood version), while the Pond tray can be had for $125 ($140 for the larger Pond Duo). Pond Pebble adapters are only available in combination with a Pond tray purchase and packages start at $145.

The Stream is expected to ship out to backers in August, while the Pond, Pond Duo and Pond Pebble are due in September. With 26 days left to go, the project has amassed $4,435 of its $30,000 goal.
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Bad timing. People who are likely to purchase this are all waiting for the iPhone 6.
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I would get one but only if it's compatible with I phone 6
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Yes, poor timing. Also, I suspect that it would be quite unsatisfactory charging an iPad as one amp will take ages.
Does the large battery need to even be built in anyway? Couldn't you just have the tray permanently connected to the wall?
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I hope Apple have plans to integrate wireless charging into their own devices. But better, in the way only apple could do. I'm imagining iMacs with the ability to provide the wireless charging function, and being able to just sit my iPhone or iPad nearby for it to charge. Wow, just the thought of never having to charge an iDevice again...
Edited by Chewster - 7/4/14 at 5:30am
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I'm imagining iMacs with the ability to provide the wireless charging function, and being able to just sit my iPhone or iPad nearby for it to charge.

 

I believe Apple has a patent for just that. It would constantly charge your wireless mouse, keyboard, and any other compatible devices within its proximity.

 

http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2013/12/apple-wins-patents-for-wireless-charging-system-new-mac-pro.html

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I believe Apple has a patent for just that. It would constantly charge your wireless mouse, keyboard, and any other compatible devices within its proximity.

http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2013/12/apple-wins-patents-for-wireless-charging-system-new-mac-pro.html

Oh wow! Apple never ceases to amaze me. I hope it's in the works for the not too distant future 1smile.gif
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I hope Apple have plans to integrate wireless charging into their own devices.

 

Isn't induction charging horribly inefficient? I'd hate to think iPhone users would collectively be wasting Megawatts of power by radiating it uselessly into the air...

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Originally Posted by Lorin Schultz View Post
Isn't induction charging horribly inefficient? I'd hate to think iPhone users would collectively be wasting Megawatts of power by radiating it uselessly into the air...

 

Yep. There’s no point to it. Never mind that the hardware to do it takes up a lot of space.

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Isn't induction charging horribly inefficient? I'd hate to think iPhone users would collectively be wasting Megawatts of power by radiating it uselessly into the air...

What I meant was that maybe Apple could improve on the technology, or develop a way better solution, hence why I said: "But better, in the way only Apple could do."

I would just expect more from Apple than for them to adopt crappy technology. Alas, we can only dream.
Edited by Chewster - 7/6/14 at 4:44pm
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I hope Apple have plans to integrate wireless charging into their own devices. But better, in the way only apple could do. I'm imagining iMacs with the ability to provide the wireless charging function, and being able to just sit my iPhone or iPad nearby for it to charge. Wow, just the thought of never having to charge an iDevice again...

Wireless charging is as much as a dead technology as Wireless networking is. It has it's uses, but it's mainly to remove cable clutter from spaces that can't have it (eg most Condo and Apartment buildings, where you're not allowed to punch a hole in the wall. Likewise cell phones can't fit full size ethernet connectors.) It's otherwise inefficient, and wastes extremely large amounts of energy.

Where I could see wireless charging becoming a standard is primarily for sub-cellphone sized devices, things like keyfobs/keychains, watches, and likely ipod-shuffle sized toys. It has more of a practical use with toys because you don't want your kids accidentally sticking their fingers into electrical sockets.


Though, people who adopt wireless charging are likely not going to be aware of the "powerlines cause cancer" camp of people. Personally I don't like the idea of wireless charging because that means the device will take 4 times longer to charge if it's the only option.
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