The iPhone 7 may pack a faster processor and better camera than much of its competition, but one area in which it lacks is charging. Wireless charging, to be specific. And as anyone who’s used a Qi-enabled Android smartphone will tell you, that’s a real shame — the freedom to slap your phone on a charger without having to fumble around for a misshapen wire is can be an absolute godsend. Rumor has it that the feature is bound for next year’s iPhone, but for the impatient, there’s an IndieGoGo solution today: the Woolet Wireless Charging Pad.
The Woolet’s conceit — “making … lives simple” — is straightforward enough, and appropriately, so is the technology behind it. Behind the pad of hand-stitched, printed calf leather lie magnetic coils that deliver electricity to devices, cases, and accessories on contact. It’s a phenomenon known as inductive charging: once a compatible object and the Woolet come into contact, a magnetic field is produced, facilitating the transfer of electronics from pad to battery.
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It’s hardly innovative, and indeed, the Woolet is compatible with existing standards of wireless charging — including Qi. But Woolet, unlike most wireless, packs multiple magnetic coils in a single pad. What does that mean in real-world terms? The chances you miss contact on the way to the charger are dramatically reduced, or in other words, you’re way less likely to wake up to a dead phone.
What about the iPhone? The folks behind Woolet offer a solution in the form of a carved, solid oak case with a smooth finish and protective rubber bumpers on all four sides. It’s compatible with the iPhone SE, iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, and 7, and 7 Plus, and ships with an inductive panel built in — once the case is firmly affixed to the iPhone of your choice, placing it on the pad is enough to trigger charging.
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That’s not the Woolet’s only differentiating feature. It sports a built-in kickstand, too, for desk-side or kitchen-counter use. It ships with a car mount and leather Mini USB cable, depending on the bundle you choose. And it’s compatible with USB Type-C switches, meaning plugging it in’s an absolute cinch — the plug is bidirectional.
The Woolet charging pad goes for $70, a price that the team behind it said “won’t last.” The in-car edition is a bit more — $119 — and a larger edition of the in-car model starts even higher, at $130. The iPhone case ships for $40. And a bundle with all of the aforementioned items is available for $210.