Although wireless charging has been around for a while, it’s still in the infancy stage. Some smartphones are able to wirelessly charge right out of the box, while other require the purchase and installation of a receiver in order to equip that ability.
Either way, one can only expect a maximum charge rate of 500mAh, if that. These Qi wireless receivers state only a 500mA output to the battery, which is equivalent to the lowest USB speed (a trickle). If you don’t mind an overnight process for charging, it’s cool to cut that extra cable.
The truth is, many of us are pretty impatient. A four-hour recharge time can be too long a wait, let alone eight (or more). But if you have to wait anyway, at least now you can do so without the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables. Patriot has just introduced its Fuel iON family of cases and accessories for the Apple iPhone 5/5S and Samsung Galaxy S4. Fuel iON reinvents wireless charging, as it powers mobile devices at the same speed as a cable. Wireless inductive charging technology is left in the dust with Patriot’s magnetic power transfer.
The Patriot Fuel iON features a slim, protective case for the iPhone 5/5S or Galaxy S4. The back of the case has a neodymium magnet to securely dock it to the charging base, which doubles as a stand. Once full, just remove the device without hassling with any cords.
Along with the Fuel iON case kits, Patriot is also offering a separate car charger and charging pad. The Fuel iON car charger allows the smartphone to mount to either windshield or dash and charge. The Fuel iON charging pad is slim and packable, ideal for those who travel or prefer a low-profile dock.
The Patriot Fuel iON family will be available this July, 2014.