Pi Charging

The world's first contactless, wireless charger.

#3 Product of the WeekSeptember 19, 2017
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Pi Charging is the world's first contactless, wireless charger for smartphones and tablets. Pi charges devices within a 1ft range in any orientation using magnetic resonance technology.

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Reviews

  • Heather BrunoEnlisted Design
    Pros: 

    Truly contactless charging

    Cons: 

    Extend the range

    Absolutely love this technology

    Heather Bruno has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

    This is actual wireless charging. No physical contact with the device.

    Cons: 

    Not know atm

    Exited about the technology

    Enrico Cerroni has never used this product.

Discussion

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Rob Bye@robjbye · I build products and companies
Does it also act as a heater for humans as it slowly cooks us?
Tony Brix@tonybrix
@robjbye Ya everyone knows magnetic fields are bad for us! Pretty soon there will be a magnetic field that surrounds our planet and everyone will be cooked!!
Stefan Aichholzer@aichholzer · Software adventurer & epilogue writer.
@robjbye I can't agree more. Not even as a gift I want this thing.
Shikeb Ali@shikeb · Web Engineer, Founder @MustifiedTweets
@robjbye so It won't let the coffee go cold too? this seems interesting for that purpose...
Nadia Niky
Maker
@nadia_niky · Market Researcher at Pi
@robjbye Hi Rob! Thanks for checking out our product. No, it does not act as a heater and cook humans. Pi uses a very weak magnetic field, the same type of field existing pad based chargers use. All our products follow existing FCC safety regulations.
alteredorange@alteredorange
Ah, the catch is under the technology tab. You need their bulky case on your phone for this to work. So either you have to switch cases each time you want to charge, or put on their case when you get home. And you have to hope they release a case for every phone and tablet you have. And the charger + cases are probably going to be $$$. Great idea if you could work with manufacturers to embed this into phones, but as it stands... :/
Cenk@cenk
@alteredorange Thanks for finding this out for us. Seems like cheating, to be honest. At that point I could just use a battery case.
Tony Brix@tonybrix
@alteredorange It will only need a case until phone makers start incorporating the technology into the phones. Same way wireless charging currently works on the iPhone 7
Michael Ochs@_mochs · Senior iOS Engineer at PSPDFKit GmbH
@alteredorange I don't think that is correct. According to the linked article from Macrumors this works with any Qi enabled device. So this works with a lot of Android devices, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that starts shipping on Friday and with the iPhone X that ships in November – and presumably with any other new device Apple will launch.
alteredorange@alteredorange
@_mochs I'd be all about that! I'm just going off what their site says. I'm assuming they need a special case to guide the magnetic field to the phone. If it works with any Qi enabled device that would be MUCH cooler!
Michael Ochs@_mochs · Senior iOS Engineer at PSPDFKit GmbH
@alteredorange Yeah. Not entirely sure either. They seem to be pretty clever in wording their stuff. They say you don't need a Qi enabled device because you can simply use their case. Which sounds a bit like it would work without the case if your phone supports Qi. But that might just be smart marketing speak. I guess we'll see when they announce more details.
Tony Brix@tonybrix
@nadia_niky @johnehmac can we get a clarification on needing the case. Do all phones need the case? or will this work with some devices without the case?
Nadia Niky
Maker
@nadia_niky · Market Researcher at Pi
@alteredorange Thanks for checking out our website! Our device will support the iPhone X and 8, and we will provide a case to support iPhones 6/6S/7. We will support select Android phones without a case and some phones with a case. Stay tuned for exact models.
Nadia Niky
Maker
@nadia_niky · Market Researcher at Pi
@cenk not all phones!
Cenk@cenk
@nadia_niky ah! So it actually *is* wireless charging with no case for Qi-Enabled devices? That’s amazing! I take back my snarky comment.
Alex H@metalhaze · UX Designer
I won't be excited about this tech until you can achieve it without the use of a bulky case
David Bograd@davidbograd · Founder, Bograd Design
Wow this looks great. The charging station is even well designed, so I it be a nice addition to your room. Excited about this release!
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community, Product Hunt ⚡️
@nadia_niky this is a really cool product. When will it be ready for market?
Nadia Niky
Maker
@nadia_niky · Market Researcher at Pi
@jacqvon Hi Jacqueline! Thanks for asking. We're going to have another big announcement in a couple weeks and will reveal our shipping timeline then.