Video by Michael Oryl on Friday October 29, 2010.
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The Energizer Inductive Charger is a Qi ("chee") compatible charging system that works with special covers and backs for select devices to charge them without wires. In this video we demonstrate the system with a BlackBerry Curve 8900 for T-Mobile.
The Energizer Inductive Charger is a new wireless inductive charging system based upon the relatively new Qi standard. It consists of a charging pad that is hooked up to an AC wall adapter and one or more Qi compatible devices. Currently Energizer sells a Qi compatible case for the Apple iPhone 3G and 3GS and a compatible rear battery cover the the BlackBerry Curve 8900. The cool thing is that other Qi compatible devices from other manufacturers will also work with the Energizer system.
The case for the Apple iPhone 3GS is pretty rugged, being made of a tough plastic with a slight rubbery grip to it. The case splits into two pieces so that the phone can be inserted. Since the Qi receiver unit is built into the case, it's not obvious at all that something special is going on here.
The rear battery cover the the BlackBerry Curve 8900, however, is very obvious. It almost looks as if an extra battery were glued onto the back of the phone. It's not very attractive at all, but it does work.
In fact, both devices worked well, as you can see in the video.
The real hope for the future is getting Qi compatible batteries for phones that can just be popped in without adding an appreciable amount of thickness to the device. This is what competitor PowerMat has been demonstrating, though PowerMat's system is not compatible with the Qi charging standard.