With smart phones chomping batteries like Pac-man popping pills, charging is the newest challenge for gadget-makers. If we could get some juice everytime we dropped our phone on the table, maybe we could make it through the day without being chained to our wall wart or USB cable.
So it's no wonder that wireless charging options are springing up faster than 80s-inspired synth-pop songstresses. We've taken each of them for a good, hard test drive and now we can share our wire-free wonder with you.
But first, ask yourself if you really need to shell out for one of these beauties. Even if you have a power-gorging iPhone, for example, you probably could just drop it on a dock for a tenth the price of a wireless solution. Palm Pre owners can have a little gloat here with their own wireless charging nubbin, the touchstone.
But if you live in a house with several smart phones, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets and handheld games consoles, a wireless charging mat really starts to make sense. There's no more clogged plug sockets, and everyone can just chuck their stuff on the pad without fighting over the microUSB cable.
All the chargers we tested did the job as promised, charging a range of phones and other devices quickly and reliably. So we've focused on ease of use, design and practicality in our comparison.
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