PopSockets Created a Wireless Charger for Phones with PopGrips
As it turns out, the trendy and colorful PopGrips that people often adorn to the back of their phones actually inhibits the device from wirelessly charging. Not a big deal for most of us who put the PopGrip on top of a case, but for those who fasten it directly to a smartphone, it most definitely creates a major pain point.
Today at CES, PopSockets announced a solution to its own self-created problem with the PopPower Home, a Qi-enabled wireless charging pad. The PopPower Home features a cutout in the center allowing a user to charge their compatible Apple and Android smartphones without needing to remove their PopGrip.
The charging pad works with phone cases up to 5mm thick and can even charge AirPods with Apple’s Wireless Charging Case. Powered by Nucurrent, the PopPower Home features Extended Power Profile (EPP) to provide up to 15 watt charging and fast charging with compatible Apple and Samsung products.
There are some PopSocket Products that won’t be compatible with the PopPower Home, however. The wireless charger cannot be used with metal PopGrips or PopGrip Lips, which feature a lip balm inside, because the product will melt. Placement of the PopGrips is also an important factor as far as the PopPower Home’s effectiveness.
“Some PopGrip placements on some phone models may produce a slower charge or no charge, based on the positioning of the PopGrip and the phone’s wireless charging antenna, and will need a slight adjustment or for the PopTop to be removed for optimal charging,” the company told The Verge.
The PopPower Home is available exclusively on popsockets.com for $60 in three different styles: White, Mountainscape, and Cosmic Cloud. We can expect to see more styles by the end of the month and Amazon availability later this year.