There are so many devices that need to be charged, but not all chargers are created equal – especially when it comes to speed. CES 2019 features a few exciting announcements for wireless chargers, powerful almost chargers that take advantage of GaN (gallium nitride) to shrink down to size, and even car mounts. To get a better grasp of the evolving charger market, we have to go to the top of this page.
Griffin's new wireless chargers
Apple's AirPower is still nowhere to be seen, so Griffin announced a charging dock that could fill in the gap. Its PowerBlock Wireless Fast Charging Pad is a 7.5-watt Qi charger with a spot for both iPhone and Apple Watch, and it'll be shipping for the next couple months for $ 79.99. An iPhone-only version of what is announced.
Griffin thus debuted two other wireless chargers. The PowerBlack Wireless charging stand is a 5,000mAh portable battery back with a wireless charging contact point for your phone. The chargers will cost $ 39.99 and $ 34.99, respectively, when they launch in Q1 2019.
Anchor's GaN almost charger
Accessories manufacturers like Anchors are starting to produce almost chargers that contain gallium nitride (GaN) which allows for smaller bricks and more efficient charging. One of the first is the 30-watt Atom PD 1 charging brick that launches later this month for $ 29.99. It is not much more than a typical iPhone charger, but it's able to charge almost any iPad Pro, smartphone, or 13-inch MacBook Air.
A GaN charger can better withstand heat, draws less power, and delivers more power faster than traditional fast charging bricks.
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This one is a Kickstarter, and I'll admit it's little odd but interesting. The Yoolox portable wireless charging pack includes small suction cups so it can stay attached to your smartphone. They have enough to keep their phone from falling, with or without a leather case. For the $ 79 price tag, you get a 10,000mAh battery with both USB-C and USB-A outputs.
Unfortunately, it only supports 5W wireless charging, which is below fast charge speeds.
iOttie's motorized wireless charging car mount
One of the other strange and useful chargers at this year's show was iOttie's car mount , which has motorized arms automatically "hug" your phone when you place it down. It's called the Auto Sense Wireless Fast Charging Car Mount. It supports 10W charging speeds, and it will cost $ 54.95 when it goes on sale later this year.
Belkin made the first third-party USB-C to Lightning cable
Apple has long maintained strict USB-C to Lightning cables could be a challenge. In fact, the only legitimate option has been Apple's own flimsy cable.
Finally, third-party choices are arriving. Belkin is releasing a USB-to-light cable in four-foot, six-foot and 10-foot versions in a speckled black and speckled white designs. Their ranges will range from $ 24.99 to $ 34.99, so Belkin ships the cables later this spring.
Griffin made some third-party USB-C to Lightning cables
If you're not keen on getting your USB-C to Lightning cables from Belkin, then you'll be glad to know there's an alternative. Griffin therefore has some new cables, in two styles: premium with a woven cable and aluminum head or standard model that's made with a lower price. The premium cable measures five feet long, while the two standard cables come in four- and six-foot models. The standard Griffin USB-C to Lightning cables are available in black or white, while the premium one comes in silver, black, or gold.
As for pricing and availability, the shortest standard cable will cost $ 19.99, the six-foot Standard wants to cost $ 29.99, and finally, the premium cable will knock you down $ 34.99, once they ship out between April and May this year.