Apple finally added support for wireless charging with the launch of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. With the release of new iPhone, the wireless charging based on Qi standard has suddenly gained renewed momentum among accessory manufacturers.
At CES 2018, there were a number of companies showing new Qi wireless chargers with support for new iPhones and Galaxy smartphones. While wireless chargers are currently available only in the form of wireless charging pad and wireless charging dock, one company seems to be breaking the mold with a design that is rather unusual in the segment.
Power Lens Qi Charging Pad is a wireless charger that is designed like a prime lens used by photographers. The wireless charger supports Qi standard and can charge devices with 10W power output. It has a thermal design with 2mm thick heatsink plate underneath the power coil.
All you need to do to charge is place a compatible smartphone on top of the lens and the wireless charger notifies that the device is charging with a shutter click sound. It has a peak power output of 10W and relies on microUSB port for charging. The wireless charger also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Charge 3.0 with a compatible wall adapter.
Power Lens Qi Charging Pad designed by LightPix Labs stays close to the design of short-barreled camera lens with marking like 40mm indicating the focal length and a dedicated button to enable or disable the shutter sound. The wireless charger is priced at $30 (approximately Rs 1,900), and will serve as a nice addition to the desk of a photographer. The only disappointing fact being that it only ships to the US right now.