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Tesla succeeds where Apple failed with a 30-coil wireless charging kit to be released in February

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End of March 2019, Apple has finally canceled its AirPower wireless charging pad. Perhaps a little too ambitious for the time, the 30-coil pad was unveiled in September 2017 for only Apple puts the kibosh on the product 562 days later. The mat was supposed to allow users to wirelessly charge an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and the AirPods carrying case at the same time.
At the time of the cancellation, Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, apologized, saying that AirPower could not meet Apple’s high standards, leaving the company with no choice but to cancel it. The product reportedly had an issue with the spacing of the 30 coils required for AirPower, which caused the product to overheat during testing.
Tesla has come up with its own 30-coil wireless charger (through The edge) which is expected to ship in February next year. The coils come from FreePower, but the design is all Tesla’s. In fact, the company says it’s “inspired by Cybertruck’s angular design and metallic styling.” The price of the Qi-compatible pad is $300 and the devices charged by the product can be placed on it in any direction. And the product comes with a magnetic base that can be used to prop up the charger at an angle.
A major difference between Tesla’s 30-coil charger and AirPower is that the latter promised to charge your Apple Watch. Since Tesla’s product only works with Qi-enabled devices, it cannot charge the Apple Watch, the Galaxy Watch, or the Pixel Watch. What Tesla’s charging pad will do is top up the battery in three devices at once at 15W each. The photos used on Tesla’s site show the pad wirelessly charging two phones at once, or a phone and a carrying case for wireless earbuds.

You can now pre-order Tesla’s wireless charger, which comes with an integrated USB-C cable and a 65W USB-C power adapter.

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