Apple introduced AirPower but never sold it, and that didn’t stop third-party manufacturers from developing devices with nearly the same capabilities and launching it to the market. Specifically, Anker recently unveiled the PowerWave+ Pad wireless charging pad that can charge the phone wirelessly and also charge the Apple Watch. In fact, the product is just a wireless charging dock for smartphones as usual, and the charger for Apple Watch needs to use a separate charger from Apple, then threaded inside the openings below. A “clever” design.
At a price of $54, the user has a wireless charging pad powered by a Micro USB cable – an unacceptable factor for an electronic device launched in 2019. With this connection method, charging capacity is certainly not high and according to the manufacturer, it can charge
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In fact, the Anker PowerWave+ Pad is just one of many devices with similar features introduced recently, not to mention products that are in the fundraising phase. Apple is successful or rather very successful with many devices, but that does not mean that they have never met failure and AirPower is the most recent device to prove it. Overheating and connection problems that are Apple’s wireless AirPower charger are having, making it still impossible to market after more than a year since it was announced.
According to Apple’s introduction, the device is equipped with Qi wireless charging standard and can be charged for 3 devices at the same time as iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods wireless headphones. The heating problem mentioned above seems to come from a multi-coil system that receives and transmits signals in the charger. In addition, another problem that Apple has been unable to solve is the ability to communicate between it and the charging device. In other words, AirPower is not able to tell if the device is fully charged. Moreover, charging multiple devices at the same time also causes power distribution for each device to malfunction.