Love it or hate it, it’s no secret that the iPhone is trailing competitors in some areas. Specifically, there are some hardware changes that Apple fans have been clamouring for for years, and Cupertino seems to be ignoring. High among that list is wireless charging (alongside a bigger screen, NFC, etc.). The Qi wireless charging standard has been established for years, but there’s no word on when or even if it’ll ever be integrated into the iPhone. This means that the most common way to recharge the phone wirelessly is with the help of bulky, often expensive cases.
The iQi Mobile product, however, is neither bulky nor expensive, costing all of $25. It’s a paper thin inductive coil, connected to another really thin strip that plugs into the phone’s Lightning connector. That’s it. It’s slim enough to be sandwiched between your soft case and the phone, and as soon as it’s hooked up, you just have to drop your phone on a charging pad and watch the battery replenish. If you don’t have a charging pad, you can get one in the same order for an extra $40. This is on a fully funded IndieGogo campaign, so you should be expecting delivery around December 2013/ January 2014.