Apple may not have been able to detect AirPower, but that does not stop Nomad from making a wireless charger that promises to charge your phone no matter where you turn it off. The Nomad Base Station Pro introduces Aira's FreePower technology, which eliminates the need to accurately place a Qi-compatible device on a charger.
If that sounds familiar, it's because it's what Apple promised when AirPower unveiled the charging mat next to the iPhone X two years ago. As the company Cupertino emphasized, you had to place your device with conventional wireless chargers carefully on the coil. However, AirPower would be smart enough to charge up to three devices, regardless of location.
That was the theory anyway, but reality proved to be far more difficult to achieve. After AirPower was not seen on the shelves, even though the iPhone X was replaced by the iPhone XS, it was finally discontinued in March this year. "After a lot of effort, we came to the conclusion that AirPower will not meet our high standards, and we canceled the project," confirmed Dan Riccio, Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering.
Since Apple has defeated AirPower, there are some charging mats with multiple devices that promise similar functions. They look like the design of Apple, but they do not work in the same way. Instead, such pads simply combine two or more regular single charging coils in a single housing.
This means you can not just drop a device anywhere on the surface and expect it to be charged. However, Nomad claims you can do just that with Base Station Pro. It is stated that an 18-coil matrix covering the entire surface of the rectangular pad is used. If you turn off up to three devices, FreePower finds out where the device is, what charge it can support, and starts charging.
FreePower is Aira's work and uses a series of hexagonal coils that cover the surface of the pad. This wireless power coil matrix, the company says, combines with circuits and algorithms running underneath to "quickly find and track the device".
"When more devices are placed on the FreePower surface," adds Aira, "additional sweet spots are formed so that everything can be charged at the same time. When a charger is moved across the surface, the sweet spot follows and offers fluid and natural charging experience. "
Several gadgets can be charged at the same time as long as they are compatible with Qi. FreePower is smart enough to see what kind of performance is required and adjusts it accordingly. According to company information, Nomad's Base Station Pro has been in operation for two years and packs FreePower in an aluminum housing with a leather surface.
Concerning pricing and availability, details are currently being played near the chest. The Nomad Base Station Pro will apparently be on the market by the end of 2019, but it remains to be seen how much prevents you from putting a base station on your desk.