Qi inductive charging certainly seems to be the direction many cell phone manufacturers are heading when it comes to offering convenient charging methods, and the really cool thing about Qi inductive plates is that anything that supports Qi can charge a Qi enabled phone. As it stands right now, not a whole lot of companies are making Qi inductive plates. We’ve got Energizer in the US, and HTC plans to make a charger plate for their Thunderbolt and any other phones that support it, but there’s been little third party momentum until now. ZENS, a Netherlands based manufacturer has started making Qi chargers for Europe.
The Qi (pronounced chee) standard was developed in 2010 by the Wireless Power Consortium in which over 80 companies (including Philips, Sanyo, Panasonic, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, HTC and Motorola) participate. As these manufacturers start releasing Qi devices, it’s likely that many users will need inductive plates that support more than a single device. That’s exactly what ZENS has released. Place any two Qi supported devices on the ZENS plate over the top of the Qi symbol and the phone instantly starts charging.
ZENS units will be made available in the Netherlands, UK, France, and Germany at local electronics shops and on the internet. Pricing is not currently available on these units, but expect them to start showing up soon!