LOOK, NO WIRES!

THE NEW BREED OF PHONE CHARG­ERS WITH NO PLUG RE­QUIRED.

GQ (Australia) - - THE LAB -

1. ‘VU’ BY TYLT

With an up­right stand, the Tylt is great as a bed­side charger, but ar­guably works bet­ter as a mon­i­tor-side ac­com­pa­ni­ment at work. Down­side? Like most charg­ers here, if you’re us­ing an iphone you’ll need to in­vest in a sep­a­rate com­pat­i­ble case (most brands have the tech built-in). Ap­prox. $90; tylt.com WIN: IDEAL DE­SIGN AS A DESK CHARGER FAIL: TAKES UP A LOT OF ROOM; NOT CHEAP

2. ‘DT-903 WIRE­LESS CHARG­ING PLATE’ BY NOKIA

An ac­quired taste in terms of pal­ette (along with headache or­ange, it comes in white), the Nokia Plate uses a soft light to in­di­cate charg­ing, which could be an­noy­ing as a bed­side light. Bonus: un­like the Sony and Tylt, it plugs in via USB. $99.95; mi­crosoft.com/en-au WIN: STYLISH (IF YOU’RE INTO THAT) FAIL: UN­WIELDY SIZE; LIGHT FEELS QUITE IN­TRU­SIVE

3. ‘COM­PACT WIRE­LESS CHARG­ING PAD’ BY SAM­SUNG

Un­like many mains charg­ers, Sam­sung’s charg­ing pad stops charg­ing once full, and has a dis­creet light to tell you when it’s work­ing. The catch? To charge most Sam­sung phones, it re­quires a case, un­less you are on the ball, and have a ‘Gal­axy S6’ or ‘S6 Edge’. $59.95; sam­sung.com/au/ WIN: NEAT; UN­OB­TRU­SIVE FAIL: MOST SAM­SUNG DE­VICES NEED AC­CES­SORIES

4. ‘WIRE­LESS CHARG­ING PLATE WCH10’ BY SONY

Sony’s ‘WCH10’ weighs only 51g and mea­sures just 78mm in di­am­e­ter, mean­ing you’ll barely no­tice when not us­ing it. When in play, your phone dwarfs it, and so it ap­pears to float, with a soft white ring light show­ing when it’s fully charged. $99; sony.com.au WIN: NEAT­EST AND MOST STYLISH ON TEST FAIL: COULD BE CHEAPER

5. ‘V WIRE­LESS CHARG­ING PAD’ BY VERTU

As you’d ex­pect from a high-end phone brand, Vertu has a sim­i­larly lux­u­ri­ous charger. The pad’s leather sur­face matches the phone’s pack, a low-key ‘bong’ sig­ni­fies a charge, and the stand’s slant is ideal for your desk. Not cheap, but worth it. Ap­prox. $850; vertu.com WIN: EF­FORT­LESSLY STYLISH; STUN­NING DE­SIGN FAIL: DID WE MEN­TION THE PRICE?

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