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THE NEW BREED OF PHONE CHARGERS WITH NO PLUG REQUIRED.
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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