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TechnologyOtterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely

17:31  22 august  2019
17:31  22 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The concept of portable battery packs that stack up one on top of the other for recharging isn't new. But Otterbox's new OtterSpot system appears to be the first that brings a wireless charging element to the mix.

Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. You can charge up to three pads at the same time. Sarah Tew/CNET

Priced at $130 for a base unit and one charge pad -- no, it's not cheap -- you can use the system at home or on the go to wirelessly charge any Qi wireless-enabled device, including iPhones, as well as Samsung and Google Android smartphones. Additional charge pads are available for $70 and you can charge up to 3 pads at the same time (stacked) using the 36W USB-C power adapter. Otterbox is also selling a Wireless Charging Stand for $60.

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Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely© CNET

You can charge up to three pads at the same time.

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OtterBox OtterSpot Wireless Charging System

Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely
Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely

Although the 5,000 mAh capacity wireless charge pads are a little bigger than your standard portable power bank, they're fairly lightweight and slim and will fit in some pockets just fine (just don't expect to get them into the front pocket of a pair of tight jeans). They charge devices at up to 10-watt speeds. However, with iPhones, the top charging speed is 7.5 watts.

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There's also an option for wired charging from the portable puck using a USB-C cable. For iPhones, you'd need a USB-C to Lightning cable, which costs $15-$20.

After using OtterSpot for a couple days, I think it's a pretty nifty charging system. That said, I do think Otterbox has to get the base system down to $100, with additional pucks costing $50.

Otterbox's new wireless charging system stacks up nicely© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. The base and pads are adorned with with anti-slip material to prevent devices from slipping off the charge pad. Sarah Tew/CNET
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