Better late than never. Apple never released the long-awaited He AirPower — first it was an oval wireless charging pad Announced way back in 2017 — So Tesla made its own.
The EV company’s newly announced wireless charging platform can charge up to three devices at once, delivering up to 15 watts of power each. pointed out by 9to5Mac, a video on Tesla’s website shows the device has 30 tightly wound coils underneath the charging station. It looks a lot like the AirPower design, which was never released.
These days, wireless chargers run into the dozens of dollars, but Tesla’s thinking boasts something unique in its design aesthetic. Inspired by ‘metallic and metallic styling’, it features a geometric aluminum housing that matches the hard-edged angles of the much-anticipated EV truck, which is set to go into production at some point. Mid 2023.
Conveniently, Tesla’s charging pad also comes with a removable magnetic stand on which users can adjust the viewing angle of their smartphone. It also has an Alcantara lining, a suede-like synthetic fiber found throughout the automaker’s vehicles. The charging pad isn’t MagSafe compatible, but Tesla says users can place devices such as smartphones and wireless earbuds anywhere on the surface “without precise alignment.”
Tesla certainly positions its wireless charging platform as a premium entry into the wireless charger category, priced to match. quite expensive long list of favorites.
If price isn’t a barrier to entry, the charging pad is currently available for pre-order only. Tesla’s wireless charging platform is expected to ship next February — barring significant production delays.
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