It's been nearly five months since one of the all-time great Friday news releases: On March 29, Apple suddenly canceled the AirPower wireless charging mat, claiming to be able to charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at once no matter where you place them. But wireless charging firm Zens bet it could do what Apple can't do by introducing Zens Liberty.
Zens claims that Liberty uses a set of 16 overlaid wireless charging coils to let you charge your Qi-compatible devices from anywhere on the mat – just like AirPower should. , although AirPower was rumored to have 21to 24 coils. The Zens Liberty can charge two devices at once, as planned by the three AirPower, but charges it at 15 watts, faster than most wireless chargers. Your Apple Watch may not work, by the way: none of Zens' promotional materials show it on the charger.
We also do not know if Zens Liberty's multi-coil design overcame engineering challenges that were rumored to have dropped AirPower, with overheating and possible emission of signal stronger than US or EU regulations. If Apple can't figure it out, I'm a little skeptical of Zens doing it.
If you want to roll the dice with such a new product, though, Zens says the Zens Liberty will be available in two flavors this November: a $ 139.99 "Kvadrat edition," which has a nice fabric on it top aluminum mats, and a limited edition $ 179.99 glass, replacing the fabric with a glass panel that allows you to see the mattress charge coils underneath.
For an AirPower alternative now available, we recommend Hard Cider Labs SliceCharge Pro, which, though it only has six coil charges, can charge two devices to the mat as well. also an Apple Watch via an integrated watch charger.