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Want to add a skinny wireless charger to your iPhone? iQi is it

on November 23, 2013

Gigaom

Apple iPhones(s aapl) don’t support wireless charging unless you want to put a somewhat bulky case on them. That, of course, takes away from the thinness of the iPhone. But what if you could add wireless charging without the bulk? That’s the premise behind iQi — pronounced “i-chee” —  a funded Indiegogo project that plans to deliver a skinny solution next month.

The iQi is a receiver for wireless energy and, as the name implies, is compatible with the Qi wireless power standard. The thickest part of the accessory is 1.4 millimeters; it’s the lightning port. The rest of the iQi, however, is just 0.5 millimeters thick. Most wireless chargers use a coiled wire inside, so the iQi must use very thin wire to keep its profile low.

iqi thin

To use the iQi, you plug it in to the lightning port of an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s or fifth-generation iPod touch…

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