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October '19

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74 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2019 Y ou hop into your ride and it is looking especially sharp after the full detail. There is nothing inside—not even in the cupholders—to spoil the ultra-clean look. You take out your smartphone, toss it in the center console and it wirelessly connects via Bluetooth to your aftermarket head unit. You start to jam out, then remember that the phone only has 14% of power in reserve, and streaming music on the device quickly drains what precious power is left. As you glance down to plug it in, the screen says you are now at 10% reserve and asks if you would like to enter Low Power mode. Now, you could just install a USB port in the center console and plug in your phone. But, even with the best intentions, people are lazy. On shorter trips, most people will not remove their smartphones from their pockets to hook up to a cord. But now, with a Qi (pronounced chee) wireless charging pad built into the ride, your customer can have their cake and eat it, too. Although they will have to remove the phone from their pocket, fiddling with messy wiring is a thing of the past. WHAT THE HECK IS A QI? Qi is the world's de facto wireless charging standard for providing 5-15 watts of power to small personal electronics. Though it is primarily used to charge smartphones, the standard can also apply and easily be used to provide power for a growing number of consumer devices. With more than 3,700 Qi-certified prod- ucts on the market today, Qi delivers a positive and safe wireless charging expe- rience. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), creator of the Qi global wireless charging standard, includes more than 650 member companies and over 3,500 com- pliant products. Qi-certified devices include a majority of the world's top-selling smartphones, Cut the Cords Scosche Magic Mount Charge3 found a way to make wireless charging a little bit cooler (liter- ally) with its ve- hicle vent-mount design. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), creator of the Qi global wireless charging standard, includes more than 650 member companies and over 3,500 compliant products. Wireless device charging is now an automotive reality. By Brett Solomon

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