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October '19

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76 THE SHOP OCTOBER 2019 is the perfect complement to these new features, because users can have a truly wireless experience while enjoying content and charging their smartphones at speeds comparable to a wired connection. There's no point to wireless connectivity if you still have to connect the smartphone to a wired charger." FreedomCharge MAX comes in two models. The FDMC-1310 is a kit that can be shaped to fit available areas in the vehicle, such as the change tray or storage pocket. The FDMC-1313 features a pre- shaped pad that fits atop the center armrest on trucks and larger vehicles. Both are powered through a direct con- nection to the vehicle's wiring, and profes- sional installation by a 12-volt specialist is recommended. FOREIGN OBJECT DETECTION One of the most important features built into the Qi protocol from the Wireless Power Consortium is Foreign Object Detec- tion. Early in Qi specification development the WPC realized that transmitter electro- magnetic fields can be coupled into unin- tended objects with undesired consequences. Small metal objects like coins, paper clips, pieces of foils and pharmaceutical wrappers, when placed between the trans- mitter and the mobile device, can heat up According to Brandmotion, the new line gives smartphone owners the fastest pos- sible wireless charging capability today in a system that will accommodate the ever- increasing power needs of future smart- phone models. One of the first brands to offer an after- market, vehicle-specific wireless charging solution under the FreedomCharge brand, Brandmotion's FreedomCharge MAX was designed for challenging wireless charging applications. The phone does not need to be placed in an exact spot to initiate a charge, and the spill-resistant, sure-grip pad contains a layered, triple-coil charging system that delivers 33% more charging power than any current in-vehicle Qi charging product. The inductive design covers more sur- face area and is strong enough to charge a smartphone through thicker cases such as OtterBox, saving the smartphone owner from having to remove the case. "Our goal with FreedomCharge MAX is to provide a future-proofed solution to wireless charging in the vehicle," said Jeff Varick, Brandmotion president. "For example, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available over a wireless connec- tion through select aftermarket car audio manufacturers. FreedomCharge MAX Brandmotion's Freedom- Charge MAX was designed for challenging wireless charging applications. Pioneer recently released the Qi-compatible SDA- WC01 that complements its aftermarket head units that feature wireless connec- tivity.

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