Until every last piece of furniture on Earth has a built-in wireless charging pad, you’ll probably still find yourself charging your smartphone with a cord more often than not. But if you’re so desperate for a cordless future that you’ll do just about anything to make it happen, you could slip Avido’s new WiBa charger in your pocket every time you head out the door. The device is scheduled to come out next month and appears to be the first backup battery system to charge itself, and your phone, wirelessly.
The odds are good that if a device you’re eyeing boasts wireless charging capabilities, you could plop it on the WiBa battery for a quick boost—both the WiBa charging pad and battery work with Qi-compatible gadgets, like the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8. The system is stackable, enabling both the battery and your smartphone to recharge simultaneously.
With a capacity of 5,000 mAh (roughly twice the size of the iPhone X’s battery), the WiBa isn’t going to be the most capacious battery you can get for $100. But the addition of wireless charging tech inside, and the included base pad, help explain the high price tag, which could be worth it if you’re determined to leave every last cable at home. Just don’t expect to charge your laptop with it.