iNPOFi: Wireless Charging Nirvana!

The iNPOFi Deluxe pack features both a charging board, a mobile charger (which is also a wireless charging pad), and a case. It's an altogether impressive package, but if you are looking to embed this award-winning wireless charging capability in your own technology, iNPOFi has you covered there as well.

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iNOPOFi is short for “invisible power field,” a patented technology I saw a demo of at CES (including some of their small electronic embedded prototypes). The system is highly efficient, allowing for an up to 95 percent energy conversion factor. Many inferior wireless charging products will not match this capability. Due to the smart features and safeguards built into the iNPOFi product, it is also very safe to use. I tried out some bizarre charging tests in fact to verify this claim (putting both the mobile charger and my phone in my pocket to see how hot it became, and/or touching the contact points while charging to try to detect a shock). You probably had no idea the iPhoneLifers put themselves at risk to test these great products we write about, but someone has to do the dirty jobs! Anyway, you can contact the company about embedding iNPOFi charging tech in your products here, if that's your fancy.

The charging board and mobile charger not only charged the iPhone 6 very efficiently, I am happy to say they did not injure or even make me the slightest bit uncomfortable (even charging in my pocket) during my tests. The magic is the tiny embedded receiver and transmitter technology (built into the chargers and the case) that not only regulates charge accurately and efficiently, but reduces charge at appropriate times to prevent overcharging.

The attractively thin charging pad, like the somewhat thicker mobile charger with an internal battery, is covered by a sturdy molded plastic shell, with a slim gold metal pad that conducts charge up through the twin plates on the top of the pad. A thin lighted strip in the center indicates when the unit is dispensing current (on the mobile version a row of LEDs at one end indicates charge status). The board connects by USB to a power source, and then you can start the current flowing to your device, by placing it on the pads with both contact points on the rear of the case touching—2 rails that horizontally traverse the back of the case create the needed contact points. Of course your iPhone needs to be installed in the case.

The mobile charge pad comes in models with either a 6000 mAh or 8000 mAh battery, and as cool as it is as a wireless charger, the battery pack has the advantage of being used for wired charging needs as well, even simultaneously (e.g. charge an iPad and wirelessly charge your iPhone at the same time). You can get three full charge cycles out of the 6000 mAh version before having to charge the unit itself. The device has both a USB port for output power and a micro-USB for input on one end.

The case itself is basically thin plastic, save for the large square area on the back with the metallic contact points, which seems a bit sturdier. I wouldn’t expect this case to take a serious shock, and it doesn’t wrap around the top edges of the device to provide much, if any, screen protection. It wouldn’t hurt for INPOFi to design a sturdier case model with a bit more protection, in my opinion. The other annoyance is that the case requires you to carry around a stiff audio connector (due to the bulk at the bottom that makes connecting headphones a fuss). Personally, I would have tried to embed an audio port in the case, or otherwise reduce the thickness at the bottom, but if you don't mind yanking out your headphones by the wire (which could admittedly cause a wire problem eventually), you don't need the added adapter.

The Verdict

The iNPOFi charging board and mobile charging pack is really an impressive wireless charging system. It worked flawlessly in my testing, and it matched nearly any other charging solution I put it up against in overall terms of charging efficiency. I recommend it without hesitation. The case itself could be a bit sturdier for my tastes (I’m clumsy), but also worked well as a charging receiver regardless of the minor annoyances I reported. You can learn more at the links provided above, or see the lineup on Amazon here. Amazon prices vary based on model ($119.99–$149.99 MSRP).

 

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.