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A much more powerful Samsung fast wireless charger just passed through the FCC

Wireless charging had always been dog-slow - that is, until Samsung introduced fast wireless charging alongside the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. The same tech is still being used in Samsung flagships nearly three years later, but it's still noticeably slower than wired fast charging. That might be about to change, though; a new Samsung fast wireless charger has just passed through the FCC, and it's a lot more powerful than the current ones.

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LG V35 shows up on the Wireless Power Consortium site

LG's mobile team has been making some... questionable decisions lately. It all began to go downhill when the V30S ThinQ debuted as nothing but a V30 with more RAM and some AI camera features. The company then threw the ThinQ branding on the V30 (and even the Canadian G6, though that seems to have been reversed). Now, because one minor revision of the V30 wasn't enough, the upcoming LG V35 (which will presumably carry ThinQ branding) has shown up on the Wireless Power Consortium's site.

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HyperDrive is a combo USB-C hub, stand, and Qi charger on Kickstarter (and it's already funded)

Usually, we aren't too into Kickstarter stuff here at AP. No small number of crowdfunded endeavors have failed to materialize in the past, and too many of them are merely rebadged OEM goods. But in this brave new dongle-filled world, the HyperDrive has caught our eye. It's a combo USB-C hub, Qi charger, and phone stand all in one. And, unlike many Kickstarter promises, this one has already hit its funding goal.

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[Deal Alert] iOttie car mounts are Amazon's Deal of the Day and just $14-35 (30% off)

Not everyone has a car with Android Auto built in. Some of us have to make do with firing up the app when we pile into our car, sorting through a tangle of cables, Bluetooth devices, and clamps with our phones before we head out. If you'd like to streamline that process a bit, or if you've yet to join the Android Auto app-powered ranks, iOttie has four different car mounts that are Deals of the Day over at Amazon and 30% off. 

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[Deal Alert] Get a Samsung convertible wireless fast charger for as little as $49.99 at B&H and Amazon ($40 off)

There are a lot of Samsung-branded wireless chargers out there. Our own Artem even discovered that some of the cheaper options sold by 3rd parties are often fakes. So if you see dubiously inexpensive convertible charging stands out there, you might want to think twice. Thankfully the folks at B&H and Amazon have tossed theirs on sale for as little as $49.99, a savings of $40 over the standard price. Now deal-seekers need not fret about authenticity.

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[Deal Alert] 2-pack Samsung fast wireless chargers $50 at Woot ($25+ off)

Woot, a daily deals site owned by Amazon, has a special today for a pair of Samsung's Fast Charging Wireless Qi stands for $50. Just last month the site had these for $55, and patience has earned you an extra $5 savings. As before, if you don't need Samsung's "Fast Charge" tech, then you're probably better off with cheaper chargers elsewhere. But, for first party Samsung Fast Chargers, this is a good price. 

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The Galaxy S8 Active has been leaked by the Wireless Power Consortium

The Wireless Power Consortium was formed in 2008, to promote the Qi wireless charging technology in consumer products. It looks like someone at the WPC has messed up, as the unannounced Galaxy S8 Active has appeared on the site.

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[Deal Alert] 2-pack Samsung fast wireless chargers $55 at Woot ($45+ off)

Woot, one of my favorite places for random good deals, is having a special today on Samsung's wireless chargers. You can pick up a pair of the Fast Charge Qi stands for $55. Given that they usually cost about $50 each when new, two for $55 is a pretty solid deal for almost half off. Keep in mind, if you don't need the Fast Charge tech, then you can pick up regular Qi chargers for less elsewhere.

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[Deal Alert] Choetech Qi Wireless Charging Pads Up To $10 Off On Amazon With Coupon

The era of ubiquitous wireless charging isn't quite upon us. With metal bodies blocking the connection and fast charging reducing how much time we spend tethered to a wall, most of us don't expect to see all that many people (even those with high-end devices) dropping their phones on pads

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Wireless Charging Organizations A4WP And PMA Reveal Their Brand New Merged Identity: AirFuel Alliance

Earlier in January of this year, two wireless charging organizations announced a plan to merge their forces in order to combat the monstrous market leader Qi. And now Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP) seem to have finally combined their assets and member lists to create a new identity: AirFuel Alliance.

PMA, the most famous of the two organizations, uses magnetic induction to achieve wireless charging and has been commercialized in Duracell's Powermats and certain variants of the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. A4WP is a more obscure player since its resonance-based charging protocol hasn't been seen in consumer products yet.

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