Despite ongoing battles over the best standard to pick, wireless charging is still seen as an important technology in the future vision for mobile products, especially when it comes to sidestepping mediocre battery life issues. Ampere aims to combine the benefits of wireless charging with a traditional power pack, for a little extra battery life without the cable clutter. The project is currently raising funds through Kickstarter.
Simply put, Ampere is a rather elegant looking, compact wireless charging sleeve designed for smartphones. The sleeve combines a 2,700mAh battery pack with a Qi wireless charging transmitter into a small package. The sleeve could offer some handsets around 10 hours of additional battery life. Just juice up the battery at the start of your day and pop your Qi-enabled smartphone in to charge it up, without the need to connect up any wires.
Ampere offers some useful additional features over your basic battery pack as well. The sleeve can charge two devices at once, one using Qi wireless and the other through a USB cable. The developers also have an optional companion app that can monitor your battery life, be used to control when to begin charging your smartphone, and can located your phone or Ampere module with Bluetooth tracking.
The Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded its initial $60,000 target, but there are still a number of stretch-goals and early adopter packages up for grabs, if you like the sound of the idea.
The company’s roadmap places Ampere on track for shipping to backers sometime around August 2015, with free shipping available to those in Singapore or the USA. Ampere will retail for $99 when it is released for general sale.