Hottest Tech Holiday Gift for 2018
Aug 21, 2018
By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director
If you've got techies on your gift list, wireless chargers are hands down the best gift of 2018. Apple and Android compatible, many of these chargers come with plug-in-to-charge options, so even late adaptors will rave about their gift.
Now that all the major phone manufacturers are integrating wireless charging, you no longer need different cables for different phones. Wireless charging is growing fast. The global wireless charging market is expected to reach $37.2 billion by 2022, representing a growth of 44.7% from 2016 (Allied Market Research).
Wireless phone chargers are no longer limited to tech companies and trend-focused organizations that skew younger. They've gone mainstream and are a great way to promote your brand. Everyone has a phone, and with the new iPhones on board, wireless charging is everywhere.
Terminology and considerations you'll need to understand to arrive at the best wireless charging device for your brand are discussed below.
1. Wireless Charging Pad
A wireless charging pad is a small disc that you set your phone on when you need to charge it. They’re not entirely wireless, because they still have to be plugged into a wall outlet, but they do free you from having to plug a cable directly into your phone. Wireless charging pads come in a variety of colors and materials.
2. Wireless Charging Power Banks
These devices let you charge your phone wirelessly without needing to be plugged into an outlet. Simply charge these devices as you would a traditional power bank and you can charge your phone on the go without any cables.
3. Qi Standard
Qi (pronounced "chee") is THE universal standard for wireless power transfer. It's the only standard that can be found built right into phones from all the major phone manufacturers. More than 140 phone models from major manufacturers are Qi-enabled.
Qi is not the only wireless charging method available, but it's the first one that is supported by the largest and most-influential smartphone makers: Samsung (Android) and Apple (iPhone 8 and X).
4. Multiple-Function Wireless Chargers
These wireless charging pads and power banks have additional features such as Bluetooth speakers, car mounts, phone stands, and mouse pads.
The bottom line, wireless charging is one of the most important movements in tech making it the ideal holiday business gift for 2018. For other holiday gift ideas, check out our Holiday Idea Book.