When Apple cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat earlier this year, many users of the company’s latest devices got upset, yet spawned a number of third-party options that offer similar functionality. One of such products is the AirUnleashed wireless charging mat that looks like Apple’s AirPower and can charge up to three Qi devices simultaneously. There is a catch, of course.

Unlike Apple’s AirPower (which reportedly used up to 32 overlapping charging coils), the AirUnleashed relies only on three coils that can deliver up to 15.3 W of power to three devices: an iPhone, an Apple Watch, and an Airpods headset. Many overlapping coils enabled Apple to build a wireless charging mat that could charge up to three gadgets simultaneously wherever they are placed on its surface. By contrast, the AirUnleashed requires Apple Watch to be placed on a designated location.

The manufacturer of the wireless charging mat, which is also called AirUnleashed, says that the device works like a regular wireless charger: the mat stops charging devices when they are full. Meanwhile the mat requires at least a QC 2.0-compatible charger, so it is not compatible with Apple’s default 5W iPhone adapter and needs an iPad adapter.

As for physical characteristics, the AirUnleashed measures 188×105×12 mm and has a white leather finish.

The AirUnleashed is currently available directly from the company for $99.

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    Apple could not solve the thermal problem and thus cannot use its own patent in the product. Apple will not put out a product without IP protection, otherwise Apple cannot demand for high price and margin. Reply
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  • sor - Thursday, May 2, 2019 - link

    You’ve been able to buy devices like these for awhile, pads that have multiple Qi drop spots. I had an Energizer branded one back in 2015. The only novel thing here is that its aesthetics mimic AirPower. Reply
  • sor - Thursday, May 2, 2019 - link

    Now that I’m looking around Amazon, I see half a dozen of these types of “white oval” multi chargers, so I guess not even the aesthetics are novel. Reply
  • n0x1ous - Thursday, May 2, 2019 - link

    SliceCharge Pro by Hard Cider Labs has one coming in June with 6 coils for similar price so should be better than this Reply
  • Caleb Olson - Thursday, May 2, 2019 - link

    I don't understand why no other phones and chargers used the alignment magnets like in the Nexus 5 and Palm Pre. That really seemed like the best solution. You could just put it down in the general area you needed it and it would align itself. I even had one mounted on the dashboard of my car so I could just set my Nexus 5 on it and it charged and connected to to Bluetooth while holding my phone. Reply
  • sonicmerlin - Sunday, May 5, 2019 - link

    What happened to Witricity? They showed wireless charging over a distance of a couple meters back in 2007. What happened to the tech??? Reply
  • sonicmerlin - Sunday, May 5, 2019 - link

    Apparently they have a website, and license the tech out? http://witricity.com/faq/

    Magnetic resonance technology. Are there any chargers that use that?
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