Things we love – Energizer Inductive Charger

 Energizer Qi Inductive Charger

Things We Love: Energizer Qi Inductive Charger

I’m notoriously bad at remembering to charge my iPhone. Too often, when I go to use it, I get a low battery warning. I’m not taking all the blame here. I know this has something to do with the fact that my son, who likes to indulge in a little Angry Birds action between bike rides and soccer games, can drain my battery when I’m not even looking.

Enter the Energizer Inductive Charger. This thing is quite a cool gadget because it gives me an easy cord-free way to charge my phone. Using the power of “Qi” (pronounced chee), this is a kind of technology that will, at some point in the future be incorporated right into the devices you need to charge, such as phones, mp3 players, and cameras.

What Qi allows you to do is place your phone on a charging pad, simple as that. You don’t have to be precise with your alignment, really. Simply plunk your phone down on one the charging zones (or instruct your son to do so) when you aren’t using it  – and let the charging begin. You can pick up your phone again whenever you like. Then set it back down on the charging pad. It’s a pretty great little gadget, I have to say. It’s a nice way to charge your phone without remembering, specifically, to do so.

The dual zone inductive charger will run you about $89 and can actually charge 3 devices at one time – 2 on the Qi charging zones and one through a USB port on the back of the charging pad. There is also a single zone charging pad, which sells for $54.99

The charging pad is a cinch to use. All you have to do is plug it in and place your phone down – as long as you have a Qi sleeve on your phone. These Qi sleeves cost around $34.99. You can leave them on your phone and they double as a protective case.

Eventually, the Qi technology will be built right into your phone and you’ll be able to charge anything that’s “got Qi.” For now, you can get Qi sleeves for iPhone 4, 3 GS/3G , the Blackberry 8900, the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung DROID.

I really do love this new way of charging. My husband immediately wanted a sleeve for his phone, too. My only wish is that the charging sleeves would be available in a variety of colors and styles. The case is a nice, meaty thing in an attractive black design, which makes it feel like a good protective cover, but it makes it hard to slip into the pocket of your skinny jeans. Also I kind of wish the Energizer name wasn’t emblazoned across the bottom.

Still, this inductive charger is one of my new favorite things. It has certainly helped me to keep my phone charged when I need to.

So now when my son is all finished firing birds, he simply places my phone back on its little inductive charging pad. This is simply where my iPhone lives when it’s not in my pocket or my handbag. So that when mama wants to slingshot  a few birds for herself (or, uh, make a phone call or send a text), it’s ready and waiting.

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Disclosure: This device was sent to me free of charge for review. The opinions here are my own.

Buy the Energizer Inductive Charger:

Energizer Qi Inductive Charger
Energizer Qi Inductive Charger (available for online ordering at
Price: $89.99
Energizer Qi Inductive Charger provides easy charging of up to three devices simultaneously: two zones for cordless inductive charging and one USB port. Will charge anything that is Qi-enabled, now or in the future.

Don’t forget the Qi Sleeve that corresponds with your phone:

Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 4 Sleeve
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 4 Sleeve
Price: $34.99
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 4 Sleeve is the new universal standard for charging that allows you to charge wirelessly with any Qi enabled device now or in the future. Slide your iPhone 4 into the Energizer Qi sleeve and place on the Energizer Inductive Charging pad for easy wireless charging. There are no annoying magnets to align or secret spots to find in order to charge your phone.

Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 3G/3GS Sleeve
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 3G/3GS Sleeve
Price: $34.99
Energizer Qi Inductive iPhone 3G/3GS Sleeve is the new universal standard for charging that allows you to charge wirelessly with any Qi enabled device now or in the future. Slide your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G into the Energizer Qi sleeve and place on the Energizer Inductive Charging pad for easy wireless charging. There are no annoying magnets to align or secret spots to find in order to charge your phone.

To find Qi sleeves for other devices, visit


Convert VHS to DVD Easily and Quickly

Roxio Easy VHS to DVDThis is cool: Do you have a boxful of home VHS videos? How about a boxful of music cassettes that you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of? We do. Whether you want to digitally preserve weddings and baby’s first steps – or you simply have collections of old TV episodes, movies, and concerts -  you can now easily convert those VHS tapes to a DVD format.

Roxio has just released Roxio Easy VHS to DVD, which is a combination of software and hardware, enabling you to easily digitize your VHS tapes. All you do is attach the hardware to a high-speed USB 2.0 port, then capture from your analog video or audio source.

This package also includes a full-featured video editor so you can apply filters to correct video quality, remove or rearrange video segments, and even include titles and effects. The included express labeler allows you to create personalized disc and case artwork.

You can also convert the video to play back on a variety of mobile devices (including the iPod and iPhone) or you can prepare it for sharing via your favorite social networking sites.

Plus, you can take your old LPs and tapes and make them into CDs or transfer them to portable players. This product will automatically split the LP into individual tracks and includes features for labeling them with the artist, song, and album.

It’s available now directly from for $59.99 ( and will be available in retail stores starting in January.)

See how it works here,

All New iPod Models Now Available, Lower Prices

The Apple Store has just announced a revamped iPod line. All of the new iPods are now available, with some great new prices:

ipod nano free shipping
The iPod nano is smaller than ever with a sleek new design that comes in nine different colors.
New pricing is as follows: Only $149 for 8GB, and $199 for 16GB (US).
Purchase directly from Apple and get free shipping and free engraving.

ipod touch free shipping
iPod Touch: The new iPod touch is now even thinner than the original and it also comes with Nike + built in.
It is also priced considerably lower priced then its predecessor, at just $229 for 8GB, $299 for 16GB, and $399 for 32GB (US).
All three models are available today. Again, Free shipping. Free engraving at the Apple Store.

ipod shuffle free shipping
iPod shuffle now available in four new refreshed colors.
$49 for 1GB, $69 for 2GB (US).
Free shipping and Free engraving available at the apple store

ipod classic free shipping
iPod Classic is now available in only one size, 120GB, at $249.
Free shipping and free engraving at the Apple Store.

Also, for just a few more days, you can still get a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac.
(Click link for details). The offer ends September 15, 2008, so hurry!