Twelve South Launches 'PowerPic' Wooden Picture Frame With 10W Qi Charger for $80

Twelve South today launched the "PowerPic," a traditional wooden picture frame that includes a hidden, 10W wireless charger. You can place any 5" x 7" photo in the PowerPic, and then to charge an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, or XR, you simply place the device on top of the photo.


Twelve South says that the idea behind the PowerPic was to create a Qi charger that would not add to the clutter of a bedside table or desk, so that when your iPhone (or any compatible Qi smartphone) isn't charging, it just looks like any other framed picture in your home.


The main visual difference comes at the back of the frame, where a small status light lets you know when the smartphone is fully charged. The light can also alert you if a foreign object in a wallet case, like a bank card with a chip, is preventing the iPhone from charging. The PowerPic includes a 1.5m USB-C to USB-A cable, so the device can be plugged into any traditional USB 3.0 port.


The company also notes that there are potentially inventive ways for customers to use PowerPic, like taking two separate images -- one for the frame and one for your iPhone -- that when placed together are completed. Twelve South has a few ideas of its own to inspire users, offering a list of frame and iPhone wallpapers themed around New York City, Paris, the holidays, and Rockefeller Center, downloadable for free here.

Those interested can purchase the PowerPic for $79.99 in White or Black on TwelveSouth.com starting today.



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1 week ago
Gotta admit, it looks like a more fun DIY project than purchase.



Perfect.

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1 week ago
I get that this would look nice when not in use, but the phone screen doesn't stay on while it is charging?
So wouldn't you'd just have a big black square covering your photo? o_O
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1 week ago
vs reality...



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1 week ago
That is, without a doubt, one of the coolest Qi chargers I've seen yet. Very slick, very minimal.

Something that finally doesn't take up space; but makes good, clean use of pre-existing space. Nice!
Rating: 10 Votes
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1 week ago
This is something I didn't know I needed. Now I need it.
Rating: 8 Votes
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1 week ago

That is, without a doubt, one of the coolest QI chargers I've seen yet. Very slick, very minimal. Nice!


Let's build our own using a regular picture frame, a charger, and some glue.
Use one with thin glass and backing so there's minimal bulk added to it.

Post your inventions below. :D
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1 week ago
Just gotta use the right image.



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1 week ago
This can be perfect if you have any pictures of your ex or someone you don’t like. Just cover them up. Wonderful!
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1 week ago
Can I buy this at Michaels for 70% off like my other frames? that would make the cost acceptable
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1 week ago
Never have I thought, "I wish I could cover a nice photo with my phone and have it charge." And spend $80 to do so.
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