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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
60 months ago
Gotta admit, it looks like a more fun DIY project than purchase.



Perfect.

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scottfm Avatar
60 months 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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timborama Avatar
60 months ago
vs reality...



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SkippyThorson Avatar
60 months 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!
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campingsk8er Avatar
60 months ago
This is something I didn't know I needed. Now I need it.
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slideworks Avatar
60 months ago
Just gotta use the right image.



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