OtterBox Launches $130 'OtterSpot' Stackable and Portable Wireless Charging System

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OtterBox today announced a new expandable wireless charging system that it calls "OtterSpot," which includes one charging base that can power up multiple batteries and a smartphone simultaneously.


To start, the OtterSpot Charging Base is placed on a flat surface, and you can stack multiple OtterSpot Wireless Charging Batteries on top of it to charge them. On the very top, a compatible iPhone can be charged wirelessly.

The idea is that with multiple batteries charging at once, you can quickly pick one up and take it with you around your home or office to charge any Qi-enabled device wherever you want. OtterSpot Wireless Charging Batteries include a 5,000 mAh battery and up to 10-watt wireless charging speeds.

They also have a USB-C port so you can charge another device through a wired connection, a power button, and LED lights to indicate charge levels. OtterBox also confirmed that the charging system has been Qi certified.


You can purchase the OtterSpot Wireless Charging System for $129.95, including a charging base and one extra OtterSpot Wireless Battery. Additional batteries will cost $69.95 if you want to expand the system.

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15 months ago
Meh. Seems like it would be much easier and cheaper to just scatter wired Qi pads throughout your house considering you can easily find them for less than $50. At least then you know those pads will always stay put. With this system they'll all be floating around the house. I guarantee that I would lose my mind looking for one just to discover that they're all in my wife's nightstand drawer with zero charge left.
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15 months ago

1) Ooo affiliate links, hate redirects because can't necessarily tell where it is going (amazon, manufacturer, newegg, somewhere else).l ('https://www.otterbox.com/en-us/otterspot/wireless-charging-system/otr54-system.html')

I mean you’re paying the same amount either way, you might as well use the affiliate link to give MacRumors a cut to help run the site. And the affiliate link does go directly to the manufacturer anyway.

http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/462641/type/dlg/fragment/start=1/https://www.otterbox.com/en-us/otterspot/wireless-charging-system/otr54-system.html ('http://www.anrdoezrs.net/links/462641/type/dlg/fragment/start%3D1/https://www.otterbox.com/en-us/otterspot/wireless-charging-system/otr54-system.html')
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15 months ago
This certainly reminds me the Wendy’s Baconator!
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15 months ago
The price is greater than the coolness/convenience factor. I'll pass.
To those who disagree...you're absolutely right.
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15 months ago
Color me not impressed.

1) Ooo affiliate links, hate redirects because can't necessarily tell where it is going (amazon, manufacturer, newegg, somewhere else).
2) pricey: setup shown on video preview can be bought for the low low price of a bit over $400 plus tax.
3) doesn't seem like one can charge from the battery while using the phone? So we carry around a hockey puck and can only use on a flat surface when also not using phone. There are only so many places that makes sense.
4) still have to "dock" the coaster batteries periodically. So while I can spread them around my house or office, I would still have to manage their charge. Is it really "portable" or better than plugging in if I have to set up camp to pull a charge from it? Seems like plugging a qi charger in at the few places this doing makes sense would be much more convenient.
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15 months ago
It's a fun idea for sure.

I'd love to see numbers on energy loss. Wireless charging is less efficient than wired charging. Charging a battery (Battery1) and then charging another battery (Battery2) from Battery1 is less efficient than just charging Battery2 directly from A/C power. This is all before getting to the is the slow draining of energy from the battery over time.

Given those truths, how much power is lost going from the outlet to puck number 5 in the stack? How much is lost then charging a phone a day later or two days later.

If you take two pucks, one empty and one charged and then charge them back and forth (one on top and then the other), how many cycles until there is no power left to charge?
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