ZENS AirPower-Like Liberty Wireless Charger With 16 Coils Now Available to Order

Dutch brand ZENS today announced the availability of its AirPower-like wireless charging mat with 16 overlapping coils, allowing two devices to be charged anywhere on the mat.


The ZENS Liberty can charge any Qi-enabled devices, with the 16 coils providing a total output of 30W (2x15W) as well as supporting Apple and Samsung Fast Charge. Meanwhile, the built-in 2.4A USB port can be used to charge another device, including an Apple Watch using the optional Apple Watch USB-stick accessory.
The 16 overlapping charging coils give complete freedom of placement, allowing you to place two devices anywhere on the charging pad. For those who were wondering why the USB-port of the Liberty is placed on the top side of the charging pad, the ‌Apple Watch‌ USB-stick is the reason why. This add-on is specifically made for the Liberty so you can simultaneously charge an iPhone, AirPods and an ‌Apple Watch‌ with the Liberty, the ideal 3-in-1 wireless charger!
The USB-stick is made of the same aluminum as the Liberty and is placed in a vertical position in the USB-port of the Liberty to charge the ‌Apple Watch‌ in sleep-mode. The stick can also be connected to any USB-A-port to charge an ‌Apple Watch‌ without the mat. The USB-stick is officially MFi certified and works with ‌Apple Watch‌ Series 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.


The ZENS Liberty has a USB-C connection and comes with a 60W USB-C certified power adapter. Separate power plugs for the E.U., U.K. and U.S. are included to make the adapter suitable for global usage.

The mat is available either with a surface of high-quality woolen upholstery textile (Atlas by Kvadrat) or with a tempered glass surface revealing the overlapping coils within. The fabric version costs $139.99 (€139.99), while the Glass edition costs $179.99 (€179.99). Both models come with a three-year extended warranty. The Apple Watch USB-add-on is available separately for $39.99 (€39.99).


This is the closest alternative to Apple's canceled AirPower mat, which would have been able to charge three devices placed anywhere on the mat, including an ‌iPhone‌, ‌Apple Watch‌, and ‌AirPods‌.

Apple canceled the ‌AirPower‌ in March 2019, stating that "after much effort," the mat failed to achieve the company's "high standards." An earlier report from Sonny Dickson claimed the ‌‌AirPower‌‌ would have been equipped with 21 to 24 coils, but reports claimed the mat suffered from overheating and potentially dangerous electromagnetic interference issues.

Expect a full review of the ZENS Liberty Wireless Charger on MacRumors soon.

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3 weeks ago


Apple has proven to be smart again. The 'AirPower' hype is over, most people know the pros and cons, and few companies will make even fewer dollars. File closed...


that’s a really nice way to put an utter engineering fail... there was nothing smart about failing to launch a product that you announced.
Rating: 34 Votes
3 weeks ago


that’s a really nice way to put an utter engineering fail... there was nothing smart about failing to launch a product that you announced.

Sure there is. If it didn't do what it was supposed to do, it's much smarter to not release than to release a terrible (or unsafe?) product. Sometimes the smartest thing to do is cut your losses and move on.
Rating: 21 Votes
3 weeks ago


I'll wait until the reviews come out on this before buying.


And then I'll wait another couple of months to see if these don't catch fire. Apple cancelling it after probably throwing obscene amounts of money at it trying to make it work must say something about the safety and feasibility of these airpower-like products.
Rating: 11 Votes
3 weeks ago


Why do the coils have to be round?


Physics.

Can't they make one gigantic rectangle coil so that it fits the whole area? Or at least several smaller ones do they don't overlap and cause heating issues.


No.

I mean, several smaller and non-overlapping coils will work, but then the devices have to be centered on them. If you put your device down so that it lies between two coils, it won't charge. Several inductive chargers already function this way, and have some sort of marking to indicate where you should place your devices.
Rating: 9 Votes
3 weeks ago
Apple has proven to be smart again. The 'AirPower' hype is over, most people know the pros and cons, and few companies will make even fewer dollars. File closed...
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago
Wow, 180$ charger. I’ll use cables for that crazy price.
Rating: 8 Votes
3 weeks ago
Wireless charging is so painfully slow, it feels like a significant downgrade from cable connected charging stations.
Rating: 7 Votes
3 weeks ago
Love my nomad pad which does the same thing...nice having just one cable for 3 things.
Rating: 7 Votes
3 weeks ago
I feel like Apple ditched this because given all the issues it's not actually that impressive a product. What problem is being solved with airpower? Charging two devices at once so you don't need two chargers? Not ground breaking. Being able lay your phone anywhere to charge? Sounds good but you cant just put it anywhere but can put it more places on the charger. Not ground breaking either. The whole product just isn't very interesting.
Rating: 6 Votes
3 weeks ago
These whole wired vs wireless charging people crack me up. Wireless is for convenience. You toss it on the wireless mat before you go to bed and you wake up to a charged phone. It's not for quick charging, it's not for using the phone while you charge, it's for convenience and less wear and tear on the charging port.
Rating: 5 Votes

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