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Coming soon: Energizer Qi Inductive Charger

Energizer will release its first-generation Qi Inductive Charger in October for $89. It will also release a $34.99 Qi sleeve for the iPhone 3G/GS and a special Qi door for the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

The Energizer Inductive Charger will cost $89. The Qi sleeve for iPhone and door for BlackBerry Curve sold separately.

Led by such companies as Powermat, inductive charging has been around for a few years. In case you don't know what we're talking about, the idea behind inductive charging is to relieve you of the burden of connecting your phone (or another device) to a charging cable that has top be plugged into a wall outlet. Instead, you simply rest you phone on a special pad and presto, the battery starts charging.

Well, the only problem with all that is that you have to add a special sleeve or attachment to your phone to make it capable of inductive charging. That's still the case with today's phones and gadgets, but the industry has settled on a new induction standard called Qi (pronounced "chee") that companies will allegedly soon build into their gadgets much like Bluetooth is built into most of today's cell phones.

Designed in cooperation with Wireless Power Consortium co-founder ConvenientPower, Energizer has introduced its first-generation Qi Inductive Charger and will begin selling it in October for $89. It will also release a Qi sleeve for the iPhone 3G/2GS and a Qi "door" for the Blackberry Curve 8900 (both will cost $34.99).

Energizer says its new charger features "two large inductive charging zones that don't require locking the device into a precise position, so consumers can simply set down their phone and be sure that it will be charged and ready to go." It also has a USB port for charging additional devices. Two LED charge lights indicate that the device is charging.

Any Qi-enabled accessory or device with Qi built directly into it can charge on any Qi inductive charging pad. Of course, the pad itself has to be plugged into an outlet, but it does help cut down on the cord clutter.

It remains to be seen whether inductive charging will take off, but building the technology into devices would boost its chances.

What do you guys think? Is inductive charging the future?

The charger has two large inductive charging zones. Energizer