It has been a while since I reviewing anything from our friends at TYLT, and the last time it was the VU Solo. Now, I got a chance to review the VU Wireless Charging Car Mount, and it is quite a cool product for some Qi enabled action.
I’ll go ahead and explain what Qi is for those who do not know. Most wireless charging tech is just a pad that you put on a table so you can just put your Qi wireless charging phone on it and have it power up without attaching any wires. The Wireless Charging Car Mount is made to put this tech in your vehicle, so you can use your mobile while driving.
It has a stand with a suction cup on the bottom so it sticks around on the dash. Then you can plug in the Mount with the included cable into the dash lighter. When you place the phone on the mount, the adjustable claws on the side and bottom can “pinch” in order to hold it in.
Personally, I see an era where all smartphones will be Qi enabled, but there are a few phones that are smart enough to have already jumped aboard that bandwagon. Until that day, you might as well be prepared for the wireless charging era with the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount. It is available on the TYLT site for about $79.99 now.
It would appear that our friends from TYLT, makers of the Alin, are up to their old wireless charging tricks with the VU SOLO.
Now I have covered wireless chargers before, and I might as well go into the whole schtick I do about how every family should have a wireless charger because we can just put the mobile device on the charger and forget about it…blah, blah, blah. So yeah, the VU SOLO plugs into a USB, the micro USB plugs into the pad, and then you put the mobile device that is Qi powered.
So what makes this different? Well, different phones have their charging coil in different places, and sometimes, if you don’t set the phone down in the right way then it won’t charge at all. Fortunately, the VU SOLO has an adjustable “fence” on its cord so you can place it right. Okay, that didn’t make much sense, so I’ll just let the video after the jump explain it.
In addition to that cord feature, the SOLO has some kind of sticky stuff on the surface so it will hold still on the table, or wherever it is.
Okay, if my press contact is correct, the VU SOLO should be out right now. It is available here, and this probably won’t be the last time that I write about it. I plan to do a hands-on review of it, right before the holidays.
I think I have mentioned products like the Powermat before, and how I believe they should be an industry standard. The TYLT Vu is made for the Qi industry standard, if you don’t know what that is, it is for wireless charging.
Yes, instead of connecting with a cord for charging, you just put the mobile device on a think like the Fatboy pillow and it will charge. TYLT has created this stand to put your charging phone at a angle, which is good for watching battery-draining videos.
The Vu is sadly not for every phone, but it should work well with phones like the Nokia Lumia 920. As I mentioned before, I would like to every phone be Qi certified, because I don’t like charging cords.
What is interesting is that while I can find the Vu on TYLT site, I don’t see a price. It was a Kickstarter project that made its goal of $60,000. It should retail for $69.99, and you should be able to find it at retail outlets everywhere.