There are so many accessories that revolve around Apple devices, such as cables, battery chargers, cases, and more. Twelve South, however, is the manufacturer that most tends to amaze: here is the frame that wirelessly charges the iPhone, thanks to an integrated Qi strap. Here's how to combine business with pleasure, and recharge your iPhone by embellishing your desk or mobile home.
Charging the iPhone certainly becomes a must when returning home after a hard day's work. With Power Pic the idea is to reload it by simply placing it inside a frame, perhaps matching the background of the lock screen, with that of the real photo that is inside it.
Upon opening the package, one realizes that the Twelve South product is essentially a normal 5 × 7 frame, moreover with a minimal and modern design. Inside, however, a 10-watt charger is hidden, inserted in the frame, and capable of charging iPhones and smartphones enabled for Qi wireless charging. A simple idea, but still original and pleasant.
Those who buy in the past have bought a PowerPic product will know that it comes in a quality packaging. The bundle is also full-bodied this time: frame, printed manual, a Twelve South sticker and some additional frame images. The images can be printed to your liking, and then completed with ad hoc wallpapers to set on the iPhone. On the Twelve South website there are some practical examples and related download links.
Although iPhone supports 7.5-watt charging, many Android phones, including Samsung Galaxy, support 10-watt wireless charging, which is why Power Pic goes to great lengths to be compatible with most smartphones in trade, especially with the top of the range.
The frame is made of New Zealand pine and can hold any photo in 5 × 7 format. Two photos are already included in the package, just a pity that Twelve South, for these, does not offer related wallpapers to use on iPhone. The frame features a 17mm frame, and you just need to lay the iPhone inside it to start charging. Moreover, as already announced, the system works without the need to remove any covers: the manufacturer ensures compatibility with cases up to 3mm thick. In fact, during our tests, we had no difficulty in charging the iPhone with the built-in case.
PowerPic has a status light on the back, so as to understand at first sight what the charging status of the device is. Blue light indicates that the phone is charging, while a green light indicates that the device is fully charged; blinking blue light indicates that a foreign object has been detected on the frame.
Keep in mind that any foreign bodies, such as sheets and metal objects, could damage the device, if placed on the charging strap, due to the heat emanating from the Qi strap. The status light is actually placed in a not too comfortable position, and the user will have to “go around” the frame to be able to see it.
The charging speed, of course, depends on the adapter and the cable used, which is why the advice is to have a rather powerful wall adapter, to make the most of fast fast charging.
In conclusion, Power Pic is a certainly original accessory, which allows you to recharge your iPhone with style, decorating your home. The frame is made of pine, available in black or white. It is an accessory that furnishes the home, but to make the most of it you will have to print the photos you prefer yourself, and combine them with an iPhone wallpaper that completes the paper image inserted in the frame.
With attention to the smallest details, the pedestal of the frame also manages to hide the charging cable, so as to give the accessory an even more minimal look. It is the right accessory to surprise guests, but at the same time it is functional, because it charges the iPhone exactly like the wireless chargers on the market: it costs as much as it does, but offers an original and unusual aesthetic functionality.
You can buy it on the Twelve South official website for $ 63.99 in white or black. It is not available on Amazon, but the catalog is still full of many accessories of the company for iPhone, iPad or Mac.