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WANTED: Case-Mate Hug

The Case-Mate Hug is a wireless inductive charger, a lot like the Powermat or Palm’s Touchstone. Inductive chargers let you plop your gadget down onto a special surface for charging, rather than fiddling around with wires–and the Hug is one of the best out there.

WANTED: Case-Mate Hug
Case-Mate Hug

The Case-Mate Hug is a wireless inductive charger, a lot like the Powermat or Palm’s Touchstone. Inductive chargers let you plop your gadget down onto a special surface for charging, rather than fiddling around with wires–and the Hug is one of the best out there.

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Inductive chargers aren’t magic, however. They work via a magnetic field, but gadgets (aside from the Palm Pre Plus) don’t have the required magnetic parts, so you need to use a case. It’s a little lame, but if you were planning on using a case anyway, Case-Mate’s solution essentially adds wireless charging (which is undeniably cool) for just a bit more money.

Case-Mate Hug

The Hug is compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3G S only, for now–other models, including BlackBerry, will be coming out in a few months. The Hug’s got a lot of great features, like smart charging, which switches the power off once your iPhone is fully charged to conserve battery life. It’s also significantly better-looking than the Powermat, and is actually cheaper once the Powermat’s required case is factored in (about $30 cheaper at Amazon). I played with the Hug at CES this year and was very impressed with the build quality of both the case and the dock; they’ve got a nice solid heft and feel to them, and the case feels like it actually would provide some protection.

The Case-Mate Hug is available starting today online and at most retailers. The kit sells for $100, and includes the dock, case, and a screen protection kit.

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Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law.

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