Feeds

Very handy: Nokia’s DC-50 wireless-charging power brick for your mobe

It's a spare battery, without the snakes' wedding of wires

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Nokia World Although it didn’t merit a mention in today’s keynote at Nokia World, a new power accessory revealed today could come in very handy indeed.

The DC-50 is a spare battery without the wires – it’s a wireless charging plate for your devices, and it contains a battery that can be charged by another wireless charging plate.

This means you can slap the batt on a Qi-compatible plate overnight and take it with you in the morning, putting 2400mAh of juice in your pocket for when you need it.

The Nokia DC-50 spare battery

The DC-50 can charge and discharge using wires too, and will cost €89 when launched. It weighs 150g. What a simple but quite splendid idea.

Your reporter has become a fan of wireless charging. Once you have a couple (or more) dotted around, the convenience becomes apparent. The phone is always topped up throughout the day, and "plugging in" seems like something The Flintstones would do.

Alas, the plates are still quite pricey: Nokia-branded plates are still at least £40 a pop, although cheaper plates can be found for around £20.

Nokia now has two generally available phones with built-in wireless charging support (the Lumias 920 and 1520) and one more with a Qi-compatible back cover, which means it’s as good as built in, the Lumia 820. Several other Lumias (the 1020, 925 and 720) require a clip-on plate, which narrows the number of cases you can use with the phone'n'clip combo to about zero. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.