January 10

After announcing a nifty modular charging station yesterday, accessory maker Scosche today announced a new “MagicGrip Charge” wireless charger for in-car use. While there are already a host of wireless car chargers available, Scosche’s MagicGrip is unique in how it secures your device.

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In a press release, Scosche says that the Magic Grip Charge is able to sense when a Qi-enabled device is aligned over the charging coil. From there, the arms that hold your phone in place will automatically close to secure your device:

The MagicGrip senses when a Qi-enabled device is perfectly aligned over its charging coil and that alignment signals the motorized arms to automatically close, securely hold and wirelessly charge the device as you drive. This sensing closure ensures perfect placement for optimum charging and full device visibility.

Scosche also says the MagicGrip features “a thermal management channel” between the phone and the Qi charger itself. This allows for “heated air to disperse and be replaced by cooler air during charging.” While it’s unclear how exactly this will work in practice, it could have several benefits, especially during the hotter summer months.

The MagicGrip Charge will be available this summer, according to Scosche. There unfortunately aren’t any details on pricing, but we can infer it will likely be one of the more expensive in-car iPhone accessories.

As with a lot of CES announcements, it’s worth treating the MagicGrip with some skeptisicm, especially without a release date or a demo of how the motorized arms work. While we await Scosche’s MagicGrip, check out some of our existing favorite in-car iPhone accessories in our full guide.

SCOSCHE® Industries (pronounced skōsh/skohsh), innovators of award-winning consumer technology, powersports and car audio products and accessories is pleased to reveal its unique new wireless charging mount, the MagicGrip* Charge.

The MagicGrip senses when a Qi-enabled device is perfectly aligned over its charging coil and that alignment signals the motorized arms to automatically close, securely hold and wirelessly charge the device as you drive. This sensing closure ensures perfect placement for optimum charging and full device visibility.

The charging head of the MagicGrip provides a full 360-degree rotation, allowing users to view the device in landscape, portrait, or any angle in between. With the phone held in place by the arms, it is free of any cables and impediments and can be turned with a light, but distinct dial-like feel.

Another significant benefit of the MagicGrip is that while the device is held in place by the motorized arms, a thermal management channel is created between the phone and the Qi-charging head. This channel allows heated air to disperse and be replaced by cooler air during charging. Cooler charging is safer for the life of the device’s battery, as well as the device itself.

Qi-certified by the Wireless Power Consortium (WCP), the MagicGrip delivers up to 10W of charging power, supporting Apple and Samsung Fast Charge. Foreign Object Detection is built-in to protect the device by preventing charging if something other than a Qi-enabled device is placed on the charging head. An ambient light sensing LED light ring illuminates soft blue during normal charging, but flashes red to indicate foreign object detection.

The MagicGrip is available in a choice of four mounting options, suitable for home, office and vehicle:

1.    The MagicGrip Dash Mount uses Scosche StickGrip material to provide a strong hold to a dash, table or other flat surface. The 360-degree pivoting base allows multiple angle options and adjusts to hold firmly once you’ve achieved the desired angle.

2.    The MagicGrip Vent mount is quick and easy to install, remove, and transfer from vehicle to vehicle. A patent pending open design allows unimpeded airflow from your vehicle’s HVAC vent, and an articulating swing arm lets you position your device away from the vent.

3.    The MagicGrip Window/Dash’s StickGrip base allows you mount it on any flat surface at home, in the office, or in-vehicle.

4.    The MagicGrip™ Double Pivot option can be mounted in various places in your vehicle, including tight spaces. With a StickGrip suction-cup base and double-pivoted base that offers multiple adjustments and viewing options.

The MagicGrip Charge Wireless Charging Mount will be available Summer 2019.

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*Patent-pending

About SCOSCHE: Founded in 1980, SCOSCHE Industries is an award-winning innovator of consumer technology and car audio products – committed to delivering superior product quality and functionality, exceptional value and unmatched customer service. The designers and engineers at SCOSCHE develop products that reflect a rich heritage in audio and mobile technologies. SCOSCHE finds inspiration in the California lifestyle, culture, music and people. These influences can be seen in the accessories and products that are now in the hands, homes, offices and vehicles of people in over 50 countries. With over 400 patents/trademarks and countless industry awards received, it is easy to see why SCOSCHE is consistently at the forefront of technology and innovation. http://www.scosche.com


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