ScanStrut Rokk Wireless phone charging, testing the first generation

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

10 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Now I remember that Teak Isle was building hidden Qi wireless charging into their fine boat cabinetry back in 2015 (and note the lightning bolt inlay):

    https://www.panbo.com/teak-isle-boat-outfitters-and-qi-wireless-phone-charging/

    But the LG TechTop charger they were using seems to be discontinued and it looks like Teak Isle no longer offers any wireless charging options. Maybe both companies tried it before enough people had phones with built in wireless charging?

  2. Grant Jenkins says:

    “…..other suppliers can provide a compatible charging pad that plugs into a phone’s normal charging port while sticking to the back and/or living inside a case.”

    Or, you could just come over to the dark side and get an iPhone…. 😉

  3. Grant Jenkins says:

    JK Ben – I should have known better than to poke fun at the master of multiple OS’s!
    And the super-fast 11W charging seems pretty cool, I bet if you leave your phone in your pocket it even doubles as a leg-warmer!
    Apple has an even better charging scheme – it’s called “Buy-a-new-phone-every-year-when-your-battery-life-fades”,,,, 😉

  4. Ed S says:

    I’m wondering if there’s been any testing on how far these device should be kept from a compass?

    I’d guess maintaining “standard” distances from onboard compasses is sufficient, but I wouldn’t want to navigate using the internal compass of a phone or, eventually, an iPad on a Qi charger/mount without learning more.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi Ed, I see no mention of compass interference in the Rokk Wireless installation manual, but I agree that it could be an issue. I’ll try to check myself and Ben Stein will soon be testing the Edge model at his helm.

      (Then again, I don’t recall ever using a phone or iPad compass for boat navigation; COG is almost always more reliable when underway.)

      • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

        Ed, I set up the test Rokk Wireless again and could not detect any magnetic issues. A compass app on my Android phone showed the same value held above the charger, sitting on the charger, and again on the charger when it was plugged in and active. I also checked the charger with the magnetometer in the (great) Physics Toolbox app and detected no activity.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I just stumbled on an excellent video tour of an interesting new luxury center console that apparently comes stock with at least two Rokk Active phone charger/mounts:

    https://youtu.be/O8z3hUjnlJw

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