ZENS: The Art of Wireless Charging

(July 18, 2018) -

The ZENS Wireless Charger turns nearly any horizontal surface into a mobile charging point. With simple installation, users can turn desks, couches, tables or benches into cordless chargers.

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Five NeoCon Finds for Office Spaces

(June 22, 2018) -

For the past five decades, design professionals have gathered at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart (the Mart) to survey the latest in commercial and contract furnishings for the annual National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, or, as the industry knows it, NeoCon. This year, from June 11-13, more than 50,000 attendees explored 1 million square feet of exhibitor space, attended keynotes by Art Gensler, FAIA, and Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, and clogged the streets of the already-packed Windy City.
At this year’s show, manufacturers continued to embrace human-centric design, with many leveraging these efforts into forward-thinking office amenities. One of ARCHITECT’s top 5 picks from the showroom floor was HotDesk.

HotDesk, Innovant 
Innovant is combining its office furnishings and the Internet of Things for its new co-working station application, now available for its entire line of benches and workstations. Designed with Dutch wireless charging manufacturer ZENS, HotDesk allows users to wirelessly charge mobile devices, such as cell phones, by placing them on a charging zone on the table surface. Concurrently, the connected HotDesk smartphone app marks the workspace as occupied or booked by the user, allowing transient employees to find available workstations or specific colleagues.

ZENS introduceert als eerste ter wereld draadloos snelladen voor Apple en Samsung

(April 3, 2018) -

Het Nederlandse ZENS heeft een primeur: Als eerste ter wereld bieden ze een oplader die draadloos snelladen van Samsung én Apple producten ondersteunt. De nieuwe PuK 3 draadloze lader is uitgerust met een 15W coil en kan zowel als inbouw- als opbouwunit geleverd worden.

Sinds Apple zich heeft aangesloten bij de Qi standaard en haar nieuwe iPhone 8 , iPhone 8 Plus en iPhone 10 geschikt heeft gemaakt voor draadloos laden op basis van die standaard, wordt door de markt een nog snellere opkomst van draadloos laden bij de consument verwacht.

Het Eindhovense ZENS speelt daar handig op in door de drempel voor gebruikers nog verder te verlagen. De innovatieve PuK 3 lader biedt namelijk als eerste ter wereld ondersteuning voor Apple Fast Charge én Samsung Fast Charge. Met één grote coil die een vermogen van 15W biedt wordt dit mogelijk gemaakt.

De nieuwe PuK 3 kan als inbouwunit (‘sub-surface’) geleverd worden voor integratie in bureaus en ander meubilair, maar is ook als losse opbouwunit verkrijgbaar.

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ZENS introduceert draadloze snel lader voor op- en inbouw

(March 26, 2018) -

Met de ZENS Puk 3 heeft de Nederlandse expert in draadloos laden een nieuw hoogtepunt bereikt. Met de ZENS Puk 3 biedt het fast charging voor zowel de nieuwste Apple als Samsung smartphones.

Het geheim zit hem in de spoel die ZENS gebruikt. In dit geval een 15 Watt spoel in plaats van één of meerdere 5 Watt spoelen. De ZENS Puk 3 is zo ontwikkeld dat hij zowel op als in meubilair kan worden weggewerkt. Om te zorgen dat het laden veilig gebeurd, zorgt ZENS ook voor Foreign Object Detection.

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ZENS brings super-fast wireless charging to your iPhone

(February 14, 2018) -

Ever since the iOS 11.2 update back in November 2017, the iPhones 8 and X have supported “wireless” fast charging. This allows inductive charging mats to pour 7.5 watts of battery-juicing power into Apple’s latest iPhones. Previous to that, Qi charging mats could only supply a pathetic five watts of charging power. To take advantage of this, you’ll need a charger capable of Apple Fast Charging. Zens has a few new gadgets that will do just that. Let’s take a look.

Wireless and fast
Zens has launched a few Qi-compatible Apple Fast Charging mats. One is the ZENS Dual Ultra Fast Wireless Charger, which can charge two phones simultaneously, both at high speed. If you also have a Samsung phone, the mat will supply up to nine watts for Samsung Fast Charge-compatible devices. There’s also a smaller version for charging one phone at a time, but the one that catches my eye is the Ultra Fast Wireless Charger Stand.

ZENS Ultra Fast Wireless Charger Stand
The stand is little more than a plain charging pad, raised up on a stick, with an added base. But that makes all the difference, because it means you can just lean your iPhone on the stand and it’ll start charging. It works just like any other dock, only you don’t need to insert anything into the iPhone’s Lightning hole, nor do you need two hands to separate the phone and the dock when you want to grab the iPhone.

A “wireless” charger stand also solves one of contact-charging’s dirtiest secrets: usually you can’t use your phone while it’s charging. Unlike a good, honest, old-fashioned charging cable, which stays connected when you pick up the phone to use it, a charger pad needs the phone to stay carefully aligned, and set on the mat, otherwise it won’t charge.

A stand puts the iPhone at a usable angle, and because of the gravity assist, it settles back into place after a vibrating alert jiggles it. Compare that to a flat charger, where the phone can vibrate itself right off the hot zone, resulting in a dead battery after what you hoped was an all-night charge. If you like, though, the stand folds flat, so you can enjoy all the disadvantages of a regular charging pad.

The ZENS Ultra Fast Wireless Charger Stand will cost you $60 when it goes on sale at the beginning of March. The dual charger will cost $80, and the single mat will go for $50.

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