A consumer electronics manufacturer Avido introduced the WiBa, a wireless power bank for smartphones. The device debuted at CES 2017 where it was named as one of the few Innovation Award Honorees. The WiBa is expected to launch shortly, though no firm release date has yet been given. Likewise, Avido has yet to reveal pricing details of the product, but the Columbia-based company promised more information will follow shortly after it returns from Last Vegas next week.
The WiBa boasts a 5,000mAh lithium-ion battery complemented with an integrated receiver and a transmitter which allow the device to wirelessly charge compatible smartphones. The accessory is based on several of Avido's pending patents and was designed in accordance with the Qi wireless charging standards, meaning that it's compatible with virtually all contemporary smartphones that support wireless charging. That list includes the likes of the Nexus 6, Galaxy S7, and the Galaxy S7 Edge, with the latter one being specifically used in various WiBa promotional materials. In addition to providing quick and reliable wireless charging capabilities, the device was also designed to simultaneously charge itself while sending power to your smartphone. While a cordless charging experience is the main selling point of the WiBa, the accessory can also serve as a traditional power bank as it's equipped with two USB ports boasting a 2.1A and 1.0A output, respectively. This mobile accessory can also be charged over a micro-USB port.
Avido claims that its latest product is one of the most portable power banks in existence, adding how the WiBa is only 7.62 mm thick and weighs less than 142 grams. The accessory is also equipped with four LED lights designed to indicate its charge levels by quarters. Additionally, the WiBa can also serve as a handy source of light seeing how the device ships with a built-in LED flashlight. Avido's representatives said that they're planning to launch the WiBa during the first quarter of the year, ideally as soon as CES 2017 wraps up. Given that announcement, it's reasonable to expect the device will hit the market by the end of the month. Everyone attending the latest iteration of CES will be able to try out the WiBa in the Las Vegas Convention Center from Thursday to Sunday, January 8th.