A new $ 65 iPhone charger, which uses the Qi standard, appeared on Tesla's website Tuesday – but disappeared mysteriously at the end of the night.
In a rare part of the latest news about Tesla Motors, which has not centered on the founder / CEO Elon Musk's ever more erratic behavior, or his quixotic, since abandoned attempt to take the company privately, introduced Tesla Tuesday a new iPhone charging product. But that night, the charger was taken from Tesla's website, with the URL redirected to Tesla's general e-commerce website.
According to a cached version of the site, the Tesla Wireless Charger is described as a "6000mAh (22.2Wh) battery powered inductive charging station that has the same design product used in our energy products, such as Powerwall. In addition to wireless charging on the device, you can also look up your phone with the integrated USB-C cable. "
For devices without USB-C, a more traditional USB-A port can pick up charging along the way. A built-in USB-A cable integrated into the perimeter of the charger is used to juice the portable package.
The product's price of $ 65 is, or was, a bit high for a charger of its kind, especially one without a large battery cell and a wireless module that only delivers 5W juice. Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X are both compatible with 5W chargers, but many users choose to benefit from the faster 7.5W charge that was enabled with iOS 11.2 in December.
It appears that Tesla targets customers who are willing to pay premium brand awareness and high-quality prizes. Perhaps more useful than a Tesla branded power bank is the RAVPower HyperAir battery pack, a 10,400mAh device with 7.5W wireless charging capacity, or Mophie PowerStation Plus XL.
It is unclear why the Tesla iPhone charger was pulled from the Tesla website.
It was reported earlier this week that Apple had poached "scores" of Tesla employees in recent months, some, but not all who have gone to work for the "Project Titan" team. Former Mac VP Doug Field has also recently returned to Apple after a five-year stint at Tesla.