The LaunchPort system uses inductive charging technology to charge your iPad. Inductive charging works by transmitting power between two electrical coils or transformers. If you have an electric toothbrush with a charging dock containing no conductive elements, you are already using inductive charging technology in your home. Because there are no conductive connections, LaunchPort safely delivers over 12 Watts of power over-the-air. Also, when your iPad is not connected to a Station, the Station falls asleep and operates below 1 watt of power, making it compliant with European low energy standards.