Qi2 Standard Brings Wireless Charging To The Next Level

The new standard was based on Apple’s MagSafe technology.
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Wireless charging is quite convenient. You don’t have to worry about carrying a cable, all you need is phone that support wireless charging and just place it on a surface that has wireless charging capability. The most commonly used wireless charging standard is Qi, which was created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

However, charging this way is a lot slower than plugging your phone to a charger. Some manufacturers offer fast-charging wirelessly like the Honor’s Magic 4 Pro, but this requires a proprietary charger, which is not compatible with Qi standard.

Yesterday, the WPC has announced a new wireless charging standard dubbed “Qi2”, with better efficiency and faster charging speed.

(credit: WPC)

Apple, along with other members of the WPC, helped the consortium develop the new Magnetic Power Profile, which was based on Apple’s MagSafe technology. This will ensure that mobile devices powered by rechargeable batteries, such as phones, are exactly aligned with the charging system.

How MagSafe works

Inside an iPhone, there’s a ring of 18 rectangular magnets arranged in a circular shape located underneath the wireless charging coil and this allows for a close fit and faster charging speeds.

The Qi2 standard, which is pronounced “chee two,” will replace its predecessor, Qi and it will enable faster charging for some devices due to its increased effectiveness and interoperability.

WPC said consumers can expect the availability of Qi2 certified devices and chargers around the 2023 holiday season.

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