qi wireless charging

What is Qi Wireless Charging?

Pronounced “CHEE,” Qi is more than an easy way to get rid of a Q in Words with Friends. From the Chinese word meaning “energy flow,” Qi is a form of inductive or resonant charging that allows products to charge wirelessly.

Why Qi?

Qi wireless charging is an open standard built cooperatively by some of the world’s leading companies. Any device carrying the Qi logo will work with any charging surface that carries the Qi logo regardless of brand or manufacturer. Because Qi is an established, universal technology standard, developers and consumers have access immediately. You can already find Qi in more than 90 smartphones and nearly 80 car models.

Benefits of Qi

No more cables. You simply place your phone down on a charging pad.

Think about it. You probably check your phone over 50 times a day, but when you aren’t checking it, it is likely sitting next to you on your desk or a table. If you have a charging pad you can be charging it during those times without having to worry about cables and outlets.

Disadvantages of Qi

One of the biggest disadvantages of Qi charging is it is slower when it comes to charging. If you need speed, opt for a wired connection. If you must work while charging, Qi is not the solution for you. Like many devices after charging, your device may feel warm to the touch.

How does Qi work?

Qi uses induction and resonant charging. Wireless charging pads or ledges use inductive charging technology. The charge passes between a transmitter and receiver coil placed closely together for transferring power. The coils must be aligned to make the connection, and the two devices must be in close proximity, ideally less than 7mm.

Where will I most likely see Qi at work?

Hotels, restaurants, automobiles, airports, public venues, homes, offices, and many more places in the future.

What are the safety concerns?

The biggest safety concern is fakes. Have you ever received the message, “this device is not supported”? This message is a warning that the charging product is not MFi Certified and often made with poor quality components that fail to meet safety regulations.

MFi certified and Qi standard for wireless charging mandates the implementation of safety features. Apple’s AirPower is built in partnership with Qi. The charger won’t be ready until 2018, however.

Beware of misleading claims such as:

“Qi compatible”

“Qi compliant”

“Works with Qi”

“Works with Galaxy S7 and all Qi-enabled devices”

“Compatible with the Qi standard”

“Compatible with all Qi-enabled devices”

KwikBoost is Apple MFi Certified. MFi certification is crucial for charging/power products and accessories that are designed for commercial use. Ensuring that a product/accessory meets the Apple performance standards means that any iDevice that uses these products will be charged the right way. This is important because there are different specifications for all the different types of Apple devices and MFi-certified products have been tested and authorized to work with all them and in the right way.

Kwik Tip:

Don’t be fooled by someone claiming to be MFi certified or even using the MFi logo. Make them prove it! Ask for their MFi contract number and product plan ID’s for the products they claim are MFi certified. And be sure to check out KwikBoost’s Qi wireless charging ledge.