The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has announced a new wireless charging standard. It goes by Qi2. And the thing that makes it interesting is that it will unify all the wireless charging standards. In other words, it will officially bring the MagSafe tech to Android devices!
Although announced in CES 2023, we expect the chargers to come with Qi2 compatibility towards the end of 2023. And when it finally debuts, wireless charging will surely offer a much more convenient way to wirelessly charge devices.
What’s So Great About the Qi2 Wireless Charging Standard
Qi wireless charging standard has been around for more than a decade. However, WPC found that retailers and consumers found this standard a little confusing. In particular, the differences between the non-certified Qi and Qi-certified devices are not easy to catch.
As we are entering the first phase of this new wireless charging standard, WPC states that:
Qi2 will be the global standard for wireless charging and provide consumers and retailers with that assurance.
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A Standard based on Apple’s MagSafe Wireless Technology
By building the new standard on MagSafe of iPhones, WPC aims to get a “global standard.” There are other contributors from other members of the consortium too.
And with this combined effort, the Qi2 will offer a new Magnetic Power Profile. That will allow users to effortlessly align the wireless charging to their devices.
But convenience is not the only factor that makes Qi2 great. It will also offer a more efficient and faster wireless charging solution. While we did not get any in-depth details about the standard, WPC shared that:
Qi2 will be up to 15W initially. As soon as the specifications are completed, WPC will begin the specs for higher wattage/faster charging versions of Qi2.
Now, does the number above looks familiar to you? It’s because Apple MagSafe offers the same charging speed. It can provide 15W at peak power, which ensures an optimal charging rate.