QI Wireless Power Consortium to Bring Wireless Charging Standard to 60 phones in 2014

QI Wireless Charging

200 manufacturers have signed up for Qi, the Wireless Power Consortium started in 2008 by Texas Instruments, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo and Olympus. The cause for a wireless charging standard is a noble one (especially if you’ve ever busted your charging cable), and it’s starting to power blenders and smartphones alike. But yes, mostly smartphones. And there’s plenty of them to join the market. Nokia, Samsung, HTC…if you can name it, they’re on board. 60 new phones in 2014 will be supporting the technology, and we can only imagine it will be the staple of device charging to come.

At CES 2014, we had a look around the booth and many of Nokia’s new models and notably the Google Nexus 5 will have the Qi wireless charging standard tech in their backing. The tech behind the power mat charging is electromagnetic induction, which allows power to transfer between coils separated by non-interfering materials like the plastic polycarbonate in your smartphone backing. Nokia was one of the first smartphone manufacturers to utilize it in their Lumia models and the rest have been jumping on board since.

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Details on how manufacturers and carriers will package wireless charging  remains to be seen, but it’s looking like the power mat accessories will have to be purchased by consumers. Currently you can buy some of these yourself on Qi’s online store for reasonable prices across all manufacturers. As for Apple? A slim, wireless charging case and compatible power mat can be purchased from Qi, but the iPhone giant hasn’t jumped on board itself. Surprised? Didn’t think so.

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  • alexzender

    Hi as i have read your article is good wow! great news but i actually
    wanna know one more thing ie. i get one wireless charger from Amazon is
    working well and affordable according to my pocket money for more info.
    you can check the given link from where i get this – dual usb wall charger
    , Now my question is that as i can see many products in the market same
    like this so how can we find the perfect one for Us according to the
    current market value as there are so many companies in the market.
    Please help Thanks

  • Julius

    According to my friend who is using Wireless Charger. He purchased his charger in Amazon store at cheap price with an impressive performance.