If you’re serious about going wireless, chances are you have a wireless charger for your smartphone, smartwatch, or wireless earbuds. You can find Qi-certified wireless chargers, which means they’ve passed rigorous and independent testing for device interoperability and energy efficiency.
However, some Qi-certified chargers are slower than charging cables and can make your device hotter than you’d like. That could change soon, as the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC) next standard for wireless charging is officially here. Qi v2.0 (Qi2) will deliver magnetic attachment, faster charging, and higher efficiency.
If you have an iPhone 12 or newer, Apple Watch 6 or newer, or AirPods (3rd generation) or newer, your devices are equipped with MagSafe charging. MagSafe accessories connect to your device’s internal magnets to deliver fast charging via magnetic attachment.
However, currently available Qi-certified wireless chargers compatible with Android devices lack fast charging capabilities and magnetic attachments.
The enthusiasm surrounding Qi2 began in January when the WPC announced the technology at CES, an annual tech trade show. Qi2 received industry-wide recognition, and ten months later, it’s conveniently here ahead of the holidays. Certified wireless chargers will be ready for holiday shoppers to purchase, according to the WPC.
The WPC says that Belkin, Mophie, Anker, and Aircharge have pre-announced Qi2 accessories, but the only smartphone that’s already Qi2-certified is Apple’s iPhone 15. The WPC says Qi2’s magnetic properties are based on MagSafe technologies Apple contributed to the WPC, so it’s a no-brainer why Apple’s latest phones get first dibs on the new tech.
MagSafe-compatible iPhones can wirelessly charge on MagSafe wireless chargers at up to 15W, while regular Qi-certified wireless chargers can only offer iPhones up to 7.5W. MagSafe chargers delivered a small 5W for Androids, while standard Qi chargers could give around 10W.
However, Qi2 promises 15W charging for iPhone 15 and future compatible Android smartphones, according to reporting from The Verge. It’s unclear if other MagSafe-compatible iPhones will benefit from Qi2 or which Android smartphone manufacturers will be the first to implement Qi2 technology.