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Q&A: Qi wireless phone charging

The latest in wireless charging for Apple® and Android smartphones

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ur devices need charging, and charging means cables, right? But different phones need different cables, they wear out fast, and most of us forget to bring them along in the first place. So it’s no wonder people are asking us about Qi wireless chargers for car and home.

"I'm excited about the Qi wireless chargers in our lineup, and so are many of my customers," said KP, one of our expert Advisors. "I get a lot of questions about how it all works. Everybody wants to go wireless and use Bluetooth® so having a wireless charging option is huge."

Ventev wirelesspro Wireless Qi phone charger

To be honest, some of us are asking some of the rest of us about Qi, too! KP knows her stuff, so we asked her to explain the basics and tell us about some of the most popular Qi wireless chargers.

Q: Okay, what is this 'Qi' thing, exactly?

A: "Qi (pronounced "chee") is the universal standard for wirelessly charging phones and other devices. The cool thing about Qi is that it works with compatible devices from a wide variety of manufacturers."

Q: How does Qi wireless charging work?

A: "Just place your compatible Android or Apple® phone on the Qi charger pad — the charger will keep a constant inductive charge flowing into the device."

Schosche Qi Dock Powerbank

Q: Is my smartphone compatible with Qi?

A: "Qi works with a wide variety of newer smartphones, including the iPhone® X and iPhone 8, Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S8, S7, and S6, and select Google, Microsoft, LG, HTC, and Motorola phones. If you have questions — and you probably do — just give us a call."

Q: How can I get Qi wireless charging in my car?

A: "There are several ways. First, there are universal options, like the Ventev wirelesspro kit. It mounts on one of your car’s A/C vents, then you just plug the micro-USB cable/dashport mini-adapter into your car’s 12-volt port. Mount your smartphone in the cradle and you’re charging."

Scosche GMQ01 MagicMountT Qi wireless charging kit

"For some popular vehicles, there’s also a cool custom solution. The Scosche GMQ01 MagicMount, for example, fits right in the armrest tray location of select 2007-2013 GM pickups, so it’s easy to mount. It comes with a cool wiring adapter that easily plugs into the back of the vehicle’s 12-volt DC socket. That means you can keep using the socket to power other things, which will definitely come in handy. There are Scosche custom mounts available for Ford and Ram trucks, too. Just enter your vehicle info to see if there's one for your truck, or give us a call."

Q: Can I use Qi to give my phone a fast charge when it’s low?

A: "Um, not quite. Qi wireless chargers aren’t designed for high-speed charging — they’re typically rated at 5 to 10 watts which is less than wired charging. But they’re absolutely brilliant at keeping your smartphone charged while you’re driving around using maps or watching a video at your desk. That way, you won’t need that fast charge!"

Q: I’d like to use Qi charging in my home or office. Is there a charger that’ll work on my desk?

A: "Yes, there sure is. The Scosche QiDock Powerbank is a wireless charging dock that also works as a portable battery backup when you’re on the go. Better yet, you can charge your phone and a connected USB device at the same time!"

Scosche QiDock Powerbank Qi wireless charging dock

Want to learn more about Qi wireless charging?

Contact KP or any of our other advisors via phone or chat today! 

Last updated 7/31/2018

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