Expect more powerful wireless charging pads, as FCC increases all spec limits

The FCC has raised the limits of its wireless charging gear specifications significantly, so the compliant ones can now be much more powerful than before. The 5W coil restriction is now upped to the whopping 15W, as there are already chargers on the market with this output, like Belkin's Boost Up line you see in the video above. 

Furthermore, the radio frequency exposure distance has also been increased drastically with two more inches, so those powerful pads of tomorrow don't actually cross the existing SAR guidelines. In aggregate, the increase in these limits will allow wireless charging that is way faster, and less restrictive in terms of placing your phone or wearable the right way, provided that the charging circuitry inside your phone can take it. 

We wonder if the increased wattage and RF emission limits have anything to do with the upcoming release of Apple's long-awaited AirPower charger, which is set to top off your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time, or it's simply a matter of the FCC playing catch-up with the new technology.

source: FCC (PDF) via Reddit



1. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Expect hotter temperatures for cell phones.

2. emvxl

Posts: 141; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Could be useful to warm up your cup of coffee or tea.

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

explosions ... everywhere

5. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I hope you are able to select the charging output to prevent fast charging. I charge wirelessly overnight, so I do not need fast charge. On the rare occasion I need a fast charge, I don't mind plugging the phone in. Fast charging can't be good for the battery, so I avoid it as much as possible.

6. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

Same here. I only use Fast Charging when it's really needed, otherwise, it's always off. I'm glad there's a toggle which allows me to turn it off.

4. andrewc31394

Posts: 298; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

why do i have the feeling this is giving off radiation that could be unhealthy. not like the FCC cares though since Pai's been at the helm

7. drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

new kind of heater for smartphone

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