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LG says it made wireless charging as fast as wired charging, and it doesn't seem like April Fools

LG says it made wireless charging as fast as wired charging, and it doesn't seem like April Fools

LG Innotek, the Korean company's materials and components division, announced 15-watt transmission modules for developed for smartphone wireless charging. Scheduled for mass production this year, they are supposed to supply the same amount of electric power pushed by traditional wired chargers, shortening charging times. At 15W, their charging speed is up to three times faster than existing 5W modules.

LG says the module can be used on the majority of smartphones that support wireless charging, as well as chargers installed in electric vehicles and household or office environments. The company has already supplied receiving modules to global smartphone makers such as LG Electronics, Motorola, and Kyocera, starting with the Google Nexus 4 in 2012. Last year, it introduced 5-watt transmission modules that exceeded 70% charging efficiency, and started dealing wireless charging technology to "global automotive companies".

If you aren't sure what "transmission module" is supposed to mean, the brief explanation is that wireless chargers consist of a transmitter and a receiver. With smartphones, the transmitter supplies power in the form of a charger pad or holding platform. The receiver is embedded in the device and charges its battery by responding to the transmitter part and generating inductive current.

Wireless charging technology is being given an innovative push this year. While LG Innotek has supposedly increased its convenience by making the charging process faster, Apple is rumored to be working with Asian partners to develop a new wireless charging technology that can charge a device from farther away than before, eliminating the need for a charging pad. In late 2012, Apple applied for a patent which uses near-field magnetic resonance (NFMR) to charge a device from as far as 3 feet (1 meter) away. Perhaps this or next year could see wireless charging grow from "nice to have" to "truly awesome"!

source: LG Innotek

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15 Comments

2. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I guess V12 will have wireless charging.

3. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

If they wanted to be taken serious, they shouldn't have announced it on April 1st

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR....

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its to make reader take it with grain of salt, since they may ditch it half way if this project failed, lol btw, G5 also launched on 1st april on various region, maybe they just love this date :-/

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Doesn't Samsung's Fast Wireless Charging, charge a phone faster than a typical charger? Yes! Does it charge faster than its fast wired charger? I believe Samsung's fast wireless charger is equally as fast as its fast wired charger. With the fast wireless charger, it takes about 10 mins per 10%. So roughly 100 mins for a full charge on the Note 5 as an example. So that means the S6/S6 Edge would take even less time. Which is about the same charging time with the wired fast charger which is roughly 90 mins. Way to catch up with your Korean rival LG. Hope other OEM's especially with larger phones all decide to support fast charging. Any phone today that takes more than 2 hours to fully charge from zero, is a piece of junk. I'm speaking of flagship claimed models.

6. alexdean

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Have you ever used wireless charger?

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have Samsung's Fast Wireless Charger for my Note 5.

7. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

You are incorrect. The Fast Wireless Charger is slower than the Adaptive Fast Charger. This was tested on both Samsung S7 and S7e. There was a thread with testing results on XDA but I don't have it on hand.

8. DFranch

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I think the Samsung fast charger is 10W this one is 15W.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if "typical charget" you mean is "iPhone charger" than u'r correct.. but samsung's cable quick charge is faster than wireless quick charge 10min for 10% doesnt mean 100min, since a battery charge at faster rate for 0-80% and then slowdown for 80-100% (they said, its to prolong battery life)

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The few times I charged my Note 5 from ) which is very rare, I don't think its ever taken more than 90 mins to charge on the Fast Wireless Charger.

13. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Did you see anything good about any non Apple phone on this site? Ever?

14. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

But still, wireless fast charging is a bit slower compared to fast wired charging. Its like in the middle between normal charging and adaptive charging

16. Shocky unregistered

15. Shocky unregistered

Glad they're working on it, but it's too late.

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