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Upcoming Qi-enabled chargers will do their mojo from greater distances

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Upcoming Qi-enabled chargers will do their mojo from greater distances
Developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the Qi wireless charging standard is supported by a vast array of smartphones and allows us to ditch those USB charging cables for good. Regarded highly by many, Qi is about to become even more useful – at the moment, you can transfer power to you device only if it's placed within 7-8mm of the Qi-enabled charger, but the latest specification to the standard, version 1.2, will enable the technology to charge devices that are placed further.

This means that you'll be able to charge the device even if it's placed up to 1.77 inches (45mm) away from the Qi pad. This has been achieved by prototype chargers and receivers. That's already a pretty sweet improvement, but it's getting better. See, Qi v1.2-enabled charger will be compatible with older Qi v1.1 devices, but the power transfer will be only available from a limited range – 30mm. In both cases, however, your device won't have to be placed directly on the Qi charger itself in order to get powered. That's already enough to sweeten the deal, right?


According to WPC, the newest specification for the wireless standard supports multiple coils on a power inverter, which paves the way for more affordable Qi chargers that transfer power to multiple devices. Don't get too excited, however, as there is no definite timeline on when the first Qi v1.2 pads will arrive.

In the meantime, feel free to check out our pick of curious Qi chargers!

source: WPC via AndroidCentral

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