Charging phones and tablets without plugging them in has been option for several years and is finally gaining some consumer awareness. Some may be disappointed, however, in the charging rate, which can often be slower than a wired recharge. That's about to change.
Android Central notes that the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) on Wednesday announced that the Qi charging standard has added support for quick charging. Under the new standard, Qi charging pads can deliver up to 15 Watts of power to a mobile device.
This is excellent news and will only help boost the appeal of wireless charging methods.
Before the new standard, consumers had to choose between the convenience of placing their device on a charging pad or plugging in a phone or tablet that might have Quick Charge technology of some kind, providing several hours of extra use in as little as 15 to 30 minutes.
One of the main reasons I chose to buy a Moto X smartphone last year, for example, was the Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Plugging the phone in with a high output charger for 30 minutes could get an empty battery to nearly 60 percent. Similar technology is used the latest Chromebook Pixel: Charging for 15 minutes yields two hours of run-time. Fast charging is handy, to say the least.
Add in the simplicity of wireless charging though and its a double win. You don't have to fiddle with cords or worry if you have the proper cable with you. Simply place the device on a charging pad.
The WPC hasn't said when devices that meet the updated Qi standard will be available, so it may take some time before they come to market. I can't wait: Wireless plus fast equals more mobility for phones and tablets.