Those of us who love to be on the cutting edge of technology jumped for joy when we got our Qi-capable device and placed it on a wireless charging plate to witness the magic for the first time.  But when the wired Quick Charge 2.0 standard followed close behind, we were hit with the realization that the wireless convenience comes at the cost of slow charging.

Fortunately, the collaborative effort that is the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) is on it.  They’ve updated the Qi specification to address the slowness, bringing the power output up to what we’ve come to demand from the wired solution.  The WPC claims that the latest Qi version will be able to deliver 15 watts of power wirelessly, to “mobile phones that support wireless fast charging.”

This suggests that our phones would need new hardware to be able to take advantage of the new standard.  So you might need to add this to your list of reasons to upgrade your phone, along with that new USB Type-C port.

We don’t know yet when we’ll see wireless fast charging debut, so stay tuned.

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