With so much technology out on the market and manufacturers continuing to innovate the technology scene, it can take time to navigate all of these new changes. Before, the only way to charge your device was with a cable. Now, there is not only wireless charging but multiple types of wireless charging. While stepping into the world of wireless chargers is intriguing, knowing the different types can be daunting. Before purchasing any new wireless charger for your device, it is important to research the exact type of charging method that would be best suited for your particular device.
For example, Apple released their iPhone 12 at the end of 2020, with a new style of wireless charging called MagSafe charging. This is a big difference from the standard Qi charging that the majority of phone manufacturers have designed their devices for.
Both of these charging methods are different from the traditional cord charging method, and both MagSafe and Qi charging have their distinct differences. But don't worry; we've got you covered. We will explain the differences between the different wireless chargers and how to find the best one for you. Read on to learn more about Qi and MagSafe charging and which one is right for your device.
What is Qi Wireless Charging?
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is a type of wireless charging. Qi charging is supported by both Samsung and Apple, making it the charging method used by the most major phone manufacturer.
Because of its wide usage, Qi wireless charging is more accepted as the standard for wireless charging. Qi charging is also often more accessible, as it is compatible with most smartphones.
The inner workings of wireless charging technology are a complex topic, but basically, wireless charges use the technology of inductive charging. This means that wireless chargers are mainly powered by two induction coils. These induction coils are made out of copper and are what carry electricity through the charger. They create an electromagnetic field between the wireless charger and the smartphone or other devices. The electromagnetic field then creates a current for the electricity, which then flows into the device's battery.
You may have experienced Qi charging before if you have a rechargeable toothbrush. Some rechargeable toothbrushes utilize this Qi charging technique to recharge!
While Qi wireless charging is innovative and can rid the need for charging cables, it can also be a bit finicky. For your device to charge, you may have to be diligent about how the device is placed on the charger. Oftentimes, you have to be quite precise when placing your devices on the charger. This way, you can activate a circuit, then the coils, and create the electromagnetic field that will charge the device.
Some manufacturers of charging stations have created a way around this hassle by including multiple charging coils in a single charging station. However, the device must be lined up perfectly with the coils. Manufacturers have tried to minimize this issue by adding guide marks to the charging station so users know how to place their devices.
While it can be finicky, Qi wireless charging can also save you a lot of hassle you'd have with a charging cord. You can also get the benefits of a wireless charger with a MagSafe charger if you have an iPhone.
What is MagSafe Charging?
MagSafe is a more recent wireless charging technology. MagSafe wireless charging technology can be used in iPhone models 8 or later. While Qi is a charging technology that can be used universally, MagSafe technology is used strictly for Apple products.
Both the Qi and MagSafe methods charge at about 15 watts and use inductive charging. What separates the MagSafe charger from the Qi charger, however, is its use of magnets. With the magnets, the device is sure to stay on the wireless charger correctly and charge without worry.
How to Use MagSafe Charger
Because MagSafe chargers have magnets that work seamlessly with Apple devices, it is very easy to connect your device to the charger. You don’t have to guess if the device is aligned correctly with the coils, as the magnets will ensure they are connected and the device is charging efficiently.
While the magnets are a wonderful feature of MagSafe wireless chargers, they won't connect to any magnet. MagSafe chargers were specifically designed by apple so that they only connect to devices with similar MagSafe technology. Only Apple Devices with a MagSafe surface on the back can connect and attach to a MagSafe charger. This technology is also in place so that other magnetic surfaces and objects don't attach to the MagSafe wireless charger or device in day-to-day life.
MagSafe Wireless chargers are made to work most efficiently with iPhone models 12 or later. However, Apple has created phones with MagSafe technology since the iPhone 8. This means that while any iPhone model 8 or later works with MagSafe wireless chargers, iPhone models 12 or later will charge faster.
While the MagSafe charger can charge recent iPhones starting with the iPhone 8, it is only optimized for models that feature the magnetic charging coil on the back of the phone, which include the iPhone 12 and later models. It is not wise to try and charge your phone if it does not fall into these categories and meets these specific conditions.
Which is the Best for Your Devices and for You?
Now you may be debating if MagSafe wireless charging or Qi wireless charging is best for your devices. The type of charger that is best for you widely depends on the type of device you use and your personal preferences.
Type of Device
If you have a Samsung model of any kind, then you will be sticking with Qi charging. As mentioned previously, MagSafe charging was specifically designed for iPhone and not Android model phones.
For Android users, finding a wireless charging pod or power bank is a bit easier as you do not have to look for specific MagSafe-compatible products.
If you have an iPhone 8 or a later model of iPhone, then you can utilize MagSafe charging more easily. Apple sells its charging pods that utilize MagSafe magnets for wireless charging,, however, more brands are starting to also produce and manufacture MagSafe-compatible wireless chargers.
Once you have narrowed down the type of charger you need for your device, your next step is to narrow down your personal preferences. Maybe you want a wireless charger to lay your phone down on. Or maybe, you would prefer a wireless charger that also acts as a stand. You can also choose what color you would like and if you want the wireless charger to be portable. Considering which wireless charger you would like, consider these chargers from Baseus!
If you have an iPhone, you may want to consider the Magnetic Foldable Power Bank. This device is MagSafe compatible. This device charges both wirelessly and with a cable. Wirelessly it can charge at 15 watts, and with a cable, it can charge at 20 watts. This, as well as its kickstand that holds up your devices horizontally or vertically, makes it that much more versatile.
This MagSafe charger can keep 1.9 full charges of an iPhone 13 Pro. You can also always know how much battery is left in this charger with its LED indicator that shows its remaining battery percentage. You can purchase this charger for $69.99.
However, if you are looking for a charging stand, we also have an option that would work perfectly for your needs! Our Swan MagSafe Charger Stand is also MagSafe compatible with iPhone models 12 and 13. This charger also works as the perfect phone stand for your desk or your bedside table. Charge your phone efficiently, with the phone displaying your phone horizontally or vertically. The LED lights also show how much your phone is charged, and it also has a built-in USB-C cable for extra versatility. You can also purchase this charger for $69.99
Find Your Newest Wireless Charger at Baseus
If you are in the market for a new wireless charger, whether it has capabilities with Qi charging or MagSafe charging, we at Baseus got you covered! With dozens of products that can cater to any and all of your charging needs, you can find the exact charging tool to get the job done. Get the right wireless charger for your device, and get cable chargers you can keep in your home, in your car, or carry with you with a portable power bank.
Each charger and each wireless charger has its own unique features that make them special. Take a look at each charger's features so that you can find one that works for you!
Want to know more about us, our charger offerings, and other products in our catalog? Check us out today, and let us help you find the perfect charger for your needs.