Add mophie (and its parent company Zagg) to the list of accessory-makers jumping on the Qi2 bandwagon. It unveiled a collection of wireless chargers that use the new standard that’s heavily based on Apple’s MagSafe, including magnetic attachment.
Both Belkin and Anker also announced Qi2-compatible products designed to work equally well for iPhone and Android.
mophie unveils first Qi2 wireless chargers
At the IFA trade show, mophie revealed its first four products that will support Qi2.
The snap+ powerstation mini stand ($69.95) will be a mobile power bank with a built-in kickstand. It’ll hold 5,000 mAh for charging iPhone and Android on the go at 15W.
The snap+ 3-in-1 stand ($129.95) will hold up a Qi2-compatible handset for easier video calls. There’s also a second charging mat plus one for fast charging and Apple Watch.
The snap+ wireless charging vent mount ($69.95) gives drivers a place to mount and charge their iPhone at 15W while on trips. snap vent mount ($29.95) is for drivers who don’t need wireless charging.
“We are excited to introduce the next evolution of wireless charging technology with our Qi2 roadmap,” said Matt DiPrimio, director of product management at mophie. “These new products focus on delivering the fastest wireless charging speeds in the elegant and compact designs mophie customers have come to love.”
The snap+ powerstation mini stand, snap+ wireless charging vent mount and snap vent mount will be available for order later this year. The snap+ 3-in-1 stand is scheduled to launch in Q1 2024.
MagSafe will sweep the world under a new name
Apple improved wireless charging mats by building magnets into them, and its handsets. The design is called MagSafe, and it insures that charger and iPhone stay properly aligned so power can flow.
The Wireless Power Consortium likes the idea so much that, with Apple’s cooperation, it created Qi2, which brings the benefits MagSafe to Android devices.
The handsets will need to have magnets integrated around their wireless charging component, of course. But that’s apparently going to happen — the WPC expects Qi2 to become global standard for wireless charging.